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With ambient legend Adam Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid) and pianist/composer Dustin O’Halloran at their core, the Brian Eno endorsed A Winged Victory for the Sullen create a glorious and emotive mix of neo-classical and ambient music.
On May 24th 2007, in Bologna, Italy, Adam was on tour and playing with the late Mark Linkous and his beloved Sparklehorse, on what would be their final European tour. That night Adam invited friend and colleague Francesco Donadello to see the concert, and Francesco’s guest this evening was composer Dustin O’Halloran (Sofia Coppola’s ‘Marie Antoinette’ O.S.T.). Through a strange twist of backstage conversations surrounding passport cache conundrums, and love of Italian gastronomy, a curious friendship began that now has brought forth an offspring of truly curative compositions for the world to savour.
A Winged Victory For The Sullen (Adam and Dustin, along with their string ensemble) will perform a string of warm-up dates in the first week of October throughout a few select towns in England, leading up to their performance at the world premiere of Atomos in London, the newest dance work by UK cutting-edge contemporary choreographer Wayne McGregor. After a year of playing A Winged Victory For The Sullen’s self-titled album during dance practice, the world renowned shape shifter and Royal Ballet resident director McGregor contacted Adam Wiltzie and Dustin O’Hallaran to provide the score to his new sixty-minute full-length work Atomos.
“…rich in melody and genuinely haunting, numinous atmosphere.” BBC