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Real Life Insects Debut at London's Royal Festival Hall (March 8)

Author: Jonty Adderley (
Saturday, February 1, 2003
Warp Records' avant-garde experimentalist Mira Calix has recruited a menagerie of bugs to back her at her upcoming performance at London's Royal Festival Hall. The flies, beetles and moths (which will presumably be miked up) will be performing a version of Mira's insect themed Nu Nu album and will be supported by the London Sinfonietta Orchestra.

"There are more insects on earth than any other living species, and having the opportunity to mould all the amazing and beautiful noises they make into something other really appealed to me," said Mira (AKA Chantal Passamonte), on teaming up with the pests.

"At the end of August 2002 I received the sounds, about 150 or so, of every insect imaginable; wasps, flies, larvae hatching, butterflies beating, and with this menagerie, I frantically got to work".

The Sinfonietta Orchestra will also be interpreting works by the Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada and Squarepusher at the same event, which takes place on March 8.