Damon Albarn: Symphonic Loops

The Concertgebouw Orchestra will be breaking new ground with the exceptionally versatile singer–musician Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz). An exciting, boundless musical adventure in the theatrical space of the Gashouder featuring the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Damon Albarn and musicians such as Afel Bocoum, Mamadou Diabaté en Mélissa en Ophélia Hié.

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The Concertgebouw Orchestra will be breaking new ground with the exceptionally versatile singer–musician Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz). An exciting, boundless musical adventure in the theatrical space of the Gashouder featuring the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Damon Albarn and musicians such as Afel Bocoum, Mamadou Diabaté en Mélissa en Ophélia Hié.

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About this concert

In collaboration with Damon Albarn, the orchestra’s creative partner, Pierre Audi, and conductor André de Ridder, the Concertgebouworkest is presenting a programme showcasing a whole range of aspects characterising Albarn’s eclectic musical universe.

Guest musicians including the singer and guitarist Afel Bocoum and kora player Mamadou Diabaté from Mali and Mélissa and Ophélia Hié from Burkina Faso will be joining Albarn on hypnotic pieces from his extensive catalogue. 

Damon Albarn came to fame as the frontman of the nonconformist band Blur, going on to make his mark as a broad-based innovator with the virtual band Gorillaz and in wide-ranging music and theatre projects, incorporating collaborations with musicians from around the world across many differenct disciplines. 

Here for the very first time, Albarn’s creativity is heard in juxtaposition with a large symphony orchestra in the imposing space of the Gashouder. Bird sounds link movements of his Baroque-inspired Dr Dee, An English Opera with the awe-inspiring orchestral music of Olivier Messiaen, while mesmerising pieces from the album Mali Music and the show Le vol du Boli showcase different aspects of Alban’s musical world. 

The concert starts at 8.30 p.m. and will last about an hour and a half (there is no interval).

Damon Albarn: Symphonic Loops is supported by Ammodo.

Guest musicians

Afel Bocoum (vocal, guitar), Cubain Kabeya (percussion, sampler), Mamadou Diabaté (kora), Papy Kalula Mbongo (djembe, percussion, sampler, calebasse), Mélissa Hié (djembe, slit drum, sampler), Ophélia Hié (pentatonic balafon, synthesizer), Lansiné Kouyaté (diatonic balafon), Baba Sissoko (tama, n’goni).