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Carnegie Hall Presents

Carl Craig Synthesizer Ensemble

Saturday, March 19, 2022 10 PM Zankel Hall
Carl Craig by Cristian Di Stefano
A creative visionary, Grammy-nominated composer, world-class DJ, and founder of seminal record label Planet E Communications, Carl Craig is an elder statesman in the world of electronic music production and performance—a true legend of the genre. The common thread that runs through Craig’s broad musical canon is a resounding fascination with futurism, as embodied by the Synthesizer Ensemble in which he imbues a flexible and collaborative human touch into the more synth-driven, pulsing traits of techno. 

Part of: Afrofuturism

Tickets start at $38.

Performers

Carl Craig Synthesizer Ensemble
·· Carl Craig, Electronic Instruments and Keyboards
·· Kelvin Sholar, Band Leader and Piano
·· Jon Dixon, Keyboards
·· Ian Finkelstein, Keyboards
·· Dr. Nikki Mooney, Keyboards
·· Darrius Quince, Keyboards

Event Duration

The concert will last approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.

Listen to Selected Works

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Support for Afrofuturism is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation and Bank of America.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Support for the visual arts components of the Afrofuturism festival has been provided by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.

Bios

Carl Craig

Carl Craig is an elder statesman in the world of electronic music production and performance, and a legend of the genre (even with his many aliases). Founder of seminal record label Planet E Communications, Craig is described as a creative visionary, an electronic music icon, an esteemed ...

Carl Craig is an elder statesman in the world of electronic music production and performance, and a legend of the genre (even with his many aliases). Founder of seminal record label Planet E Communications, Craig is described as a creative visionary, an electronic music icon, an esteemed Grammy-nominated composer, a world-class DJ, and an ambassador for his native Detroit. The common thread that runs through Craig’s broad musical canon and creative projects is a resounding fascination with futurism.

Craig’s interest in collaboration was realized with Versus, in which he merged techno and classical music with pianist Francesco Tristano, French orchestra Les Siècles, conductor François-Xavier Roth, and producer Moritz von Oswald. Inspired by well-received performances in European concerts halls, Craig started the process of developing the project into an album, which features eight of his techno masterpieces recomposed into classical works. He has since performed selected pieces from Versus with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and at Royal Albert Hall alongside the Chineke! Orchestra. The Carl Craig Synthesizer Ensemble is an iteration of his Versus show. With the ensemble, Craig imbues a flexible and collaborative human touch into the more synth-driven, pulsing traits of techno.

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