KRIS VANGO's vision is to map and document our solar system through narrative sound, dedicating an album to each planetary body. Sonically, KRIS VANGO traverses a cross pollination and re-evolution of club music’s sonic textures, with a re-connecting of the Shamanic origins of uniting collectives into a shared experience–utilising genre and collaboration as tools to explore varying planetary landscapes. In live performance, Kris constructs a sonic journey that often feels like a tour through the cosmos, intentionally blending sounds of each planetary concept piece together with live instrumentation and voice manipulation; injecting falsetto harmonies seamlessly into contrasting abrasive beats and slow paced ambient meditations.
Following on from debut pieces, ‘Ard’ (Earth/Golden Ratio Frequencies Label) and ‘Mother Moon’ (Moon/NVMPHS), in 2020 will release a two-part Venus album (VENUS RITUS/VENUS INCANTATIO) and Mars (ARES). exploring their own non-binary relationship to gender and blurring the lines between the classic male and female mars/venus binary, re-appropriating classic mythology into a more contemporary experience. It is Kris' intention to re-envision the mythological stories of all our planetary family through music and various artistic mediums, evolving their symbolism and mythology into contemporary experiences — using the planets as a metaphor for our physical, spiritual, emotional and mental relationships to consciousness and answer the deeper questions of how our experience of being human may be shaped and influenced by the gravity circling around our heads and beneath our feet.
Kris Vango is currently based in Berlin and was born in Sydney, Australia, they have an extensive background in various multi-disciplinary artistries including graphic design, illustration, UX, video work, sound production and more recently alternative healing techniques including Tibetan sound bowl therapies, yoga teaching and astrology. They have collaborated with Berlin-based artist Lyra Pramuk and have just finished producing the next EP for fellow Berlin based Australian artist Mikey Woodbridge. 'Ritus', taken from VENUS RITUS was recently featured on Spotify's Fresh Finds playlist.
Photo: Tom Eyza
Make Up: Sarah Hartgens
Fabrics: Elodie Carstensen