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In between performing with Björk, The Cinematic Orchestra and Anoushka Shankar, the prodigious Hang player and percussionist Manu Delago will be touring Australia in 2017 'Handmade Tour' with his 3 piece multi-instrumentalist band.
Manu Delago is the world’s leading Hang player (with 5 million YouTube views for his DIY performance video “Mono Desire”) and possesses equally virtuosic skills as a percussionist and drummer alongside ever maturing instincts as a songwriter and producer. His accessible yet startlingly original sound draws on the experience and ideas built up by the London based Austrian native across a high-flying and diverse career to date. From overachieving teenaged rock bands, through extensive classical training; from his exploits at the cutting edge of art pop as the lynchpin of Björk’s band, to a London Symphony Orchestra commission which saw him playfully subverting their expectations; this endlessly curious artist has been honing his own style rich in melody, wit and invention.
Having been given his first drum kit aged two, also learning the accordion and piano in childhood, Manu Delago was a professional performer by his teens, but it was in 2003, when he began playing the Hang – an enchanting new sound sculpture from Switzerland - that he discovered his passion for writing music.
Influences from The Prodigy to Bon Iver, Michael Jackson to Stravinsky and Beyonce to Rage against the Machine, his music is as impeccably realised as it is impossible to classify.
Manu Delago - musician (Hang, percussions, electronics)
Isa Kurz - musician (vocals, piano, violin)
Chris Norz - musician (drums, xylosynth, electronics)
Chemical Reaction (Live in Vienna)
Bigger Than Home (Live in Budapest)
Almost Thirty (Live in Berlin)
Sun in the North (acoustic live session in Paris)
Manu Delago's Hang solo with more than 5 Millin Hits on YouTube
A Long Way (Live in Innsbruck)
WEB & SOCIAL
“Amazing percussionist and hang player.”
“A masterful and sensitive musician.”
“Ridiculously deft electro-acoustic percussionist” - Toronto Star
“Very very melodic, great beats, great soundscapes, really interesting songwriting...a beautiful record... comes highly recommended from me.”
Jamie Cullum, BBC R2
“The world’s leading hang player.”
“Playing on a not so well known Swiss instrument called the Hang, was Manu Delago. To use words like spellbinding and mesmerising don’t do justice to the sounds he created.”
“What a non-stop affair of creativity, surprise, beauty, harmony, wit, art, invention, energy, entertainment.”
Amanda Yensa Manor, Author & Journalist