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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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


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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