Cute, absurd and evil. HALA is exploring a diverse, theatrical and audible interplay based on the fairytale-like compositions of vocalist Helene Matthia, with Arno Bakker on sousaphone, Jorrit Westerhof on guitar and Gerri Jäger on drums.
The band was formed in 2017 in the basement of Atelier “Il sole in cantina”, Cantina Records in Groningen, which is known for its experimental journeys. They have released two EP’s: “Hala” (2018) and “Blueberry Ink” (2019). The third EP “How Do You Do” is on its way!
The music’s genre is various: from progressive rock, avant-pop and (free) improvisation to avant-garde, jazz and cabaret. You hear influences from artists such as Neneh Cherry, Frank Zappa and Acoustic Ladyland. A few highlights of their performances were Jazzfestival Karlsruhe 2018 and ZomerJazzFietsTour 2019.
EP release tour July 2022:
07.07. Knubbel, Marburg
08.07. Jazzclub, Erfurt
09.07. Limmitationes, Heiligenkreuz im Lafnitztal, „Schnittpunkte der Musik“ Festival
10.07. CulturCafe Smaragd, Linz
11.07. Metelkova, Ljubljana
12.07. Import Export, München
13.07. Immerhin, Würzburg
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