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Manu Delago

Maria Kirchner


Manu Delago's solo piece‚ Mono Desire was uploaded onto Youtube in 2007 and reached more than five million hits. It was the most popular Hang video in the internet and charted in the Top30 of all music videos on Youtube. Around that time he founded his own band 'Manu Delago Handmade' and the duo 'Living Room' and released his first albums on Session Work Records and Tru Thoughts Records. His own LP's feature various guest artists such as Erik Truffaz, Andreya Triana or Douglas Dare and won over tastemakers from BBC 6Music’s Tom Ravenscroft and Don Letts to Radio 2’s Alex Lester, Nitin Sawhney and Jamie Cullum, and was also loved by i-D, Clash and DJ Mag.      

After moving to London, Manu Delago also started collaborting with various genre-leading artists. He appeared as guest on two albums of the Psy-Trance producers Shpongle and performed with them at the Roundhouse London and Ozora Festival in Hungary. In 2011 he recorded for Björk's Biophilia album and has since been her touring drummer, playing three world tours with the Icelandic singer. In 2013, he started performing and writing music with the sitar-player Anoushka Shankar. For his work on her album 'Land of Gold' Manu Delago earned a Grammy nomination. The versatile percussionist has also been a touring member of The Cinematic Orchestra and Olafur Arnalds.

As Hang player and drummer Manu Delago has performed in prestigious venues on six continents such as the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Barbican in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Sydney Opera House or the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan.

Further, Manu Delago has written several compositions for choir and orchestra such as the 'Concertino Grosso' which he performed and recorded as soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra. He also appeared as soloist with the Aurora Orchestra, Philharmonie Strasbourg, Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra.

His latest album "Circadian" has just been released by One Little Indian Recors, Björk's label.