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A Winged Victory For The Sullen

A Winged Victory for the Sullen began with a friendship. Composers Dustin O’Halloran and Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie met backstage in 2007, introduced by a mutual friend Francesco Donadello — who, as fate would have it, went on to become their longtime collaborative sound engineer. Four years after their introduction, their eponymous debut emerged in all its splendor: a grand, elegiac composition, featuring seven different harmonic landscapes, redolent of the large acoustic spaces in which it was recorded, including Berlin’s Grunewald Church and GDR radio studios along the river Spree.

The duo became known for a unique combination of Adam’s ambient guitar drone and Dustin’s sparse piano with their self-titled debut album in 2011. During the summer of 2013 they recorded over sixty minutes of music while working on the score for a new oeuvre by the Royal Ballet choreographer Wayne McGregor. While recording they were inspired by McGregor to expand their sound into more electronic territory. The result became their second full length album, Atomos, a unique record that stays true to their signature chamber sound while adding flurries of electronics, harp and modular synthesizers, released on Erased Tapes in 2014.

They’ve since played some of the world’s most celebrated venues, including a sold out Boiler Room performance at London’s Barbican, and a 2015 BBC Proms show curated by Mary Anne Hobbes at the Royal Albert Hall. January 2017 saw the physical release of the duo’s score for French director Jalil Laspert’s new thriller Iris.

Upcoming shows

Date
City
Country
Venue
27/02/2020 London UK Round Chapel
28/02/2020 London UK Round Chapel
29/02/2020 Birmingham UK St Paul's Church
01/03/2020 Glasgow UK St Luke's
02/03/2020 Manchester UK St. Phillip's Church
03/03/2020 Dublin Ireland National Concert Hall
04/03/2020 Belfast UK First Presbyterian Church
05/03/2020 Brighton UK St George's Church
06/03/2020 Liverpool UK Unitarian Church
07/03/2020 Brussels Belgium Unknown venue
26/03/2020 Knoxville US Big Ears Festival 2020
30/03/2020 Pittsburgh US Rex Theater
31/03/2020 New York (NYC) US Murmrr Theatre
01/04/2020 Philadelphia US Underground Arts
02/04/2020 Boston / Cambridge US Somerville Theatre
05/04/2020 Toronto Canada Phoenix Concert Theatre
07/04/2020 Chicago US University Church
08/04/2020 Chicago US University Church
09/04/2020 Twin Cities US The Cedar Cultural Center
11/04/2020 Denver US Boulder Theater
13/04/2020 Vancouver Canada St. James Hall
14/04/2020 Seattle US St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral
15/04/2020 Portland US The Old Church Concert Hall
16/04/2020 SF Bay Area US Grace Cathedral
17/04/2020 Los Angeles (LA) US First Congregational Church of Los Angeles
19/04/2020 Dallas - Fort Worth US Texas Theatre
20/04/2020 Austin US Central Presbyterian Church
05/06/2020 Lisbon Portugal Culturgest