Aura Noctis is a Neoclassical / Darkwave project created by Olga B. García, from Spain, who started playing piano and composing at an early age. Since 2006 she’s been producing songs that would later be released in future albums, some of them were featured in radio podcasts, short films and other projects.
During 2011 and 2012 some contributing musicians joined the project and the first two albums ‘Itineris I’ and ‘Vitae Proelium’ were released by independent labels.
In 2015 a live performance album ‘En Directo 2015’ is released with new contributing musicians, featuring new unreleased compositions as well as previously released ones.
A new album will be released in 2023.
Genre / Style:
Aura Noctis’ music, not easy to fit in any music genre, has been described in some press reviews as “melancholy neofolk / darkwave” (peek-a-boo magazine), “Neoclassical / Ethereal / Dark Wave” (heathenharvest.org), and related terms. Fans of Film Music, New Age, Heavenly Voices or Neoclassical music may also like it.
For our description we frame ourselves within the so-called Neoclassical DarkWave due to the similarity with other projects or bands classified in this genre, such as sToa.
2006 – 2009
The Aura Noctis project was created by Olga B. García in 2006. Between 2006 and 2009 she was producing songs and sharing them through platforms such as myspace or soundclick.
In 2007 she was asked to use her music in the Argentine animated short film “Otra vez la pelota al agua” (Cristian Gauna).
2010 – 2012
In 2010 Pilar Molina (cello, voices) joined the project. The songs were arranged for piano, cello and voices in order to be performed live.
In 2011 Rubén G. (frame drum, flutes) joined. The group performed live in Valencia (Teatro de los Manantiales) and Madrid (Ritmo y Compás & Museum of Romanticism).
In 2012 Fernando (percussion) joined. They performed live in Madrid (Casa Encendida) and in Leipzig (Schaulpielhaus, at the Wave Gotik Treffen),
At the end of 2012 Carmen Ruiz (oboe) joined. They performed in Barcelona (Sala Demonix).
In December 2012 the second album “Vitae Proelium” (In the Morningside Records) was released.
2013 – 2014
The band breaks up. During those years, Olga was working on new compositions.
2015 – 2016
A new band is formed with Susana Rico on cello and Bea Tierno on vocals, as well as Carmen on oboe and Rubén on percussion, who had previously collaborated.
The new band performs in Espacio Ronda – Madrid and releases an album performed entirely live, available both on CD and digital audio as well as on DVD (“En Directo 2015”, self-produced).
During 2015 and 2016 the group played live on several occasions in different venues in Madrid.
In 2016 the band is invited to perform at the event “La Noche de los Candiles”, in Almócita, Almería.
2017 – 2021
There is a break due to different circumstances that prevent Olga from dedicating time to the project.
2022 – 2023
At the beginning of 2022 the band comes together again to perform at Espacio Ronda.
In addition to Susana on cello and Carmen on oboe, Sergi Perales joined on percussion, replacing Rubén. The soprano Ana Rey joins the voices as an occasional collaboration, in addition to the usual collaboration of Bea.
During 2022 Olga resumes music production and plans to release a new album in early 2023.
Who’s Aura Noctis?
The musical composition and production is carried out by the founder of the project, Olga B. García.
The band for live performances currently consists of:
- Olga: piano
- Carmen Ruiz: oboe
- Susana Rico: cello
- Sergi Perales: frame drum
- Bea Tierno: vocals
Other people who were previously involved in Aura Noctis are:
- Pilar Molina (2010 – 2012): cello, vocals
- Rubén G. (2011 – 2016): frame drum, flutes
- Fernando (2012 – 2012): drums