Biography

Ricarda Cometa is playing music that is as visceral as a punch to the gut, twisting and breaking all sorts of rhythms from Latin America in an avant-garde way that sets them far apart from the current generation of re appropriators of such traditions, whether they come from the ‘punk’ milieu or the electronic scene. Improvisation is the key here, damaging all the commonplace elements into something new and harder-hitting, freeing them violently into a wilderness of noise and lo-fi production, de-colonizing them into a dance-party savage with color and deformed shapes.” – David Murrieta, A Closer Listen

Ricarda Cometa (Tatiana Heuman / Jorge Espinal) is a mixed Argentine-Peruvian duo playing since 2009 (formerly a trio prior to 2017). Percussive sounding guitar lines zigzag, intersect, and intertwine with some fiery and precise drums. Influenced by no-wave, math rock, african / latin, and asian ritual music they are always exploring and expanding through improvisation the sounds that inhabit the verge of rhythm and noise.

2017 was a busy year for Ricarda Cometa, marking their first outing as a duo, as well as their first European tour in June/July visiting Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Croatia, Serbia, and Macedonia. As the new format grew stronger the music turned increasingly dynamic and visceral, and in September 2017 Ricarda Cometa went back to the studio to record Ricarda Cometa 2, slated for release in summer 2018 via Nefarious Industries.

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Premiere: RICARDA COMETA twist melody into strange shapes on “Panca y Piquín” – Treble

“Minimal but intense, showcasing a woozy instrumental style that showcases a heavy no wave influence as well as a more powerful indie sound that recalls the likes of Battles and Gnarwhal. The duo pulls and twists melody into odd shapes and urgent rhythms. It’s tense, strange, mangled and wiry music that hits hard but challenges conceptions of what rock music should be. If this is even rock music.” – Treble

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RICARDA COMETA: “Panca y Piquín” By South American Improv Duo Playing At Treble; Ricarda Cometa 2 Nears Release Via Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

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Treble is now streaming “Panca y Piquín,” the new single from Argentine-Peruvian improvisational instrumental duo RICARDA COMETA’s new album, Ricarda Cometa 2, which is nearing release June 1st through Nefarious Industries.

Influenced by no-wave, math rock, African, Latin, and Asian ritual music, RICARDA COMETA is always exploring and expanding through improvisation the sounds that inhabit the verge of rhythm and noise, and the interplay between members Tatiana Heuman and Jorge Espinal is engrossing and immersive. The fully improvised and instrumental Ricarda Cometa 2 explodes with their singular blend of ritual soundscapes, mutant noise, and dancing tropical grooves. Percussive guitar lines zigzag, intersect, and intertwine with explosive and precise drums and percussion. With eleven tracks in twenty-four minutes, the record recorded by Sam Nacht at Estudio Libres in Buenos Aires, Argentina, mixed and mastered by Jorge Espinal, and completed with appropriately vibrant cover art by Hideyuki Katsumata.

RICARDA COMETA guitarist Jorge Espinal provides, “You could say ‘Panca Y Piquín’ is a mixture of two worlds. Its name comes from two different chili peppers. Panca is from Perú, a long pepper left out to dry being loved by the whole country for its bright red color and overwhelming taste, it´s a chile that is not that hot but is tasty as hell. On the other side of the spectrum you have the Piquín pepper which is from Mexico, and don´t let its appearance fool you, as it looks really cute and small it´s a delicious fiery fucker. Like its title, this song is a heavy mixture between flavor and bite.”

With the “Panca Y Piquín” premiere, Treble notes, “The track is minimal but intense, showcasing a woozy instrumental style that showcases a heavy no wave influence as well as a more powerful indie sound that recalls the likes of Battles and Gnarwhal. The duo pulls and twists melody into odd shapes and urgent rhythms. It’s tense, strange, mangled and wiry music that hits hard but challenges conceptions of what rock music should be. If this is even rock music.”

Stream RICARDA COMETA’s fiery “Panca y Piquín” at Treble RIGHT HERE.

Nefarious Industries will release Ricarda Cometa 2 digitally and limited CD on June 1st; find CD at the label HERE and Bandcamp, where you can stream the songs “Galgo Tuerto” and “Soltá El Bambú” HERE. A cassette version is also available through Vestibular Records.

In conjunction with the release of the new album, RICARDA COMETA will return to Europe on tour through most of June, with more new dates continually being confirmed and added to the itinerary. See the latest routing below and watch for the finalized set of tour dates in the coming days.

RICARDA COMETA Tour Dates:
6/09/2018 Kafe Haerverk – Oslo, NO
6/11/2018 Galleri 21 – Malmö, SE
6/13/2018 KoncertKirken – Copenhagen, DK
6/15/2018 Grandhotel Cosmopolis – Augsburg, DE
6/16/2018 Import-Export – Munich, DE
6/18/2018 Celeste – Vienna, CH
6/20/2018 Der Bloede Dritte Mittwoch – Vienna, CH
6/22-23/2018 noise party vol. x (Noise Assault Agency) – České Budějovice, CZ
6/25/2018 Czech Music Information Centre – Prague, CZ
6/27/2018 6 Dzielnica – Łódź, PL
6/28/2018 Chlodna-25 – Warsaw, PL
6/29/2018 Kulturhauz – Torun, PL
6/30/2018 CKN Centrala – Gorzów, PL
7/02/2018 Kühlspot – Berlin, DE

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RICARDA COMETA: Noisey Debuts “Soltá El Bambú” From South American Duo; Ricarda Cometa 2 Nears Release Via Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

Ricarda Cometa[photo by Krzyszt Paw]

Noisey has debuted the new single by Argentine-Peruvian duo RICARDA COMETA’s impending new album, Ricarda Cometa 2, nearing release June 1st through Nefarious Industries. The portal has issued the album’s captivating third track, “Soltá El Bambú.”

Influenced by no-wave, math rock, African, Latin, and Asian ritual music, RICARDA COMETA is always exploring and expanding through improvisation the sounds that inhabit the verge of rhythm and noise, and the interplay between members Tatiana Heuman and Jorge Espinal is engrossing and immersive. The fully improvised and instrumental Ricarda Cometa 2 explodes with their singular blend of ritual soundscapes, mutant noise, and dancing tropical grooves. Percussive guitar lines zigzag, intersect, and intertwine with explosive and precise drums and percussion.

The track feature at Noisey offers in part, “RICARDA COMETA started out as a trio, but they’ve been a duo since 2017. And it’s not as if Tatiana Heuman and Jorge Espinal need another set of hands to complete their signature sound, which is based on an entirely original blend of dissonance, improvisation, muscle, brains, and above all, rhythm—that phenomenal cadence that generic noise rock generally lacks, and which goes much further than mere repetition of beats and noise patterns. RICARDA COMETA has it, and it’s damn good.”

Stream RICARDA COMETA’s “Soltá El Bambú” at  Noisey US HERE and Noisey en Español HERE.

With eleven tracks in twenty-four minutes, the record recorded by Sam Nacht at Estudio Libres in Buenos Aires, Argentina, mixed and mastered by Jorge Espinal, and completed with appropriately vibrant cover art by Hideyuki Katsumata.

Nefarious Industries will release Ricarda Cometa 2 digitaly and with a limited CD pressing on June 1st; find CD at the label HERE and Bandcamp, where you can stream the song  “Galgo Tuerto,” HERE. A cassette version will also see release on Vestibular Records.

In conjunction with the release of the new album, RICARDA COMETA will return to Europe on tour through most of June, with more new dates continually being confirmed and added to the itinerary. See the latest routing below and watch for the finalized set of tour dates in the coming days.

RICARDA COMETA Tour Dates:
6/09/2018 Kafe Haerverk – Oslo, NO
6/11/2018 Galleri 21 – Malmö, SE
6/13/2018 KoncertKirken – Copenhagen, DK
6/15/2018 Grandhotel Cosmopolis – Augsburg, DE
6/16/2018 Import-Export – Munich, DE
6/18/2018 Celeste – Vienna, CH
6/20/2018 Der Bloede Dritte Mittwoch – Vienna, CH
6/22-23/2018 noise party vol. x (Noise Assault Agency) – České Budějovice, CZ
6/25/2018 Czech Music Information Centre – Prague, CZ
6/27/2018 6 Dzielnica – Łódź, PL
6/28/2018 Chlodna 25 – Warsaw, PL
6/29/2018 Kulturhauz – Torun, PL
6/30/2018 CKN Centrala – Gorzów, PL
7/02/2018 Kühlspot – Berlin, DE

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RICARDA COMETA’s ‘Soltá el Bambú’ Is a Rhythmic Noise Rock Explosion – Noisey

“The Peruvian-Argentine duo’s new track is built on a stark contrast between noise rock, improvisation, and pure rhythm. [..] an entirely original blend of dissonance, improvisation, muscle, brains, and above all, rhythm—that phenomenal cadence that generic noise rock generally lacks and which goes much further than mere repetition of beats and noise patterns. RICARDA COMETA has it, and it’s damn good.” – Noisey

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RICARDA COMETA: New Album By Argentine-Peruvian Duo To See June Release Via Nefarious Industries; “Galgo Tuerto” Now Playing At New Noise Magazine – Earsplit Compound

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Argentine-Peruvian duo RICARDA COMETA will release their new album, Ricarda Cometa 2, in June through Nefarious Industries, in conjunction with the band’s upcoming European tour. An advance preview of the album’s intense world music rhythms and diverse realms of songcraft has been issued through a premiere of the track “Galgo Tuerto” at New Noise Magazine.

Formed in 2009, RICARDA COMETA performed and recorded as a trio until early 2017 when the band was reborn as a duo comprised of Tatiana Heuman and Jorge Espinal. 2017 was a busy year for RICARDA COMETA, marking their first outing as a duo, as well as their first European tour in June and July, which saw them visiting Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Croatia, Serbia, and Macedonia. As the new format grew stronger the music turned increasingly dynamic and visceral, and in September 2017 they returned to the studio to record Ricarda Cometa 2.

The fully improvised Ricarda Cometa 2 explodes with the band’s singular blend of ritual soundscapes, mutant noise, and dancing tropical grooves. Percussive guitar lines zigzag, intersect, and intertwine with explosive and precise drums and percussion. Delivering eleven tracks in twenty-four minutes, the interplay between Heuman and Espinal is engrossing and immersive. Influenced by no-wave, math rock, African, Latin, and Asian ritual music, RICARDA COMETA is always exploring and expanding through improvisation the sounds that inhabit the verge of rhythm and noise. The record was recorded by Sam Nacht at Estudio Libres in Buenos Aires, Argentina, mixed and mastered by Jorge Espinal, and completed with appropriately vibrant cover art by Hideyuki Katsumata.

With the debut of the album’s first single, RICARDA COMETA offers of the song, “‘Galgo Tuerto’ came out during the first day of recording. We had just returned from an intense European tour, so we were kind of on-point and worked up. As a band that mainly works with improvisation, we never know the outcome of what we are going to play. But our main goal is always that the music that is being created feels like a song. Of course, we are talking about a song that we are not going to be able to play ever again.”

Stream RICARDA COMETA’s “Galgo Tuerto” at New Noise Magazine RIGHT HERE.

Nefarious Industries will release Ricarda Cometa 2 on June 1st through digital providers and with a limited CD pressing; find preorders at the label HERE and Bandcamp HERE. A cassette version will also see release on Vestibular Records.

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Ricarda Cometa 2 Track Listing:
1. Alambres
2. Galgo Tuerto
3. Soltá El Bambú
4. Panca Y Piquín
5. Bancá, Tu Tranquilo
6. Estoy Afuera
7. Echando Unos Taquitos
8. Chapulines
9. Dale Mecha
10. Anti Gas
11. Cerrajero Sin Talento

In conjunction with the release of the new album, RICARDA COMETA will return to Europe on tour through most of June. While the dates are still being finalized, the current routing begins in Oslo on June 9th and runs through June 29th, ending in Torun, Poland. The routing will be finalized in the days ahead.

RICARDA COMETA Tour Dates:
6/09/2018 Kafe Haerverk – Oslo, NO
6/13/2018 KoncertKirken – Copenhagen, DK
6/15/2018 Grandhotel Cosmopolis – Augsburg, DE
6/16/2018 Import-Export – Munich, DE
6/18/2018 Celeste – Vienna, CH
6/20/2018 Der Bloede Dritte Mittwoch – Vienna, CH
6/22-23/2018 noise party vol. x (Noise Assault Agency) – České Budějovice, CZ
6/25/2018 Czech Music Information Centre – Prague, CZ
6/27/2018 6 Dzielnica – Łódź, PL
6/28/2018 Chlodna 25 – Warsaw, PL
6/29/2018 Kulturhauz – Torun, PL

RICARDA COMETA is playing music that is as visceral as a punch to the gut, twisting and breaking all sorts of rhythms from Latin America in an avant-garde way that sets them far apart from the current generation of re appropriators of such traditions, whether they come from the ‘punk’ milieu or the electronic scene. Improvisation is the key here, damaging all the commonplace elements into something new and harder-hitting, freeing them violently into a wilderness of noise and lo-fi production, de-colonizing them into a dance-party savage with color and deformed shapes.” – A Closer Listen

 RICARDA COMETA are a mixed Argentine-Peruvian improv group whose ‘Empina el Codo’ sounds like a broken, two guitar samba school, a parade that perpetually moves at right angles to itself. Percussive sounding guitar lines zigzag, intersect and occasionally intertwine, stubbornly refusing to follow the martial sounding drum rolls trying to hurry them on.” – The Wire

RICARDA COMETA:
Jorge Espinal – guitar
Tatiana Heuman – drums

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RICARDA COMETA: “Galgo Tuerto” Song Premiere – New Noise Magazine

“[Galgo Tuerto] is short, sweet, and full of the unique improvised math vibe dissonance that the group is known for. Guitar licks are woven in between discordant chords and a quick paced rhythm structure.” – New Noise Magazine

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