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Explore the astonishing capabilities of the human voice with Shards, a vocal group with a style that combines choral arrangements, synths and percussion.

Describing their compositions as miniature sonic paintings, imagistic pieces that capture the bewildering experience of young adulthood, there’s excitement, existentialism, anger and despair, reflected in the reverb-soaked vocal distortions of ‘Beams’, or the raw and dramatic dynamism of ‘Unrest’.
When assembling the group, founder and composer Kieran Brunt brought together not just vocalists, but also composers, instrumentalists, folk musicians and teachers. Initially debuted at Nils Frahm’s Possibly Colliding weekend at the Barbican in 2016, they later collaborated with Frahm on his album All Melody. In 2019, they released their debut album, Find Sound – a remarkable record that reimagines choral music for our times.

Support comes from PAN signee Marina Herlop.

Produced by the Barbican in association with Parallel Lines

Barbican Sessions: Shards

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Watch: Barbican Sessions - Shards

Watch as Shards perform a Barbican Session in the Frobisher Tunnel ahead of their concert at Milton Court Concert Hall


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Watch: Shards - Unrest (Official Music Video)

Take a look at the Official Music Video for Shard's single Unrest.

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Listen: Shards - Find Sound

Take a listen to London based vocal group Shard's 2019 album Find Sound.

Milton Court