Qobuz, the hi-res streaming platform of SXSW, is sponsoring the Mercury KX artist showcase at SXSW Online 2021.


Mercury KX is a London-based record label that features a diverse selection of genre-defying artists, such as Ólafur Arnalds, Anoushka Shankar, and Keaton Henson, who are crafting distinctive new music at the fringes of classical, alternative, and electronic music.


Qobuz Sponsor Mercury KX Artist Showcase At SXSW Online 2021


The showcase will feature a series of performances by Mercury KX artists Sebastian Plano, Lambert, Luke Howard, and Sophie Hutchings. The artist’s performance will kick off the music programme each day at SXSW Online 2021 starting from 17th – 20th March at 12.30 pm CDT/5.30 pm GMT. Watch on the Mercury KX YouTube channel.


Sebastian Plano – Wednesday 17th March 12.30pm CDT/5.30pm GMT

Sebastian Plano is an Argentinian composer, producer and musician. His Grammy nominated album Verve, released in 2019, was highly acclaimed internationally. Plano began playing the cello at age 7 and his approach to electronic music is intrinsically linked to his years of playing chamber and orchestral music. Plano mixes electronics and acoustic instruments into large ensemble pieces to create his unique sound. Uncut noted, “Plano plucks heartstrings as effectively as his cello strings.”

Sophie Hutchings – Thursday 18th March 12.30pm CDT/5.30pm GMT

Composer and pianist Sophie Hutchings spent a lot of her childhood outdoors by the ocean. Sophie’s music, influenced by the almost otherworldly effect of that natural landscape on her psyche, is ruminative and dreamy, and has been described by The Guardian as exuding, “an intimate, contemplative quality; sometimes melancholic, often with an exhilarating beauty.” Scattered On The Wind, her first album for Mercury KX, released in April 2020, is an elegant and transcendent meditation on “surrendering to the unknown, trusting that things will align.”

Lambert – Friday 19th March 12.30pm CDT/5.30pm GMT

Enigmatic composer and pianist Lambert always performs wearing a Sardinian bull mask. Lambert’s own sonic language is influenced as much by pop music and wider culture as it is by elements of contemporary classical music. His latest album False, released in November 2020, features 14 different collaborations and is his most diverse album yet. Clash noted, “False is one of those albums that manages to distil pop culture whilst taking elements from the classical world to create something mesmeric and enticing.”

Luke Howard – Saturday 20th March 12.30pm CDT/5.30pm GMT

Australian Music Prize long-listed composer Luke Howard has scored films and performed with artists as diverse as Lior and Jeff Mills. He released his third solo album, Open Heart Story, in 2018, which explores fragmented relationships, childhood memories and the passage of time. Howard composed music for the short film The Sand That Ate The Sea (winner of the 2020 APRA/AGSC Award for Best Music for a Short Film), the theatre work The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes (Back To Back Theatre), and has also written pieces for The Royal Ballet at Covent Garden and Atlanta Ballet. His music has been described as “absolutely heavenly” by Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC Radio 6.

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