Composers Charlotte Harding and Lloyd Coleman
Conducted by Charles Hazlewood
kraftwerk re:werk is a ground-breaking new musical experiment, taking Kraftwerk’s iconic album Trans-Europe Express as the starting point for a thrilling symphonic trip, created by composers Charlotte Harding and Lloyd Coleman.
(An audio described version of the kraftwerk re:werk trailer can be found here)
…the arrangements are bold: the melody from Trans-Europe Express rings out of a dizzy whirl of sound, while Autobahn’s smooth pootle is chaotically recast as Mad Max’s morning commute”
A new hybrid music as much about Ligeti’s earbending soundscapes as late 70’s beats – all scored for a 39 piece ensemble – kraftwerk re:werk is an intoxicating mix of symphonic and electronic instruments, from drum machines, to bass oboes and electro harps.
Each and every sound made onstage is amplified to the max, turning the orchestra into a giant synthesizer in which those sounds are crushed, filtered and distorted.
… a piece that was often disquieting and always compelling.
kraftwerk re:werk played for the first time ever at Simple Things 2017 (21 October 2017) by the joint masses of Army of Generals and The British Paraorchestra, and conducted by Charles Hazelwood. It toured in November 2018 to Brighton Dome, The Marble Factory, Bristol, and The Anvil, Basingstoke.
The musicianship is excellent throughout, and as a demonstration of the enabling power of music technology – both in terms of inclusivity and the range of sounds an orchestra can create – it’s nothing short of a marvel. Bristol Post.
Above: kraftwerk: rewerk performed on stage at Simple Things Festival 2017, photography Lily Holman
Commissioned by The Paraorchestra and Friends and Simple Things
Produced by The Paraorchestra and Friends
Supported by Arts Council England
Further reading: Composer Charlotte Harding on ‘rewerking’ Kraftwerk