Sculpture Music are a unique contemporary jazz/downtempo/world fusion duo from Exeter, Devon, consisting of Matt Calder (Hang Drum, Halo, Guitars, Electronica, Hammer Dulcimer, Vocals) and John Shaw (Double Bass, Piano, Vocals).
Formed in 2013, the band was inspired by Matt's love of the Hang Drum, and more recently with the Halo, an instrument similar to the Hang but with a deeper, richer resonance.
The trance-like sonics of these unique instruments draws comparisons to African music and modern Jazz, with ambient and dance textures coming from the electronica elements, all firmly underpinned with a thick bass foundation. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Massive Attack, Thom Yourke, Steve Reich and Portishead, their debut album Minor Songs In Major Keys was released in February 2013, with the follow up EP 'Beneath The Waves' released spring 2014. Both releases received extensive airplay on Radio 6 and BBC Introducing in Devon, with many favourable reviews from bloggers for the bands unique soundscape sounds.
Both Matt and John are seasoned artists, both cutting their song writing and musician skills in the punk and New Wave scene in the late 70's and 80's. Matt has written and published many scores for commercials and websites including Landrover UK and Merrell USA.
The duo were selected for the Emerging Talent Award by Glastonbury Festival in 2015, and have played the festival several times - including two dates booked for this years festival. They have also performed at WOMAD and South West festivals such as Respect.
"A fantastic noise. Great groove and atmosphere, wonderful playing"
Tom Robinson - Radio 6.
"Quite unique - massively impressed. Unlike anything else being produced in the South West in my opinion"
James Santer - BBC Introducing
"..threads the strands of jazz, folk, and world music together, displaying a style that’s entirely their own and impossible to classify..."
Jason Smith - Impose magazine.