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Sila: The Breath of the World


Sat 5 Mar 2016, 5:00pm
Sun 6 Mar 2016, 3:00pm

Where: Civic Square, 65 Victoria St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: NewZealandFestival

By John Luther Adams (United States)

You won’t have ever experienced a concert like this before, or one of the city’s public spaces used so creatively. For this unique composition by “one of the most original musical thinkers of the new century” (The New Yorker), more than 60 Orchestra Wellington musicians, set loose from a conductor’s baton and scattered around Civic Square, are allowed to play at their own speed, with just one proviso: each sustained tone or rising phrase lasts the length of a full exhalation.

There is no best seat – wander around to take in all the different perspectives – and don’t complain about the nearby traffic, people talking or the noise of cellphones, as they’re all part of the “ecological listening” Sila celebrates.

Supported by Wellington Amenities Fund and Creative NZ.

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