Producer Phil Kieran teams up with Ulster Orchestra for classical crossover

The dance music veteran will debut the results of a dream collaboration with the Ulster Orchestra as part of the Celtronic festival this month

There’s a real sense of intrigue when it comes to Phil Kieran’s work. The Belfast producer’s extensive body of art can take many forms, meandering its way from the cinematic soundscape collaborations with David Holmes to club focused techno.

Kieran’s next step on his sonic evolution comes in the form of contemporary classical. He, and the Ulster Orchestra, will be performing work produced by Eoin O’Callaghan, Neil Burns and Leon Crockrett at the Glassworks, Derry~Londonderry, as part of the city’s Celtronic Festival on June 30.

The work has been inspired ever since a performance alongside a 12 piece chamber orchestra in Melbourne, igniting an infatuation with 'that grey area between classical and electronic music'.

This dream has become a reality thanks to the European Orchestra Laboratory (EO Lab II), a Creative Europe Fund project which aims to develop new audiences for orchestras through ambassadors. Kieran had already approached the Ulster Orchestra whilst working on his last album Blinded by the Sun which featured live acoustic instrumentalists.

'Although there are a lot of good reinterpretations of dance music by orchestras and vice-versa, this collaboration has given us all a chance to share expertise and write pieces, from scratch, that could equally be performed with a synthesised sound or its equivalent acoustic instrument,' said Kieran. 'It has both dance-music and classical sensibilities at its heart.'

Phil KIeran at Celtronic Studio

Phil Kieran with Ulster Orchestra members at Celtronic Studios

The producer added that the prospect of hearing the full, final versions of the material for the first time as they're performed to a live audience excited him. 'It’ll be worth it, because there is nothing like the grandiose of a symphony to bring these melodic pieces of electronica into hi-fi.'

Ahead of Celtronic, the Ulster Orchestra are offering audiences in Derry~Londonderry to hear a sample of the collaboration as well as other new works produced through the EO Lab II project in a special Gala Night set for St Columb's Hall on June 23.

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