Armand Van Helden
with the
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Special Guests:
Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda × MSO

Armand Van Helden

 

with the

 

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Special Guests: Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda × MSO

saturday 27 january 2018
sidney myer music bowl, melbourne

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  • Armand Van Helden

    Armand Van Helden is simply one of the most pivotal figures in dance music, ever. The New York house icon makes his first appearance on Australian shores for seven years, joining an orchestra for the only time in his long and storied career in what is set to be an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime evening. After rising to prominence in the mid ‘90s, Armand Van Helden has dominated club culture and the airwaves for more than two decades, blessing the scene with countless anthems along the way, including the likes of 'U Don't Know Me', 'My My My', 'Bonkers (feat. Dizzee Rascal)', 'I Want Your Soul', his legendary remix of Tori Amos' 'Professional Widow' and certified bangers as part of Duck Sauce including 'Barbra Streisand'. This is not even touching on the dozen odd underground club classics that Armand has to his name.

    “One of house music's most important figures.” – Resident Advisor

    “For over 20 years, Armand Van Helden has been on the cutting edge of dance music, both breaking down walls between genres and accidentally opening up new ones in the process.” – Rolling Stone

    “Few dance producers in any style have had the changeability and staying power of Armand Van Helden.” – Red Bull

  • MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

    Joining Armand Van Helden at Symphonica will be the full 70-piece Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. As an arts leader and Australia’s oldest professional orchestra (est. 1906), the iconic MSO reaches more than 2.5 million people each year. In addition to its core classical performances at its home at Hamer Hall, Symphonica will prove to a new generation of music lover that the orchestra is accessible to all. MSO’s Associate Conductor Benjamin Northey will be at the helm leading a full orchestra of musicians through the dance tracks, curated especially for Symphonica by Australian arrangers Jamie Messenger and Joe Twist.

  • HARVEY SUTHERLAND & BERMUDA

    Harvey Sutherland is a studio producer and disco minimalist from Melbourne. The keyboard player has worked steadily since 2013, releasing a collection of coveted dance floor records for international labels and his own ‘Clarity Recordings’ imprint. Sharing the name of his breakout single, ‘Bermuda’ is Sutherland’s live band - a futurist outfit comprising Melbourne musicians Graeme Pogson (drums) and Tamil Rogeon (electric strings) alongside Sutherland himself (synthesizers). At Symphonica, Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda will feature alongside a 15-piece MSO ensemble, performing new and classic material from Sutherland’s catalogue of 'lounge room dance floor burners'. Scored and arranged by violinist Tamil Rogeon, Bermuda will deliver a cinematic disco experience in the spirit of Isaac Hayes or the Love Unlimited Orchestra.

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On Saturday 27 January, house music legend Armand Van Helden and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will join forces on stage for one night only, heralding the inaugural Symphonica concert.

The New York electronic music icon makes his first appearance on Australian shores for seven years. After rising to prominence in the mid ‘90s, Armand Van Helden has dominated club culture and the airwaves for more than two decades, blessing the scene with countless anthems along the way. He is simply one of the most pivotal figures in dance music ever.

Armand Van Helden and MSO’s 70-piece orchestra will breathe new life into his long list of house and underground club classics that Armand has to his name. MSO’s Associate Conductor Benjamin Northey will be at the helm leading a full orchestra of musicians through the dance tracks, curated especially for Symphonica by Australian arrangers Jamie Messenger and Joe Twist. Earlier in the evening, Melbourne futurist trio Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda will feature alongside a 15-piece MSO ensemble, performing new and classic material from Sutherland’s catalogue of ‘lounge room dance floor burners’.

Inspired by the success of 2015’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl performance featuring techno legends Jeff Mills & Derrick May, Symphonica is the first instalment in what will be an ongoing annual collaborative series between the MSO and some of contemporary music’s most influential figures.

Don’t miss out of this very special summer evening under the stars. One night only.