Crossings: Abraham Brody + Wooden Elephant
The rising Lithuanian-american composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Abraham Brody has been hailed by critics as ‘Lithuania’s male Bjork’, ‘Epic’ (Broadway World), ‘thrilling and transformative’ (The New Yorker). He creates deeply multi-layered works which incorporate both electronics, synthesizers, his mesmerising voice, as well as various instruments and immersive video installations. A collaborator of renowned artist Marina Abramovic, and 2017-18 Artist in Residence at National Sawdust in New York, he recently made his debut at the John F Kennedy Center for the performing arts in Washington D.C., and has performed at such venues as the Barbican Centre (2015 artist in residence), Southbank Centre, Rich Mix London, Sziget Festival Budapest, Great Amber Hall Latvia, and Reykjavik Arts Festival, among many others. WNYC New York Public Radio named him a Top 10 Artist of 2017.
His music both emulates the singer-songwriter style of Anthony and the Johnson’s as well as such artists as Laurie Anderson and Bjork.Tapping into the mystical power of his Baltic roots, Brody’s music creates a link between the memory of our ancient past and our current time. His forthcoming new album released in November by the Icelandic label Bedroom Community ‘Crossings’ is an ‘exploration of the mythologies of our time, of our relationships, and the transient society in which we live.’
Radiohead Kid A: Wooden Elephant
As part of the London Contemporary Orchestra, Wooden Elephant arranger and violist Ian Anderson witnessed Jonny Greenwood experiment with extended string techniques for his own contemporary string music, and for Radiohead’s latest album A Moon Shaped Pool (on which Ian plays viola). Many of the ideas that Jonny explored with the LCO have influenced the Wooden Elephant versions of Homogenic and Kid A, but many other uniquely Wooden Elephant techniques and ideas appear throughout the albums also. Objects such as hand-held fans, bathroom sink plug chains, vibrators, plectrums, tuning forks, and whirly tubes all make an appearance, as well as many more objects that have no right to be anywhere near an old Italian violin.
Abraham Brody and Áslaug Magnusdottir from Icelandic trio Samaris premiere their first electronic collaboration