World-class beatboxer clashes with orchestra at digital festival

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QSOCurrent and Brisbane Powerhouse present QSO & Tom Thum.

He’s performed on Broadway, won international competitions and presented at TEDxSydney, now acclaimed beatboxer Tom Thum combines forces with 16 musicians from Queensland Symphony Orchestra to perform at IRL Digital Festival at Brisbane Powerhouse Saturday 16 May 2015.

QSO and Tom Thum will perform Thum Prints: A concerto contradiction for beatbox and orchestra by multi-award-winning composer Gordon Hamilton as part of the inaugural QSOCurrent program. According to Hamilton, creating the concerto with Tom Thum was a unique opportunity.

“Working with Tom is thrilling; he is magnificently talented and has an inexhaustible ability to imitate any sound or instrument.

“In Thum Prints we’ve created a sound-world that combines vintage hip-hop and strands of Ravel and Beethoven. It’s a real collaboration and neither of us could have achieved this alone.”     

Tom Thum started out as a Brisbane B-boy and graffiti artist before going on to perform internationally, both solo and as part of the Tom Tom Crew.  He performed at the prestigious TEDx conference in Sydney and his repertoire is wide-ranging and includes the Michael Jackson back-catalogue, the didgeridoo, an entire 50s jazz band and more.

Award-winning composer and conductor Gordon Hamilton is the Artistic Director of one of Australia’s foremost vocal ensembles, The Australian Voices and he has also worked extensively in Germany. 

IRL Digital Festival features five free interactive art and video game installations, a Pop-up Virtual Reality Lounge, Australia’s first cord-free virtual reality video game experience, special concerts and creative industries conference Analogue Digital 2015.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s QSOCurrent is on from 15-16 May and includes four world premiere concerts taking place across Brisbane. The program features performances and new works by Tom Thum, Gordon Hamilton, Tim Shiel, Trichotomy, the Rafael Karlen Quartet, The Australian Voices and more.

DATE  Sat 16 May
TIME  8pm
VENUE  Powerhouse Theatre
TICKETS  $40 (full), $30 (concession) + transaction fee ($3 single tickets/$6 multiple tickets)

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