Kirby/Ward: Album Preview for Joy as a Threat

Album preview - Joy as a Threat

Joy as a Threat is the most recent album Mat and I have released. It was recorded over 8 hours in the Nolan Gallery at MONA with the amazing recording skills of Ivan Johnston. The goal was to make a completely site responsive album, one that recorded the room as much as the instruments. Likewise, the performances were entirely improvised. It was an utter treat to work in a room so gloriously unique. One of my favorite works of ever.

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Kirby/Ward is the collaboration of Dani Kirby and Mat Ward. Dani Kirby (piano/keyboards/voice) and Mat Ward (bass) perform improvised multi-genre soundscapes that incorporate elements of post-classicism, noise-art, minimalism and polyrhythmic experimentation. Their practice includes site-specific response, expanded cinema, field recording manipulation and collaboration with percussion and custom-designed instrument ensembles. Kirby/Ward have been performing regularly across Australia at festivals, museums and events since 2016.