American composer and musician Kali Malone’s minimalist compositions for organ, choir, chamber music ensembles and electroacoustic formats have thrilled audiences around the world. Rich in harmonious texture through synthetic and acoustic instrumentation in repetitive motions and extended durations, Malone’s music emits distinct dynamic and emotive hues bringing forth a stunning depth of focus.
Kali Malone, who recently co-founded the XKatedral record label, alongside Maria W. Stockholm, has presented her music worldwide at concert halls, churches, museums and festivals in Europe and North America, including Musica Festival (Strasbourg), Berlin Atonal, Moogfest (Durham, North Carolina), Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Philharmonie de Paris, Radio France, Rockefeller Chappel (Chicago), Grace Cathedral (San Francisco) and The Southbank Center (London), to name a few. She has collaborated with artists such as Stephen O’Malley, Lucy Railton, Frederikke Hoffmeier, Leila Bordreuil, Drew McDowall, Caterina Barbieri, Ellen Arkbro and numerous others.
Internationally acclaimed scholar of solo theremin, Hekla Magnúsdóttir (Iceland) uses her instrument as an otherworldly and highly evocative siren call. By turns spectral weeping and lamenting howl, it constitutes a second voice inviting us to a soft vocal delivery, as if her studio had been haunted by a chorus of ghostly backing singers.
Hekla’s debut album, Á, released by Phantom Limb, was written and recorded in her home studio in Berlin, at a time when she was also busy taking care of her newborn son. Back in Iceland, her music career continued with the mystical, fantastical EP Sprungur, a series of fantasy/horror scores themed around glaciers, a concept that was further developed in the Xiuxiuejar album, released in 2022. Hekla regularly receives accolades for her work in films, performs locally and globally, both solo and as part of various ensembles, and is very active in the Icelandic music scene.