Henrik Schwarz & Metropole Orkest

‘Scripted Orkestra’, a unique collaboration between the acclaimed producer / composer/ performer and the world’s leading non-classical orchestra Metropole.

Henrik Schwarz has worked with orchestras before, but he expects this particular experience to be very different. “So far I have only worked with ensembles who mostly play classical music. Metropole Orkest plays jazz and pop and I am sure they will also be able to play techno and electronic-inspired music,” he says. “It’s important that the musicians are experienced at playing music that is syncopated.”

Henrik Schwarz composed an hour of new music for the project. Metropole Orkest chief conductor Jules Buckley will be his right hand man, helping Schwarz to realize this musical vision through proper orchestral scoring and detailed feedback.

“Our first meeting was in a coffee bar in Berlin,” Buckley said. “And we were mainly looking to see if there was common ground to do something cool together. We had not met before but I know his music pretty well. His album ‘Instruments’, created an awareness amongst a very broad audience and the buzz from that drew me in further.” Schwarz adds: “The sources for Instruments were electronic tracks that I had made over the years. This time it will be all new music written just for this project. Jules has encouraged me to really challenge the orchestra, and he is open to everything. He has full understanding of how an orchestra works, but also knows a lot about dance music, and where I come from.”

The end result will be a true collaboration instead of just an orchestra playing dance music. Schwarz: “If you listen to what Metropole Orkest has done before you can hear an open-mindedness that is absolutely necessary when you want to create something new.” Buckley adds: “Both Henrik and the Metropole Orkest are fully committed to pushing boundaries in everything we do. We are excited to work with Henrik, his forthright and open approach to making new music makes this the perfect match.”

Henrik Schwarz & Metropole Orkest
Live @ Amsterdam Dance Event 2016

Repertoire

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02_HenrikSchwarz&MO_MeVibrate   7:36
03_HenrikSchwarz&MO_BrothaFromAnothaMotha   5:33
04_HenrikSchwarz&MO_NightKasper            5:18
05_HenrikSchwarz&MO_Stratosphärenspäher           5:54
06_HenrikSchwarz&MO_Gygylili       8:23
07_HenrikSchwarz&MO_JustifiedLament      6:03
08_HenrikSchwarz&MO_Typewriter   7:37
09_HenrikSchwarz&MO_Algorhythm 6:03
10_HenrikSchwarz&MO_CounterCulture       5:01
11_HenrikSchwarz&MO_YouAreAFireball     7:30
12_HenrikSchwarz&MO_WalkMusicFive        11:13