Sounds and Visions

A weekend curated by Max Richter and Yulia Mahr

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Max and Julia at the Barbican

The acclaimed composer Max Richter and artist Yulia Mahr present a weekend journey into music, image and their meeting points in today's culture.

Over eighteen concerts, film screenings and installations - both ticketed and free - the weekend takes in a rare performance of Infra by Max and the 12 Ensemble, Three Worlds from his recent Woolf Works and the Chineke! orchestra joining Max in a live performance of his score to Waltz with Bashir. Plus, they've invited the likes of Jlin, the London Syrian Ensemble, Colin Stetson's Ex Eye, the Colin Currie GroupCaterina Barbieri and many more to join them.

‘'Sounds and Visions' sums up our feeling that creativity exists as a social project that illuminates the lives of individuals and society as a whole, and that art exists beyond all boundaries.‘
Max Richter & Yulia Mahr


Film Programme

Throughout the weekend a number of film screenings in our cinemas (both free and ticketed) form a second strand of Sounds and Visions – showcasing an array of works from documentaries to experimental films.

There’s full screenings of Stan Brakhage’s vast avant-garde journey Dog Star Man (1961 – 1964), and the documentary I Dream of Wires (2014), which depicts the history and resurgence – continuing in some of the weekend’s gigs – of the modular synthesizer. And there’ll also be a series of shorts shown, including Peter Greenaway’s study of the artist Meredith Monk (1983), Charles and Ray Eames’ examination of the scale of the universe in The Powers of 10 (1968), and many more, including with soundtracks from the likes of John Cage, Stravinsky and Duke Ellington.

The full programme and schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Listen: Max Richter - Sounds and Visions

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