Lose yourself in the violin, beats and audio-visual spectacle that is ORCHA – an immersive project by Melbourne-based musician Matt Sheers (pictured below). Joined by newly formed strings group Stra Ensemble – featuring Chloe Sanger on violin, Mara Schwerdtfeger on viola and Vincent Ward on cello – the collective will perform a mix of old ORCHA favourites as well as new material at this one-off Kew Court House show on Saturday 27 July.
Somewhere between the worlds of neoclassical composition and electronica, ORCHA’s luminescent and distinct vocal style is layered into rich beats that are looped live on stage and manipulated by digital filters and effects. ORCHA’s music is an evocative showcase of strings, lush vocals and textured melodies, creating dreamlike compositions and a full sensory experience.
Following the release of his latest single Reverie in May 2019, Sheer’s forthcoming album, due for release later this year, is a refinement of his previous work and is produced by James Cecil of Architecture in Helsinki.
Since independently releasing his debut single Crescent feat. Liahonaand Bodybound (EP) in 2017, ORCHA has steadily created a path of his own. ORCHA has since performed around town at The Toff, Gasometer Hotel, Workers Club and The Curtin, opening for fellow musicians such as Hemm, Fierce Mild, Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird, WVRBVBY and Zol Balint.
‘He melds classical music with electronic, taking his skills as a classically trained violinist and combining it with his knack for creating intricate, electronic soundscapes.’Pilerats
‘He [ORCHA] has a voice that reminds me of Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi… a real treat for the senses.’Acid Stag
Once a police station and court house, the Kew Court House is a charming heritage building that has been redeveloped into a thriving contemporary cultural centre. The venue now provides a unique, intimate performance space with extraordinary ambience, where some of Australia’s most exciting artists perform.
Saturday 27 April, 8pm to 10pm
Kew Court House,188 High St, Kew
Tickets $28 / Concession $24