Conductor Jules Buckley
Musical Director Scanner and Chris Wheeler
Visual Director Matt Watkins
Musicians Matt Calvert, Adam Betts, John Calvert & Heritage Orchestra
Orchestrator & Piano Tom Trapp
Creative Producer & concept Laura Ducceschi
Live_Transmission ‘Joy Division Reworked’ is an electro-orchestral reinterpretation of one of the UK’s most influential bands, Joy Division. The project is a unique audio-visual collaboration between electronic music pioneer Scanner, the restlessly inventive Heritage Orchestra, and exploratory visual artist Matt Watkins.
Originally commissioned and produced by the Brighton Festival in 2012 the performance is now set to tour throughout the UK with the generous support of Arts Council England, in partnership with the Heritage Orchestra, Brighton Festival, and host venues.
This sonic and visual spectacle turns the tables on the conventional concert experience. Rather than classical interpretations or cover versions, Live_Transmission is a fearless dismantling of Joy Division’s visual and musical motifs, creating a hugely powerful immersive event that pays homage to the signature spirit that defined the group as one of the world’s most progressive ‘art’ bands.
The entire show pivots around the virtuosic ferocity of drummer Adam Betts, guitarist Matt Calvert (both members of instrumental noise-rock band Three Trapped Tigers) and bassist John Calvert (Ghostpoet). This unhinged nucleus is kept in check only by conductor Jules Buckley who battles with equal force using the incomparable strings, brass, voices, and percussion of the Heritage Orchestra in conjunction with the incomparable sounds of Scanner.
Furthermore, the musicians are sandwiched between two huge screens (front and back) that capture the projected artwork of Matt Watkins, who rips apart the internalised orchestra with a barrage of visuals that switch between clarity and chaos. Spawned from the idea of Laura Ducceschi, developed into musical coherence by Scanner, orchestrated by Tom Trapp, and realised by the Heritage Orchestra; this performance promises to respect the ground that it dares to tread whilst venturing into new artistic territory.
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“A fine contemporary tribute to the band’s still-potent fusion of doomy melodrama and sleek modernism”
The Times 4/5