Corima: Rock in Opposition

Feb 20, 2016

3103680Zeuhl: A music genre that is a mix of Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Modernism, and Fusion. “Common elements: oppressive or discipline-conveying feel, marching themes, throbbing bass, and ethereal piano or Rhodes piano, and brass instruments” (


The Zeuhl and Rock in Opposition band Corima formed in 2005 in El Paso, Texas by four high school friends. As seems their creed, they have explored, incorporated, played, fiddled, experimented, and transformed ever since.

In its early stages, Corima was composed as a quartet of two guitars, bass, and drums and went through a constant transformation, combining the energy of punk rock and metal while delving into new unexplored musical territories that encompassed the complexity of progressive rock, the pulsating rhythms of African and Latin music, the poignancy of 60’s and 70’s classical rock, and taking as a concept the philosophy of Mayan and Aztec spirituality, especially with the mysteries of the feathered-serpent illumined seer Quetzalcoatl. (Corima, Facebook “about”)

As they continued to explore, they came upon Zeuhl band Magma, the Parisian grandfathers of symphonic rock according to Lurker’s Guide to Progressive Rock at Lurker’s Grave.

When they listened to them they intuitively knew that they had finally found a band that would change the course of their music forever and that would serve as the primary basis for their inspiration.

Other inspiration came from bands such as Weidori, Eider Stellaire, Art Zoyd, and Bondage Fruit. After two initial members left, the remaining members “reassembled and reshaped” old compositions and found some legends who influenced their musical way even further: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Wayner Shorter. Then along came funk, soul, and “afro-beat” music. And, surprisingly, 20th classical music.




In 2008, Corima released its first album, which received attention in Europe, and the first tour took members up and down the East Coast. The realities of moving to Los Angeles diminished the band to two members, but after “a long hiatus” people came within their universe and the band expanded from Francisco and Sergio as a duet on drums and keyboard to include bassist Ryan Kamiyamazaki, “virtuoso violinist” Andrea Calderon, and saxophonist Ryan Shiroishi.

The first rehearsal with Patrick joining in with sax was truly a magical moment for the band because they found the perfect sound that they had always envisioned with the inclusion of violin and saxophone.

Alain Lebon, “legendary” owner of the French label Soleil Zeuhl contacted Corima and offered to distribute the bands second album Quetzalcóatl, which was released in 2012 and “gained international acclaim in the progressive rock community.”




Ryan Kamiyamazaki – Bass
Patrick Shiroishi – Saxophones
Andrea Calderon – Violin
Francisco Casanova – Piano
Sergio Sánchez – Drums


Corima publicity photo

Corima publicity photo


Corima plays at the Old Towne Pub on March 4 at 8 p.m. Joining the “Dark Party Art Rock” is Feather Wolf, Attahk Duo, and Tan Tien.


Corima: Dark Party Art Rock
Friday, March 4th, 8 p.m.
Old Towne Pub, 23 E. Holly St., Pasadena 91103
Walk down alley
Cost: $5
For more info, visit event Facebook page
Old Towne Pub: 1.626.577.6583


Photo: Corima

Photo: Corima


Corima’s Quetzalcóatl




Magma’s album Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandoh: “One of the greatest albums of the prog rock explosion. Here’s a particularly inspiring performance of ‘Hortz Fur Dëhn Stëkehn West’ ” (Lurker’s Grave)…




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