João Orecchia & Sicker Man


João Orecchia and Sicker Man have been working together since 2003, when they met through a classified ad in a Berlin newspaper. They immediately connected through improvisation and analogue electronics, forming a vast and intricate musical communication style.

They played clubs in the Berlin underground, such as NBI and Zentrale Randlage, as well as festivals like early editions of the Biesenthal Festival and Fusion Festival. Alongside individual tracks on Blank Records samplers in the 2000’s, the duo self released a number of recordings, which they distributed in local record stores through the city.

Soon after João moved to Johannesburg (SA) they recorded the album It’s only Wasteland, Mum at 7V Studio in Bockenem, Germany, which can be seen as the culmination of their early work. Using mainly acoustic instruments, Wasteland was a perfect example of improvised folktronica. Though their contact became more sporadic due to the distance, they have continued to meet up to improvise and record new material.

Their second full length album Pluton/Neptune was released on cassette by Miami based Other Electricities in 2020. These recordings are a nod back to the early days: ambient noise textures from a wild collection of sound sources. At the same time, it functions as a link to what would come next. By this time, João’s main instrument had become the modular synthesiser and Tobias started concentrating on the instrument that was his entry into the Berlin experimental scene: the electric cello.

Throughout the pandemic, separately from each other, they engaged more and more with artists like Ornette Coleman and Bennie Maupin, which presented as a lucky surprise in the recording sessions. João had been learning the bass clarinet and working to incorporate the instrument with his modular system. Tobias had specialised on multiphonic and glitch-orientated effect pedals with his electric cello. The next step for the duo became obvious when they met in 2022 to record their new album Parallax.

Parallax sounds like to two planets orbiting different galaxies, meeting at intervals to resonate and interchange. Two different points of view which make a unique and precise vision together.

“The music of the future is already developed, but the minds of the people on earth must be prepared to accept it.” (Sun Ra)

“We carry our homes within us which enables us to fly.” (John Cage)

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