Having propelled the international stardom with his 2013 TEDx performance at the Sydney Opera House, Tom Thum’s 15-minute showcase became the highest viewed TEDx video of all time with over 68 million views. His obscure talent to warp and manipulate his vocal chords provides affirmation to his audience that there is no sound that he cannot mimic to perfection.
In its continuous effort to present innovative music offerings, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) will present a pioneering collaboration with world renowned beatboxer Tom Thum in concerts themed Beatbox Symphony on Saturday, 2 March 2019 at 8.30 pm and Sunday, 3 March 2019 at 3.00 pm at Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS (DFP), KLCC.
Tom has collaborated with many symphonic orchestras, jazz bands, techno DJs and 80s synth pop groups. His vocal dexterity has seen him traversing the continents, performing world tours with his projects ‘Jamie MacDowell & Tom Thum’ and ‘The Cat Empire’ throughout Europe, appearing on American television and creating the world’s first original hour-long beatbox symphony ‘Thum Prints’ with composer/conductor Gordon Hamilton and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra which has put him in a league of his own.
Dubbed as a ‘powerhouse of musical ideas’, Gordon Hamilton will lead the MPO in these exciting concerts. He is undoubtedly leading the charge for a ‘new wave’ of classical music. Artistic Director of The Australian Voice since 2009, he has toured the globe collaborating with an extensive gamut of orchestras as well as contemporary and urban musicians, introducing unconventional styles within the classical genre.
Audience may witness the aforementioned ‘classical crossovers’ by the MPO through a programme which consists of works such as Thum Prints, In C, Opposites and Romanian Dances.