RAZA – the name a reference to the musical chi called Rasa in Gamelan – are electro prog duo Gav Thomson (synthesiser, programming, trumpet) and Bertrand Auguste Mougel (drums). Drawing influences from West African funk to classic sci-fi and everything in between they are a self-styled “friendly musical conversation between a Scotsman and a Frenchman, using the medium of synthesisers and drums.”
Both have worked on numerous musical projects up to this point, all with an experimental bent. Gav has played with Findo Gask, GRNR, Glamour Muscle and Honey and the Herbs and Bertrand has drummed for Parisian prog-tropical band, Orval Carlos Sibelius, and done percussion for Francois and the Atlas Mountains.
Having first met at the Glad Community Choir in Shawlands, Glasgow (singing Ivor Cutler) the pair quickly discovered that their seemingly divergent musical tastes could actually be brought together to form something entirely new. Blending Gav’s love of wonky and melodious electronic music and Bertrand’s drumming style influenced by Afrobeat, Indonesian, Gamelan and Brazilian groove music, RAZA quickly established a unique sound.