Vivid Live Artist Talks

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Audience listening to a talk at Sydney Opera House
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Follow the artists off the stage and into the foyer with the first Vivid Live Artist Talks program

Find a new meaning behind the musical process in these exclusive talks and conversation events as part of the Vivid Live program, featuring New Order, Anohni and Max Richter.

Following on from the success of last year’s Vivid Ideas Sound Advice, Double J host Myf Warhurst returns to talk to Goodgod’s Jimmy Sing with Mad Racket DJ Simon Caldwell (Sat May 28), as well as Ta-ku with festival curator Ben Marshall (Sat Jun 4). New Order members sit down with MFS label head Mark Reeder to talk over the Berlin dance music scene and Manchester’s musical output (Fri Jun 3). Veteran English rock journalist Paul Morley teams up with former NME photographer Kevin Cummins to talk about the definitive city that spawned the likes of New Order and Joy Division in Manchester: Looking for the Light Through the Pouring Rain (Sat Jun 4).

Antony and the Johnson’s lead singer Anonhi and Australian collaborator Lynette Wallworth will be talking about our fragile connection to the natural world and each other (Sun May 29), plus composer Max Richter will discuss the convergence of classical and experimental music, and where the art of performance itself comes together with Paul Morley (Thu Jun 2).

American alternative band Poliça will discuss the power, protest and poetry of their work with Sydney Opera House’s senior producer Chris Twite before their show (Thu Jun 2), and MusicNSW presents an all-Australian panel on the topic of women in homegrown electronic music, featuring Wafia (Sat Jun 4) and Kučka (Sat May 28).

Popular American music podcast ‘Song Exploder’ host Hrishikesh Hirway will be deconstructing Aussie group Hiatus Kaiyote’s Grammy-nominated songs in a live podcast session with the band, revealing how music is made and the process behind how lyrics and melodies are shaped (Mon May 30).

All the talks are free, except for two: New Order with Mark Reeder and Max Richter with Paul Morley, which start from $25. Tickets go on sale on Monday May 16.

By: Tim Hamer

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