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Detroit techno pioneer Derrick May announces orchestral show for Southbank centre

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Detroit pioneer Derrick May is bringing his orchestral show to the Southbank Centre’s stunning Royal Festival Hall this August. 

The show has only been performed six times around the world, with concerts in Europe, USA and Australia. And for the London show, May once again teams up with Macedonian conductor Dzijan Emin. 

The show will see the City of London Sinfonia orchestra provide an interpretation of May’s pioneering electronic music — including ‘Rhythim is Rhythim’, ‘Mayday’ and other seminal hits and classics. It’s a show that Emin spends six months adapting the music arrangements and compositions for.

Emin said of May’s music: “At the heart of electronic dance music is repetition - or some would say minimalism - but the good thing with Derrick’s music is that alongside the beats and rhythmical texture there are also melodies.”

And May said: ‘When I first heard [my music] performed by the orchestra, it was very emotional; it felt like a moment of accomplishment, an endorsement of everything I’ve done over the years.’

You can catch the special performance at on Thursday 29 August 2019 at 7.30pm. Tickets are available now.

Derrick May also plays at this year's Kappa Futur Festival in Italy with Apollonia, Nina Kraviz, Solomun, Modeselektor and Seth Troxler. And read our 2018 feature with Derrick May here