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Upcoming shows: Tropical Fuck Storm... The Wave Pictures... Hania Rani... Aoife O’Donovan... The Lovely Eggs... Pet Deaths... The Courettes... Ríoghnach Connolly & Honeyfeet... Darren Hayman... Vetiver... La Luz... Francis Lung... John Francis Flynn... Jenny Hval... Ben Caplan... Advance Base + Karima Walker... Jeffrey Martin & Anna Tivel... Xenia Rubinos... Lael Neale... The Handsome Family... Rory Butler... Dana Gavanski... Charles Watson... Penguin Cafe... Ólafur Arnalds... Polly Paulusma... Tommy Alexander... The Dears... The Sheepdogs... The Burning Hell... Angel Olsen... John Craigie... Dustin O’Halloran... Plastic Mermaids... Dan Mangan... Josh Rouse... Julie Odell... Heartless Bastards... Alice Boman... Jesca Hoop... Stars... Rachel Baiman...

When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 1 November 2022
Where: The Stoller Hall, Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1DA

We’re delighted to be working with Dustin O’Halloran for the first time!

Dustin O’Halloran is an American pianist and composer with five acclaimed solo albums under his own name, and is a member of the band A Winged Victory for the Sullen, which has released five albums, some based on scores and soundtracks.

He had previously released music with dreampop band Devics – which he co-founded alongside Sara Lov in his late teens – and then began a promising career as a solo artist. Tracks from his first solo album Piano Solos (2004) were heard by music supervisor Brian Reitzell, who passed them on to Sofia Coppola to help inspire her script for Marie Antoinette. She invited him to contribute music to the film, which delivered his breakthrough as a film composer. These tracks were subsequently included in his second solo album Piano Solos Vol 2 (2006).

O’Halloran’s third and fourth solo albums Vorleben (2010) and Lumiere (2011) followed, with the latter being mixed by Jóhann Jóhannsson. While still scoring films, 2011 also saw the self-titled debut of his band A Winged Victory For The Sullen, in collaboration with Stars Of The Lid’s Adam Wiltzie.

As part of A Winged Victory For The Sullen, he worked on Jalil Lespert’s film In the Shadow of Iris in 2016. This music was released as the album Iris the same year. The band’s catalogue also includes Atomos (2014), based on music composed for a dance piece by Wayne McGregor, resident choreographer for The Royal Ballet in London; The Undivided Five (2019), which was released by Ninja Tune; and their latest album Invisible Cities (2021), released as a side project under their own label Artificial Pinearch Manufacturing. It contains music from the Manchester International Festival-produced live performance Invisible Cities, which the band scored in 2019.

O’Halloran also worked as a producer for Katy Perry’s Into Me You See, the final track on her 2017 album Witness; collaborated with Gyda Valtýsdóttir in 2017 for the EP 3 Movements; and appears on Leonard Cohen’s 2019 posthumous album Thanks For The Dance. In 2019 he premiered an electronic composition, 1 0 0 1, at Minneapolis’s Liquid Music Series with choreographer Fukiko Takase.

Early 2019 also saw Dustin sign with renowned classical music label Deutsche Grammophon. His first release with the label was the EP Sundoor (2019), which offers a 20-minute piece entitled 196 Hz, adapted from a 2017 site-specific composition for cross-disciplinary American artist Slater Bradley’s Sundoor At World’s End. His newest album Silfur (2021) is his first full length in a decade and was released by Deutsche Grammophon. It contains re-imagined versions of select songs from his catalogue and examines time and place. He ended 2021 with a contribution to the Deutsche Grammophon Christmas album Winter Tales, the track entitled What Gently Flutters featuring Bryan Senti.

Tour support comes from Clarice Jensen. Clarice Jensen is a composer and cellist based in Brooklyn, NYC who graduated with a BM and MM from the Juilliard School. As a solo artist, Clarice has developed a distinctive compositional approach, improvising and layering her cello through shifting loops and a chain of electronic effects to open out and explore a series of rich, drone-based sound fields. Pulsing, visceral and full of colour, her work is deeply immersive, marked by a wonderful sense of restraint and an almost hallucinatory clarity. Meditative yet with a sculptural sharpness and rigour that sets it apart from the swathe of New Age / DIY droners, she has forged a very elegant and precise vision.

Her music has been described by Self-Titled as ‘heavily processed, incredibly powerful neo-classical pieces that seem to come straight from another astral plane’; by Boomkat as ‘languorously void-touching ideas, scaling and sustaining a sublime tension’; whilst Bandcamp remarked upon ‘a kaleidoscope of pulsing movement rich in acoustic beating and charged with other psychoacoustic effects, constantly shifting in density and viscous timbre’.

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