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Artist Bio

Fragments is the most emotionally intense record that Bonobo – aka Simon Green – has ever had to make.  It’s no surprise that it’s also his masterpiece. The album features Jamila Woods, Joji, Kadhja Bonet, Jordan Rakei, O’Flynn and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. Born first out of fragments of ideas and experimentation, the album ultimately was fused together in a burst of creativity fuelled by both collaboration and Green’s escape into the wild. ​​The artwork for ‘Fragments” is by Neil Krug who returns after creating the art for 2017’s ‘Migration’. Krug has also made a visualiser for ’Rosewood”.

One of the biggest names in dance music, Green’s career includes 3 GRAMMY nominations and playing to over 2 million people for the tour supporting his 2017 album Migration. Migration was a top ten album in multiple countries, top five at home in the UK and a Billboard dance album number one in the US. He’s also a favourite mainstage performer at the world’s greatest music festivals. As part of the tour announced today Bonobo will play three dates at the legendary Royal Albert Hall in London in addition to dates in Brighton, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Nottingham.

Fragments is a series of 12 sonic affirmations, featuring some of the hardest and most hip-shaking grooves that Green has ever created.  The ballads are perfectly placed throughout; they capture a world in flux and glow with hope.  Coaxing the ideas out initially took some hard work.  The constantly-touring Green creates best while on the move; the global shutdown forced him to stand still. 

Musical themes began to arise through Green’s exploration of modular synthesis, recordings he had made of harpist Lara Somogyi, his work with arranger and string player Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, his own playing of the Fender Rhodes and more, as the album was created, recorded and mixed by Green over the past two years.  The album also came into focus as he sought refuge on solo adventures into nature, away from the shutdowns and wildfires and into the blazing California desert. 

“Tides,” featuring Chicagoan singer and poet Jamila Woods, acted as a catalyst, and the album began to click into place around it.  “I knew I had a centrepiece, I knew how it was all going to sound,” he says.  Working with Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, musical themes began to emerge.  Recording orchestral musicians in actual studios helped bring the songs “out of the box” even more. 

A rhythmic framework started to come together too: the structures of UK bass music and rave began to seep into beats that would become tracks like “Otomo” (eventually co-produced by O’Flynn and featuring a sample of the Bulgarian choir 100 Kaba-Gaidi), and “Sapien.”  The ”old school, Detroity, Moodymann and Theo Parrish inspired” “Shadows” was recorded with friend Jordan Rakei.  “Rosewood,” “Closer” and “Counterpart” each start with an ecstatic snap to them, but snake down surprisingly different paths.  Somogyi’s harp and Atwood-Ferguson’s strings mingle together on the beatless “Elysian.”  Two ballads flesh out the second half of the record: “Day by Day” featuring Kadhja Bonet and “From You” featuring Joji. 

It’s about the dancefloor in many ways, about how “I remembered all over again how much I loved crowds and movement and people connecting with each other,” Green reflects.  But the positivity isn’t just in the uptempo rhythms: even the most introspective and melancholic pieces have joy in them.

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Tour Dates

Sep 16 2022
Spot Lite Detroit
Detroit, MI
Sep 19 2022
HISTORY
Toronto, Canada
Sep 20 2022
Algonquin Commons Theatre
Ottawa, Canada
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Sep 23 2022
Franklin Music Hall
Philadelphia, PA
Sep 25 2022
The Brooklyn Mirage
Brooklyn, NY
Sep 28 2022
The Eastern
Atlanta, GA
Sep 29 2022
The Ritz Theater - Ybor City
Tampa Overlook, FL
Sep 30 2022
The Plaza Live
Orlando, FL
Oct 01 2022
Space Park
Miami, FL
Oct 03 2022
Joy Theater
New Orleans, LA
Oct 05 2022
Emos Austin
Austin, TX
Oct 08 2022
White Oak Music Hall
Houston, TX
Oct 12 2022
The Rialto Theatre
Tucson, AZ
Oct 13 2022
Orpheum Theater – Flagstaff
Flagstaff, AZ
Oct 14 2022
The Van Buren
Phoenix, AZ
Oct 20 2022
The Greek Theatre Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Oct 22 2022
Greek Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
Nov 22 2022
Hala Stulecia
Wroclaw, Poland
Nov 23 2022
Tauron Arena
Krakau, Poland
Nov 25 2022
Atlas Arena
Łódź, Poland
Nov 26 2022
Forum Karlín
Karlín, Czechia
Nov 29 2022
Budapest Arena
Budapest, Hungary
Nov 30 2022
Gasometer
Wien, Austria
Dec 02 2022
Estragon
Bologna, Italy
Dec 03 2022
Fabrique
Milan, Italy
Dec 06 2022
WiZink Center
Madrid, Spain
Dec 07 2022
Palau Sant Jordi
Barcelona, Spain
Dec 10 2022
Forest National
Bruxelles, Belgium
Dec 13 2022
Compensa Concert​ Hall
Vilnius, Lithuania
Dec 14 2022
Noblessneri valukoda
Tallinn, Estonia

News

11/24/2021

Congrats to our 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees

Congratulations to our nominees! 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards   Record Of The Year “Right On Time” Brandi Carlile   Song Of The Year “Right On Time” Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth,…

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11/17/2020

Bonobo releases “6,000 Ft,” 2nd single from new label OUTLIER

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03/27/2020

Bobobo Livestream Tonight – Friday, March 27th!!

Bonobo Beatport Presents Reconnect (DJ set via Beatport’s Twitch channel) 7pm ET https://www.twitch.tv/beatportofficial

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