Who We Are
Dots+Loops is a Brisbane-based post-genre concert series and artist collective, exploring the space in between a traditional classical concert and an underground club gig. We take exciting, adventurous and thought-provoking music of all kinds, and present it in relaxed, accessible urban spaces. We're passionate about social community, equality, and adventurous art across all mediums, and combine this with a focus on concise, cohesive programming and quality over quantity. The result is a completely unique concert experience, which has been consistently applauded by critics, audiences and performers alike.
Since forming in early 2014, we've put on eleven critically acclaimed concert experiences. These past shows have featured Australian and world premieres of music by the likes of Nico Muhly, Caroline Shaw, Missy Mazzoli and Chris Perren, and collaborations with internationally recognised, award winning artists such as David T. Little, Brechtje, and Bang on a Can cellist Ashley Bathgate.
Dots+Loops is a highly collaborative and inclusive series; every performer, composer, audience attendee and support staff member is a part of the Dots+Loops team. The series was founded and is run by Kieran Welch, with significant assistance provided by Chris Perren and Flora Wong.
"Dots+Loops Companions was a unique event. In a beautiful setting, with a well-thought out program and a fun atmosphere, it was a night to remember – a relaxed and social evening with great music and great company."
Dots+Loops Companions in CutCommon, 21/09/2017
"Bringing the members of the audience together in a shared joy whilst beautiful and unique music whiled the night away..."
Dots+Loops Companions in The Creative Issue, 18/09/2017
"A feast for the senses [...] Kyla Matsuura-Miller gave a stunning performance, not only playing with poise and drama as the soloist, but visibly leading the band to mesmerising synchronicity [...] There were several moments where irrepressible delight broke out from the tight rhythms and lush harmonies onto the faces of performers and audience alike. A fantastic show..."
Dots+Loops Recomposed in Scenestr, 05/07/2016
"Dots+Loops Recomposed was truly unique [...] Everything about it from start to finish was awe-inspiring and I don’t even know where to begin to explain how much I enjoyed this concert."
Dots+Loops Recomposed in The Creative Issue, 03/07/2016
"With a broad range of local and international composers, and a focus on cutting-edge, post-genre work, Dots+Loops is emerging as a vibrant new player on the Brisbane music circuit [...] If the series can continue forwards with the nous, talent and dynamism it has shown [tonight], it will go on to play a vital role in Brisbane’s cultural scene."
Dots+Loops 5x4 in The Creative Issue, 16/12/2015
"Dots+Loops is the latest hip attempt to bridge the gap between art and the mainstream; to find that happy medium between the musicianship of high classical and the laid-back coolness of contemporary indie, pop and even dance music. And Dots+Loops succeeds."
Dots+Loops Radio Rewrite on CutCommon, 27/03/2015
Interviews and features
Q&A with the Dots+Loops Companions Festival
Dots+Loops Companions in Broader Lines, 04/09/2017
Cellist Ashley Bathgate’s superhero consortium
Dots+Loops Companions in Limelight Magazine, 21/08/2017
Curator Talk: Dots+Loops Compulsion
Dots+Loops Compulsion in The Creative Issue, 09/05/2017
Our Creative Process: Dots+Loops
Dots+Loops 2017 in REHEARSALmagazine, 12/03/2017
Prepare to get classical with Dots+Loops Recomposed
Dots+Loops Recomposed in The Creative Issue, 30/06/2016
Creating a post-genre approach to music making
Dots+Loops Recomposed in REHEARSALmagazine, 29/06/2016
Joining the dots: classical meets clubbing in new concert series
Dots+Loops 5x4 in City North News, 10/12/2015
Dots+Loops: revolutionising live performance
Interview with Kieran Welch regarding Dots+Loops on CutCommon, 12/03/2015