Sydney – Monday 23 October 2017. The Sydney Opera House today announced that Moses Sumney will make his Concert Hall debut with a full band this February as part of the year-round contemporary music program.
Following two sold-out performances for Sydney Festival in January, the self-taught troubadour returns to Australia to perform songs from his genre-spurning, critically-acclaimed debut album: Aromanticism – Sumney’s sonic exploration of solitude and the power he finds in it.
Praised by Pitchfork as “a soulful, cosmic embrace of aloneness” – along with receiving the lauded 'Best New Music' crown – Sumney revisits heartbreaking ballads (‘Lonely World’, ‘Man on the Moon’) and new meditations through a filter of chamber-folk, his layered vocals touched by electronic treatment.
Sumney grew up in Southern California, the son of two Ghanaian pastors. When he was ten they relocated to Africa, where his ear naturally drifted back to the rock and folk palette he knew from his hometown of America. With a refreshed passion for music he returned to LA, studied creative writing at UCLA, taught himself guitar and began writing. A string of self-released singles and collaborations – with the likes of Solange, The Cinematic Orchestra and Thundercat – garnered Sumney a growing fanbase of his own with a catalogue of songs to complete Aromanticism.
Sydney Opera House Head of Contemporary Music, Ben Marshall, says: “Every now and then, a singular voice cuts through the clamour of modern music and makes us all stop and listen. Like Antony in 2005, Moses Sumney electrified Sydney Festival this year with the remarkable power and feeling of his performances, becoming the clear breakout hit of the festival. Since then, his debut album Aromanticism has been released, confirming all early superlatives and carving out a uniquely intimate and intricate space for burrowing into our souls. Sitting in the auditorium of the Concert Hall and hearing Moses Sumney soar to another level is a moment you will want to be present for.”