Manu Delago attempts to capture the intense beauty of an Alpine soundscape on new project Parasol Peak. The master of hang drum travelled the mountain tops with six musicians and a video crew recording eight tracks at different altitudes. Using ice-axe tapping, the voice of wind and water and boots scraping the rocks, he accompanies the landscape’s tune. On 6th December he will be screening the film and performing live at Heath Street Baptist Church in Hampstead.
With an early experience playing in a rock band, Delago went on to study classical percussion, jazz and composition in Austria and London. In 2007 he became well known however for playing the hang drum, an inverted steel pan instrument newly created in Switzerland. His diverse song-writing and versatility has not gone unnoticed. He has since gone on to win a Grammy for his work with Björk on her Biophilia album and worked with great artists such as sitar-player AnoushkaShakar and TheCinematicOrchestra.
Delago knows how to write songs that express visions of charm and wonder. This night is an opportunity to reconnect with the voice of Europe’s most spectacular ice-capped peaks via the breath of a brand new harmony.
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