Saturnia is a Psychedelic Artist from Lisbon, Portugal, a creation of multi instrumentalist producer Luis Simões on guitar, sitar, bass pedals, theremin, gong and vocals accompanied by keyboardist Tiago Marques on organ, synthesizer, electric piano and mellotron.

Formed in the mid nineties by Luis Simões, originally intended to be a communal band Saturnia ended up as a one-man album band, making extremely rare live appearances as a duo of Luis Simões plus a guest musician until the more permanent entrance of Tiago Marques in 2012.
Luis Simões has been heading Saturnia and recording essentially on his own Saturnia's six album discography with a few selected guests, notably Daevid Allen (Gong), Nik Turner (Hawkwind) and Stefan Koglek (Colour Haze), in a reclusive, secretive and success-scornful way, with considerable critical acclaim, for over 15 years making Saturnia the longest running psychedelic Portuguese artist.

Although Saturnia's debut album was a fusion of classic psychedelia with contemporary electronic rhythms, Saturnia's present sound retained hardly anything of its early electronic influences and is much in the spirit of traditional late sixties/early seventies Psychedelic-Space rock-proto Progressive bands; with definite nods to artists like Pulsar, Pink Floyd, Hawkwind, Can, King Crimson, The Doors, Tangerine Dream and even at times dabs of Weather Report or Ravi Shankar. Predominantly instrumental, Saturnia's jam-based, stoned trance spiritual music is dominated by layers of synthesizers, organ, guitars or sitar that weave warm ambiences, alluring effects and drifting melodies around Cool grooves, toped by Simões's soft and haunting vocals.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Saturnia é um artista psicadélico de Lisboa, criação do multi-instrumentista e produtor Luís Simões na guitarra, sitar indiano, theremin, gongo, bass pedals e voz; acompanhado por Tiago Marques no orgão, sintetizador, piano eléctrico e mellotron.

Formado em meados dos anos 90 por Luís Simões, com a ideia de criar uma banda comunal, Saturnia acabou por se transformar numa one-man band de estúdio, fazendo raras aparicões ao vivo como um duo, consistindo de Simões e um convidado - sendo destes o mais notável Francisco Rebelo - Orelha Negra - até à entrada mais permanente de Tiago Marques em 2012. A sua estreia ao vivo acontece na “Hora do Lobo ao vivo” de António Sérgio.

Melómano incontrolável e eclético, Simões alia a seu ethos musical à urgência da partilha estética, como motor para a sua incessante criação; neste processo tocou e gravou com artistas tais como The Gift, Cool Hipnoise, More República Masónica, Blasted Mechanism, Shrine, Ritual Tejo, Lulu Blind, Ena Pá 2000, The Firstborn, Nigga Poison, 31 ou Plastica.

Luís Simões tem dirigido Saturnia e gravado a sua discografia de seis álbuns - através do Label Germânico, Elektrohasch - essencialmente sozinho com alguns convidados selecionados, como Daevid Allen(Gong), Nik Turner(Hawkwind) e Stefan Koglek(Colour Haze), de uma forma reclusiva, secretista e ignorando qualquer tipo de sucesso mais ou menos standardizado, sempre com críticas notáveis, há mais de 15 anos, o que faz dos Saturnia o artista psicadélico Português há mais tempo no activo.

Apesar de o primeiro álbum de Saturnia ser uma fusão de psicadelia clássica com ritmos electrónicos contemporâneos, seis álbuns mais tarde, o actual som de Saturnia reteve pouco ou nada das suas influências electrónicas iniciais e está muito mais no espírito de bandas do fim dos anos 60/início dos anos 70 de space-rock-psicadélico, proto-progressivo; com assumidos piscares de olho a artistas como Pulsar, Pink Floyd, Hawkwind, Can, King Crimson, The Doors, Tangerine Dream e por vezes até toques de Weather Report ou Ravi Shankar.
Predominantemente instrumental, a música de transe semi improvisacional de Saturnia é dominada por camadas de orgão, sintetizador, guitarra e sitar que tecem ambientes calmos, efeitos hipnóticos e melodias esvoaçantes em torno de grooves fundamentais, tudo encimado pela voz suave de Luís Simões.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Saturnia started off in late 1996, founded by multi-instrumentalist Luis Simões.
Saturnia was originally intended to be a communal art project where friends of several artistic professions such as literature, photography, design and music, would come and input. One of these people was Filipe Homem, then a publicity designer, who, with Luis Simões, named the project. The name came from the merge between several sources: the Saturnia butterfly, the planet Saturn and saturnalia, a natural/ecological, spacey/cosmic and hedonistic concept.
This relationship was fruitful and the fusion of music with image was symbiotic. This incidental association lasted throughout 1997 and out of it came the first Saturnia demo.

In early 1998 this duo split up friendly due to Simões's interest in pursuing a purely musical direction, that fused psych/prog head music of the seventies with its present day descendant, the electronic drums & bass, jungle and rave culture.
(It was in this period that Simões first cooperated with friend bassist Francisco Rebelo both playing live and recording with Cool Hipnoise)
Saturnia then turned into a genuine two piece group, with Luis Simões on guitar, sitar, theremin, vocals, gong and programming, and old time friend and musical partner Eduardo Vasconcelos (aka M Strange) on keyboards.

This line up brainstormed and out of it came the first proper Saturnia recording in early 1999, unfortunately M Strange's unwillingness to play live made him leave and his replacement was found in the person of Vasco Pereira, a space rock synthesist/organist and full time vinyl maniac. Playing live for the first time on the 8th of April 2000 in Lisbon's Ritz club, the duo continued to play live, jam and improvise while Simões recorded for Saturnia's second sonic effort. (This year, Saturnia also remixed songs for performance rockers Blasted Mechanism).

In the summer of 2000 Luis Simões and Vasco Pereira divorced due to musical differences and Francisco Rebelo replaced him live on keyboards due to the hanging presence of confirmed gigs.
Late 2000 and early 2001 were spent finishing Saturnia's second long duration recording.(Throughout 2001 Luis Simões also recorded and played live with Portuguese trip hop group The gift)

Much had happened since the last studio outing and Saturnia reinvented its blend of modern exotic space psychedelia for a truly surprising album. "The glitter Odd". This recording was well received by music critics and head people.
"The Glitter Odd" did well and Simões returned to the studio after some shows to produce the follow up.
One year later, October 2002, after about twelve months of hard work and a profoundly metaphysical year of yoga and meditation, the new album, an inspirational psych tour de force titled "Hydrophonic Gardening" got ready. This spiritual album confirmed Saturnia's music solidity, refinement and sophistication.

By this time Luis Simões joined the extremely successful Portuguese performance rock trance outfit Blasted Mechanism thus doing years of life on the road; this reflected on the new Saturnia album (like before, produced and recorded by Simões on his own but this time with a handful of guests, notably Daevid Allen and Nik Turner) that was done during that period.
Laconically titled "Muzak" this album set a new vibe in the Saturnia cosmos going for an effective hi-fi sound production and no nonsense approach to head music.
This and the association with cult German label Elektrohasch records resulted in Saturnia's most popular and successful album until then.

2012-"Alpha Omega Alpha" is released.  It's Saturnia's double album-Magnum Opus, organic and perfect in the balance of concept and form.
Again, performed, recorded, mixed and produced by Simões in his usual reclusive and private manner; with the exception of two songs, wich feature spoken word guests, one of them Stefan Koglek of Colour Haze quoting Goethe.
With "Alpha Omega Alpha" Saturnia left no turn unstoned in its multi-dimensional exuberance, effortlessly summing up, more than in any previous Saturnia recording, the richness of Saturnia's artistic cosmos.
This year would also have, exceptionally,  Saturnia playing outside Portugal for a one month tour of Europe with label mates Colour Haze and the entrance of Tiago Marques as the definitive in house Saturnia live Keyboardist.

2016-The new Saturnia album, The Real High, is out.