First ever classical music rave to take place in Tallinn

3/26/2015 10:56 AM
Category: Culture

As part of the Tallinn Music Week, a 100-year-old former power plant in Tallinn is hosting the first ever classical music rave in the Nordic countries on March 27.

The creator of the classical music rave's idea Brendan Jan Walsh, composer and producer Valgeir Sigurdsson, BBC3 radio host Nick Luscombe, founder of Death in Vegas Steve Hellier, Estonian producer and DJ Aivar Tõnso and cellist, producer and DJ Sander Mölder will play DJ-sets of classical music and Estonian composers’ work. They will be joined by the group called Algorütmid and female chamber choir Sireen.

The founder of the classical music rave is a Belgian cellist, conductor, lecturer, entrepreneur and music innovator Brendan Jan Walsh. Fed up with the traditional way of consuming classical music – “pompous concert halls full of snobs nailed to the seats” - Walsh has made it his mission to prove that classical music offers more than just the intellectual challenge and can actually be a great dance music.

“The classical music rave is exactly what it claims to be – all elements of a great party including whopping sound and light in an industrial venue with excellent DJs playing and remixing, and people dancing to classical music,” Walsh said.

Walsh started this movement of classical mutiny with an all night party in a huge factory in Amsterdam in 2013. The raves have since spread to Rotterdam, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Havana, Guadalajara, New York, London, Berlin, Antwerp, and now Tallinn.

In Tallinn, at least half of the music played will be by Estonian composers. Chamber Choir Sireen and electronic group Algorütmid will offer a special live-collaboration, combining two rather opposite musical languages – synthesized sounds and skilfully arranged human voices, offering the audience some ambient floating and true weekend party acrobatics at the same time.

Classical Music Rave will take place on March 27 at the Tallinn Creative Hub.

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