Thievery Corporation has been expanding a vast repertoire of truly avant-garde downtempo triphop for over twenty years. Still, they continue each year to strive to do grander, more unorthodox things with their music. This May the duo will be doing something more innovative than ever when they are joined by a 22 piece orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. There will only be two dates for this limited time Washington D.C. engagement.
Eric Hilton says, “This honor is also an incredible opportunity to stretch the bounds of our music with 22 virtuoso players and perform at the famed Kennedy Center Concert Hall. To go from where we started as 2 young guys with limited gear in a make-shift studio to receiving this type of opportunity and recognition is truly a highlight in our career.”
The collaboration is Thievery Corporation’s Eric Hilton and Rob Garza along with The Kennedy Center’s composer in residence Mason Bates and the commissioned symphony. They plan to infuse the Thievery Corporation’s classic electronic sound into an immersive orchestra experience. There will be features from throughout the duo’s discography as well as new compositions with some of the most promising young names in symphonic music. Bates will be joining the group for an instrumental/electronica composition titled “The Rise of Exotic Computing” and tracks from the group’s latest Jamaican influenced release The Temple of I and I.
This is one of the most exciting collaborations of the year and is a kind of show you will not have the opportunity to attend again. D.C. residents are lucky to have this unique event in their area but it is one worth traveling to for fans of Thievery Corporation and symphony alike.
The event takes place on May 15th. Tickets are priced between $29.00 – $59.00. To purchase tickets, click here. Make sure to pick them up – this event is sure to sell out.