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.
Kieran had a chat with The Creative Issue's Nahima Kern ahead of Saturday's Dots+Loops concert. Check out the article at http://www.thecreativeissue.com.au/dots-loops-recomposed/.
REHEARSALmagazine had a chat with Kieran about post-genre music, viola jokes, and of course Dots+Loops Recomposed. Read the interview at http://rehearsalmagazine.com/articles/in-conversation-with-kieran-welch, and if you're in Brisbane, make sure you have tickets for Dots+Loops Recomposed this Saturday night: http://dlrecomposed.eventbrite.com.au.
Kieran was recently interviewed by Myles Oakey, winner of Cut Common's Young Writer of the Year Award. Read the full article "Kieran Welch lives a musical life that is his own", Cut Common's feature article this week.
Kieran will be performing a solo set of music of viola and electronics as part of the Sonic State festival.
"Sonic State Queensland Week Microfestival brings together nationally significant musicians who have each been leaders in their field, setting up spaces and contexts for audiences to connect to the latest work by experimental music makers, curated by sound artist Luke Jaaniste. A celebration of spatial and sonic experimental music-making in Brisbane, Sonic State Queensland Week Microfestival is an all-ages event that includes music performances, free workshops, artist talks and an opening night celebration."
7pm Saturday June 11 at Metro Arts, Brisbane. More information and tickets available at http://www.metroarts.com.au/sonic-state-a-queensland-week-celebration/.
Dots+Loops inhabits a space in between a classical concert and a club gig, placing encapsulating live performances within relaxed contemporary spaces. Co-presented by QAGOMA, Dots+Loops Recomposed will feature Max Richter's "Vivaldi Recomposed" performed for the first time in Brisbane using its original instrumentation, as well as the premiere of a new major work by Nonsemble, and a DJ set conceptually flowing on from the rest of the concert to close.
02/07/2016, 6-10pm in the QAGoMA River Room.
More information at http://bit.ly/dlrecomposed.
Kieran has been awarded a place in the Bang on a Can 2016 Summer Festival. Held throughout July in the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the program is one of the most respected contemporary music mentoring programs in the world, and in 2016 features Grammy and Pulitzer award winning composer John Luther Adams as artist in residence.
Kieran's participation in the Bang on a Can Summer Festival is kindly supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and the PPCA Performers' Trust Fund.