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Astrakan are London composers and performers Celia Lu and Raymond Hardy. They are graduates from the masters course in composition at Goldsmith's College (University of London). 

Celia and Raymond have shared interests in contemporary music. Raymond has been busy for a long time in the jazz field as a saxophonist while Celia has a more formal classical background as a vocalist and pianist. Their combined efforts as Astrakan produce a music that might loosely be considered to belong to the world of jazz fusion. However this is a new fusion or post-fusion, a nascent music that reflects the vitality of their city in all of its absurd contradictions and anomalies. It is a free-flowing amalgam of jazz, funk and digital electronics that has found a home in the experimental underground. 

Over twenty years the band Astrakan has released five records with an ever changing personnel. Raymond was an original member in 2004, Celia joined for the recording of the Comets and Monsters album in 2012. Celia and Raymond as a duo composed, recorded and produced the most recent albums 'Pandora's Broken Unicorn' (2020) and 'Crab Weather' (2023). Listen to Astrakan if you favour "unusual rhythmic configurations, spine-tingling jazz harmonics mixing with delicious dissonances, impressive musicianship and striking female vocals (Trust the Doc).


Astrakan’s Reflective Pause: “Achieved Very Little but Felt Peaceful” 

Astrakan, known for their post-fusion blend of jazz, electronic, and funk, takes a contemplative turn with their latest track, “Achieved Very Little but Felt Peaceful.” Drawing from the lockdown diary of vocalist Celia, this ambient piece diverges from the duo’s typical whirlwind of electronic and acoustic dynamism, opting instead for a serene soundscape that mirrors the introspective mood of its title. The track layers Celia’s spoken words with subtle electronic percussion and synth work, integrating her voice as both a narrative and percussive element. A gentle saxophone weaves through the spoken lyrics, adding a soft, melodic commentary to the reflective content.

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Crab Weather

Self Produced


Pandora's Broken...

Self Produced


Hidden Agenda

Self Produced


Comets and Monsters


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Achieved Very Little but Felt Peaceful

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