Carl Craig will present an album adaptation of his widely acclaimed "Versus" live performance.
"Versus" originally premiered in 2008, with a live debut at La Cité de La Musique, Paris, where Carl Craig was joined by Les Siècles orchestra conducted by François-Xavier Roth, Moritz von Oswald, and Francesco Tristano, who arranged and orchestrated all the tracks. The performance, one of the first of its kind to combine electronic and classical composition, received five standing ovations and had over one million views online of the original filmed recording.
Of the live performance, Gilles Peterson said: "I’m in awe of Carl’s determination to stretch the boundaries of techno… and prove that electronic beats are as much “music” as violins or cellos."
Now, Detroit imprint Planet E joins forces with InFiné to bring "Versus" for an official album release in 2017. Produced by Carl Craig, the Versus album mixes both orchestral and electronically enhanced versions of Carl Craig’s music in a techno collection of eight tracks adapted for orchestra.
The Versus Synthesizer Ensemble live show is also planned, where Carl Craig will be joined on stage by five musicians, together interpreting the music from the album on to a synthesizer wall. The first dates will be announced in January 2017.
In advance of the album's March 2017 release, two of the album tracks—namely "Sandstorms" and "Desire"—can be streamed here.