Eli Keszler


  • Saturday 18 16:00 - 16:45

    Sónar by Day - SonarComplex

Beyond sticks and skins

If the question is “when does a drum not sound like a drum?” then “when Eli Keszler’s behind the kit” is often the answer. As a percussionist, Keszler has collaborated with the likes of Oneohtrix Point Never, Laurel Halo and Oren Ambarchi, and explored the untapped potential of skin and stick through his own solo releases on labels like PAN, Shelter Press and ESP-DISK. His compositions are delicate and dense, intricate and complex, making use of the drum kit in unconventional ways: a tap of the snare or a flick of a cymbal might trigger a specific sample; or even a chain-reaction of sound. The acclaim he’s recently received as a percussionist and composer risks overshadowing his background as an multidisciplinary artist - he’s exhibited visual and installation work at The Whitney Museum, MoMA PS1, the Barbican and LAX Art. At Sónar 2022, he’ll bring  ‘Icons’ - his 2021 album for electronic label LuckyMe - to life for a concert that’s part installation and part performance, his attempt to capture the eerie emptiness of life in urban environments during the 2020 lockdowns.