A delightful and disarming meld of performance art, theatre, music and play
Kid Koala’s Space Cadet is comprised of a 120 page graphic novel + a soundtrack + a series of art pieces for exhibit + a one-of-a-kind live performance. The Space Cadet Headphone Concert immerses the audience in its story, its music, its artwork, its universe. As attendees arrive, they walk through the gallery which includes original etch boards from the book, a musical space console, replicas of plants from outer space and other strange collections. Everyone is then seated on inflatable "space pods" in a room for 250 people, surrounded by paintings of canyons from foreign planets. To highlight the subtle details within the music, and in the theme of isolation from the story, each audience member wears his/her own set of headphones to experience the music. This is performed solo by Kid Koala on 4 turntables and piano, and will be captured with spy cams to be projected on to screens within the room, mixed with images and animations from the book.
Kid Koala is a world-renowned scratch DJ, music producer, and award winning graphic novelist. He has released four solo albums on Ninja Tune the most recent being 12 bit Blues. He has released two graphic novels: Nufonia Must Fall and Space Cadet. He has also been involved in collaborations such as Gorillaz, Deltron 3030, and The Slew.
Kid Koala has toured with the likes of Radiohead, the Beastie Boys, Arcade Fire, Money Mark, A Tribe Called Quest, Mike Patton, DJ Shadow, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. He has contributed to scores for the films Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Looper and The Great Gatsby. He has composed music for The National Film Board of Canada, the Cartoon Network, Sesame Street, and Adult Swim. He has also been commissioned to create music for runway shows for Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten. Kid Koala’s unforgettable live shows range from silly touring turntable carnivals like Short Attention Span Theater (featuring turntable bingo) and Vinyl Vaudeville (including puppets and dancers) to quiet-time events like Music To Draw To, his Space Cadet Headphone Experience and most recently, Nufonia Must Fall Live.
He lives in Montreal with his wife and two daughters.
Music & Concept: Kid Koala
Set & Room Design: Corinne Merrell
Gallery Design: Louisa Schabas
Gallery Installation & Sound: Vid Cousins
Light Design: Travis Flint
Video Game Design: J.A. Boulay
Music (guitar and vocals): Terence Bernardo
Music (turntables): DJ P-Love
Famous Gingerbread Cookies: Linda Merrell
Production: Ryhna Thompson & Envision Management
We would also like to thank our partners at MASS MoCA, Pigeon Press, Rane, Giant Robot, SHURE & Moog Audio for helping make this production possible.
"Turntablism doesn't tend to be a cuddly genre, but somewhere between leading pre-show games of Plinko, re-imagining his instrumental ballads as vocoderized Acura commercials, refereeing thumb wars, giggling adorably and leading the audience through Yo Gabba Gabba dance routines while wearing a fuzzy koala suit, it became obvious that the eminently likeable San couldn't fully commit to gloom and shadow even if he tried. He's just too gosh darn playful." - Richard Trapunski, NOW Toronto
"A mix of sentimental Wurlitzer, Eno’s Apollo ambience, Philip Jeckian drones and frenetic scratching; Cadet is gorgeous — maybe even his most mature work to date" - Christopher R. Weingarten, SPIN
"Highlights of the graceful space lullaby provide an architecture to the show. San himself is the wizard of it all, but he doesn't attract attention to himself. Rather, it's the overall multidimensional experience that matters." - Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail