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Abstract Orchestra

WED 10 JULY - 7:00 PM


Abstract Orchestra is making some of the most exciting music in hip-hop, blending jazz orchestration with hip-hop beats and MC’s. The 18 piece all star big band creates unique music that is both heavy and beautiful, pushing the boundaries of live hip-hop. 

Abstract Orchestra have toured and recorded with MF DOOM, Slum Village, Illa J, Guilty Simpson, Blu, Young RJ, Megaran, Daru Jones, Eric Roberson, and have supported Yasiin Bey, Talib Kweli and The Zulu Nation

Abstract Orchestra explores the original samples used in classic hip hop joints, orchestrated across the ensemble, whilst matching the classic beats used by the greats such as J Dilla and Madlib. The group also explores a number of influential sounds favoured by the great hip-hop producers, such as Motown, Jazz, TV soundtrack and film scores. There is a strong influence of Quincy Jones, Lalo Schifrin and David Shire (The Taking of Pelham 123) and Paul Riser (Motown), and arranger Rob Mitchell crafts his own sound sitting somewhere comfortably between Madlib and Quincy Jones.

Their live sets can be equally dark and brooding as it can be beautiful and moving. Its high energy and high octane head nods for the full performance.