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Kid Koala's Nufonia Must Fall


Kid Koala's
Nufonia Must Fall

Sunday, August 13, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Kid Koala

Kid Koala's Nufonia Must Fall

Renowned Montreal-based DJ, composer, and music producer Kid Koala presents an enchanting adaptation of his graphic novel Nufonia Must Fall with this revolutionary multi-disciplinary performance that mixes live Puppet Theater and video projection with an ensemble of strings, piano, and electronic instruments. Nufonia Must Fall is one big, epic, beautiful love story between a robot and a female roboticist. The robot is really hapless in his life, because he is finding that he is becoming obsolete (there are bigger, and faster, and many more-armed robots taking over). Given the moniker “scratchmaster general” by Spin, Kid Koala (born Eric San) built his career in the early 2000s with a procession of innovative albums that blend pop-culture ephemera, unusual and humorous samples, cinematic layering, and deeply grooving beats. Tours with Radiohead and Björk and collaborations with artists ranging from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to influential Brazilian electronic composer Amon Tobin made Koala one of the most versatile and visible DJs on the global scene, with visual elements always playing a vital role in his creativity. From the release of his 2000 debut LP Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, Koala’s work has been steeped in comic book culture, and in 2003 he published a 300-page graphic novel entitled Nufonia Must Fall about a lonely robot on the verge of obsolescence and looking for love. Directed by Oscar nominee K.K. Barrett, this live staging of the book is built around a cast of 10-inch puppets manipulated by a team of puppeteers that interact in real time on over a dozen miniature sets, filmed with a network of cameras, edited live, and simultaneously projected onto the video screen above the action on the Miner stage.

Artist Personnel

Kid Koala turntables, electronics
other artists TBA

Artist Website

"The show, based on his 2003 graphic novel, uses a fluid blend of vaudeville, puppeteering, and silent film to tell a simple story in dynamic and memorable ways " — Boston Globe
"Emotionally stirring, then lighthearted and humorous, pulling together musical references as varied as the Psycho soundtrack and Duke Ellington " — The Guardian
"But even with the artifice in plain sight, “Nufonia Must Fall” plays as genuine romance. It’s not hard to imagine that the little T4 robot — the plastic-resin puppet enlarged via digital video — has a heart " — The New York Times

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