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Manu Delago – LA Debut trio show
March 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm$15
One Night Only @ The Blue Whale, Downtown Los Angeles
7pm doors / two sets 8pm & 9.30pm / 21+
We’re honored at Worldwide FM LA to welcome renowned Hang player, percussionist, producer and composer Manu Delago for his Debut LA show with his trio in celebration of his just released third solo album Metromonk (Tru Thoughts). An album which finds this boundary-testing artist distilling and delicately exploring extremes of dynamics and mood; manipulating the Hang in experimental and inventive ways, the many voices and tones of this rare instrument are given top billing among a minimalistic palette of beats and acoustic sources.
“Amazing percussionist and Hang player” – Björk
“Intriguingly beautiful… A mercurial sound indeed” – DJ Mag
This intimate LA Debut show of the live trio is part of an extensive Metromonk World Tour and continues a wonderfully busy period for Delago – aside from the buzz surrounding his own solo music, he recently earned himself a Grammy nomination for his work on Anoushka Shankar’s ‘Land Of Gold’ album which he co-engineered and co-wrote, as well as playing a key role in Shankar’s band on her world tour. This adds to regular commitments as a collaborator and live band member for world-renowned acts such as Björk and The Cinematic Orchestra.
‘Metromonk’ finds boundary-testing artist Delago manipulating the Hang in experimental and inventive ways, giving the many voices and tones of this rare instrument top billing among a minimalistic palette of beats and acoustic sources. “I wanted to create electronic soundscapes that are generated through live performance and feel organic and human”, Delago explains. Almost all of the effects on the Hang are applied live during one-take performances, an approach which infuses the fluid melody of “Freeze” with a palpable immediacy, focus and freshness. “It may initially sound like programming or production, but it’s all happening in the moment”.
Additional touches come from vocalists Douglas Dare (Erased Tapes), Pete Josef (a 2016 Gilles Peterson Worldwide Award nominee) and ISa Kurz, and legendary trumpeter ERIK TRUFFAZ (Blue Note), while Matt Robertson (Björk, The Streets, Bat For Lashes) reprises his regular role as co-producer.
“Captivating and compelling…truly mesmerising” – i-D
“An incredible musician in everything he plays” – Nitin Sawhney
The world’s leading Hang player, Manu Delago has had over five million YouTube views and featured heavily in BBC Radio 4’s recent documentary on the instrument – see here. While his last album saw him diversifying with multiple layers of synths, electronic production and a wide range of instruments, ‘Metromonk’ restores his virtuosic Hang playing to centre stage.
Manu’s latest “Metromonk” available at your favorite
Purchase / Stream: http://bit.ly/MetromonkLF