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Minimalism Changed My Life: Tones, Drones and Arpeggios
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Minimalism Changed My Life: Tones, Drones and Arpeggios

Date: 28 Sep
Time: 19:30
Charles Hazlewood, conductor

The British Paraorchestra,
Army of Generals,
All-Star Collective

With a mixture of live music and multimedia, Minimalism Changed My Life showcases the transcendental powers of minimalism in an uplifting and spine-tingling experience.

Based on Charles Hazlewood's acclaimed 2018 BBC4 programme, Tones, Drones and Arpeggios, Minimalism Changed My Life explores work by some of the great composers of the genre who rebooted classical music in the 20th century.

Key musical minimalist ingredients are blended with a visual narrative that brings the stories behind the genre to life - including Charles Hazlewood's own journey into minimalism - firmly placing them in a global historial context; sexual liberation, economic instability and the existential threats of the Cold War and Cuba Missile Crisis.

Minimalism Changed My Life is a truly unique opportunity to experience the last big idea in classical music, one that has rocked mainstream music and reverberated through the genres ever since.

Dramaturgy: Jason Hazeley (Charlie Brooker, Philomena Cunk)
Film: John Minton (Stanley Kubrick In Concert)

Produced by Paraorchestra and Friends.

The British Paraorchestra is the world's only large-scale ensemble for professional disabled musicians.

Their mission is to redefine what an orchestra can be, presenting a body of instruments that draws on the tradition of centuries but is enriched by the talents, instruments and zeitgeist of the 21st century.

This boundary-breaking group sets a new template for music-making, either on its own or in collaboration with its two partner ensembles.

The Army of Generals is an electrifying ensemble of non-disabled orchestral musicians that has built an enthusiastic following and is famed for its dynamic energy-fuelled performances.

Charles Hazlewood's All Star Collective is an electronica band comprising some of the big names of pop and rock world.

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