Guest Artist Series

Kid Koala - Music to Draw To Workshop

Friday, February 10, 2017 - 7:30 p.m. 

MUSIC TO DRAW TO is a quiet event at which Kid Koala plays a set of "quiet time" music to work, draw, knit, or sculpt to.   This event has taken place in various cities.  It has become quite a unique experience - one you wouldn't want to miss! 

Free to Trinity Students

Kid Koala - Satellite Concert



50 turntable stations for the audience in this interactive musical performance.

Kid Koala will present an innovative collection of dreamy, atmospheric tracks composed especially for this event. In this latest live experience the audience is seated at stations equipped with a turntable, effects box and a small crate of colour coded vinyl records. Through subtle coloured lighting changes in the room, the audience is cued to play along. The audience is an integral part of the show , accompanying Kid Koala to create an “ambient vinyl orchestra,” melding their individual strains into a fluid body of sound. The idea is to have 60 harmonized turntables create a unique, uplifting, dynamic evening of light and music.


Kid Koala Biography

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 also 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 and his Space Cadet Headphone Experience.

He lives in Montreal with his wife and two daughters. 

A Note from Kid Koala

“A few years ago we started an event called Music To Draw To in the middle of winter in Montreal. I would play calm, down tempo music while people in the in the room drew, wrote, coded, sewed or whatever it was they brought to work on… all lost in their own creative worlds but synchronized to the same music. There was a palpable creative energy in the room and it was unlike any dynamic I’ve ever felt at a show. Ever since those events, I’ve been trying to think of a way to achieve a similar energy in concert form. A show that was deliberately slow, meditative, emergent and creative… where everyone in the room contributed in a small way to create the music.

Fast-forward several years and I have a collection of songs I have written over the course of 2 winters, many of them ambient pieces, some songs. They carry a lyrical narrative revolving around an idea of a couple in the not-so-far future who are separated when one of them decides to fly to another planet, unable to return. I came up with the concept for Satellite, a show in which audience members will participate in creating these musical pieces live each night. Each person is seated at a turntable station, playing their own custom Satellite Orchestra Tone Vinyl records and an effect pedal designed by Earthquaker Devices. The audience becomes an ambient vinyl orchestra and an integral component to the soundtrack as the story unfolds.”​​​​​​​​​​