Pop and classical music can seem so different that it is hard to imagine them corresponding with each other. From a marketing standpoint, classical concerts don't come close to selling as as well as pop (unless there's a cult standing behind them like Game of Thrones
or Harry Potter
). But in modern culture, we forget that Mozart was the original pop star.
' 2012 album Visions
is currently being reworked by Montreal-based group Plume for a classical concert series called Many Visions: Plumes Deconstruct the Music of Grimes.
The concert will be held over a series of locations in Canada as well as stream a few of those performances to the public.
The concert was originally planned to see if they could bridge the gap between popular and classical music. Plume suspects it's smaller than we think... And we think he is right. Grimes is an artist with original music that sounds spirited and could even pass for theatrical at times. Because of this, her sound is able to cross genres with ease. The theme of the concert is "dismantling" - taking something apart and reconstructing it. We think that fits well with Grimes' DIY attitude.
How could you not love this?
The question to ask here is: Can dying arts be saved? The answer is yes, when the art that is dying gets a face-lift. By the looks of it, it seems that Plume has the right idea. The music is going to be a lot different than the original album which is really exciting.
Some of our favorite musicians are classically trained. Our culture forgets that classical scales and scores were the foundation to our rock or even electronic-dance music. For the most part, those classic scales lay underneath all of our favorite songs. Music has always been experimental, so why not play around with genre? Classical and pop music make you feel different things and are driven by different agendas but at the end of the day, both brings us joy. Hopefully by reworking the deconstructed pop music of a visionary like Grimes, classical concerts and albums won't seem too out of touch.