Ea Birkett .. vocals, guitar, harmonica, percussion...
Ted Hall .. vocals, guitar, slide guitar, harmonica...
“Birkett Hall play the kind of soul music that only comes around rarely on this spinning, crazy blue marble. Theirs is a sensibility that blends multiple influences seamlessly, alchemically creating new realms of experience. Years of film work in Canada, collaborations with Thailand's finest musicians and traditional artists, the amazing live performances at the Half Moon Festival on Koh Phangan, technical brilliance in electronic/acoustic blends, deep poetic language...it is a unique genre-defying mix. As Mingus said ," it's MUSIC," with a capital M.
When you simply feel good around certain people and then add to that the bonus of great musicianship, isn't that what Maestros are all about? Humbleness, dedication,and generosity of spirit too. Birkett Hall: Maestros of Sonic freedom, synergy, synchronous heartbeats.”
Liz Gilbert/Audiosapien Records/Hearth Foundation
Although Birkett Hall was until recently known as “moscowfish” their name change ends some confusion (long story) but doesn’t change a thing about their approach to creating music and performing it live. Their music is powerful, lyric driven, vocal driven, song-based, performed with high energy, and coming from the roots of blues, folk, jazz, rock, and world beat and the end result is a sound that is uniquely and undeniably their own. It's two people making you feel the story.
They are genuinely drawn to new and different approaches to creating music, either live on stage or in the studio, and are involved in diverse side projects, producing and co-producing music with other artists. They have a knack for finding extremely talented artists for certain types of live engagements or recording projects wherever they are on the planet. They are often sharing audio files across the web - digital audio files flying through the ether between Asia and Europe. Maybe it's a lead vocal, spoken word, or instrument track. More often than not it’s their free-form stream-of-consciousness improvisation. They have also both been session players on many recording projects, including music for television and film.
Birkett Hall left Canada for Thailand in 2009 and took some time off for development and to record a fresh new body of work. Thailand remained their home-base from 2010 to 2015 during which time they explored the possibilities there and in Malaysia, mostly focusing on festivals. In 2013 they started venturing to Europe for short tours during the warm months but always returning to Thailand to continue ongoing recording for their own projects and for projects with various Thai artists, primarily building a body of work with Tud Nakhon and doing festivals with him.
In 2010 they were drawn into the EDM scene by the owner of the HalfMoon Festival on Koh Phangan Thailand which is one of the biggest Electronic Dance Music hotspots in Southeast Asia. When they became the resident “chill-in live act” for the festival, they quickly developed a new genre of music fusing their singer-songwriter roots with Goa trance, resulting in an ambient, cinematic style with a heavy spice of Pink Floyd/Massive Attack/Portishead . Their acoustic music got sidelined for a time due to the influence of the EDM but in 2014 they started to lean back towards their roots. Since that time they have recorded various diverse albums:
Blue, an unplugged album. Red, an album that is definitely in the ambient chill-in EDM realm.
Out of It, a world music fusion album with Tud Nakhon. And in 2016 they released 2 birds, an album that seems to combine all of the above, ranging from subtle acoustic numbers to power electric anthems, and includes a few tracks from their fusion album with Tud Nakhon.
Please have a look at their side projects for more details on their collaborations.
Out of It (with Tud Nakhon)
Blue (Acoustic Roots)
Red (electronic based music)
Full Moon over Rex Ranch
CBC (Canadian Broadcast Company) Sessions
plus many more as session artists, producers and co-producers...
A few quotes:
“This incredible power duo rocks and is certainly one of the most exciting discoveries in Munich...
... Dieses unglaubliche Power Duo rockt und ist sicher eine der spannenden Neuentdeckungen in München…”
(Downtown Blues Band re: Glockenback Bluesfest 2016 Munich).
As moscowfish they “…wowed the audience…”
(Borneo Post, about their performance at the KK Jazz Festival 2013 in Malaysia).
"...BIRKETT HALL is an eclectic, highly creative, lyrically-driven duo from Canada, whose material has blues, folk, jazz, indie, rock and world music components...Their musical output ranges from subtle acoustic numbers to power electric anthems…”
Radio Wigwam UK
“…F@cken’ good poets…”
Former CBC Producer
Standing behind the microphone she might be playing a guitar or a harmonica, or some kind of pan pipe from the north of Thailand, but usually she’s just singing. And you know right away that she means it! Every word. She sees the movie in her head, and you see and feel it too with a power and intensity and a voice that you will never forget. With body language that’s a cross between unconscious sign language and some kind of martial art she delivers it, full on, until it’s time to stop. This Canadian from Montreal has been making her own music since she was a young teen. Not satisfied with the conventional style of music lessons, she taught herself or found her own mentors to build her arsenal of skills, learning the technical side in analog and digital recording studios, and the performance side from working with some of the best musicians she found herself sharing stages with. With a track record of concerts, festivals, club dates and the like from Thailand to Scotland and from Berlin to Vancouver she has created and played music in many forms, some that are easily labelled, like blues, jazz, world beat, even folk, and some that are a little harder to define. And thanks to a sidetrack of several years of work in the Hollywood North film and television industry in Vancouver BC, both as an Art Department crew member, and occasionally as a session musician for producers of film music, she has graduated from that experience with the skills of an all-around creator of content. The lead singer of moscowfish, and now Birkett Hall, Ea now lives mostly in Germany, where she tours with her partner Ted Hall, and whenever possible collaborates with musicians wherever she finds them. Or they find her.
Ted Hall has always been a player. By the time he was 16 years old in Sherbrooke Quebec Canada, he had mastered the basics of being a musician and started touring with High Street Underground. His live performance is unmistakably powerful and dynamic, sometimes wild, sometimes gentle and his contributions in the studio shine with originality and authenticity. He plays many instruments,(guitar, slide guitar, bass, piano, harmonicas, saxophones, drums, percussion and synthesizers) and has produced his own music as well as projects for other artists and played sessions on countless recordings over the years, and has written, played or sung songs on albums and CD’s with Highs Street Underground, Midnight Auto, The Townies, One Human Race, and The Hall Brothers Band (to name a few), and more recently with “moscowfish” and later “Birkett Hall”. While his roots are rock and blues, he has chosen to incorporate many genres from rock to blues, country to folk, world beat to electronica without prejudice. His musical philosophy and influences are very present in “Birkett Hall” who together always deliver a passionate, thoughtful and powerful performance, whether in the studio or live on stage at festivals, concerts and nightclubs anywhere in the world where audiences demand authentic and original music.