kraftwerk re:werk

Photography Lily Holman

Photography Lily Holman


charles hazlewood conducts Army of generals and the british paraorchestra

kraftwerk re:werk is a ground-breaking musical experiment, taking Kraftwerk’s iconic album Trans-Europe Express as the starting point for a thrilling symphonic trip, created by composers Charlotte Harding and Lloyd Coleman.

Charles Hazlewood conducts Army of Generals and The British Paraorchestra in kraftwerk re:werk. Tour trailer 2018.

A new hybrid music as much about Ligeti’s earbending soundscapes as late 70’s beats – all scored for a 39 piece ensemble – kraftwerk re:werk is an intoxicating mix of symphonic and electronic instruments, from drum machines, to bass oboes and electro harps.

…the arrangements are bold: the melody from Trans-Europe Express rings out of a dizzy whirl of sound, while Autobahn’s smooth pootle is chaotically recast as Mad Max’s morning commute
— The Guardian

Each and every instrument onstage is amplified thru a giant mixing desk, where it is by turns filtered, manipulated crushed and distorted, thus rendering the orchestra a giant synthesizer.

kraftwerk re:werk played for the first time ever at Simple Things 2017 (21 October 2017) by the joint masses of Army of Generals and The British Paraorchestra, it toured Brighton, Bristol and Basingstoke in November 2018 and took WOMAD Festival by storm on Sunday 28th July.

Commissioned by The Paraorchestra and Friends and Simple Things
Produced by The Paraorchestra and Friends
Supported by Arts Council England

Photography Lily Holman, Paul Blakemore, Antoine Schroetter