"There was a project out of Melbourne called The RAah project. They gave me a CD, I checked it out on the way home. I couldn't believe how good it was - it was definitely up there and beyond. It was a bit of Matthew Herbert, a little of Sa-Ra Creative Partners, but with its own melodic Australian vibe going on."
RAah takes new shots at the established ideas of Electronica hip hop, pop, contemporary, dance and soul music. It is an original contemporary music project embracing both traditional and new principles of jazz improvisation and arrangement 20th century composition, song, verse and flow.
The record SCORE, was created with a 17 piece string section, a full Big Band (the Australian Show Band) and a selection of jazz/funk players from Melbourne’s vibrant music scenes. The thirteen tracks combine big band vocals and orchestration, soaring cinematic string arrangements, hip hop beats, soul motifs and simple pop melodies with surprising and absorbing results.
The project was funded by Arts Victoria and its live presentation (incorporating a full chamber ensemble) was developed with the assistance of the Victorian Arts Centre’s SMASHLAB program.
Ritchie and Rogeon share love of diverse musical formats and gain equal enjoyment. From pounding modern electronic beats and traditional orchestral music, the two work and tour as part of critically acclaimed ensemble, True Live, as well as on various individual projects as producers, arrangers and performers.
Ritchie is the founder of and writer producer behind True Live and the writer/producer behind Paris Wells. He completed a BA in Music Composition/performance at the VCA in 2003 and has performed in support of artists such as 'The Roots, De La Soul, Roots Manuva, Justin Timberlake and Moby as well as playing at most major festivals throughout Australia. He has scored for film including Melbourne International Film Festival documentary winner RASH. A multi instrumentalist and vocalist - Ritchie is currently writing a solo vocal record.
Rogeon completed a BA in Music Performance at the VCA in 1997. His special interests in jazz and Brazilian music have been consolidated through study, performance and recoding stints in New York and Rio and he currently works in music performance, production, education and composition for film/TV and dance. As a founding member of the Melbourne-based ensemble True Live, Rogeon has performed at major arts and rock festivals across the country including Meredith Music Festival, Falls Festival, Big Day Out and the Adelaide and Melbourne international arts festivals. He has also toured with the live film music ensemble Blue Grassy Knoll at Singapore Arts Festival 2006. Recently, Rogeon has composed an orchestral score for the AFC funded film The Hedge and a Bollywood funk score for the ABC doco Beyond The Back Yard.