Live at Altar, March 2020

This was a great gig, with great performances. But it was extremely weird, what with it being the last night we gigged or even went out for quite a few months. That evening was pretty much the moment, in Hobart at least, where everyone realised that COVID was real and horrible and happening.  

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.

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