I'm a singer, a songwriter, a producer and technologist. As well as my band, Winter Of '82, 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.
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.

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Reflecting On The Last Twelve Months.

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?

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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.

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