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Record cover & 9 video clips for the Versus Synthetiser ensemble tour.
Versus Synthesizer Ensemble is the latest project from Carl Craig and stems from an idea born in 2008 at La CIté de la Musique that has gradually evolved over time. Its basic concept is both simple and ambitious: to adapt Craig's techno tracks to a symphonic language. In order to achieve this he has relied on the invaluable help of Francesco Tristano, a regular accomplice in charge of orchestrating his music from the beginning. This long adaptation and composition process will finally be showcased on an album that will appear in May on the French label InFiné. Craig will perform at SonarLab with five musicians (including Tristano on the piano) playing a large collection of keyboards and synthesizers. It is sure to be a prodigious sonic experience that has already been earmarked as one of the most important concerts at Sónar by Night.
One of the many reasons that have made Carl Craig such a central figure in today's music is his constantly developing nature and open-mindedness, in fact, this is not the first time that Craig has tackled classical music. The Detroit producer, whose resume is impossible to summarise in this short text, has for many years experimented with many different formats in his quest to push the boundaries of techno and electronic music. With "Re-Composed" (2008) he worked with Moritz Von Oswald on pieces by Ravel and Mussorgsky; With "The Melody" he remixed Tristano; and as Innerzone Orchestra and The Detroit Experiment he fearlessly approached the structures of jazz from a totally contemporary and remodelling perspective. With these credentials and a spotless career, it is no wonder that he is unanimously regarded as a visionary and brilliant musician, always one step ahead of the game.