Globetrotting, Montreal-based scratch DJ and music producer Kid Koala presents a magical, multi-disciplinary and theatrical adaptation of his graphic novel and soundtrack, Nufonia Must Fall.
Nufonia Must Fall’s charming story centers around a headphones-sporting robot on the verge of obsolescence, who through the course of the story falls in love. Directed by K.K. Barrett, recently Oscar-nominated for Her, this live adaptation unfolds via real-time filming of more than a dozen miniature stages and a cast of puppets, while Kid Koala and the dynamic Afiara Quartet provide original live scoring on piano, strings and turntables (composed by Kid Koala). The result of which is that the audience seems to be watching an animated film, but simultaneously sees puppets being filmed (and projected) in real time.
Kid Koala (principal lead artist) 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 live and recorded collaborations such as Gorillaz, Deltron 3030, and The Slew. Kid Koala has toured with the likes of Radiohead, the Beastie Boys, Money Mark, A Tribe Called Quest, Mike Patton, DJ Shadow, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and most recently with Arcade Fire. He has contributed to scores for the films Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Looper and The Great Gatsby, and numerous TV networks. 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.
Keith “K. K.” Barrett (director) is a production designer known for his work on feature films by Spike Jonze, Sofia Coppola, and others. Together with set decorator Gene Serdena, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Production Design for the 2013 film Her. He studied painting at Oklahoma State University, graduating in 1976. He lived in New York and in Los Angeles, where he was a drummer for The Screamers, a synthpunk band. He moved into production design on music video (winning MTV awards for his work on “Tonight, Tonight” by Smashing Pumpkins and “The New Pollution” by Beck), and worked on videos with Spike Jonze, leading to their first film collaboration on Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are, and others.
Formed in 2006, the Afiara String Quartet takes its name from the Spanish fiar, meaning “to trust”, a basic element vital to the depth and joy of its music-making. Winner of the 2008 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the 2010 Young Canadian Musicians Award, top prizes at the Munich ARD International Music Competition and the Banff International String Quartet Competition, where they also took the Szekely Prize for best Beethoven interpretation, the Afiara String Quartet has lively interest in new works and fresh insight into core classical repertoire.
KID KOALA’S NUFONIA MUST FALL LIVE is a co-commission of Luminato Festival, Adelaide Festival, Banff Centre, Internationales Sommerfestival Hamburg, Santiago A Mil, and Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen. Creator: Kid Koala. Set Designer: Benjamin Gerlis. Director of Photography: AJ Korkidakis. Sound and Video: Vid Cousins, Ben Knight. Performers and Puppeteers: Felix Boisvert, Karina Bleau, Clea Minaker. Musical Performers: Kid Koala and Afiara Quartet. Producer: Ryhna Thompson