credit: Andreas Bjørseth
BAYA is the artistic voice of Andrew Murray, 28, a musician from Rykkinn, Bærum. A Norwegian native with Ivorian and Scottish heritage.
His debut, "Oslo-Harlem" is a very personal body of music, interspersed with recordings from the artist’s own interviews with his formerly estranged father, Bruno Baya Sompohi. The journey of their first meeting in Harlem, meant the foregoing of a traditional paternal relationship. The recognition of their shared artistic spirit provided the impetus behind BAYA. His father's artwork derives from the interaction between the traditional masks of his sub-Saharan African homeland and the architecture of Western religion, dubbed "Glalogy". It is a theme BAYA brings forward in the visual elements of his own work.
Through "Oslo-Harlem", BAYA manages to connect the missing dots between an artist and what made him who he is.
The sound is inspired by that reconnection; separate from his previous work, but still informed by the erratic and nuanced techniques he picked up whilst remixing under his previous moniker "Baardsen" (Grimes, Warpaint et al). His abstraction is music that saturates the frequency range in four dimensions. Persistent in wanting to fill every corner but also managing to foster the air between; the sound is bold and consuming, a cascading soundscape that clings elegantly to it's own ambience.