★★★★★ ‘a blast of aural and visual magic . . . a joy-inducing original’Donald Hutera, The Times
‘One show that truly delivers the shock of the new, the most innovative presentation of live music I’ve ever seen – a total game-changer’Alex Needham, The Guardian
★★★★ ‘A dark, clanking wonderland… KlangHaus isn’t a concert – it’s a little world’ Andrzej Lukowski Time Out
★★★★ ‘Breathes a lungful of fresh air into gig-going and theatre alike’ Maxie Szalwinska, Sunday Times
★★★★ ‘By turns lulls, terrorizes and invigorates the audience … an eerie but magnetic rock’n’roll mantra crashing drums, rumbling fuzz bass, lighting is either low or blinding’ Fiona Shepherd, The Scotsman
★★★★ ‘A joy inducing original’ Laura Barnett Daily Telegraph
‘an immersive, engaging live performance that we can’t recommend enough’ This Week in London
‘Weird, beautiful, loud, aggressive and like a hug – all at once’
‘Like having a musical/sensory massage, I’m tingling with sound!’
‘Mind totally and utterly blown! The attention to detail is awe inspiring. Best Installation I have ever been to!’
‘I fell in love with every member of the band, the music is phenomenal, the memory will be treasured. It wasn’t
wonderful – it was wondrous’
‘Powerful and beautiful, we’ve never experienced anything like it – they possess the building!’
‘Fabulously atmospheric – the interaction of music, lighting, building and artwork create a magical experience’
‘Spellbinding, innovative, daring, beautiful, inspiring, amazing’
‘I think the building really enjoyed it’
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Fringe Music & Cabaret
EARLY contenders for the most creative use of a performing space award, the KlangHaus team don’t turn Summerhall’s small animals hospital into a venue so much as a musical instrument. Follow your ears is the instruction as you take the lift — or in our case the stairs — up to the musical mystery tour that has an underground feel in more ways than one.
And without wishing to give too much away, your ears will take you into a suite of rooms that house a suite of sounds, some almost industrial, some just a little bit eerie, some downright romantic and some from the post-punk school of kerrang and thunder. A disembodied voice sings as a pianist mysteriously appears to lend belated accompaniment. A musical saw adds its sympathetic cry to a childlike ballad. Drummers drum. Basses pulse. Guitars chortle. And the open, long unoccupied, spot-lit cages sit there as if in accusation.
This might not be for the claustrophobic but it’s an adventure utterly in the spirit of the Fringe and as the pied pipers lead their followers towards a very cleverly executed denouement, they leave their nursery rhyme-simple final chant hanging in the air and in all likelihood stuck in your inner ear for a good while afterwards.
Run ends August 24.