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2010 Event Media Release - Vivid LIVE Second On-Sale

Media Release: 23rd April 2010

Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed bring Downtown Manhattan to Sydney: Vivid LIVE curators reveal more festival artists

Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House curators Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed today announced a second round of acts that will make up this year’s festival, set to take place from May 27 to June 11. Tickets are now on sale.

Noise Night, Slow Music Night, Metric’s Emily Haines, Songs from Delusion by Laurie Anderson, Blind Boys of Alabama, Melt-Banana, Holly Miranda, Doveman, New York Genius, Day For Night Movie Marathon

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.

With nine Australian premieres to date, the two-week festival will feature large-scale solo concerts, small intimate evenings, a talks program, free events and lighting of the iconic Opera House sails.

Anderson and Reed – two very different artists with a shared passion for originality – have assembled an astonishing body of work over the course of their careers but as individuals they remain focussed on finding new forms of creativity and confounding expectations.

Two of Vivid LIVE’s centrepiece collaborations will come from opposite ends of the musical spectrum but share the curators’ ongoing investigation into the possibilities of audio immersion, harmonics, technology and improvisation. 

Noise Night in the Opera Theatre on May 31 will journey to the outer limits of music with the turbulent, spaced-out sonic explorations of abstract Japanese noise rockers Boris and Melt-Banana and the psychedelic sounds of Philadelphia’s Bardo Pond, plus more to be announced.

While Slow Music Night (Concert Hall, June 4) is a celebration of musical intimacy and reflective beauty with performances by Anderson, Metric’s Emily Haines, The Blind Boys of Alabama, My Brightest Diamond, Holly Miranda, Doveman, Chirgilchin and other artists to be announced.

With tickets to Transitory Life almost sold out, Anderson has announced a third concert in the Drama Theatre on June 3. Joined onstage by musicians Eyvind Kang, Colin Stetson and Doug Weiselman – who have worked with artists as diverse as Arcade Fire, TV on the Radio and Tom Waits – Anderson brings to life the remarkable music from her acclaimed new work Delusion which premiered at the Cultural Olympiad of the Winter Games in Vancouver.

Additional shows for Rickie Lee Jones (Opera Theatre) and Boris (The Studio) on May 29 are also now on sale.

Emily Haines returns to Sydney at the request of Anderson and Reed for a special concert in the Opera Theatre on June 1. Known for combining elements of synth pop, new wave, dance rock, and electronic music, Haines and a string quartet will perform an evening of Metric and Emily’s own songs in a unique arrangement for piano and strings.

Five-time Grammy Award winners The Blind Boys of Alabama return to Australia after performing at the White House for President Obama alongside Bob Dylan, Natalie Cole, John Mellencamp and Smokey Robinson. In this unique concert the Blind Boys will be joined by special guests, including our curator Lou Reed and many more to be announced. Concert Hall on June 5.

Another highlight of Vivid LIVE will be Day For Night Movie Marathon, eight epic hours of film, live music and spoken word curated by internationally renowned film maker and artist Bill Morrison.  This special event in the Concert Hall on June 6 will include the Australian premiere of Reed’s debut short film Red Shirley and a new project featuring live accompaniment by Anderson.

During Vivid LIVE, the Sydney Opera House Studio will be awash with sounds from the most the cutting edge acts across the globe.

Joining the already announced line-up of Bardo Pond, Boris, Chirgilchin, King Khan & BBQ Show and My Brightest Diamond will be the exquisitely tender singer-songwriter Doveman, Japanese noise rockers Melt-Banana and the Australian debut of ethereal indie-folk songstress Holly Miranda.

All tickets to The Studio are $35 or $30 concession. A special multi-pack is available with 3 shows for $79 or 4 shows for $99. Tickets to extra Studio shows (more to be announced) are an additional $20 to multi-pack purchasers.

New York Genius: Curated by Lou Reed is a digital exhibition of vintage and modern prints from the Magnum Photographic Archive. The free exhibition in the Western Foyers will feature portraits of his favourite musicians, dancers, painters, actors, writers, and architects all photographed in New York. 

This series of stirring portraits resonate with Reed’s passion for the cultural melting pot of his hometown which has nourished him and so many others for decades. Subjects include Mohammed Ali, James Brown, Joan Crawford, Miles Davis, Sammy Davis Jnr, James Dean, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Marilyn Monroe, Martin Scorsese and Andy Warhol.

Vivid LIVE will also include a Tai Chi seminar entitled Power & Serenity outside on the Opera House Forecourt and free for all to attend.  The classes from June 4 to 7 will be led by Lou Reed's personal teacher Master Ren Guan Yi. Festival musicians will also perform a series of informal lunch time and late night concerts followed by artist talks in the Playhouse.

With further programming and details about Lighting of the Sails to be announced early May, Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House will give Sydneysiders and visitors to the festival a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the pioneering spirit and sense of adventure of two seminal figures of American culture.

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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