Metropole Orkest Vs Basement Jaxx at the Barbican in July 2011 - tickets available now

Posted: 23rd June 2011

The third annual Blaze season at the Barbican, which hosts commissions, collaborations and new works from major international artists, this year includes the intriguing combination of house and dance mainstays Basement Jaxx with the Dutch jazz and pop hybrid orchestra Metropole Orkest.

Metropole Orkest is a 52-member fusion of jazz big band and symphony orchestra, founded in 1945. It was in the Orkest's native Netherlands that they first collaborated with Basement Jaxx, in Eindhoven in 2010 (watch the clip)

'Metropole Orkest Vs Basement Jaxx' takes place at London's Barbican on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th July 2011 and promises to be a spectacular combination of Basement Jaxx's unique musical style with the Metropole Orkest's innovative orchestral interpretations. The collaboration features the groundbreaking arrangements of leading London composer and conductor Jules Buckley, who has worked closely with the Basement Jaxx team.

The Barbican dates will showcase the music of Basement Jaxx as never before, including bombastic orchestral versions of tracks like 'Red Alert', 'Where's Your Head At', 'Good Luck' and 'Raindrops'.

The performances will also feature new material, written by Basement Jaxx's Felix Buxton especially for the event and performed by many of the singers from the band's legendary live show alongside the 40-voice Crouch End Festival Chorus.

Tickets for Metropole Orkest Vs Basement Jaxx at the Barbican on 14th and 15th July 2011 are available now, priced £30.

Stewart Darkin