Laurel Halo

Laurel Halo will be performing live at Loop with Eli Keszler.

Laurel Halo is a recording artist from Ann Arbor, Michigan, based in Berlin, Germany. Taking influence from the techno of her Midwest roots, Halo developed a unique take on electronic music, combining the machine pulse of hardware and software instruments (synthesizers, samplers, drum machines) with her own voice to address physical process, liminality and virtual violence. Halo has released more rhythm-focused music under the alias King Felix, also with clear lineage to the machine soul and dub techno sounds of the Motor City. Halo’s debut album Quarantine was released on London label Hyperdub to critical acclaim in 2012, receiving such accolades as #10 Album of the Year in The Washington Post, and the #1 Album of the Year in The Wire Magazine.

Since then she has released three more LPs – 2013’s Chance of Rain, In Situ in 2015 for Honest Jon’s, and most recently Dust in 2017. Halo tours extensively with a live hardware PA, and has collaborated with John Cale, Julia Holter, David Borden, Daniel Wohl, and Metahaven among others. She composed the soundtrack for Still Be Here, a Transmediale/CTM film commission starring the Japanese virtual popstar, Hatsune Miku, which debuted at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt, and was shown at the Barbican Hall in London. In addition, Laurel hosts a regular show on Berlin Community Radio, having originally cut her broadcasting teeth at WCBN-FM in Ann Arbor.