EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee took part in a question-and-answer session and one-song live performance Tuesday night (October 3) at the Steinway Hall in New York City. You can now watch the event via the Paste Facebook page below.
EVANESCENCE's new album, "Synthesis", is due on November 10. The effort features full orchestration in a completely synthetic world of beats and sounds, with help from arranger and composer David Campbell.
"Synthesis" will contain two new EVANESCENCE songs in addition to fan favorites re-recorded with a live orchestra and electronica. The album includes guest performance by famed violinist Lindsey Stirling on "Hi-Lo", one of the two new tracks on the album.
The "Synthesis Live" tour will launch on October 14 on the West Coast. Like the album, "Synthesis Live" will feature a reimagining of some of EVANESCENCE's best-loved songs with the spotlight on full orchestra, electronics combined with the band and Lee's virtuoso piano and voice.
"This is a total passion project for me. There are so many layers in our music, underneath the huge drums and guitars," explained Lee. "I've always wanted to shine a light on some of the gorgeous David Campbell arrangements and programming elements in our songs, and that idea snowballed into completely re-doing them with full orchestra, not just strings, elaborate programming and experimentation.
"This will be our first time touring with orchestra and I'm so excited to perform this way — really focus on the vocals, and the emotion and the story we've built over the years. I'm also really excited about the new material on the album. Besides the two new songs, there are some really beautiful instrumental in-between moments. The whole thing flows like a big, dynamic soundtrack."
Living up to its name, "Synthesis" is a combination of organic and synthesized sounds, taking a selection of EVANESCENCE's three previous studio releases along with two new songs — first single "Imperfection" and "Hi-Lo" — and re-imagining them as brand-new recordings. "Synthesis" is an amalgamation of Lee's masterful singing and piano playing, supported by her band, a full symphony orchestra performing arrangements by longtime collaborator David Campbell as well as an array of electronic music programming and effects engineered by co-producer Will Hunt — not to be confused with the band's drummer of the same name — and mixer Damian Taylor (Björk, THE KILLERS, ARCADE FIRE) who also collaborated with the band on the album.