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Audience will be equipped with turntables, effects boxes and color-coded vinyl records to collectively create an ‘Ambient Vinyl Orchestra’

OZ Arts welcomes back world-renowned scratch DJ, music producer and graphic novelist Kid Koala with his newest, interactive work, Satellite. In Satellite, the follow-up to the his Nufonia Must Fall Live—presented by OZ Arts in 2016—the audience is seated, four per table, and equipped with a turntable, an effects box and a small crate of color-coded vinyl records. Through subtle colored lighting changes in the room, the audience is cued to play along, becoming an “ambient vinyl orchestra” accompanying Kid Koala, melding their individual strains into a fluid body of sound. Together, these harmonized turntables create a unique, uplifting and dynamic evening of light and music. Satellite completes a trilogy of popular Kid Koala “quiet time” events that originated at Toronto’s Luminato Festival, beginning with 2013’s Space Cadet Headphone Concertand continuing with 2014’s widely acclaimed Nufonia Must Fall Live. Tickets are $50 and will be available for sale on March 8 at “As unexpected as a blind date, Satellite creates an opportunity for an entire audience of 200 people to ‘play’ together as an ensemble, says Artistic Director of OZ Arts, Lauren Snelling. “Professional musicians, novices or purely aficionados will all be on a level playing field as Kid Koala conducts the would-be vinyl orchestra in instrumental harmony.” Kid Koala has released four solo albums on Ninja Tune, including, most recently, 12 Bit Blues. He has also released two graphic novels, Nufonia Must Fall and Space Cadet, and has been involved in creative collaborations such as Gorillaz, Deltron 3030, and The Slew. Kid Koala has toured with the likes of Radiohead, the Beastie Boys, Arcade Fire, Money Mark, A Tribe Called Quest, Mike Patton, DJ Shadow and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. He has contributed to scores for the films Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Looper, The Great Gatsby and his track, “Was He Slow?”, was featured on the 2017 soundtrack for Edgar Wright’s film, Baby Driver, which has received two Grammy nominations and three Academy Award nominations. He has composed music for The National Film Board of Canada, the Cartoon Network, Sesame Street, and Adult Swim, and has also been commissioned to create music for runway shows for Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten. Kid Koala’s unforgettable live shows range from silly touring turntable carnivals like Short Attention Span Theater (featuring turntable bingo) and Vinyl Vaudeville (including puppets and dancers) to quiet-time events like Music to Draw to and his Space Cadet Headphone Experience. He lives in Montreal with his wife and two daughters. About OZ Arts Nashville Since opening in 2014, OZ Arts Nashville, a 501(c)(3) contemporary arts center, has changed the cultural landscape of the city. Housed in the former C.A.O. cigar warehouse owned by Nashville’s Ozgener family, OZ Arts, under the artistic leadership of Lauren Snelling, brings world-class performances and art installations to the city, and gives ambitious local artists opportunities to work on a grand scale. The flexible 10,000 square-foot, column-free venue, nestled amidst five acres of artfully landscaped grounds, is continually reconfigured to serve artists’ imaginations, and to challenge and inspire a diverse range of curious audiences. OZ Arts is supported in part by Metro Arts – Nashville Office of Arts + Culture. For more information, please visit

Reminder:  UPCOMING OZ ARTS NASHVILLE 2017-18 SEASON OF PERFORMANCES - TNT -- Michael Gordon’s Rushesperformed by Rushes Ensemble, and Timberperformed by Mantra Percussion (March 22). - Satellite, in which audience members—equipped with turntables, effects boxes and color-coded vinyl records—perform with renowned DJ and music producer Kid Koala in an “Ambient Vinyl Orchestra” (April 13 & 14) -  TNT -- Musicircus curated by Nashville’s Colleen Phelps (May 17, 2018). Details on all things OZ Arts Nashville can be found at


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