THE 2017 LINE UP
30th September Auckland Town Hall
The Auckland Symphony Orchestra
The Auckland Symphony Orchestra is New Zealand’s largest community orchestra. The orchestra’s main philosophy is that music should be fun and enjoyed by players and audiences alike. Today, the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, with over eighty musicians, has developed an excellent following and reputation for its high quality performances of popular classics, film and show music, often playing to capacity and turn-away audiences. Music Director and Synthony conductor Peter Thomas is very passionate about the Synthony project and the chance to create a unique event.
General Lee – DJ & Host
General Lee is one of New Zealand’s most respected and renowned DJs. He mixed New Zealand’s first Ministry of Sound CD in 2011 and again in 2013, both of which were a resounding success. Lee has done 350 radio shows for Ministry of Sound in New Zealand, and is currently the host of George FM’s day time show.
Helen Corry – Featured Vocalist
Helen Corry has been a constant presence in the NZ music scene over the last four years. These days you can’t turn on the radio without hearing one of her chart topping tunes, be it Jetski Safari’s ‘Like a Lie’, Jupiter Project’s ‘With You’ (GOLD), Stack and Piece’s ‘Burning Out’ or her recent collaboration on ‘She Said’ with Ryan Enzed.
A darling of the NZ festival scene Helen has showcased her dynamic live performance at Rhythm and Vines, New Zealand Beer Fest, Our House, Deep Hard ‘N’ Funky, SpringBreak Fiji and Homegrown among others.
With her own EP due out in early 2017 she’s at the very top of her game right now. Helen’s ability to put her own special touch on classic covers has made her an in demand entertainer for unique events across New Zealand and Australia.
Laughton Kora – Featured Vocalist
Laughton Kora, with his incredible voice and immense talent has been at the forefront of New Zealand music for over the past decade. In Queenstown he formed Soul Charge with members KP (Sunshine Sound System) and PDiggs (Shapeshifter). Then in 2001 he headed to Wellington and formed KORA (2003-2012) with his brothers. Laughton has performed at The Big Day Out 3 times and have been featured alongside Tool & Dizzee Rascal.
Tali Sheppard – Featured Vocalist
One of the most prolific MC’s to come out of Drum and Bass in the last ten years, Tali’s ability to freestyle and sing soulful, positive and intelligent vocals over the mix, has seen her stay top of her game. She has had a UK top 40 hit, won numerous awards, released five studio albums, and toured the world extensively as both an MC and live act.
Greg Churchill – DJ
Greg Churchill is our most profound DJ and producer. He has never forgotten the basic dance-function of his music, but he has explored it with intelligence and wide-ranging musical reference. He is the true deep history of New Zealand House both in his club-work and his own recordings and mixes. His residencies and gigs are key elements in any history of clubbing in Auckland. His tours have unified a national scene and his production has taken him around the globe.
Bevan Keys – DJ
Bevan Keys can be found pumping Auckland dance floors every weekend and has held residencies at almost all of Auckland’s most popular clubs. Bevan began DJing back in 1985 and is one half of duo “Nice and Urlich” which is responsible for New Zealand’s biggest selling dance music compilation “Key to Groove” Bevan is a legend in the New Zealand House music scene.
Ryan Youens – Composer
As a freelance writing-musician, Ryan has fifteen years’ experience working for clients worldwide as a music preparer, arranger, orchestrator and composer. While his own original music has enjoyed success in concert halls and film festivals (Cannes, Austin), Ryan has hundreds of professional credits to his name including producing music for ensembles such as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, London Metropolitan Orchestra,Budapest Scoring Orchestra and the Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra; artists such as Neil Finn, Dave Dobbyn
Benski & Team Optrix – Visual Effects
One of New Zealand’s most experienced VJ’s and his team of optical illusion masters have created an eclectic visual journey for Synthony. Benski is known for his high energy blend of state of the art graphics and live video elements often found alongside the world’s best DJ’s of House, Drum’n’Bass and most frequently Trance music. The team is excited to be a part of the Synthony project, honouring the last 20 years of the dance music & rave culture.