Parasol Peak (6 December 2018)


Thursday 6 December at 6:30 pm

Award-winning music and film project is coming to Hampstead

The Music Halls Project is hosting a special one-off screening and live performance of acclaimed musician Manu Delago's new Alpine music and film project Parasol Peak. Set in the atmospheric surroundings of Hampstead’s Heath Street Baptist Church (see map and get directions), the event marks the London leg of the award-winning project’s UK tour.

Advance tickets £15 (£12 concession) are available here.

Doors open 6:30 pm, live music from 7:30 pm. Under 14’s to be accompanied by adults.

Pioneer of the hang (handpan), captivating Austrian musician Manu Delago has recently released a unique and awe-inspiring film and accompanying album, Parasol Peak, in which he leads an ensemble of seven musicians on a week-long mountaineering expedition in The Alps. Along the way, the group, who all carried their own instruments up the mountain, perform and record a collection of brand-new compositions in different locations and at varying altitudes. Parasol Peak became an exercise in the artist removing himself from studios, tour buses and laptops, and seeking to compose and perform both within and as part of nature, using only totally acoustic instruments. Delago was not only inspired to incorporate the ensemble’s natural surroundings in The Alps, but also the percussive sounds of the group’s climbing gear.

“I really wanted to capture the emotional element of climbing a mountain and being surrounded by nature, that sense of achievement when you reach the top. The film goes through seven stages of climbing in the Alps, tracing the normal journey any climber would take but playing music along the way” Manu Delago.

The Austrian-born composer was discovered by Björk, who first invited him to perform on her Biophilia tour. He is now a fixture of Björk’s live lineup, has toured with The Cinematic Orchestra and Ólafur Arnalds and earned a Grammy-nomination for his work on Anoushka Shankar’s album Land of Gold.

Support on the night comes from Owl Parliament Choir,  known for singing anything and everything including 50's Doo-wop, re-imaginings of pop epics, 16th century English madrigals and Eastern European folk.

Watch the trailer for Parasol Peak:

The screening is part of the Music Halls Project which brings world-class live music to the heart of the local community, in partnership with public spaces. Other venues regularly used include St John’s Church in Leytonstone and St Mary’s Church in Walthamstow.

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