Porridge Radio – Lilac
I’m coming to the US this spring to perform my songs with youth orchestras across the country! Between mid April and late May I will be on the road playing with young local string players (and a few wind players) from roughly nine cities, as well as doing a string of extra shows (without orchestras) inbetween.
Here are the dates (+ more to be added soon).
Tickets are released this Friday at 10am, your local venue’s timezone.
April 14 – Providence, RI – Fete Lounge (with Community MusicWorks)
April 15 – New Haven, CT – Space Ballroom
April 17 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg (with Orchestrating Dreams: American Youth Orchestra)
April 19 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
April 22 – Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre (with DC Youth Orchestra Program)
April 24 – Raleigh, NC – Kings (with Kidznotes)
April 26 – Cincinnati, OH – This Time Tomorrow Festival at Contemporary Arts Center (with MYCincinnati)
April 28 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall (with Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra)
April 29 – Milwaukee, WI – The Backroom @ Colectivo
April 30 – Minneapolis, MN – The Cedar Cultural Center
May 4 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater (with Bravo Youth Orchestras)
May 5 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
May 7 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
May 9 – Los Angeles, CA – Aratani Theater (with YOLA)
May 11 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
May 14 – Austin, TX – Antone’s (with Austin Soundwaves)
May 17 – Nashville, TN – The Basement East
May 18 – Columbus, OH – The Basement
The idea for this started in 2015 when I was invited to Cincinnati to perform a show with a group of young string players from the organisation MYCincinnati. The show ended up being one of the most memorable moments of my whole career. I’ve always been drawn to the energy and playfulness that is present when a young person is still exploring and mastering music. Wether that energy and playfulness results in punk, hiphop or classical music doesn’t matter, it’s always there. As someone who’s been playing more or less professionally for over 15 years I often have to go back to this youthful source to remember and learn. To let the students become my teachers.
I kept dreaming of playing with MYCincinnati again and after talking to their teacher Eddy Kwon we came up with the idea of expanding it to a US tour, playing with local El Sistema inspired youth orchestras in every corner of the USA. From New York to California, Illinois to Texas. After a whole year of planning, me and Eddy are finally ready to announce this tour. I’m not sure what I can say apart from that you really don’t want to miss this. Actually, just watch this video from 2015, it explains everything much better than I can ever do with words.”
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