Kimbra, Daniel Johns team with Van Dyke Parks for one-off concert

Kimbra and Daniel Johns will team up with legendary songwriter/producer Van Dyke Parks for a one-off show in Adelaide in March. The show – as part of the Adelaide Festival – was announced with the rest of the festival programme in October with Kimbra added to the lineup and further details released this week.

Van Dyke Parks – best known for his work on The Beach Boys Smile album – will perform a career retrospective of songs accompanied by the Adelaide Art Orchestra. He has now also revealed to Rip It Up that the show will include the live debut of orchestrated work that Parks wrote for Silverchair’s Diorama and Young Modern albums. Both Johns and Kimbra will also perform solos and duets as part of the two and a half hour concert. “Daniel and Kimbra will no doubt fill the theatre with many who’ve never heard my name,” says Parks. “So I am touched – and floored – by the kindness of these two musical giants.”

Speaking with FL last year, Parks said he is bringing his “best work” to Australia from albums such as Song Cycle, Discover America and Clang of the Yankee Reaper. “It’s really sexy stuff,” he said. “I’m gonna play ‘Waltzing Matilda’. It will be extemporaneous, though. I don’t know how it will sound. This what I do for a living: I make arrangements for various combinations of instruments. It’s not like wallpaper. It’s not something you can continue in a rote fashion. I always look for new ways to present … old music.” The full interview with Parks will run on FL in the coming weeks.

Other Adelaide festival highlights include the free opening night concert in Elder Park starring Paul Kelly and Neil Finn; a series of concerts based around the New York indie record label Brassland, founded by brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner (best known as members of The National); and Archie Roach performing his new album Into The Bloodstream alongside his gospel band.

Van Dyke Parks, Daniel Johns and Kimbra with the Adelaide Art Orchestra

Friday, March 8 – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide