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15 - 24 November 2024


Dawn Richard & Spencer Zahn

Dawn Richard & Spencer Zahn

Sat 16 November 2024

Stage time / 7:30pm

Doors / 6:30pm

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Union Chapel,
Compton Terrace
N1 2UN


£30 + booking fee

Dawn Richard and Spencer Zahn, the creative forces behind the mesmerizing album Pigments transcend musical boundaries with their unique collaboration. 

Known for her dynamic presence in the electro-revival scene, Dawn Richard joins forces with Spencer Zahn, a versatile multi-instrumentalist, producer, and composer. Pigments is not just an album; it’s an immersive electronic, avant-garde jazz and neo-classical experience that delves into self-discovery, dance, and the vibrant arts scene of New Orleans.

Dawn Richard’s music feels as if it’s emanating from a higher plane than ours. Even back in her more radio-friendly days with Danity Kane and Diddy (Puff Daddy), the New Orleans singer imbued her songs with a rare vulnerability, emerging from the hedonistic landscape of late-2000s hip-hop and R&B with earnest, heartbroken compositions about losing love and finding it beneath the strobe lights of the dancefloor. She’s a singer of big emotions, and even as she’s pushed her solo work further into experimental realms, she has continued to foreground feeling above all else.

Breaking away from Richard’s familiar R&B and dance music, Pigments is a departure that showcases her versatility. Spencer Zahn’s intricate electronica soundscapes, rooted in principles of open space and motion, provide the perfect canvas for Richard’s stripped-down and intense vocals. The album is a continuous composition with distinct “movements,” led by instruments such as clarinet, saxophone, guitar, and strings, to the likes of artists like Björk, Ólafur Arnalds, Pharaoh Sanders & Floating Points, Hans Zimmer, Portishead and The Cinematic Orchestra.

The collaboration originated from their work on “Cyanotype,” a track from Zahn’s 2018 debut album. Motivated to explore a full-length project, the duo embarked on a musical journey that unfolded the narrative of “someone painting with broken brushes.” Richard reflects on the album as a testament to being a dreamer, embracing imperfections, and finding beauty in the unconventional. Marking Richard’s first step into the contemporary neo-classical world, Pigments reveals a new facet of her limitless talents and provides a fresh introduction to Zahn, whose intimate, sprawling soundscapes play with principles of open space and motion.

“It all coheres loosely into a story that’s begging to be acted out on stage in fancy theaters and concert halls while this ensemble plays through the album.”

Stereogum, Album of the Week

“As Richard sings impressionistic songs of love (and self-love), Zahn’s radiant chamber music works like a prism, splitting her voice into beams of pure color.” 

Pitchfork, Best New Music

“Pigments is yet another enjoyable showcase of how Richard can bend genres and create beautiful results in the process”


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