Orchid Mantis

Harley Magsino: Bass (acoustic) | Caitlin Crow: Cello, Vocals | Isaac Crow: Drums | Nina Leilani: Keyboards, Vocals

Genre: Classical, Electro | DJ, Jazz

RIYL: Thousand Butterflies, Mid-Century Cello Quartet, Bonita Trio, Latin Jazz Quartet, bLUMPY, SDSU Jazz Ensemble, Humankind, Samba de Toquali, Hectic Watermelon

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Synoposis

Ex-Band Members: Rebecca Matayoshi, Viola, Vocals Nina Deering, Keyboards, Vocals John Smith, Violin Cliff Thrasher, Cello

Influences: Kronos Quartet, Miles Davis, Mid-Century Cello Quartet, Greater San Diego Community Orchestra, Coterie Celli, New City Sinfonia, La Jolla Symphony

Background:

Orchid Mantis performs original compositions inspired by jazz, classical, and drum 'n' bass. Members of their initial lineup included Nina Deering (vocals/vocoder/synth), Harley Magsino (e-bass), Caitlin Fahey Crow (cello/vocals), Rebecca Matayoshi (viola/vocals), John Smith (violin), Cliff Thrasher (cello), and Isaac Crow (drums/synth).

Multi-instrumentalist Harley Magsino is originally from the Philippines and has his Masters from SDSU. Drummer Isaac Crow is a San Diego native known from bands like Latin Jazz Quartet, bLUMPY, and Humankind. Cellist Caitlin Crow has performed with Thousand Butterflies, and cellist Cliff Thrasher has been a member of the Mid-Century Cello Quartet and the Bonita Trio.

A self-titled album was released in October 2017. By the end of the following year, the lineup had distilled down to a core foursome of Isaac Crow, Nina Leilani (who played with Isaac in Humankind), Harley Magsino, and Caitlin Fahey Crow.

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