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2010 Event Media Release - Third Vivid LIVE Announcement

Media Release: 13th May 2010

Free Vivid LIVE events and Festival Bar unveiled

Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed reveal more festival artists, talks and special events

Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House curators Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed today announced a series of free and ticketed events that make up this year’s festival, set to take place from May 27 to June 11. Tickets on-sale tomorrow (Friday, May 14).

A part of Vivid Sydney (May 27 – June 21), our annual festival of light, music and ideas, Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House will see the next generation of musicians mingle with the masters under the soaring white sails.

Ticketed Events: David Hidalgo & Marc Robot: Border Music, Day for Night Movies, Second shows in The Studio, Australian acts join Noise Night, Mark Atkins joins Blind Boys of Alabama

Free Events: Vivid LIVE at Lunchtime, Sydney Shuffle, Music for Dogs, Power & Serenity: Tai Chi, Vivid LIVE Festival Bar

Legendary New York guitarist Marc Ribot creates Border Music, a unique concert for Vivid LIVE that goes to the heart of the Latin American pulse. The stellar line up also includes David Hidalgo and Cougar Estrada, the driving vocal, guitar and percussive force of East LA’s Los Lobos.  

Day for Night Movies is one-off cinematic experience featuring documentaries, experimental art films, classics and more with live scores and performances from festival artists including curators Reed and Anderson.

Set in the spectacular surrounds of the Concert Hall in cinematheque mode, the eight-hour event will be split into three sessions, with breaks in between to get some fresh air, grab a drink and a bite to eat, or just soak up the vibe in the Vivid LIVE Festival Bar. Tickets from $17 per session or $40 for the full experience.

The program begins with Maya Deren, arguably the most important and innovative avant-garde filmmaker in the history of American cinema.  Her striking and poetic works will be shown for the first time with new scores by Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Trio. This session also includes a brand new project featuring Laurie Anderson performing live to film, which premiered recently at the Filmmakers Co-op in New York.

The second session takes a trip into the brilliant mind of American experimental filmmaker Jennifer Reeves, with the first ever Australian screening of her environmental tour-de-force When It Was Blue, with its soaring score performed live by composer  Skúli Sverrisson. The work of visionary animator Harry Smith will also be shown with new scores by Metal Machine Trio.

And finally, a highlight of the third session will be the Australian premiere of Lou Reed’s directorial debut, Red Shirley. Further program details to be announced in the lead up to Vivid LIVE.

Lou Reed has chosen four Australian acts to join the Noise Night line-up on May 31. Oren Ambarchi, Rice Corpse, The Night Terrors and Zond will join Boris, Bardo Pond and Melt-Banana for an all-in exploration of the furthest reaches in music. Australian didgeridoo player Mark Atkins will join The Blind Boys from Alabama on June 5.

Due to the popularity of Vivid LIVE in The Studio, second shows for Holly Miranda, My Brightest Diamond and King Khan & BBQ Show are also now on sale. All tickets to The Studio are $35 or $30 concession. A special multi-pack is available with three shows for $79 or four shows for $99. Tickets to extra Studio shows are an additional $20 to multi-pack purchasers.

The Western Foyers will be transformed into the Vivid LIVE Festival Bar with resident deejays spinning tunes from 6pm every night. The festival hub will be the place to rub shoulders with artists in between and after gigs. Guests can sink into the whiskey bar, sip on a cold draught beer or relax into the couches and listen to the sounds of the festival.

Guests will also be able to enjoy the free Magnum Photos exhibition New York Genius: Curated by Lou Reed. More than 135 black and white portraits will be displayed on Sony LCD screens whilst footage of the exhibition on the iconic Times Square in 2009 [filmed by Reed himself] will also be projected in large format onto an Opera House wall.

Legendary producer Hal Willner will join Reed to co-present a series of live radio broadcasts in the Western Foyers from May 31 to June 4. Based on the New York version of their radio program, Sydney Shuffle will feature music that runs the gamut from jazz to vintage rock, and everything in between.

Festival musicians will also perform free informal concerts introduced by Anderson in the Playhouse. Vivid LIVE at Lunchtime on May 30, June 1, 2, 3 and 4 is a series of one-hour events giving audiences an intimate insight into the careers and musical influences of Oren Ambarchi, Eyvind Kang, Jessica Kenny, Colin Stetson, Skúli Sverrisson and special guest Fenway Bergamot (Laurie Anderson’s male alter-ego).

Times have also been confirmed for Power & Serenity: Seminar to Power 21 on the Opera House Forecourt.  Lou Reed's personal teacher Master Ren Guang-Yi will lead the free tai chi classes at 11am on June 4 and 6, 7am June 5 and 9am June 7.

And for something completely different, Music for Dogs is a free family event on the Northern Broadwalk on June 5. Written and performed by Laurie Anderson, this 20-minute canine composition takes the dog whistle to new artistic heights. A glorious cacophony of sound will have every Spot, Rex and Fido barking, while their two-legged masters will only hear the lapping of water on Sydney Harbour.

One of five anchor events in the NSW Master Events Calendar developed by the NSW Government through Events NSW, Vivid celebrates Sydney as the creative hub of the Asia Pacific with large scale light installations and projections; music performances and collaborations; creative ideas, discussion and debate.

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Nathan McIlroy, Sydney Opera House                               

02 9250 7596 / 0434 146 121                                           

Helene Fox, Sydney Opera House 

02 9250 7805 / 0412 085 032  

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