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Balo are Sheffield based harpist Manon McCoy and drummer Will Shaw. The duo create expansive works for harp, drums and live electronics. Their sound is a dynamic balance of driving rhythmic phrasing, ambient textures, intricate prepared techniques and experimental electronic layers. 

Their recent work has developed into site-specific live-sound installations. Balo are particularly interested in alternative approaches to live performance and are currently working on a series of accessibility focused performances to engage with more diverse audiences. 

Their most recent project was in collaboration with visual artist Luca Shaw - commissioned by Lancaster Jazz Festival 2022.





Released February 2023

This album was a collaboration between balo and Whale Detective. Recorded in Feb 2022 at Yellow Arch Studios in Sheffield. 

Mixing and Mastering by David Haynes

Artwork by Lili Holland-Fricke


debut album 

Released August 2021

Renders is a series of short ambient works each with an intentional focus on texture. The tracks present abstract interpretations of words, colours, images and shapes through improvisation. The album was recorded entirely as live takes, exploring the dynamics of this unique instrumental combination.


' With this, their music offered a sonic palette more prismatic than their understated setup would suggest, spurred on by the duo’s obvious musical affinity.'
- James Cardie - Now Then Magazine October 2021

'Their music is thoughtful, atmospheric, delicately balanced and interactive, mixing improvisation and composition with an approach and instrumentation that’s original, beautiful and evocative'
Jez Matthews, Director of Jazz at the Lescar 



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