"Many of us live in a fast paced digital world, where we spend so much of our lives curating information... perhaps the nights can offer us some kind of creative refuge."
Polymath, pianist and one of the most successful composers of our time Max Richter has been streamed over a billion times. For this Australian Premiere at Vivid LIVE 2016, Max pushes the boundaries with an overnight performance of his eight-hour landmark ambient album, Sleep.
Featuring the six-piece American Contemporary Music Ensemble and starring soprano Grace Davidson, Richter performs his daring 31-track album Sleep in full, staged in the Joan Sutherland Theatre Northern Foyer and surrounds.
Influenced by composers as disparate as Gustav Mahler, Arvo Pärt and Vivid LIVE godfather Brian Eno, Sleep is a collaboration with neurologist David Eagleman, based in science as much as the arts. Richter encourages his audience to be a part of his “personal lullaby for a frenetic world”; to meditate, listen, wander into his nightlife of sound and discover the relationship between music and consciousness.
Join us for what Richter essentially considers a protest against our relentlessly ‘switched on’ lives. In the context of COVID-19, Sleep could not come at a more befitting moment in time.
Performed by Max Richter, American Contemporary Music Ensemble featuring Grace Davidson
Executive producer Yulia Mahr
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