Head of the ANU School of Music, composer Professor Kenneth Lampl, recently collaborated with American hard-rock, Grammy Award-winning band Evanescence, as they toured their fourth album ‘Synthesis Live’ to Australia. Evanescence, fronted by classically trained singer-songwriter, pianist and composer, Amy Lee said before the tour, “This will be our first time touring with an orchestra, and I’m so excited to perform this way-really focus on the vocals, and the emotion and the ...story we’ve built over the years. I’m also really excited about the new material on the album. Besides the two new songs, there are some really beautiful instrumental in-between moments. The whole thing flows like a big, dynamic soundtrack.”
Professor Lampl, known for his film and video game soundtracks, worked with the band on orchestration and arrangements for the live performances on the tour, bought to life by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
“The experience of working with Amy and US cellist Dave Eggar was just amazing," commented Professor Lampl. "Both are highly trained classical artists who bring an incredible body of musicianship and creativity to their music which is beyond any one genre. This is the richness of the artist of the 21st century. The education and training of this kind of 21st century artist is what we do here at the ANU School of Music.”
A review of the Brisbane concert includes mention of an “electro-orchestral climax that is classic Evanescence, infused with Mozart’s Requiem. To hear it in this concert hall and with orchestral backing is an aural delight.” Read the full review of the Brisbane concert, which was held on Saturday 10 February 2018.
Read the full review of the Brisbane Evanescence show.