Goldfynch is an art-focussed contemporary music collaboration of multi-award winning Guitarist/ Composer Gavin Libotte and Singer/Poet/ Songwriter Niyati Libotte. Blending their mutual love for and eclectic taste in music, art and film, the husband-wife team find inspiration for their songs from living life in close quarters before and during the coronavirus pandemic. The result is a haunting merger of tone, emotion and energy that takes you on many journeys- by turns moody, cinematic and aspirational, above all human. It’s storytelling in song, catharsis in sound.
Goldfynch was birthed out of a need to express in troubled times. Much like the symbol of the songbird itself, there’s an overarching message of hope and positivity through challenge and change. More specifically the messaging often favours mindfullness to combat many of life’s current trials, be it destabilised children, lack of wealth, ageing parents, rising mental health issues, relationships, finding meaning, and focussing beyond the material.
Goldfynch draws on many influences, from Ella to Air, the Beatles to Radiohead, Madeleine Peyroux to A.R. Raiman, Eva Cassidy to Coldplay. The music accordingly mixes genres and each song is unique, blending jazz, acoustic pop, soft rock, classical and folk, with Indian, Latin, Jewish and French influences. A true melting pot of musical traditions, the recordings draw on the talents of award winning Sydney musicians including Aria-winning bassist Jonathan Zwartz, National Jazz Awards finalist Thomas Avgenicos on trumpet, award-winning violinist Ben Adler, veteran drummer James Hauptmann, cellist/composer Damian De Boos Smith and pianist Bill Risby, both of whom feature in films such as Peter Rabbit, The Great Gatsby, Australia, Lego Batman, Happy Feet 2 and Ellipsis.
Recorded at Soundplanet Studios, produced by Emmy Award winner Sean Carey, and mastered by two-time Grammy Award winner Helik Hadar, the debut album is due for release May 2021.
*Silver Medal Winners (Outstanding Achievement) for the debut Album and Art/pop track “Opus” at the 2020 Global Music Awards.