Pan Astral Brings their Immersive Audio-Visual Experience to Pittsburgh

Published On October 13, 2015 | By Shayna Mendez | Music


Formed in Denver, Colorado in 2010, Pan Astral was an idea conceived by Gabriel Otto and Ryan Burnett in a tiny basement room. Burnett later departed to transition to other projects; but Otto has since graduated to an upstairs loft in Denver’s arts district, bringing on three additional band members to continue producing their unique style of music.

Currently, the group consists of Otto (bass, guitar, keyboards, vocals), Kipp Koren (bass, keyboards), Tad Lusk (backup vocals, guitar), and Michael Smith (drums, backup vocals). Their sound has continuously matured since their inception, often featuring melodic vocals layered with ambient breakbeats over lush soundscapes.

Pan Astral has a habit for collaborating with galleries and DIY venues, with intent to transform their live performances into a one-of-a-kind experience each time. In the past five years, the collective has quickly become known for their dreamlike, energetic performances which feature storytelling motifs and projection mapping upon handmade stages.

“When we play live shows, we do a performance, but we treat the performance as an art show, more so than a place to meet chicks,” Otto stated in Denver’s “Westword” [online magazine] last year. “It’s a form of expression, but it is playful and pretty spontaneous. The shows are very well prepared in that all the visual material has been compiled for hours beforehand. It’s more spontaneous in the way the visual interacts with the musical aspect.”

In collaboration with Emerson Jay and audio/visual artist Data Banks, Pan Astral will play a free show in Pittsburgh before they set off to join Lotus on their upcoming tour.

You can preview their recently released track, “When Summer Comes,” below:

emersonEmerson Jay is a ‘Burgh native known for his well crafted, synth-filled compositions. His first EP, titled “THEEP,” gave the singer a solid start, gaining him attention from various music blogs around the world and even landing him spots in a handful of U.S. music festivals.

As described by Michael Schreder from NYC music blog, “Oblivious Pop,” Emerson “has masterfully crafted the perfect soundtrack for a crazy summer of beach days that lead into the humid nights of drinking and city lights.”

Check out his new single, “Move,” below:


The free show will be hosted by Club Cafe (21+) on Wednesday, October 21. Doors open at 7PM, and the concert begins at 8.

Don’t miss out on this immersive live performance!

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