Kara-Lis Coverdale

EXPERIENCE
MUTEK 2018, spain

Antigua Fabrica Estrella Damm
10/03/2018

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

This performance is presented thanks to the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Embassy of Canada in Spain.

  

NOCTURNE 6
MUTEK 2017, montreal

Société des arts technologiques [SAT] - Satosphère
27/08/2017

As at-home surrounded by wires and synths as she is before a pipe organ, Kara-Lis Coverdale blurs the lines between human and machine in multiple channel, multi-timbral collages that conjure symphonies of the sacred, profane and transcendent while navigating new ecologies with an ease we cannot yet comprehend. Informed by a Masters degree in musicology and composition and an ingrained love of hip-hop and rap, sampling, and capsized New Age, Coverdale’s music mobilizes traditional vocal and instrumental sources into surreal dreams of earthly existence.

Along with her evolving solo work, Coverdale has collaborated with LXV (musician David Sutton) on their Sirens album, contributed keyboards and piano to recordings by Tim Hecker and Lee Bannon, and has produced for How To Dress Well. Live, Coverdale draws on her recordings and compositions (her most recent a commission for electronics and orchestra for Vanemuine Theatre in Estonia), layering sensorial electronics, pipe organ and piano, reverberating drones and bass, deliberately leaving space for improvisation inspired by the moment.

Her live sets are consistently met with acclaim, including last year's at MUTEK Montréal and Unsound in Toronto and Krakow with visual artist Marcel Weber aka MFO. Coverdale unveils a new live performance specifically commissioned for MUTEK Montréal: VoxU, inspired by the breathless, limitless, and ultimately synthetic voice expressed through the sonic technology of the pipe organ.

Thanks to the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.
 

NOCTURNE 2
MUTEK 2016, montreal

Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) - Main Room
02/06/2016

WHO: Montréal-based musician, producer and composer
STYLE: Multi layered synth compositions, post sacred tonalities steeped in noise, new age accents with hip hop swagger
LATEST: Aftertouches (2015), Sirens, with LXV (2015), A 480 (2014)
LABELS: Umor Rex, Sacred Phrases, Constellation Tatsu
MORE: Collaborated on Tim Hecker and Lee Bannon albums; is organist and music director at St. John’s church in Montréal
MUTEK: Montréal: 2015; Mexico: 2015; Barcelona: 2016

As at-home surrounded by wires and synths as she is before a pipe organ, Kara-Lis Coverdale makes multiple channel, multi timbral collages that conjure symphonies of the sacred, profane and transcendent. Informed by a Masters degree in musicology and composition and an ingrained love of hip hop, sampling and capsized New Age, Coverdale’s post-sacred music mobilizes traditional vocal and instrumental sources into electronic dreams of earthly existence.

Along with her evolving solo work, Coverdale has collaborated with LXV (musician David Sutton) on their Sirens album, and contributed keyboard and piano to recordings by Tim Hecker and hip hop junglist, Lee Bannon. Live, Coverdale draws on her latest recordings and recent compositions, layering sensorial electronics, pipe organ and piano, reverberating drones and bass, deliberately leaving space for improvisation inspired by the moment.

After an acclaimed live set at MUTEK in 2015 (The Guardian writer Ben Beaumont-Thomas called her his “absolute festival highlight”), followed by touring, shows at MUTEK.MX and MUTEK.ES and further critical accolades, Coverdale unveils a new live set for MUTEK Montréal.

PLAY 1
MUTEK 2015, montreal


29/05/2015

Montréal-based musician and composer Kara-Lis Coverdale gives concerts made for full body immersion, multi layered through multi timbral synths, her computer a virtual organ engine. Couched in symphonic, post sacred tonalities and harmonies, the music on Coverdale’s releases Aftertouches (on Sacred Phrases) and A 480 (on Constellation Tatsu) uses virtual sounds from vocal and instrumental sources to confront traditional genres and consolidate them in the artist’s own precise ways. Currently an organist and music director at St. John’s church in Montréal, Coverdale contributed piano and keyboards on friend and mentor Tim Hecker’s Virgins album in 2013 and most recently has collaborated with LXV (musician David Sutton) on their 2015 album, released by Umor Rex. Her live set for MUTEK 2015 draws on that album and recent compositions of pipe organ, sensorial electronics and glittering drones while leaving room for inspired improvisation.
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