Aquiline is the brainchild of Gordon Harvey, who cut his teeth in the post-punk, electronic music scene in Melbourne, Australia in the pioneering band Laughing Hands. After working in electronic music for a few decades, Gordon decided to explore a more natural direction, bringing in highly respected players from the worlds of classical, jazz and alternative pop to form Aquiline, a collaborative project focused on developing an eclectic, innovative yet accessible, emotionally engaging sound.
The rather fluid lineup includes vocalists Christine Sullivan, Simone Gill and Lisa Schouw, guitarist Robin Gist, reed players Adam Simmons and Tony Buchanan, drummers Daniel Farrugia and Barnaby Gold, cellist Imogen Manins, violinist Gérard Vandenbrocque and pianist Alexander Nettelbeck.
They come from the perspective that music is the art form that most directly addresses the human condition, and makes for a rich emotional playground. They believe that if they can illuminate something unique for a listener, they have made a meaningful contribution. Their music is, by design, subtle and reflective, taking its time to unfold.
How would you describe your style?
We are, as far as we know, a unique hybrid of jazz, ambient, electronica modern classical and alt-pop, mixing instrumental and vocal tracks.
Why do you do what you do?
Because we can! And because we love it. We would rather do what inspires us than what we think attracts the most listeners. Any positive audience response is a bonus.
Ambition or talent: which matters more to you?
Music is what matters to us. For that, talent is the more important prerequisite.
What inspires you to create music?
Music shines a light into corners of the human psyche that nothing else reaches. Nothing else is like the experience of music.
How did you find the scouting process in Rehegoo?
A little mysterious, but very easy
How did you feel when signing a contract with Rehegoo?
Intrigued! It’s a unique service we’re pleased to be able to work with.
What is the greatest achievement of your career so far?
Selling a lot of records in Berlin – that’s always good for artistic credibility.
What has been the biggest obstacle?
Time and money
· What is your worst and best fan moment?
Best: when someone said our music is a perfect representation of ourselves as individuals. Worst: none, although maybe that person hated us as individuals!
What is your favorite song of yours?
Although it’s not the most spectacular piece, Having Grown is a track that for us has a subtle tenderness that is not always easy to achieve.