Scala And Kolacny Brothers Perform A Tiny SXSW Concert

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It can be difficult to find a little peace amidst the chaos that is Austin during South by Southwest. So when Scala & Kolacny Brothers brought their 22-person ensemble to perform a song in our intimate space at the Driskill Hotel, it was a stunning, if not fleeting few minutes of calming beauty.

If you don't know the name Scala & Kolacny Brothers before now, surely you've heard their resonant, soaring voices recently. Thanks, in part, to their cover of Radiohead's "Creep," — which was featured prominently in the theatrical trailer for last year's The Social Network — the Belgian girls choir has found themselves with both mainstream acclaim and indie cred alike.

Conducted by Stijn Kolacny and accompanied by pianist Steven Kolacny, the ensemble has released several albums, including 2002's debut On The Rocks and 2010's Circle. Over the years they've gained notoriety for their sterling, often haunting choral arrangements of popular songs by artists like U2, Nirvana and Bjork. Here, they perform a lovely rendition of their original piece, "Seashell."

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