World-renowned handpan player and composer Manu Delago presents his first audiovisual solo-programme ‘Environ Me’ as part of Journeys, a festival curated by Nitin Sawhney, celebrating 150 years of immigration.
After several years as a an international touring musician with Björk, Olafur Arnalds, The Cinematic Orchestra and Anoushka Shankar, as well as star of the multi-award-winning music-and mountain-film Parasol Peak, the Grammy-nominated artist now transforms into a one-man-orchestra.
Somewhere between ambient electronica and neoclassical, Manu Delago’s acoustic percussion instruments melt with electronic beats and the sounds of our natural environment. Accompanying this, astonishing live visuals bring out the sounds of water, fire, animals, locomotion, wind and other surroundings into the Elgar Room.
‘I met Nitin through working with Anoushka Shankar back in 2013. He then also invited me to record for his albums and to be a guest on his live shows which was an amazing experience. Not only is his music groundbreaking, but he also has a real talent in finding extraordinary musicians and collaborators, and building a unique show around them. It’s a real honour to be part of Nitin’s festival, Journeys: 150 Years of Immigration. I personally moved from Austria to the UK in 2007, which was a hugely important step for my development. London offers a wonderful diversity, and I’m grateful to be learning and getting inspired by all these different cultures and people.’
– Manu Delago