Violins, cellos, trumpets, and a harp along with The Kindness Kind‘s style of rock, honored David Bowie with a set of his most popular work. The 70-piece orchestra, an extension of the Seattle Rock Orchestra, performed a setlist based on Bowie’s more glam albums Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and Diamond Dogs, taking from them Bowie’s most representative songs.
In past years, the Seattle Rock Orchestra has gained recognition through its collaborations with different musicians, including Matthew Shaw, Dany Oleson, Ian Bell and Matthew Bishop in a tribute Arcade Fire’s Funeral; as well as with Grand Hallway and Jeremy Enigk, both of whom played in the KEXP studio with the Orchestra. And most recently, the Seattle Rock Orchestra visited KEXP with The Kindness Kind in preparation of this special event.
Last Friday night, 3/26, at the Moore Theatre, the Seattle Rock Orchestra, directed by Scott Teske, gave a one of a kind performance for the audience. Opening with tons of energy, The Kindness Kind’s singer Alessandra Rose took the microphone and amazed the audience, accompanied by her band’s more traditional rock and roll (with bass, drums, keyboard and electric guitar) and the harmony of the orchestra. Rose’s unique, deep voice, was a perfect match with the strings and woodwinds in this successful blend of rock and classical.
Making this an even more memorable event, a forty-member chorus accompanied singers Jon Auer, Ian Williams, David Terry, Tim Keller, Tom Beecham and Nouela Johnston, as they each performed David Bowie’s in their own fashion. “Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide,” “Suffragette City,” “Diamond Dogs,” “Changes,” “Starman,” “The Man Who Sold the World,” and a stunning rendition of “Life on Mars” were highlights of the night. While some songs kept the audience calmly entranced, others made the crowd stand up and cheer, and at the end, of course, everyone gave an extended applause to the Seattle Rock Orchestra, The Kindness Kind and all the guests that took part in singing.
Here are a few song clips from the evening:
Seattle Rock Orchestra and The Kindness Kind - Land Lover:
Seattle Rock Orchestra and The Kindness Kind with David Terry - Changes:
Seattle Rock Orchestra and The Kindness Kind with Jon Auer - Starman: