Fuelled by a fiercely limitless vision for the magnitude of her craft, violinist/vocalist, Xani Kolac is amongst the most celebrated musicians of her generation.
An AU Review Best Live Instrumentalist award nominee and ten-year stalwart of the Australian indie scene as a member of The Twoks, Xani has since joined forces with Tim Rogers, Kate Miller-Heidke, Jens Lekman, Kate Ceberano, My Friend The Chocolate Cake and Clare Bowditch, appearing live in the multi-award-winning Come From Away (2019-20) and onstage at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and ABC’s RocKwiz.
This spellbinding brand of music-making is boldly, brilliantly, her own. Mesmerising adventures into the spaces between pop, folk, jazz, electronic and chamber music repertoire are coloured by contrasts between the ferocity of her instrumental output and the unassuming warmth of her voice. Drawing parallels with the ethereal, multi-skilled likes of Camille, Björk and Australian legend of song-and-stage, Tim Minchin, pedals, effects and completely improvised live sets are all home turf for Kolac, a true musician of the rarest skill.
Releases, 1 (EP 2017), 2 (EP 2018), 3 (LP 2018) and “From the Bottom of the Well” (Album 2020) paint a similar picture. Kolac wants nothing more than to create visceral, earth-borne sonic entities that move everyone in the venue to laugh, feel inspired or just dance.
But on violin? That’s just it. She’s an artist of thrilling juxtapositions that come together in the most seamless and captivating of forms: Xani Kolac.