Carl Craig + " Les siècles " orchestra + the pianist Francesco Tristano ? An improbable alliance that was quite simply mind-blowing ! This unique meeting between a classical ensemble and techno music was powerful, solemn and danceable all at once! For the concoction to work, it needed a guide: Carl Craig. Originator of the project, the emblematic Detroit producer/DJ worked with pianist Francesco Tristano to arrange his compositions for an orchestra. Distinguished guest, Moritz Von Oswald made a valuable contribution to the project, offering fans a rhythmic arrangement and a new piece co-written with Carl Craig. The result is impressive: a unique sound aesthetic that breaks down barriers between seemingly incompatible music styles as described by François Xavier Roth, musical director and conductor of the Siècles orchestra: There is no hierarchy in music, only a quest for high standards . Historic concert !
Born and raised in Detroit, Carl Craig is one of the pioneers of techno. Inspired by jazz, funk and psych-rock in his youth, Carl Craig quickly discovered electronic music and turned out to be a key player in Detroit techno s second wave. After some experimentation, he met emblematic figure Derrick May who took a liking for Craig s sound and asked him to join his Rhythm Is Rhythm tour in 1989. That marked the beginning of a collaboration that would change the face of techno music around the world. Through his productions, creations, numerous aliases, his own Planet E Communications label, the Carl Craig sound is always recognizable deep, jazzy, soulful, legendary, techno.more>>>
Warp, commonly referred to as Warp Records, is a pioneering independent English record label, founded in Sheffield in 1989, notable for discovering some of the most enduring artists in electronic music.more>>>
Founded by Steve Beckett and the late Rob Mitchell from their experiences working at the FON record store, alongside producer Robert Gordon, the label (whose name was chosen because the original name, 'Warped Records' was difficult to distinguish over the telephone) soon became home to artists who would be highly influential in electronic music.
The first release (WAP1) was by Forgemasters (produced by Robert Gordon), whose limited 500 copy pressing of "Track With No Name" was financed by an Enterprise Allowance grant and distributed in a borrowed car. It set a trend for the early releases both in terms of sound and the use of purple sleeves (designed by The Designers Republic). The follow up was Nightmares on Wax's "Dextrous", which charted, selling 30,000 copies despite a lack of promotion. This led to greater commercial success; by its fifth release the label had its first top-twenty chart entry with LFO and their eponymous single, "LFO", which sold 130,000 copies and peaked at #12 in the UK chart in July 1990; by coincidence, that same month another Warp act, Tricky Disco, reached #14 in the UK chart with another eponymous single, "Tricky Disco".
The first album released was Sweet Exorcist's C.C.E.P. in 1991. In the same year Robert Gordon left Warp acrimoniously.
Warp went on to release a series of singles and albums from 1992 under the Artificial Intelligence heading, a series of experimental electronic music releases by artists such as Aphex Twin (as Diceman and later Polygon Window), Autechre, B12, the Black Dog, Richie Hawtin and Alex Paterson (of the Orb). Initially all the album releases were gatefold sleeves and coloured vinyl, often with striking covers by The Designers Republic or Phil Wolstenholme. A VHS compilation of digitally animated music videos called Motion was released in conjunction with the second Artificial Intelligence compilation, and featured an early work by director David Slade.
Since then the label has evolved, and later artists were a similarly eclectic group, and included the influential DJ Andrew Weatherall (as Sabres of Paradise and later as Two Lone Swordsmen), the live sensation Red Snapper and experimental hip-hop group Antipop Consortium.
In 1999 the label released Warp 10: Influences, Classics, Remixes, a compilation spanning six discs, featuring early acid house and techno music that influenced the label and its artists, as well as classic tracks from Warp's back catalog, and new remixes of Warp material. The collection celebrated the label's tenth anniversary.
In 2000 the label moved its operation to London along with its physical music and merchandise store Warpmart.
Co-founder Rob Mitchell was diagnosed with cancer in early 2001. He died later that year.
In January 2004 Warp launched an online digital music store, Bleep, notable for being among the few stores to completely avoid all digital rights management features in the downloadable tracks, unlike other music stores such as iTunes and Rhapsody.
On 27 September 2004 Warp released its second music video compilation, named WarpVision, featuring most of the videos produced from 1989 to 2004.
2005 saw the release of Warp, the first book in the Labels Unlimited series. Written by Rob Young, the book gives an illustrated history of the label, as well as offering a complete discography. The Warp website said the book was “A very beautiful thing and like our very own This Is Your Life".
The label recently began to expand outside of electronica by signing indie rock bands such as !!!, Battles, Born Ruffians, Maxïmo Park, Gravenhurst and Grizzly Bear.
For the label's 20th Anniversary in 2009, several Warp20 concerts took place in Paris, New York City, Sheffield, Tokyo, Berlin and London.
The year was 1991
Retroactive was no more. A vibrant force within the musical community of Detroit, Carl Craig continued to adapt, learn and explore. A new label arose, Planet E Communications, as a means to complete creative independence from the major label industry, as well as a platform for organic expansion and expression of the dance floor driven genre of techno music.
A visionary continues to broaden his body of work; each transmission release thoughtful and unique, persistently shifting sound, leaving behind the boundaries of electronic music, and traveling beyond, to landscapes newfangled and unknown amidst the language and thunder of subterranea, one hub remains intact, releasing vital sonic collage.
Open your mind. Spill yourself across the broken concrete walk-ways, the odd shapes of buildings, dark and ominous, clawing at your shadows as you strive to recreate something both beautiful and new. A green light glows, a natural hue humming all the time, through the night, as the steam rises from below the streets… Deep within the comfort of city walls, creativity grows, grasping, reaching as far as it can go.
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Designed by architect Christian de Portzamparc, the Cité de la Musique is a venue for art and life surrounded by the greenery of the Parc de la Villette, in the heart of the French capital.
It is an international reference centre devoted to music, and hosts the world's most popular artists. In partnership with prestigious European concert halls, it encourages musical creation and the promotion of young European talents. The Cité also co-produces exhibitions with foreign museums and disseminates its expertise and know-how worldwide.
La Cité also welcomes the Ensemble Intercontemporain in residence, an ensemble devoted to 20th century music and the premiering of new works.
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Derrick May, Juan Atkins, Planet E, Detroit techno