A world-class ensemble consisting of string players from around the world, Wooden Elephant (featuring well-known Irish violinist Aoife Ní Bhríain) perform much-loved contemporary albums, such as Bjork’s ‘Homogenic’, Radiohead’s ‘Kid A’ and Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’. Islander are delighted to present Wooden Elephant performing Radiohead’s ‘Kid A’ as part of Radiohead Reimagined at MusicTown 2019.
Wooden Elephant present electronic-based music of elephantine proportions on nothing but their wooden instruments. The ensemble’s violist/composer Ian Anderson worked with Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood as part of the London Contemporary Orchestra, culminating in a tour across Europe and Russia with Jonny’s string music, and appearing on Radiohead’s latest album A Moon Shaped Pool. Along the way Jonny – alongside LCO directors Rob Ames and Hugh Brunt – continually experimented with sound production techniques, and his whole approach to music creation has had a massive influence on Wooden Elephant.
The group have incorporated many of those ideas that he explored with the London Contemporary Orchestra, as well as adding many more of their own that they developed during the Homogenic and Kid A sessions. They use extended string techniques to offset the challenge of translating electronic sounds onto acoustic instruments. They also have used an array of trinkets, children’s toys, and small instruments to create yet more intriguing sounds.
Wooden Elephant is:
Aoife Ní Bhrían - Violin - Ireland
Hulda Jónsdóttir - Violin - Iceland
Ian Anderson - Viola/Composer - Scotland
Stefan Hadjiev - Cello/Kazoo - Bulgaria
Nikolai Matthews - Double Bass - Norway