Composer, orchestrator and conductor Jules Buckley has made a name for himself as one of Europe's most in-demand conductors of hip contemporary orchestral projects.
Currently the Chief Conductor of Holland’s renowned Metropole Orkest and the Musical Director of the UK’s Heritage Orchestra, his daring approach to crossing and linking musical genres has brought him widespread acclaim. Here is a selection of his work in the winter and spring of 2015.
GERMANY with Hamburg Ballett
Buckley returns to the Hamburg Ballett this January to conduct Liliom a ballet by John Neumeier based on Ferenc Molnár, with music by Michel Legrand. The work was commissioned by the Hamburg Ballett and the Hamburg State Opera.
Performances: 22, 24 and 31 January at Hamburg State Opera.
HOLLAND with Metropole Orkest at Cross-Linx Festival
Buckley will conduct Metropole Orkest concerts in February as part of the 14th edition of the Cross-Linx Festival - a platform that creates unusual musical connections. Metropole Orkest will be performing with The Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan and the UK based recording artist and composer, Squarepusher.
FINLAND with UMO Jazz Orchestra and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Be prepared for a nostalgic trip to send shivers down your spine as Jules Buckley conducts the UMO Jazz Orchestra now celebrating its 40th anniversary and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra in collaboration with Michel Legrand, pianist and composer of the score for the legendary film Les Parapluies de Cherbourg.
Performance: 17 March at the Helsinki Music Centre.
HOLLAND & FRANCE with Metropole Orkest & Snarky Puppy
Last April Jules Buckley conducted Metropole Orkest and Snarky Puppy in their crowdfunded shows at the Energiehuis in Dordrecht. The chemistry between band leaders Michael League and Buckley being the key to its success as they were able to melt the two ensembles into one powerful musical piece with funk, rock, cinematic and jazz influences.
This year they release the live album called Sylva and will celebrate with performances in Rotterdam and Paris promoted in conjunction with Good Music Company and Motel Mozaique.
Performances: 30 April and 1 May in Rotterdamse Schouwburg and 7 May at the Theater L’Olympia in Paris.
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