London is a clash of influences, ideas and history, it doesn’t adhere to any one vision and it welcomes new projects with open arms. In new London club night, Baroque Remix you’ll find all of these clashes, a combination of ideas all in one space. A classical club night bringing together the old and the new, the classic and the future classic to emphasise their similarities and pick up on their differences. With guests like baroque flautist Carla Rees and viola da gamba player Liam Byrne, this evening is set to be something unusual and incredibly special.
Check out the sample below, 4 minutes comprised of everything from Palestrina’s ‘Stabat Mater’ x Nas; Byrd’s ‘Tristitia et Anxietas’ x Lauryn Hill’s ‘That Thing’ and a bit of Vivaldi for good measure.
Intrigued? Find out more about the concept below.
“I have twin passions: really, really old music, and really new music. I think there’s a lot of overlap, across the centuries. Some Vivaldi concertos are like rock music; a song by FKA Twigs is as weird and beautiful as anything written by William Byrd. But I think there’s an odd reverence that’s given to Baroque or classical music now – long programmes in silent concert halls. It loses what was so important to the music when it was composed: that it’s for dancing to, for socialising and joining in with. That’s why I began the classical club night, _remix. The night features DJs alongside performances from historic instrumentalists. ‘Live remixes’ sample drum loops, hip hop, and R&B to reimagine the baroque dance parties of the 17th and 18th centuries. The idea is that it’s really informal and relaxed – enjoying a beer, listing to Lauryn Hill alongside Henry Purcell, or 2Pac with Pergolesi. Small live sets throughout the night give you the opportunity to experience these amazing historic instruments up close, playing baroque music, contemporary stuff or pop covers. Previously performed for the V&A and Royal Palaces (part of gallery lates), we’ll launch the first full night at art’s space IKLECTIK in London on June 3rd. Live sets will be from Carla Rees (baroque flute) and Liam Byrne (viola da gamba).” – Benjamin Tassie (organiser)