Laura Moody is a solo expermental pop performer from London, whose shows here in the past have been met with adoration from the classical and popular music worlds alike. Moody is known for combining her diverse range of musical styles and loves into one idiosyncratic performance style, a balance of the aggression and mood of singers like PJ Harvey with the innovation of contemporary classical and improvised music and the texture and rhythms of electronica. This style is also heavily informed by an intense interest in exploring the sounds and textures possible in the meeting of voice and cello, using extended techniques in both to create a very physical performance. She also is a member of the Elysian String Quartet and the theatre string ensemble The Gogmagogs.
On 8 May, Moody will perform a concert of songs and pieces written by her or for her, including one new work by Ergodos director and composer Garrett Sholdice. Sholdice is a composer whose love of vocal music, as well as his embracing of the influence of past musical greats, has become a trademark of his output. My Imagination, composed especially for Moody, is a piece inspired by Arthur Russell. Like Moody, Russell was a highly influential singing cellist, and a hero of the 70s and 80s disco culture in New York.
Laura Moody plays The Grand Social on 8 May. Tickets cost €10 and are available here.
Published on 3 May 2012