Former Daft Punk member moves from electronic dance music to classical

French electronic dance legends Daft Punk are not usually associated with opera or classical music, but choreographer Angelin Preljocaj thinks otherwise.

For his latest work, “Mythologies”, he brought in former duo member Thomas Bangalter, who wrote his first work for a symphony orchestra.

“Baroque music had a great influence,” explained conductor Romain Dumas, “Thomas is fascinated by Bach, Vivaldi, purity of writing, purity of style.”

“Working with Thomas Bangalter is also a great experience, so I wanted to take advantage of that,” added choreographer Angeline Preljocaj.

“For several years we wanted to do something together,” said the 65-year-old Frenchman, “I asked him if he was interested in writing for orchestra, he really wanted to, long before parting with Daft Punk.”

Bangalter and former Daft Punk member Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo announced the end of their partnership in February 2021 after 28 years.

“Mythologies” plays at the Grand Theater of Bordeaux until July 10, before embarking on a 37-show tour of the country.