Oliver Shanti, also known as Oliver Serano-Alve, is a New Age musician, best known for his work with the bands "Oliver Shanti & Friends" and "Inkarnation". "Oliver Shanti & Friends" is a collaborative New Age project led by Oliver Shanti together with his wife Margot Vogl and ever changing lineup of guest musicians from all over the world. Also a part of first regular lineup keyboard player Veit Wayman left in 1998. The project existed till 2003 and was effectively dissolved following the escape of Oliver Shanti during his prosecution.
Magnus Lindberg burst onto the contemporary music scene in the 1980s with his early work Kraft (as in "power", and not the American food conglomerate and inventor of Velveeta cheese by-product substance), an avant-garde spectacular that took the "sound mass" procedures of Berio or Xenakis and wedded them to an explosive rhythmic energy. He's broadened his style since then, taking in tonal elements and even the occasional tune, but the rhythmic vitality remains, and his coloristic gifts, his ear for ever new and remarkable instrumental sound combinations, have only increased. Aura is a four-movement symphony as indescribable as it is a joy to hear. Dedicated to the memory of Lutoslawski, the piece shows its composer similarly possessed of a vibrant, communicative personal musical language. Although it plays continuously for about 37 minutes, newcomers to Lindberg's sound creations should start with the finale, a sort of dance that begins with simple tunefulness before finding itself in a sort of riotous minimalist hell. It's hugely fun, as is the entire work.