When it comes to an artist, band or group performing acoustic renditions of their songs, normally one would think rock, pop or country. But what about electronic dance music?
British record producing DJs Above & Beyond will once again take their melodic style of trance and embark on another acoustic tour in 2016.
The very limited 10-date world tour will cover nine cities in some of the world’s most iconic venues including the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and the Chicago Theatre.
Above & Beyond will strip the thumping beats and electronic elements for violins, horns, piano, guitar, harp, drums, keyboards and other acoustic instruments turning trance anthems into classical works of art.
Joining Above & Beyond on the bands first acoustic tour were vocalists Zoe Johnston, Annie Drury and Alex Vargas. The three vocalists would alternate between tracks as lead, as the other two supported the backing vocal elements for each track. No word as of yet if those vocalists will return or if new vocalists will be brought in.
New York will get the chance to see this unique Above & Beyond performance in a two-night stay at the Beacon Theatre on May 20 and 21.
The trio all played instruments before forming the group in 2000, and they play those respective instruments on stage. Tony McGuinness plays guitar and even sings lead vocal on one track, Paavo Siljamaki plays grand piano and Juno Grant plays electric piano. All three artists play other instruments as well.
Above & Beyond is very active in the electronic scene. The group owns two of its own dance recording labels, Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep. Their amazing Trance Around The World satellite radio show made it to 450 episodes before switching to their current show, Group Therapy Radio, which is now over 150 episodes.
The tour will help support the group’s second acoustic album, Acoustic II.
For dance fans who are not quite sold on this concept, watch the video below from Above & Beyond’s first acoustic tour from Porchester Hall.