- Featuring Manu Delago and Christoph Pepe Auer
Onya Soapbox are delighted to announce the first Australian tour of Vienna-based outfit, 'Living Room', featuring Manu Delago (Hang genius and percussionist for Björk) and Christoph Pepe Auer (bass clarinet and pepephon) in March 2014. 'Living Room' will be appearing at venues and festivals across the country from 1st March - 16th March.
See touring details and venues below.
Living Room Biography
Christoph Pepe Auer - bass clarinet, pepephon
Living Room consists of bass clarinetist Christoph Pepe Auer, Austrian Jazz Newcomer of the Year, and Manu Delago, who is currently touring around the world as Hang player and drummer of the Icelandic singer Björk. This pioneer duo focuses on exploring the bass clarinet's huge tonal range and the enchanting sound of the Hang. Having formed in 2006, Living Room have toured in more than 20 countries all over the world.
Whilst continuously pushing the boundaries within a variety of musical styles, their unusual pairing of instruments creates a highly unique texture of sounds. The first-ever bass clarinet - hang - duo approaches their fresh take on chamber music without any confinements or restrictions, performing original compositions as well as creative arrangements by artists such as The Beatles, Nirvana and Beyonce.
Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer, of Panart Instruments, developed the Hang in Berne, Switzerland. This brand-new percussion instrument was premiered at the Frankfurt Musikmesse in 2001.
Its design enables the player to effortlessly connect rhythm with melody, and its spectacular shape and sonic versatility makes this curious-looking, UFO-like instrument an absolute must-see.
Over four million people have seen Living Room push the limits on their instruments on Youtube. Their shows are full of surprise and chance, often having left audiences wonderstruck, bewildered and bemused. Amongst the most peculiar features you can see Christoph Pepe Auer premier his musical invention the Pepephon. This is not to be missed!!
"... from playful to mellow, a soul-reaching performance..."
Manu Delago Biography
"amazing percussionist and Hang player"
"sensitive and masterful musician"
"A virtuoso on the Hang"
As a two-year-old Manu Delago began what would become a very musically inclined life as he sat behind his first drumkit. Four years later, he took accordion lessons and at the age of ten, he started playing the piano. As a teenager Manu Delago mainly played football and drummed for his rockband HotchPotch which won the Austrian Band Contest. After graduating in classical percussion in his hometown Innsbruck, he moved to London where he studied jazz drums and composition.
When Manu Delago discovered the Hang - an enchanting sound sculpture manufactured by PanArt in Switzerland - he simultaneously discovered his passion for writing music.
With more than three million hits on Youtube his solo piece Mono Desire (click to watch) has become the most popular Hang video in the internet and was in the Top30 music videos on Youtube. With his ensembles Manu Delago Handmade and Living Room he has released several albums and performed in prestigious venues all over the world. The Austrian musician also frequently collaborates with highclass artists such as Björk, Shpongle, Bugge Wesseltoft, Didier Lockwood and the London Symphony Orchestra.
Manu has just released his latest album - Bigger Than Home. Having teamed up with producer Matt Robertson (Björk, The Prodigy) the new material explores a vast array of sounds, ranging from sweet and delicate vocal lines with colourful Hang accompaniment, all the way through to, electronic beats.
Christoph Pepe Auer Biography
Christoph Pepe Auer is a cosmopolitan musician and composer who is living in Vienna / Austria, studied in Stockholm and New York. His Music is based on Jazz, but is also influenced by Contemporary, Classical, African and Folk Music.
By pushing instruments such as the Bass Clarinet and Saxophone to the limits he discovered new techniques. His creative approach has also led him to invent his own instrument, the Pepephon.
His music achievements have been crowned at venues such as The Jazz Standard in New York, Forbidden City Hall in Beijing and Christoph has also been honoured with the Austrian Newcomer Hans Koller Prize.
The pioneer on bass clarinet is also the founder of a jazz label called Session Work Records, which represents diverse and experimental musicians on the Austrian music scene and beyond. Christoph has studied and collaborated with Adam Holzman (Miles Davis), Branford Marsalis (Sting) and Vienna Art Orchestra.
Saturday 1 March - 7:30pm
NEW SOUTH WALES
Friday 7 March to Sunday 9 March
Friday 14 March - 8:00pm
Sunday 16 March - 8:00pm