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Dorian Wood seeks to glorify both the sanctity and irreverence of intimacy. Through the use of their corpulent body and booming voice, Wood revels in challenging the artist-audience separation, using subject matter informed by their own perspective as a non-binary brown person and an autodidact. Their work has been showcased in concert halls and performance spaces around the world, including at institutions like The Broad, REDCAT, Museo Nacional Del Prado, the City Hall of Madrid and Teatro de la Ciudad Esperanza Iris in Mexico City.  From 2019 to 2020, Wood completed several successful tours throughout Europe, Mexico and the U.S. with their chamber orchestra tribute to Chavela Vargas, XAVELA LUX AETERNA. Most recently, Wood became a 2020 Creative Capital Award recipient. Wood has released over a dozen recordings, among them the albums BOLKA (2007); Brutus (2010); Rattle Rattle (Atonal Industries, 2013); Down, The Dirty Roof (Atonal Industries, 2013) and XALÁ (Atonal Industries, 2017). 

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Dorian Wood busca glorificar tanto la santidad como la irreverencia de la intimidad. Mediante el uso de su cuerpo corpulento y su voz, Wood se deleita en desafiar la separación de artista-audiencia, utilizando temas informados por su propia perspectiva como una persona de color no binaria y un autodidacta. Su trabajo se ha exhibido en salas de conciertos y espacios de actuación en todo el mundo, incluidas instituciones como The Broad, REDCAT, el Museo Nacional del Prado, el Ayuntamiento de Madrid y el Teatro de la Ciudad Esperanza Iris en la Ciudad de México. De 2019 a 2020, Wood completó varias giras exitosas por Europa, México y los Estados Unidos con su homenaje de orquesta de cámara a Chavela Vargas, XAVELA LUX AETERNA. Más recientemente, Wood fue elegido como un ganador del Premio Creative Capital 2020. Wood ha lanzado mas de una docena de grabaciones. Entre estas se encuentran los discos BOLKA (2007); Brutus (2010); Rattle Rattle (Atonal Industries, 2013); Down, The Dirty Roof (Atonal Industries, 2013) y XALÁ (Atonal Industries, 2017). 

 

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"Conservatories and gay bars in Los Angeles were the places where Dorian Wood began to develop his particular way of looking at music...and this, combined with the gifts of nature (a powerful voice and an innate ability to deliver intense performances), have made him an artist that is both transcendental and unclassifiable." - ROLLING STONE (Spain)

"The performer, who bends genres as much as he bends gender, in performances that are a little bit torch song and a lot avant-garde, delivers vocals that offer sublime beauty and pain." - LOS ANGELES TIMES

 

"A fearless artist and performer whose voice inhabits a room like a choir of ghosts...the man's work is imbued with both bleeding rawness and dramatic flair." - LA WEEKLY

"A cutting edge sound that respectfully acknowledges the folk music of his birth, Dorian is an artist who does not stop...his life is the rhythm of his creative impetus." - GQ (Mexico)

"While his poetry may leave you politically unsettled, Wood is exercising his freedom to boldly share his perspective that is at times both nightmarish and delicate, elegant and disturbed, and well worth many undivided listens." - THE DELI MAGAZINE

 

"Dorian Wood is a force of nature, and not merely due to his magnificent presence, but because his concerts are like a meteor shower and the four elements." - MONDOSONORO (Spain)

"Think Dorian Wood is a rude boy or a punk rocker? Not quite. The soundscapes of this avant-garde L.A. artist find beauty in the delicate balance between dark and light, pain and joy. His eccentric synthesis of folk, soul and experimentalism is DIY enough to make him a rebel to anyone’s ears, all while recalling the intensity of Tom Waits and Nick Cave." - BUZZBANDS L.A.

"Dorian Wood is more than an experimental musician with a message—he's a performance artist able to thread together difficult concepts into moving tableaus." - OUT Magazine

 

"Wood is a promise for the future - and a very special type of pop singer." - Badische Zeitung (Germany)

"One listen to Dorian Wood and you'll be musically scarred for life and this is a good thing...He is an enigma. A genius. Possibly a soothsayer. But, really, just a man that will move you with his words and his music unlike most any other artist you'll ever encounter." - LA-UNDERGROUND

"Just in case you thought that Sufjan Stevens was the only arty, ambitious folkie out there, there's also the sweet-voiced Los Angeles singer/songwriter Mr. Wood." - VILLAGE VOICE

"Artist and musician Dorian Wood makes mercurial pop that demands and deserves attention." - WNYC CULTURE

"Wood unleashes gospel-infused wails and testimony that bring the audience…to a frenzy.” – THE ADVOCATE

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