Carl Craig is a Detroit-based producer of techno music considered to be one of the most important names in the Detroit second generation of techno producers and DJs. According to an article about Craig, "Of this group, Craig was often recognized as being the most artful and the most willing to engage the rapidly growing shape of techno outside Detroit." Craig has approached techno using inspiration from a wide range of musical genres, including jazz and soul.
Versus is the adaptation of Carl Craig’s techno masterpieces into powerful symphonic versions. Versus originally premiered in 2008 with a unique live debut at La Cité de La Musique, Paris, where Carl Craig was joined by ‘Les Siècles’ orchestra of Paris, the techno mastermind Moritz von Oswald and the piano prodigy Francesco Tristano. The performance, one of the first of its kind to combine electronic and classical composition, received five standing ovations and had over 1 million views online of the original filmed recording.
Now, legendary Detroit imprint, Planet E, joins forces with InFiné to bring Versus for an official album release in March 2017. Produced by Carl Craig, the Versus album mixes both orchestral and electronically enhanced versions of Carl Craig’s music in a ground-breaking techno collection of eight-tracks adapted for orchestra.
The Versus Synthesizer Ensemble live show is also planned, where Carl Craig will be joined on stage by five musicians, together interpreting the music from the album on to a synthesizer wall. The first tour dates will be announced in January 2017.
"Versus is my desire and dream come true to have my music interpreted by an orchestra." - Carl Craig