Kid Koala's Space Cadet Headphone Experience





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. 

Booking Inquiries

Ryhna Thompson, Envision Management & Production: ryhna@envisionmanagement.com

Tour Dates

Past Shows

Sep 29, 2013

In-Store @ SPACE CADET HEADPHONE CONCERT IN-STORE PERFORMANCE at DRAWN & QUARTERLY’s KID’s DAY! @ Montreal, QC, CANADA

 

Jun 15, 2013

Space Cadet Headphone Concert @ Luminato Festival – The Hub @ David Pecaut Square **SATURDAY SHOW SOLD OUT** @ Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

Jun 14, 2013

Space Cadet Headphone Concert @ Luminato Festival – The Hub at David Pecaut Square @ Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

Dec 14, 2012

Space Cadet Headphone Concert @ National Music Centre – 7:30 pm **SOLD OUT** @ Calgary, AB, CANADA

 

Dec 14, 2012

Space Cadet Headphone Concert @ National Music Centre **FINAL SHOW ADDED** @ Calgary, AB, Canada

 

Dec 13, 2012

Space Cadet Headphone Concert @ National Music Centre – 7:30PM @ Calgary, AB, Canada

 

Dec 13, 2012

Space Cadet Headphone Concert @ National Music Centre – 10PM @ Calgary, AB, Canada

 

Jun 28, 2012

Space Cadet Headphone Concert @ Performance Works – 7:15PM @ Vancouver, BC, Canada

 

Jun 27, 2012

Space Cadet Headphone Concert @ Performance Works – 7:15PM @ Vancouver, BC, Canada

 

Jun 27, 2012

Space Cadet Headphone Concert @ Performance Works – 9:45PM @ Vancouver, BC, Canada

 

May 04, 2012

Space Cadet Headphone Concert @ 918 Bathurst – 9:30PM @ Toronto, ON, Canada

 

May 04, 2012

Space Cadet Headphone Concert @ 918 Bathurst – 7:00PM @ Toronto, ON, Canada

 

May 03, 2012

Space Cadet Headphone Concert @ 918 Bathurst – 9:30PM @ Toronto, ON, Canada

 

Apr 15, 2012

Space Cadet Headphone Concert @ Canada Aviation and Space Museum – 2PM @ Ottawa, ON, Canada

 

Apr 14, 2012

Space Cadet Headphone Concert @ Canada Aviation and Space Museum – 7PM @ Ottawa, ON, Canada

 

Apr 14, 2012

Space Cadet Headphone Concert @ Canada Aviation and Space Museum – 3PM @ Ottawa, ON, Canada

 

Apr 14, 2012

Space Cadet Headphone Concert @ Canada Aviation and Space Museum – 9:30PM @ Ottawa, ON, Canada

 

Apr 13, 2012

Space Cadet Headphone Concert @ Canada Aviation and Space Museum – 7PM @ Ottawa, ON, Canada

 

Apr 04, 2012

Space Cadet Headphone Concert @ **3RD SHOW ADDED!** Irondale Center BROOKLYN – 6:00PM @ Brooklyn, NY, USA

 

Apr 04, 2012

Space Cadet Headphone Concert @ Irondale Center BROOKLYN- 9:00PM @ Brooklyn, NY, USA

 

Apr 03, 2012

Space Cadet Headphone Concert @ Irondale Center BROOKLYN – 9:00 pm @ Brooklyn, NY, USA

 

Nov 23, 2011

**SOLD OUT** Space Cadet Headphone Concert @ La Gaite Lyrique @ Paris, France

 

Nov 22, 2011

**SOLD OUT** Space Cadet Headphone Concert @ La Gaite Lyrique @ Paris, France

 

Nov 17, 2011

**SOLD OUT** Space Cadet Headphone Concert @ Kampnagel – 8PM @ Hamburg, Germany

 

Nov 17, 2011

Space Cadet Headphone Concert @ Kampnagel – 10PM @ Hamburg, Germany

 

Nov 15, 2011

**SOLD OUT** Space Cadet Headphone Concert @ Minnemeers Theatre – 7PM @ Gent, Belgium

 

Nov 15, 2011

**SOLD OUT** Space Cadet Headphone Concert @ Minnemeers Theatre – 9:30PM @ Gent, Belgium

 

Nov 14, 2011

**SOLD OUT** Space Cadet Headphone Concert @ Minnemeers Theatre @ Gent, Belgium

 

Nov 11, 2011

**SOLD OUT** Space Cadet Headphone Concert @ Village Underground – 7PM @ London, UK

 

Nov 11, 2011

**SOLD OUT** Space Cadet Headphone Concert @ Village Underground – 10:30PM @ London, UK

 

Jul 17, 2011

Space Cadet Headphone Tour @ Osheaga – Biosphere – 2PM @ Montreal, QC, Canada

 

Jul 17, 2011

Space Cadet Headphone Tour @ Osheaga – Biosphere – 5PM @ Montreal, QC, Canada

 

Jul 16, 2011

Space Cadet Headphone Tour @ Osheaga – Biosphere – 2PM @ Montreal, QC, Canada

 

Jul 16, 2011

Space Cadet Headphone Tour @ Osheaga – Biosphere – 5PM @ Montreal, QC, Canada

 

Jul 15, 2011

Space Cadet Headphone Tour @ Osheaga – Biosphere – 6PM @ Montreal, QC, Canada

 

Dec 11, 2010

Kid Koala’s SPACE CADET gallery show & concert at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art – Two Shows! @ North Adams, MA, USA

Bios

KID KOALA, Creator & Performer

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.

Team

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.

Press

"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





Kid Koala's Space Cadet Headphone Concert [Official Trailer]

Kid Koala's Space Cadet Headphone Concert [Official Trailer]