Max Richter with The 12 ensemble: Infra + Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith + Jlin + AGF
The first full-scale live performance of Max Richter’s Infra in the UK crowns the opening day of Sounds and Visions. Originally a score to Olivier Award-winning choreographer Wayne McGregor’s Royal Opera House ballet of the same name (2008), Infra was later extended into a full album and released on FatCat Records in 2010, reissued by Deutsche Grammophon in 2014. For this concert Richter will be joined by The 12 ensemble.
Support comes in the form of a new audio-visual show from Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, a modular synth sound sculptress and orchestral composer. Her performance will draw from material within her latest release The Kid (Western Vinyl, 2017) whilst employing specially created projections. As a Berklee College of Music graduate of composition and sound engineering, Smith’s synthesizer-focused solo works have received much praise; her album Ears (Western Vinyl) appeared in numerous ‘best of 2016’ lists.
Opening the first Barbican Hall performance of this marathon weekend will be Jlin, a fast-rising electronic musician whose most recent commission echoes the career of Richter. Jlin composed the score for AutoBIOgraphy, a new work by Wayne McGregor that premiered at Sadler’s Well in October 2017. This audio-visual show, combining material from her widely acclaimed second album Black Origami (Planet Mu, 2017), with choreography by Lillian Grace Steiner and visual components by Theresa Baumgartner will be a UK premiere.
Following the concert sound artist AGF performs on the Barbican ClubStage; melding electronica and spoken word AGF’s mixed media performance brings day one of Sounds and Visions to a close.