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Full Line Up for Basement Jaxx Orchestral Show

| On 07, Jul 2011

Basement Jaxx present a live soundclash with the Netherland’s “Metropole Orkest”, conducted by renowned London composer/arranger Jules Buckley, at the Barbican in July.

For two nights, in the Barbican Hall, the 70 strong orchestra will be joined by singers from Basement Jaxx’s legendary live shows – London’s finest, Vula Malinga & Sharlene Hector, and, from California, Brendan Reilly and the vocal powerhouse that is Lisa Kekaula from garage-rockers, The Bellrays.

Special guest vocals come in the form of Le Gateau Chocolat, star of London’s cabaret scene, performing Jaxx material for the very first time.

There will also be dance performances from US jookin’ sensation, Lil Buck, and London dancer, Jennifer White.

Also taking their place alongside the orchestra will be Oli Savill aka DoGbEåTs, the Jaxx regular percussionist and, for a final touch of epic-ness, the 40 voice Crouch End Festival Chorus.

Finally, Basement Jaxx will be hosting an afterparty on the Friday night in the Barbican’s “Clubstage” space where they will be DJ’ing alongside Grizzly Records’ “WAFA”.

Metropole Orkest vs. Basement Jaxx
Basement Jaxx’s uniquely skewed take on dance music and the Metropole Orkest’s cutting edge approach to orchestral interpretation collide in this unique collaboration

Thursday 14th & Friday 15th July 2011, 7.30pm
Barbican Hall
Produced by the Barbican in association with Serious

Tickets £20-£30
Barbican Centre Silk, Street London EC2Y 8DS

The combined forces of Basement Jaxx’s uniquely skewed take on dance music, the Metropole Orkest’s cutting edge approach to orchestral interpretation, and the Heritage Orchestra’s Jules Buckley’s innovative conducting and groundbreaking arrangements takes Blaze by storm for two nights.
18 months in the making
, this is the music of Basement Jaxx like you’ve never heard it – sweeping orchestral versions of hits including “Red Alert“, “Where’s Your Head At“, “Good Luck” and “Raindrops“, conducted and orchestrated by leading London composer, Jules Buckley, in collaboration with Basement Jaxx themselves.

Featuring many of the singers from Basement Jaxx’s storming live shows and the 70-strong Metropole Orkest comprising percussion, strings and brass as well as the celebrated 40 voice Crouch End Festival Chorus, this is Basement Jaxx heard afresh, their instantly recognizable dance music anthems delivered with a powerful majesty by over a 100 musicians and singers and all staged with the panache and swagger of one of Basement Jaxx’s legendary shows. No wonder that at the recent debut show in Eindhoven they had the audience standing on their feet whooping and cheering.

The evening will also include performances of new material, written by Basement Jaxx’s Felix Buxton especially for this not-to-be-missed event.

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Basement Jaxx

Since starting life as underground producers and party promoters in 1995, putting out their first tracks on shrink wrapped vinyl and throwing hush-hush raves in abandoned South London pizza joints, Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Buxton, collectively known as Basement Jaxx, have taken the sound of London, SW9 to the world with album sales in excess of three million as well as two BRIT awards and a GRAMMY amongst many awards and accolades.

Jules Buckley
Composer, orchestrator and conductor Jules Buckley is a musical pioneer who pushes the boundaries of contemporary genres. He holds the position of Principal Guest Conductor with Holland’s Metropole Orkest and through his work as founder and director of the groundbreaking band, The Heritage Orchestra, he has written compositions and orchestrations for a host of significant names from the jazz world and beyond including The Streets, Arctic Monkeys, Dizzee Rascal, Brian Eno, UNKLE, Zero 7, Cinematic Orchestra, Razorlight and comedian Tim Minchin, among others.

The Metropole Orkest

The Metropole Orkest is the world’s largest professional pop and jazz orchestra. Renowned for its wide-ranging abilities, the Metropole Orkest performs anything from chansons to World-music, film-scores, Rock- or Pop-tunes as well as high-octane jazz. The orchestra is a regular feature at the North Sea Jazz festival and the yearly Holland Festival along with countless TV and radio programs broadcast to millions. Since 2005 the Metropole is under the baton of its Chief, four-time Grammy Award winner Vince Mendoza, and can be seen frequenting the concert stage, in festivals and on recordings in the Netherlands as well as internationally. Jules Buckley is the current guest conductor.