With their brand new string-laden single Two Of Us in the iTunes Top 5, Birds Of Tokyo are excited to announce a special performance with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 June at Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall.
The five piece band will be joined by the MSO for an evening that showcases brand new music as well as reinterpretations of some signature Birds Of Tokyo classics.
Adam Spark from Birds of Tokyo said: " We've wanted to do this ever since we collaborated with much smaller ensembles on our Broken Strings tour a decade ago.
"Obviously lots of artists do orchestral tours where they play all their hits but this is a genuine collaboration on new music as well and that makes it a pretty unique creative experience for us. It's daunting to be playing with such gifted musicians but it's also a privilege so we really want to make the most of this opportunity."
Renowned arranger and conductor Nicholas Buc will work on the orchestrations. Nicholas has worked with Ben Folds, Missy Higgins, Amanda Palmer, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and Chris Botti. In 2019 he teamed up with Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, arranging their film music for a new show with the MSO as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival.
Birds Of Tokyo are one of Australia's most successful contemporary rock bands. Since forming in Perth over 15 years ago they have enjoyed chart topping albums and have placed eleven times in Triple J's Hottest 100, including their anthems Plans and Lanterns. They have won APRA's songwriting award for 'Rock Work Of The Year' an extraordinary six times since 2012. The group enjoyed a particularly successful time of late after their inspiring song Unbreakable was the theme for the Invictus Games in 2018. They followed that up in 2019 with two of their biggest ever hits - Good Lord and The Greatest Mistakes. . Now the band is riding high on the charts once again with The Two Of Us - an epic waltz that Channel 7 chose to use to promote their forthcoming AFL season. Birds Of Tokyo have made it clear that all these singles are building toward a highly anticipated new studio album. Stay tuned for further announcements on that over coming months.
Birds Of Tokyo will perform with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (Friday 1 May), Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Thursday 7 & Friday 8 May) and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Wednesday 3 & Thursday 4 June) in this special tour event.
WEST AUSTRALIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
FRI MAY 1 / PERTH CONCERT HALL
SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
THU MAY 7 & FRI MAY 8 / SYDNEY TOWN HALL
SAT MAY 9 / SYDNEY COLISEUM THEATRE
MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
WED JUNE 3 / ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE, HAMER HALL
THU JUNE 4 / ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE, HAMER HALL