We’ll be presenting the lineup for a stage in the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s stunning Baroque Chapel throughout the night, programming our signature progression of avant garde classical music, through to jazz, soul, post-rock, electronica, and everything in between in the form of :: Simon Bird, Loah, OKO, Téada Orchestra, and Tonnta.
Apart from a few token attempts here and there, we think it’s long overdue that classical and jazz artists are given their rightful place in the “popular” music festival setting and we’re delighted to be able to start what we hope will be a continued and growing trend. Body&Soul’s imagination and eagerness to embrace new ideas knows no bounds and they are the perfect partners for such a beginning.
Here’s some more on each of the acts we’ll have playing ::
Simon Bird is a 24 year old experimental musician/producer/visual artist from Somerset, England. Residing in Dublin since his teens, he has to date released a large body of work including 5 EPs and 3 Albums of independent material.
Bird is also known live for his hardware based, live performances: having provided support for established international acts such as DEATH GRIPS, Chelsea Wolfe, Die Antwoord, Star Slinger, Kuedo and Ulrich Schnauss; as well as more experimental musicians such as Tera Melos, Demdike Stare, James Ferraro, Holly Herndon and Pete Swanson.
He’s also embarked on a number of collaborative projects: in 2013 he composed the soundtrack and provided sound design for Collapsing Horse Theatre Company‘s Distance From The Event, which ran for 3 weeks as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival; and this year his band DRUGSCHOOL64 (a collaboration with celebrated .gif artist/musician David Whyte) released their debut EP.
He’s currently working on his second full length as Simon Bird to be released in early 2015.
LOAH. The Mystères. The Invisibles. Intermediaries for a distant Bondye. Spirits of Haitian Vodou.
Well, that’s a different Loah, but this one’s not far off. Loah is Sallay Matu Garnett, a singer songwriter of Sierra Leonean / Irish origin, having grown up in the classical combination of Maynooth and West Africa. While there, instead of a TV all she had was a piano to keep herself entertained, which combined with a solid classical training on violin and voice resulted Introducing… in a uniquely talented musician from a very early age. She then collaborated with future members of the likes of Little Green Cars, Slow Skies, I Have A Tribe, and many others, as well as singing with Kíla, Niwel Tsumbu and Trinity Orchestra’s early pop endeavours. Meanwhile she formed and led the jazz-funk supergroup everything Jazzberries who became Electric Picnic and Dublin gig circuit regulars, wowing audiences with her mesmerising voice, stage presence, and songwriting.
She’s now embarking on an ambitious solo career, combining her unique blend of folk and soul which can only be described as ArtSoul. Expect big things, but even more so expect the unexpected.
OKO was borne out of a number of collaborations at Bottlenote Festivals and concert series in 2010 and 2011. The band features guitarist Shane Latimer, keyboardist Darragh O’Kelly, percussionist Shane O’Donovan and turntablist DJackulate .
The group improvise on skeletal compositions, drawing on a wealth of influences such as krautrock, vintage TV shows, free jazz, noise, ambient, dub, drum ‘n’ bass, dubstep, musak, hip – hop, IDM and more. Their music shifts from lush synth-drenched sculptures to tight hooks, loose grooves, robust scratching and liberated improvising.
Since their formation in 2010, OKO have performed in Dublin‟s music scene and have played at various indie Dublin venues and appeared at various festivals including Kilkenny Arts Festival, Bray Jazz Festival, Lunasa Festival, Down With Jazz, Galway Jazz Festival, Cork Jazz Festival Electric Picnic, 12 Points, and Match & Fuse in Oslo, Norway.
OKO released their debut album I Love You Computer Mountain on Diatribe records in March 2014 with the assistance of the Arts Council Music Recording Scheme.
Téada Orchestra (téada being Kunde3 the Irish word for ‘string’) is a new group of 20 violin, viola, cello and double bass players who came together through their love of string music, and now form Dublin’s newest orchestral collective.
Coming from such diverse musical backgrounds as classical, trad and jazz, Téada aims to explore and stretch the sonic possibilities of our instruments by collaborative playing and experimentation, as well as simply playing the jewels of string repertoire, which are rarely if ever performed in Ireland. The kind of music they play can be broadly described as “classical”, but they try to stay away from the traditionally formal and elitist trappings of classical music concerts – instead creating a more relaxed setting with a modern presentation without reducing the music itself.
Téada Orchestra is co-founded and directed by Matthew Rafter, Anna Clifford and Timothy Doyle.
Tonnta is a collaborative, explorative and interdisciplinary ensemble, committed to innovation and experimental performance practice in vocal music. The group was established to explore different performance approaches to vocal music, creating new audience engagement and connections to composers Mobdro App. We seek to present the listeners with a greater experience of the voice—with movement, visual art, architecture—for a more meaningful and powerful experience of this wonderful instrument. Their previous projects include the award winning choral / dance collaboration Between The Absence, this year’s Tiger Dublin Fringe opening ceremony Harp: A River Cantata, and performances at Culture Night and the Samhain Festival, amongst others.
Full details on The Shapeshifters Ball can be found here – other artists playing include East India Youth, Tim Sheridan, and Young Fathers. Early Bird Tickets for The Shapeshifters Ball have already sold out, and remaining tickets can be booked for 39.50 here.