"Classical music for a modern age” is a video series exploring the evolving landscape of the “new classical” genre, which flourishes on the borderland where classical meets pop, experimental and multimedia. It takes place in new spaces in front of younger, less stereotypical audiences, and springs from an unlikely alliance of old-style classical musicians with laptop players, producers and video artists. Over four parts, I talk to some of the musicians involved in this revolution and ask: is it its own entirely new genre and is it a boon or a threat to the old classical tradition?
Dance music DJ and Producer Carl Craig is a giant of the Detroit techno scene, but an encounter with Luxembourg-based classical pianist and composer Francesco Tristano at the turn of the 21st century led him in a new direction. Together they created a new musical style of grandly epic, many-layered complexity involving classical compositions and arrays of electronic keyboards. I meet Carl Craig to find out more about his brand of “symphonic techno”.
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