‘Max Richter’s Sleep’ will have its North American Premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2020. Eagle Rock Films are proud to present the documentary from JA Films and Globe Productions, produced by Julie Jakobek, Yulia Mahr, Oualid Mouaness and Stefan Demetriou and directed by Emmy-nominated, award-winning filmmaker Natalie Johns.
The film follows composer and performer Max Richter as he consolidates an ambitious performance of his critically acclaimed eight-hour opus, SLEEP. The film plunges deeply into the artist’s life and process, transcending the work to explore his legacy. Personal reflections from Max Richter, and visual archive from his long-term creative partner, the BAFTA winning filmmaker, Yulia Mahr – the co-architect of SLEEP – help build this intimate portrait – along with contributions that illuminate both the science and story behind the work.
As part of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival’s Offscreen Events, Max Richter will perform a 90-minute concert version of this eight-hour opus, SLEEP with the string quintet American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) and soprano Grace Davidson. The concert will be followed by a Q&A with Max Richter and filmmaker Natalie Johns.
From SLEEP (90 min. concert version) followed by a Q&A session with Max Richter, Director Natalie Johns, ACME musician Clarice Jensen.
Friday, January 31, 8:00 p.m.
The Shop, 1167 Woodside Ave. – Park City, UT.
Open to Festival credential holders as space allows, first come – first serve.
On June 12th Max will be performing Recomposed: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons & Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works at the Royal Hospital Chelsea as part of the Live at Chelsea Summer Concert Series. He will be joined by soloist Mari Samuelsen and the Aurora Orchestra. Information and tickets HERE.
The film Max Richter’s Sleep / United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: Natalie Johns) — has been selected for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
Premiering in North America, the film follows Max as he navigates an ambitious performance of his acclaimed 8-hour opus SLEEP at an open air concert at Grand Park in Los Angeles. Alongside footage from similar concerts in Berlin, Sydney and Paris, the film plunges deep into the life and process of both the artist and his creative partner Yulia Mahr.
I've done a lot now – 8 solo albums, ballets, operas, theatre productions, collaborations with other artists and musicians, as well as over 50 films. Every day of this beautiful life takes my breath away – but this day when the vinyls arrived was like no other. A vinyl collection of my work! The little boy in me can't stop smiling. Thank you Deutsche Grammophon for putting together this collection.https://dg.lnk.to/voyager
I’ve done a lot now – 8 solo albums, ballets, operas, theatre productions, collaborations with other artists and musicians, as well as over 50 films. Every day of this beautiful life takes my breath away – but this day when the vinyls arrived was like no other. A vinyl collection of my work! The little boy in me can’t stop smiling. Thank you Deutsche Grammophon for putting together this collection.
Composed in the summer of 2018, Max Richter’s Ad Astra score takes as its inspiration both the psychological dimension of its lead character, astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt), as well as the physical journey he takes across space.
While developing his concept for the score Richter recalled NASA’s Voyager Interstellar Mission, launched in the late 1970s. He took the plasma wave data, detected and transmitted by the Voyager probes as they passed planets in our Solar System, and used this data (via a specifically commissioned virtual instrument) as an element in his writing. As Roy passes through space we hear probe data from the same locations being applied to the score.
Ad Astra, adds Richter, involves the marriage of music and science – Richter’s compositions lean heavily on his love of mathematics. But they are also characteristically moving. The score employs electronics, strings and vocals to intensify onscreen emotions, to mark transitions between Roy McBride’s inner and outer worlds, and build what Vanity Fair has praised as “a stunning kind of symphony” of sound and cinematic images.
Woolf Works, from Wayne McGregor and the Royal Ballet with music by Max Richter was included in The Guardian’s Best Dance of the 21st Century. See the full list HERE. The three-part ballet is based on the life and works of writer Virginia Woolf.
Listen to Three Worlds: Music From Woolf WorksHERE.