Kali Malone

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  • Stockholm, Sweden

Artist Biography

Kali Malone is an American composer and musician based in Stockholm, Sweden since 2012. Her solo works implement unique tuning systems in minimalist form for analog and digital synthesis often combined with acoustic instrumentation, such as pipe organ, strings, choir, woodwinds and brass instruments. Using synthetic and acoustic instrumentation in repetitive and extended durations, Malone’s rich harmonic textures emit a distinct emotive hue serving to generate a captivating and uncanny depth of focus.

She attended both the Bachelors and Masters program in Electroacoustic Composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and apprenticed in pipe organ tuning. She has performed extensively throughout Europe and North America, with notable features at Berlin Atonal, Moogfest, Cafe Oto, Le Guess Who? and Sonic Acts. She has collaborated and performed with a variety of artists including Caterina Barbieri, Ellen Arkbro, Puce Mary, Stephen O’Malley, Zach Rowden, Leila Bordreuil, Lucy Railton and Rainer Kohlberger. In 2016 she co-founded the record label and concert series XKatedral.

Selected Press

With its slow, purified and seemingly austere qualities The Sacrificial Code guides us through an almost trance-inducing process where we become vulnerable receptors for every slight movement, where every miniature shift in sound becomes magnified through stillness.
Malone’s solo collection of pipe organ musings seems rich with the kind of divinity only discovered alone, in an inner wilderness […] These are less dirges than devotionals, holy modal communions with sound and space and self. The music remains minimal in that it is unadorned, naked. And by revealing all, nothing need be implied...
The Wire
...a series of firm, calming, unbroken stares.
The Wire
Magisterial, glacial, attention-demanding and powerful exposition of Buchla 200 synth tones mapped to acoustic woodwind and brass […] a quartet of diaphanous and slowly unfolding electro-acoustic landscapes that externalise a highly personalised form of emotive topography.
After listening to more of her work I am sure that something has been altered in me — something fundamental about the way that I listen, and the feeling of listening, and how those experiences are able to make me feel. Perhaps this is because of the way that so much of her work humbly and intricately explores some of the most basic fabrics of music, like harmony, and tuning systems, and time, and tells the stories of each in voices I want to completely stop with, absorb, and engage.
Tiny Mix Tapes