Barbican announces Gruff Rhys & London Contemporary Orchestra

Gruff Rhys with an acoustic guitar

JUST ANNOUNCED

Gruff Rhys + London Contemporary Orchestra
Wednesday 12 September 2018 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £17.50 – £25.00 plus booking fee

Iconic Welsh musician and artist Gruff Rhys appears at the Barbican, joined by the London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO), to perform material from his forthcoming album Babelsberg – released on 8 June on Rough Trade. This record is his sixth solo outing and second release on Rough Trade since 2007’s Candylion. Babelsberg was originally recorded in 2016, but the songs were put into hibernation until additional scores were added by composer Stephen McNeff and performed by the National Orchestra of Wales, eighteen months later. The record focuses on misplaced optimism with Rhys noting the Tower of Babel as an inspiration, stating of his thought-process ‘people building towers to reach an idea of heaven (but maybe creating a kind of hell)’.The evening will also feature material from Rhys’ celebrated back catalogue.

Rhys’ numerous creative endeavours, atop his work in Super Furry Animals and as a solo artist, includes electro-pop act Neon Neon. It was with Neon Neon that Rhys last appeared as part of the Barbican contemporary music programme at Village Underground in 2013. As a collaborator Rhys has recorded and performed with Gorillaz, Mogwai, Manic Street Preachers and many more. For his concert in the Barbican Hall he will team up with LCO, an ensemble that has worked with Radiohead, Frank Ocean, and last performed at the Barbican in March of this year alongside John Cale.

On sale to Barbican members on Thursday 19 April 2018
On general sale on Friday 20 April 2018
Produced by the Barbican
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With Omar, Nina Miranda and Hackney Colliery Band Horns
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Tickets £15 - 25 plus booking fee
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Tickets £15 – 25 plus booking fee
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Tickets £15 – 25 plus booking fee
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The Barbican’s marathon weekend in 2018 curated by Max Richter and Yulia Mahr

with The 12 ensemble, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Jlin, AGF, Vikingur Ólafsson, The Will Gregory Moog Ensemble, London Syrian Ensemble, BBC Symphony Orchestra with Roomful of Teeth conducted by André de Ridder, Colin Currie Group with Synergy Vocals, EX EYE, Caterina Barbieri, Claire M Singer, Chineke! conducted by Fawzi Haimor

Friday 11 – Sunday 13 May 2018 / Barbican Hall & foyer, Barbican Cinemas 1 & 2, LSO St Luke’s, Milton Court Concert Hall, St Giles’ Cripplegate
Tickets £10 – 35, plus free events
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Haley Fohr of Circuit des Yeux: Salomé
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Sam Green and Kronos Quartet: A Thousand Thoughts – a live documentary

Friday 18 May 2018 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £20 – 35 plus booking fee
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Susanne Sundfør
Music For People In Trouble AV
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Actress + London Contemporary Orchestra
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Tickets £20 – 30 plus booking fee
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