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Virtual Studio: Kid Koala—Music To Draw To


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Color photograph of a man with medium-light skin and dark hair, Kid Koala, seated at a table and looking pensively to his left, his hands to his face. He holds a pencil and sits before a mini record player with tiny records strewn across the table.

Kid Koala

Artist and composer Kid Koala broadcasts live from his Montreal studio for this special Art Institute presentation of “Music To Draw To.”  

Listen to Kid Koala’s quiet time music set while sketching artworks from the museum’s wide-ranging collection. The program features artworks by Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Georgia O’Keeffe, among others, along with a livestream video of Kid Koala’s studio performance.

This program is presented as part of Artists on Artists, a public program series that highlights the creative process and creative communities. Through this series, leading artists, authors, musicians, and performers inspire new ways of understanding the museum’s collection while making connections to their own practice.

About Kid Koala

Eric San, aka Kid Koala, is a world-renowned scratch DJ, music producer, composer, multimedia performer, and graphic novelist. He has released six solo albums as well as multiple EPs and soundtracks. He has collaborated with Gorillaz, Deltron 3030, and The Slew, and has produced collaborative Music To Draw To albums with vocalists Emilíana Torrini and Trixie Whitley. He has toured with Radiohead, the Beastie Boys, Arcade Fire, Money Mark, Mike Patton, DJ Sha, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Kid Koala’s unforgettable live shows range from silly touring turntable carnivals like “Vinyl Vaudeville,” to immersive and emotive multimedia shows like “Nufonia Must Fall,” “The Storyville Mosquito,” and “Satellite Turntable Orchestra,” each of which express his unique form of storytelling with music, animation, film, and interactive entertainment. He has contributed to scores for multiple films including The Great Gatsby; Baby DriverScott Pilgrim Vs. The World; Zoom; Shaun of the Dead; Men, Women & Children; and Looper. He has composed music for the National Film Board of Canada, the Cartoon Network, Sesame Street, Adult Swim, and the Winter Olympic Games. He has also been commissioned to create music for multiple runway shows for Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten. He collaborated on and released the award-winning multi-platform breakdance video game Floor Kids, and wrote and illustrated the award-winning graphic novels Nufonia Must Fall and Space Cadet. When not on tour, he enjoys playing music, painting with his two daughters, and hosting “Music To Draw To” sessions in his hometown of Montreal.


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