MEDIA RELEASE: Tuesday 29 March, 2011
STEPHEN PAVLOVIC UNVEILS HIS PROGRAM FOR VIVID LIVE AT SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE 2011 MAY 27 – JUNE 5
2manydjs / ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI / THE AVALANCHES DJs / AZARI & III / BAT FOR LASHES / CHRIS CUNNINGHAM / CLUB KOOKY / THE CRYSTAL ARK / CUT COPY / DOM / HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE / LEAVE THEM ALL BEHIND / OFWGKTA / SNEAKY SUNDAY / SONNY ROLLINS SPIRITUALIZED: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN WE ARE FLOATING IN SPACE / TAME IMPALA / TOM KUNTZ / WU LYF / YO GABBA GABBA! / CANYONS / THE SWISS / BENI / VAN SHE / FLIGHT FACILITIES / SOFTWAR / BAMBOO MUSIK / CHANGES / BAG RAIDERS
Sydney Opera House today announced the program for Vivid LIVE 2011, curated by Stephen Pavlovic of Modular.
Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House (May 27 – June 5) is part of Vivid Sydney (May 27 – June 13), the city’s annual festival of light, music and ideas. Vivid LIVE celebrates Sydney as a leader in the field of the creative and cultural industries both nationally and throughout the region.
Each year, Vivid LIVE asks a different artist or individual to curate a program of events in and around the world’s most iconic venue.
Following Brian Eno’s debut festival in 2009, Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson brought their unforgettable downtown New York vibe to Sydney in 2010. This year local music industry legend Stephen ‘Pav’ Pavlovic, founder of the hugely successful Sydney-based record label, touring company and international brand Modular, brings fresh Australian eyes to this growing international festival.
Sydney Opera House Head of Music, Fergus Linehan says, “Working to realise Stephen Pavlovic’s Vivid LIVE program has been an exhilarating ride for all of us at Sydney Opera House. Pav is meticulous, tenacious and fearless in his approach and while his season is host to countless artists who are outstanding in their own right, this is a festival that can only be fully understood in its entirety. It has also been an honour to work with our colleagues at Events NSW to build a festival which we hope will have real meaning for the people of NSW, draw visitors to the city and celebrate the creative powerhouse that our state has become.”
Pav is widely regarded as one of the gutsiest promoters in the country, a risk-taker whose choices are repeatedly vindicated. His line-up for Vivid LIVE is an affirmation of his innate musical style, aesthetic and courage. For Vivid LIVE, Pav has emerged with a line up that looks to the future and acknowledges the past but takes aim squarely at the present.
From May 27 – June 5, Vivid LIVE features an astounding line up of local and international artists. From an eighty year old master of his art to a band formed just last year to legendary international musicians, gnarly hip-hop collectives one-of-a-kind concerts by electro duos, indie darlings and instrumental heroes, club nights, a daily radio show, audio-visual performances, art installations and even cult children’s entertainment.
Pavlovic’s festival reflects elements of his career to date with Modular artists from the legendary Avalanches to more recent signings such as Tame Impala and Architecture in Helsinki. His continuing interest in club culture shows up in five club nights each shaped by artists such as Belgium’s 2manydjs, New York’s The Crystal Ark and London’s Horsemeat Disco. The program will also feature visual artists and film makers such as Tom Kuntz, Chris Cunningham and French collective SUPERBIEN, whose work is intrinsically connected and driven by ambitious music output. One of the most exciting elements of the program will be the opportunity it gives audiences to see live shows by artists who have never before played on these shores. Bat for Lashes, Wu Lyf, Odd Future and Azari & III are just some of the keenly anticipated Australian premieres in store.
With over thirty events, eight Australian premieres, almost every artist exclusive to Vivid LIVE and its own pop-up bar, Sydney Opera House is the winter destination for music fans across the country.
As the centrepiece to Vivid Sydney, each year a Vivid LIVE artist is invited to transform the sails of Sydney Opera House with digital projector technology. In 2011, Pav has given over this role to a new generation of artists - SUPERBIEN, a renowned multi-disciplined, multi-talented art and design collective from Paris.
In her long-awaited Australian debut, multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Bat for Lashes, AKA Natasha Khan, brings her timeless and otherworldly style to the Concert hall for two nights, exclusive to Vivid LIVE.
Also exclusive to Vivid LIVE, Spiritualized perform their legendary 1997 album Ladies and gentlemen we are floating in space - as fresh, free and mind-blowing as it was when first released with 30 artists on stage including a gospel choir and orchestra.
Demonstrating his ability to stay ahead of the curve, Pav has secured the first Australian visit of two fresh young bands currently creating serious music industry buzz. LA collective OFWGKTA (Odd Future Wolfgang Kill Them All) are the most exciting thing to happen in hip-hop in a decade, while Manchester’s intentionally mysterious Indie kids WU LYF, have been gaining worldwide media attention and a cult following despite having no official releases since forming last year. Toronto’s DJ/Soundsystem outfit Azari & III are one of the most talked about dance acts to come out of Canada.
Multi-award winning video art pioneer Chris Cunningham (best known for his music video clips for Björk and Aphex Twin) brings his live music and video performance to the Opera Theatre. The Crystal Ark brings synth wizard Gavin Russom’s intense visuals and living sound to The Studio in another Vivid LIVE exclusive.
At the other end of the spectrum, Yo Gabba Gabba! the kids’ show that adults adore take over the Concert Hall with their outrageous, hilarious and totally out-there stage show, There's a Party in My City.
Eight brothers from the south side of Chicago, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, reinvent the brass band with a hip hop bent while octogenarian master and “saxophone colossus”, Sonny Rollins, celebrates his 80th birthday live on stage with an extraordinary band - hotter, cooler and more relevant than ever.
On the local front, Vivid LIVE presents a selection of Australian acts currently receiving accolades by international tastemakers and headlining their own overseas tours. Psychedelic rockers Tame Impala, bring their wall of sound to the Opera Theatre while Cut Copy shake the Concert Hall with their shimmering pop. Architecture in Helsinki take over the Opera Theatre for their first Sydney headline show in three years to celebrate the release of their latest album Moment Bends.
Free events include an art installation in the Western Foyers by filmmaker Tom Kuntz (best known as the Emmy Award-winning director of 2010 Old Spice “The Man You Could Smell Like” commercial) and LA based musical artists, Lucky Dragons. Moving offsite and onto the airwaves, Vivid LIVE on Triple J is a daily radio program recorded at Sydney Opera House by the Belgium brothers behind 2manydjs and Radio Soulwax and which will be broadcast each day on triple j.
Also free to enjoy is the Vivid Sydney hub and pop-up bar The Sony Lounge. Set up in the Western Foyers and with an ever-changing menu of DJs, The Sony Lounge will be a destination in itself and a place to mix and mingle with artists, audiences and Sydney’s creative industries participating in Vivid Sydney.
The Opera House’s Western Foyer and Studio space transform into a temporary 800 capacity club space with five individually themed party nights including a night hosted by Australia’s supreme sample-mashers The Avalanches, Mad Racket featuring Gavin Russom’s The Crystal Ark, 2manydjs, the Sneaky Sunday crew and the legendary Club Kooky.
As a major partner of Sydney Opera House, Origin Energy will support Vivid LIVE 2011 by offsetting carbon emissions from this year’s Festival.
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Publicity Manager – Sydney Opera House
+61 (0) 412 085 032 / 61 2 9250 7805
Victoria “Sweetie” Zamora
Assistant Publicist – Vivid LIVE
+61 (0) 402 083 117 / 61 2 9250 7825