Dots+Loops first major concert of the year, Compulsion, is coming up fast on Friday May 19, and it's shaping up to be our most exciting show ever!
A gripping, genre-blurring ride through contemporary classical, rock and electronica, the night is headlined with an Australian exclusive set of music written for NY indie classical band Newspeak, performed by some of Australia's most exciting musicians alongside Newspeak clarinetist Eileen Mack and composer David T. Little. Joining them will be Brisbane indie-chamber heroes Nonsemble with percussionists Anna Kho and Jamee Seeto, performing Robert Davidson's electrifying "Above Ground", and Melbourne's Solstice Trio premiering works by Maja Puseljic and Pascal Le Boeuf in the group's first interstate performance!
The night will end with a special vinyl-only DJ set from Software of Seagulls, with a bar open all night, and a bunch of comfy spaces to hang out with friends and enjoy the bangin' tunes. Tell your friends, tell your family, tell your dog, and book tickets now at https://www.trybooking.com/PKDY!
Thanks to the incredible generosity of the 94 backers who supported our 2017 Kickstarter, we closed at 103% funded, with $6196 raised! And as such, we're now able to put on the most jam-packed, exciting year of Dots+Loops ever!
We can't wait to share this amazing year of music with you, at our special Kickstarter 'thank you' concert Dots+Loops Compassion on April 29, Dots+Loops Compulsion on May 19, and the Dots+Loops Companions Festival across September 8-9!
The lovely folks at Rehearsal Magazine had a chat to Kieran about the Dots+Loops series, and the 2017 Kickstarter campaign.
There's one week left for us to raise a final $3500 and fund the 2017 Dots+Loops season! Pledge now at bit.ly/dlkickstarter, and once you've done that, check out the interview with Kieran on Rehearsal Magazine.
Dots+Loops 2017 season is our biggest yet, and sees cutting-edge international talent meeting Australia’s new generation of local stars. With three major concerts, including our first mini-festival, our 2017 season features a load of Australian exclusives, world premieres, and has us fostering local talent and diverse programming more than ever.
But we need your help to make it happen! Head to our Kickstarter to pledge your support before March 23, and not only will you be empowering a year of amazing, unique live music, but you'll get to pick up a bunch of awesome rewards! Pride of place is our season launch and Kickstarter 'thank you' party Dots+Loops Compassion, exclusive to Kickstarter donors, and featuring killer acts like Nonsemble trio, Cara Tran and the Dots+Loops Quartet. Don't miss it, head to http://bit.ly/dlkickstarter to pledge now. We can't thank you enough!
Kieran will be performing with leading Australian new music ensemble Ensemble Offspring throughout 2017 as part of their Hatched Academy. Picked from 60 applicants, Kieran will be joining Ciaran Frame (NSW composer), Luke Carbon (VIC clarinet + sax) and Jasmin Leung (QLD composer) in shows during April and September. For more information see the Ensemble Offspring website.
Head down to Jugglers Art Space in the Valley this coming Thursday for Nonsemble's free Christmas Party, and catch Kieran performing with Nonsemble, as well as closing the night with an Airport DJ set. Then that weekend, Kieran joins a 150-member orchestra of Queensland Youth Orchestra alumni to perform Mahler's epic Fifth Symphony. For more information on both, head to the Dates page.
Kieran is currently working with the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, who are teaming up with German dance company Sasha Waltz and Guests to present Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa's acclaimed, genre-bending opera "Matsukaze". Billed as "an ethereal blend of Noh theatre, opera and dance woven into an unparalleled modern-day aesthetic encounter", the opera will open Hong Kong's New Vision Arts Festival 2016, with performances on Friday 21, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October.
For more information and tickets see http://www.newvisionfestival.gov.hk/2016/html/en/opening.html.
Just announced are two exciting events Kieran will be performing in this September. Firstly, Brisbane Jazz giants and Nonsemble are teaming up for an exciting one-off double-header, in the stunning, yet relaxed converted warehouse at Cupo in Fortitude Valley, on Saturday September 2 (more info here).
The rest of the month will see Kieran performing a number of DJ sets under his alias Airport, as part of the Brisbane Festival. Check him out at the Snake Charmer's Lounge in the Arcadia Spiegeltent, Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 September at 7:30pm, and Thursday 15 September at 8pm (more info available here).
Follow these and other upcoming events and performances at www.kieranwelch.com/dates.
"Dots+Loops Recomposed was truly unique [...] Everything about it from start to finish was awe-inspiring and I don’t even know where to begin to explain how much I enjoyed this concert." — Nahima Kern, The Creative Issue.
Reviews are in for Dots+Loops Recomposed, and the critics loved it. The Creative Issue's Nahima Kern likened Chris Perren's Fibreglass Forestry to "a sweet perfume – complex, with floral notes, and gone all too soon [...] it set the tone for the evening and lingered on in the minds of the audience". And as for Max Richter's "Vivaldi Recomposed", featuring soloist Kyla Matsuura-Miller, Scenestr's Kate Byrne declared it "a feast for the senses [...] Kyla Matsuura-Miller gave a stunning performance, not only playing with poise and drama as the soloist, but visibly leading the band to mesmerising synchronicity [...] There were several moments where irrepressible delight broke out from the tight rhythms and lush harmonies onto the faces of performers and audience alike".
Stay tuned for photos from the evening, and make sure to follow Dots+Loops on Facebook to stay up to date with the series.
Kieran's latest mix as DJ Airport is now available on Soundcloud, featuring tracks from Four Tet, Dro Carey, Rüfüs and more. Listen below, or at https://soundcloud.com/kieranwelch/airport-mix-july-16.