First chance to hear how a string septet, fifty piece choir and a world champion beatboxer mix up modern music
Seven of the most talented string musicians on the London scene have joined forces to produce Fuze: a unique string septet which performs in collaboration with World Champion Beatboxer Wan Dan and fifty piece Bermondsey choir The Heard to produce a prodigious new sound mixing contemporary edge with classical excellence.
The core all girl seven-piece, signed to Warner Music Entertainment, consists of classically trained musicians from the UK and Australia, with Cat Parker (violin), Willow Stahlut (violin), Marianne Haynes (violin), Polly Wiltshire (viola), Chantal Leverton (viola), Rhian Porter (cello) and Lizzie May (cello).
The group brings together experience spanning the realms of classical to jazz and pop, with members performing from Birmingham to Bahrain, in venues ranging from the Symphony Hall to the Big Chill, and with a variety of artists from Zero 7 to Elton John!
Together with artist and producer Jim McWilliam, who has arranged for the likes of Pavarotti to Jeff Beck, Fuze has taken a variety of contemporary pop, rock and dance classics from revered artists including Radiohead, Bjork, Lamb and Massive Attack, and reworked them instrumentally to find the most beautiful way of representing the piece.
They have also created original material which shows off the scope of their sound – from punchy rhythms led by Wan Dan to dreamy, cinematic soundscapes from the strings to a cappella harmonies from The Heard.
This ambitious new line-up will play by themselves and in conjunction with high profile artists at a series of festivals and events this summer.
Catch Fuze first at their inaugural showcase at ULU on 12th May. Doors are from 7.30 pm.