Listening to Elusive Aura is much like stepping into a long forgotten world. Compelled by their ambition to rediscover the myths of Ancient Greece, they weave a path throughout the stories that have captivated our imaginations for centuries. Still, their music is far from outdated; the ethereal lyricism of the female voice, the raw expressiveness of the cello and the nuanced tones of the concert guitar all merge together effortlessly, breathing new life into the drama, mystery and passion of the ancient myths, and thereby sculpting a unique sound that seems almost to dance eternally between contemporary, classical and folk.
Elusive Aura was formed in 2015 by the Greek composer and guitarist Konstantine Margaritis as an amalgam of his inherent interest in Ancient Greek philosophy, and an apparent fascination for complex harmonies, odd rhythms and sounds from the Mediterranean. In the voice of the young Belgian singer Marithé van der Aa, he finds a rare brew of childlike qualities and a profound aptitude for expression. Together they developed the band's distinct direction, and in early 2017, they were joined by the Canadian Natasha Jaffe, one of the most requested session instrumentalists in Berlin, and a cellist with extraordinary finesse. After a successful tour in Greece in late 2017, Siren Songs arose to capture the creation of Elusive Aura.
Marithê van der Aa - Voice
Natasha Jaffe - Cello
Konstantine Margaritis - Composition, Orchestration, Guitar
Marithé Van der Aa is a young Belgian vocalist, who spent most of her childhood in the UK as a member of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She currently studies jazz music at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and spends her time performing in various musical settings, as well as composing her own music. As a vocalist, she brings her love for jazz and classical music together to form her distinct, captivating sound.
Natasha Jaffe is a classically trained cellist from the USA who has been in Berlin since 2012, playing classical and crossover music with orchestras, chamber ensembles, bands, and singer-songwriters. She actively seeks out new styles of music to challenge herself and grow her musical capabilities, and is happy to be part of Elusive Aura which incorporates some of the beautiful rhythms and harmonies of both jazz music and traditional Greek folk music.
Konstantine Margaritis is a greek guitarist and composer, based in Berlin since 2013 and active in the music scene with numerous collaborations. He started studying music at the age of 5 at the National School of Music in Preveza, Greece, later he attended the online section of Berklee College of Music where he as awarded with the Paul Simon scholarship and earned a Master Guitar certificate for his efforts in studying composition and improvisation. His approach is melodic and emotional, can be described as an eclectic blend of contemporary sounds with classical sensitivity and a Mediterranean essence sculpted within a sophisticated harmonic and rhythmic context.