Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell will perform with Mad Season featuring Mike McCready of Pearl Jam and Duff McKagan plus the Seattle Symphony orchestra at a special 'Sonic Evolution' concert at Seattle's Benaroya Hall on January 30.
Now in its fourth year, Sonic Evolution creates a bridge between the Symphony and Seattle’s storied reputation as launching pad for some of the most creative musicians on the popular music scene.
In celebration of the past, present and future of Seattle’s musical legacy, Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony commissioned three artists to write orchestral world premieres inspired by bands that launched from, or are related to, Seattle.
The first half of the program features three world premieres and Seattle Symphony commissions and co-commissions.
French composer Yann Robin’s Ashes, a piece inspired by Nirvana, which rose to fame in Seattle in the late 1980s, will begin the program. It is followed by Beyond Much Difference by Angelique Poteat, inspired by another legendary Seattle-based rock band of the 1990s, Pearl Jam.
The first half of the program concludes with Waking The Horizon, a piece conceived by Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready (arranged by Scott Teske).
“With this collaboraton we are both coming out of our normal comfort zones,” says Morlot. “This is an incredible opportunity to learn from one another and give ourselves a chance to grow as artists.”
McCready returns after intermission with Mad Season, including original drummer Barrett Martin with guests Cornell and McKagan. Morlot will lead guest musicians and the Seattle Symphony in a debut performance of orchestral and solo arrangements of original Mad Season works.
Tickets start at $50 and may be purchased at www.seattlesymphony.org, by calling the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office at (206) 215-4747, or by visiting the Ticket Office in Benaroya Hall, or via the Seattle Symphony’s iPhone and Android apps.
Mad Season was an American rock supergroup formed in Seattle in 1994 by members of three popular local acts: Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam and Screaming Trees. The band released on album, 1995’s “Above”, before vocalist Layne Staley left the lineup to focus on Alice In Chains. Founding bassist John Baker Saunders passed away from a heroin overdose in 1999 and Staley died from an overdose in 2002.
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