Estonian Chamber Choir Sireen and The Membranes to release a joint single

The Membranes frontman John Robb and Sireen (Musiccase/Flickr)
9/16/2015 10:30 AM
Category: Culture

Estonian Chamber Choir Sireen are to release a joint single with post punk pioneers The Membranes. The world premiere of the collaboration will take place in Estonia on September 25.

Influential UK post punk band the Membranes will release a joint single and present their Mercury Prize nominated album with all-female Estonian Chamber Choir Sireen this autumn. The world premiere of the collaboration will take place at "Universe: Explained" gig in Tallinn, Estonia on September 25, followed by the joint single of "The Universe Explodes Into A Billion Photons Of Pure White Light’ / ‘(5776) The Breathing Song" in the beginning of October.

The idea for the bold cross-genre collaboration came to the Membranes’ frontman John Robb when he saw the Sireen choir play this spring at Tallinn Music Week festival. "It was an astonishing concert," Robb said. "I was excited by brilliant use of their voices and heard in my head how it would work perfectly with the drones and drama in the Membranes music. The idea of a choir working with a post punk band is exciting in its possibilities."

The first step in making the idea real was taken in the studio of Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EMTA) in the beginning of September with John Robb supervising Sireen through recording two songs from the Membranes’ album Dark Matter/Dark Energy.

The reworkings of "The Universe Explodes Into A Billion Photons Of Pure White Light" and "(5776) The Breathing Song" will be released as the Membranes and Chamber Choir Sireen joint single in the beginning of October.

The Membranes’ Mercury Prize nominated album Dark Matter/Dark Energy was released in June 2015.

"The Universe: Explained" will take place in Kino Sõprus, Tallinn, Estonia on Friday September 25. Click here for more.

The event, which is part of the Researcher's Night 2015 program, will also include an interview with a CERN scientist Umut Kose. Interview will be conducted by John Robb, the man who once coined the term "britpop".

M. Oll

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