The Hydra x Barbican present: Carl Craig Synthesizer Ensemble

The Hydra x Barbican present: Carl Craig Synthesizer Ensemble

Carl Craig presents Synthesizer Ensemble
Friday 6 April 2018 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £20 – 25 plus booking fee

Detroit Techno godfather Carl Craig assembles a team of keyboardists and a large collection of synthesizers to present a symphonic reimagining of his dancefloor productions.

An ambitious project from American DJ, producer and Grammy nominated composer Carl Craig, arrives at the Barbican in April 2018. In Synthesizer Ensemble Craig’s techno tracks have been adapted to a symphonic language with the assistance of his collaborator, experimental pianist and composer Francesco Tristano. This project, some ten years in the making, is performed live by a group of musicians across an array of keyboards and synthesizers, at the Barbican Craig will be joined by pianist Kelvin Sholar.

Releasing his first track on a 1989 Virgin UK compilation album, Carl Craig has since become one of Detroit’s most notable techno DJ talents, with a career reaching far beyond his native American hometown and on to global recognition. Craig created his own label Planet E Communications in 1991 and he has featured in top DJ lists by media such as Rolling Stone and Resident Advisor. Craig is continually adding to a list of remixes for other artists, extending to over 100 cuts for the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip and Pet Shop Boys; his 2008 remix for Junior Boys’ Like A Child earned Craig a Grammy award nomination.

This project has its roots in a 2008 Paris concert, where Craig collaborated with Dub Techno innovator and multi-instrumentalist Moritz von Oswald – who Craig calls the ‘spiritual advisor’ to Versus. Together, they made ReComposed with the help of Tristano on keys, beginning Craig’s partnership with the composer. Tonight’s concert, produced in association with The Hydra, sees the realisation of a project that’s almost a decade in the making – an exploration of the vast symphonic potential of electronic music.

Produced by the Barbican in association with the Hydra