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Ben Folds brings Paper Aeroplane Request Tour to NZ in February 2018

Tuesday 1 August 2017

Ben Folds brings Paper Aeroplane Request Tour to NZ in February 2018

US piano-pop maverick Ben Folds returns to Auckland once again for what will be an astounding performance next year February.

Folds is widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of this era and certainly one the most compelling live performers. In 2018, the virtuoso will bring his two-part solo piano show with a high-energy rock-infused performance using the intimacy of just a piano.

For the first half of the show, Folds will curate a playlist armed with a songbook spanning his entire career, likely to include hits like 'Brick', 'Rockin' The Suburbs' and 'One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces'. In the concert's second half, Folds will hand over the reins to his fans for a Paper Aeroplane Request set where audience members will be encouraged to write their song requests onto a piece of paper, to be folded into a paper plane and launched onto the stage on cue. Folds will then randomly select and perform the songs requested.

Recently adding shows to his Australian Paper Aeroplane Request Tour, Ben Folds will be joined by English singer-songwriter Lucy Rose who is known for her melodic and emotive music.

Folds' blend of distinctive vocals, deft musicianship, witty lyricism and high-octane onstage energy will be showcased in their purest and most spontaneous form in these solo performances. He has appeared on US late night television staples such as Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with David Letterman, and in 2015, performed at a special Mother's Day concert at the White House for Michelle Obama.

Throughout his career, Folds has created an enormous body of genre-bending music that includes pop albums with Ben Folds Five, multiple solo albums, and collaborative records with artists from Sara Bareilles and Regina Spektor, to William Shatner and novelist Nick Hornby. His most recent album, a blend of pop songs and his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, soared to number 1 on both the Billboard classical and classical crossover charts.

A fitting achievement considering that for over a decade, Folds has shared the stage with some of the world's greatest symphony orchestras. In May of this year, he was appointed the first ever Artistic Advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Centre. This is in addition to membership to the Board of Directors of one of America’s most respected symphony orchestras, the Nashville Symphony.

Experience an extraordinary night with Ben Folds when his Paper Aeroplane Request Tour lands in Auckland next year.