CELTICA –Pipes rock! Press text
10 years after Austrian guitarist and composer Gajus Stappen has founded CELTICA with musicians from Scotland, Bulgaria and Austria, after more than 450 performances, 4 studio albums and a sensationell concert with classical orchestra on VD and double CD, all the work got internationaly recognized and awarded:
Celtica got nominated at the Australian Celtic Music Awards2019 as „International Artist of the Year“!
Celtica´s 4th studio album „Steamphonia“ with entirely original compositions was the artistic break through: The Scottish Great Highland Bagpipe got presented in a absolutely new context with classical instruments and Metal oriented sounds and excites the audience with top notch virtuosity. In 2017, at „Live at Montelago“ Celtica could catch this sound and a spectacular live show at a sensational concert with classical orchestra and choir in top sound quality on CD and DVD. The reactions of their fans as well as critics were enthusiastic and promoted the show especially after the release in the USA in 2018, leading just half a year later to the nomination at the Australian Celtic Music Awards .
The Sound, the Show
: The majestic-mystic sound of the Great Highland Bagpipe elevates above the powerful rock band, the masterly played violin expends the unique style with symphonic-epic melodies. Influences of Irish Folk, Symphonic Metal, and even Gothic merge with the energetic Celtic music, full of lust of life. This sound, as international as the musicians – coming from Scotland, USA, Bulgaria and Austria- and the spectacular show guarantee a concert no one will ever forget. Mystic torches on the bagpipes and burning drumsticks, thundering against huge drums, create a cultic atmosphere, flames, shooting out of the instruments, entertain every audience worldwide…
That´s why Celtica is one of the most booked acts at Celtic-, Scottish-, Steampunk- and Medieval Festivals as well as at town festivals. Celtica could conquer their fans by storm at more than 450 performances in Europe -from the legendary Wacken-Festival in the very North to South Spain, and at numerous US- and Canada- tours from New York to San Francisco, from Florida up to the Rocky Mountains, from Alaska to Hawaii.
The official music videos of Celtica with a blend of live show and artistic plot inspired so far close to 5 million viewers on Youtube, and still counting…