Australian Premiere, Sydney Only 'A modern day musical genius' - The Line of Best Fit Hailed as one of the most influential composers...
Max Richter 'Sleep' Featuring Grace Davidson
Sydney Opera House
Australian Premiere, Sydney Only
'A modern day musical genius' - The Line of Best Fit
Hailed as one of the most influential composers of his generation, Max Richter presents his record-breaking eight-hour, 31-track Sleep album in full for the first time in front of Australian audiences – performing with a six-piece ensemble in an overnight experiment where less than 200 people hibernate in an intimate, harbour-view setting inside the Sydney Opera House exclusive to Vivid LIVE.
Conceived in consultation with famed neuroscientist David Eagleman, Richter has created 'a personal lullaby for a frenetic world... a manifesto for a slower pace of existence'. Unfurling with glacial transitions this monumental cradle song has topped classical charts and questions cultural constructs between music and consciousness.
Coinciding as it does with the renewed interest in durational works within the fine art community, Richter says: "This isn’t something new in music, it goes back to Cage, Terry Riley, and LaMonte Young, and it’s coming around again partly as a reaction to our speeded-up lives – we are all in need of a pause button.” Strongly influenced by Gustav Mahler's symphonic classics, Sleep touches Richter's heartbroken melodicism and sense of adventure; most recently heard in his celebrated re-work of Vivaldi's Four Seasons.
An innovative voice in a contemporary-classical movement, the 50-year-old German-British composer only made his Australian debut in 2014 – a dozen years on from his breakthrough album Memoryhouse. Now returning with a performance that dissolves centuries of artist-audience boundaries, Max Richter invites us to watch, listen and wander into his ingenious nightlife of sound.
· Restricted view tickets; starting at $99 also available.
· Individual beds are included as part of the ticket price.
· Visit vividlive.sydneyoperahouse.com for information.
· Max Richter – Music Director
· Executive Producer - Yulia Mahr
· Grace Davidson – Soprano
· Benjamin Russell – Violin
· Yuki Numata Resnick – Violin
· Caleb Burhans – Viola
· Clarice Jensen – Cello
· Brian Snow – Cello