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Max Richter: Sleep


Fri 16 Mar 2018–Sat 17 Mar 2018, 11:00pm–7:15am

Where: Shed 10, Queens Wharf, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • General Admission: $189.00 ea
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Pianist: Max Richter
Soprano:Grace Davidson
American Contemporary Music Ensemble

Close your eyes and surrender to Max Richter’s immersive sonic dreamscape during this one-off overnight performance of his epic eight-hour composition.

Audacious German-born, British-based composer Max Richter defies definition in the world of modern classical music. He’s a true innovator who is achieving popular appeal through bold new work for a whole new generation.

A “personal lullaby for a frenetic world”, Sleep is designed to be heard at night with an audience lying down. Encouraging pause and rest, Richter has created an exquisite hybrid of classical and electronic music across 31 uninterrupted pieces. Listeners are invited to fall asleep and drift in and out of consciousness and lucid dream states – and to enter into another world through the act of slumbering.

As part of this singular music encounter, concertgoers will be provided with camp stretchers within a special listening area. Between a session of yoga and the thrill of the communal nocturnal experience, Richter and his outstanding ensemble’s performance may well enrich the quality of your sleep – but the absorbing soundscape may also keep you up in raptures, reaching its apotheosis as dawn breaks and sunlight streams into the venue, just in time for an ovation – and maybe even breakfast with Max.

“The experience – and the music – borders on holy.” — Sydney Morning Herald

“For me, Sleep is an attempt to see how that space when your conscious mind is on holiday can be a place for music to live.” — Max Richter

Sponsored by The University of Auckland
Supported by Auckland Live

(Service fee applies.)

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