Wearable tech meets emotive avant-pop, quite literally, in the hands of Chagall. She makes electronic music visually and intuitively, physically controlling sonic parameters and expressing the most minute effects using body movements and mi.mu gloves.
Piano, choirs and bands led Chagall down a musical path that turned left upon discovering electronic bass sounds and a deep love for the likes of Björk, James Blake and Tirzah. In fact, the song that first thrust Chagall into the limelight was a spacious and almost bluesy track she composed for the film Tirza, Holland’s 2010 entry to the Oscars. At the time, she played in an acoustic pop band, but the following year, she discovered a fascinating tension between her voice and deep, thumping, machine-made tones. She hasn’t looked back. Since she began using the mi.mu gloves interface – invented by a team of designers and engineers for musician Imogen Heap – Chagall has performed at over 60 events such as Sónar, Ableton Loop Festival and the TEDx stage. Thanks to the Somerset House Studios and the support of the Arts Council England, she was able to work on her immersive, hour-long live show Calibration last year with a diverse body of artists, exploring the links between music and technology but also carefully designed choreography of hands and body, reactive visual projections and lighting design.
Married with her complex vocal harmonies and hypnotic bed of wobbly bass lines, the gloves are just another tool in her arsenal, liberating her from button-pushing and fader-fiddling—rendering her unique sound-gesture relationship visible to all.
Appears as part of Keychange :: Amplify