Singer-songwriter and piano-pop maverick Ben Folds has a bit of a weird request for the audience at his upcoming Canberra show.
Folds brings his two-part solo piano show to the Canberra Theatre Centre on Wednesday 7 February.
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.
But in the concert’s second half, Folds will hand over the reins to his fans for a Paper Aeroplane Request set, during which 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.
For die-hard Folds fans and curious newcomers alike, there’s no better way to experience one of the most distinctive singer-songwriters of the last 25 years.
Folds is widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of our generation. He’s 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.
For over a decade he’s performed with some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras, and in 2017 was named as the first ever Artistic Advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center.