"...this is a great noise, fantastic playing..." Tom Robinson, Radio 6
''...intricate, harmonic-rich, compelling music..." James Santer, BBC Introducing
Formed in 2012, Sculpture Music is the project of multi-instrumentalist Matt Calder, inspired by Matt's love of the Hang - the steel instrument invented in 2002 in Switzerland.
It was at the WOMAD Festival in 2003 that Matt first discovered the Hang, and the rich
sonics and unique character of the instrument has been a centre point of his writing since. Sculpture Music incorporates other instruments such as the Hammer Dulcimer, layered acoustic guitars and electronica, as well as the more recent Handpan instrument the Halo to create the unique soundscapes.
The Sculpture Music pallet is unique and emotive, with thick soundscapes and rich harmonies - both vocal and instrumental. Matts' voice drifts from a thick drone to percussive textures, and the music is intricately detailed, hauntingly atmospheric and lushly textured.
Influences include Hidden Orchestra, Marconi Union, Jon Hopkins, Mogwai, Little Dragon and Go-Go Penguin.
The first EP - Minor Songs In Major Keys' was released in January 2013 with John Shaw on electric and double bass, and was quickly picked up by Tom Robinson on BBC Radio 6 and BBC Introducing's James Santer, who both featured much of the EP on their shows throughout the year. The Duo also supported Bjork percussionist Manu Delago while on his UK tour at this time.
This was followed by two Glastonbury Festival dates, and live sessions with BBC Introducing and BBC Radio Devon.
The follow-up EP 'Beneath The Waves was released in 2015, and was again picked up for airplay by BBC Radio 6 and BBC Introducing.
In 2015 the duo were shortlisted for The Glastonbury Festival Emerging Talent Award.
2016 brought another Glastonbury Small World Stage date, as well as a slot at the Sidmouth Fringe Festival, with Lukas Drinkwater and Tom Rosenbloom on Double Bass and Drums. Matt also spent the summer performing with percussive guitarist Chris Woods and the Chris Woods Groove Orchestra, alongside Harkiret Singh Bahra on Tabla and Lukas Drinkwater on double bass - playing at The Larmer Tree Festival, The London Acoustic Show, The Acoustic Festival Of Britain, and the Malmesbury Acoustic Sessions.
Sculpture Music is now a solo project - with Tom Rosenbloom guesting on drums - and the third EP entitled The Compass has just been released. Stream and download available on the music page. A live set is currently being rehearsed for 2018, featuring looping, electronica and Hang / Halo handpans.
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