Restless innovator, sampling wizard, classically trained pianist and superstar collaborator, Matthew Herbert is one of electronic music's most versatile and prolific figureheads.
The first half of the concert features three 15-minute encounters commissioned for the celebration:
Guillemots v. Penguins - the avant-indie rock band Guillemots working with members of Music from the Penguin Café
Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara bringing together African stars
A meeting between two special singers – Karine Polwart from Scotland and Palestinian vocalist Kamilya Jubran
Recording under his own name as well as Doctor Rockit, Wishmountain, Radio Boy and others, Herbert has also produced and remixed artists as diverse as Björk, REM, John Cale, Roisin Murphy, Yoko Ono and Serge Gainsbourg. An alchemist of avant-garde sound in the tradition stretching from Stockhausen to the Aphex Twin, Herbert combines playful pop sensibility with a strictly imposed experimental agenda. In his increasingly conceptual and political albums he has emerged as a unique figure in modern music: a kind of one-man Radiohead, or a Brian Eno for the 21st century.