Kris Halpin's live show The Gloves Are On has been nominated for a National Lottery Award for Best Arts Project 2017! Here's Kris talking about the nomination. You can vote for Kris to win £5000 and a BBC1 TV appearance below! VOTE NOW!
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Watch the short film, The Gloves Are On, which tells the story of Kris' groundbreaking live show and tour. Directed by Lee Cogswell.
Kris Halpin works with Imogen Heap's groundbreaking mi.mu gloves, demonstrating their potential as an accessible musical instrument. Kris is the first artist ever to use this incredible instrument in this context, and has appeared on BBC 1, BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, Channel 4 with them, as well as features in both national and regional press.
I'm a singer, a songwriter, a producer and technologist. As well as my own music, I work hard to innovate at the intersection between music and disability. I work with Imogen Heap's groundbreaking mi.mu gloves, furthering their use as accessible music technology. I am a busy workshop leader and keynote speaker on music and disability. I work with music and disability charities Drake Music, Attitude Is Everything and HemiHelp to further enable disabled musicians, and amplify the conversation around music & disability.
Wow! What a weekend! I’m in Brussels Airport waiting to head home after what was a really excited time representing Music Tech Fest at the European Commission’s Resarch & Innovation Conference. I was there to talk about MTF and my work, and inevitably, do some close-up glove magic.
This was less ‘live show’ and more ‘show and tell’ – I played through different parts of songs and explained to an eager and transient audience how it all works. I was glad of this set up, as I’m battling a really yucky voice problem this week; I doubt I could sing a full set at the moment.
The reaction to what I was doing was really, really positive! So many kind words, so if you’re reading this because we met yesterday, THANK YOU! It’s easy to forget when I’m hacking and tweaking alone in my studio just how new and different this stuff is. Playing an invisible violin is a neat party piece, and there was no shortage of ooohs and wows at the conference.
It was a bittersweet time too, heading to the very heart of the activity that defines Europe. Arriving in the European District from the UK, seeing Brussels as the centre of what defines the EU, it makes me sad. It makes me angry. I’m sure some of my UK readers don’t want to hear this, but I am unashamedly pro-Europe. The fact the the UK is rejecting all of this is something I’m still wrestling with. There are uncertain times ahead, but for now I’m just incredibly grateful that my work allows me to travel and see so much of Europe, and I can only hope that Brexit doesn’t make that more difficult.
Let me catch my breath. Srsly. It’s been an incredible year so far. Some real pinch-me highlights, that I have to list just to make sure they actually happened…
Appearing on BBC Radio 1 with Huw Stephens, discussing my work with the gloves in an accessibility context. Discussing Accessible Music Tech. On Radio 1. We live in the future.
Appearing on BBC 1 prime time news, talking about, well y’know… Making sufficient impression that I get recognised in supermarkets for it, which is nice.
My first UK Headline tour! Overwhelmingly well received, a huge victory for amplifying the conversation around disability and music.
Performing on stage on said tour with Imogen Heap(!) performing one of my all-time favourite songs, Breath In (originally by Imogen’s band Frou Frou) with 2(!) pairs of gloves on the same stage! A tech first!
Representing my work with Drake Music and sharing my story at music education events such as musicALL in Birmingham and ISME in Scotland.
Performing at the 2015 Paralympic Day celebration in London, a performance that was briefly covered in Channel 4’s TV coverage of the event.
Being invited to present the gloves with the mi.mu team at Abbey Road; proper bucket list stuff.
Performing at Music Tech Fest 2016 in Berlin, showcasing my work with the gloves to possibly the most discerning and talented audience of technologists at the biggest celebration of new music technology.
Enough not-even-remotely-humblebragging? I know, right. So how did we get here?
It looks a little different round here, no? This site has mostly served my songwriting output, but that feels terribly unrepresentative of this complex thing I call a career now. Here’s why I decided to shake things up here at krishalpindotcom.