Date(s) - 06/04/2017
12:00 am - 8:00 am
- ArtsEarth Artist
- All Ages
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- Location: The Rotunda Sanctuary (Front Entrance of Building)
- Sleep Concert: Sunday, June 4 from 12AM/Midnight to 8:00AM
- Doors Open: Saturday, June 3 from 10:30PM-11:30PM
Robert Rich returns to Philadelphia and The Gatherings Concert Series for an eight hour sleep concert performance, from 12AM/Midnight to 8AM. Attendance is limited to 100 quietly prone attendees with proper sleeping apparatus.
Robert Rich finds expression in his works by fusing nature, technology, art and craft into a sonic replica of our earthly macrocosm. His music is concise, exhilarating and charged by a keen sense of drama. Moving through his many albums we find multi-layered realizations enlivened by misty flute solos, floating glissando guitar, and ethereal synth pads. Less active areas within the meshes of musical fabric are like an oasis nestled inside his ambitious design.
Conjuring soundscapes derived from the darkest regions of the earth, to the brightest grain of stardust, Rich’s performances evoke the enigmatic nature of the universe while emphasizing its harmony with the human spirit. With his steel guitar, flutes, field recordings, synthesizers and samplers Robert Rich delves into the mysteries of the cosmos, and our place in it.
Robert Rich, the term “Sleep Concert” can be a bit misleading, as it implies that this music is intended to help the listener sleep deeply. On the contrary, at this unique all-night event, the audience may find that they sleep less deeply, and wake up more often. The idea is to let the music incorporate itself into our perceptual framework during the night, to create a sonic surround, an environment for unique states of consciousness.
Special notes on the Robert Rich Sleep Concert of 4 June 2017
Please be advised that the Robert Rich Sleep Concert of Sunday 4 June 2017 is not a typical installment of The Gatherings Concert Series. The remarkable location of this one time special event is The Rotunda Sanctuary, the front entrance of which is at 4014 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, PA. This space does not offer any conventional seating whatsoever.
The Robert Rich Sleep Concert of Sunday 4 June 2017 is only open to 100 attendees. Discounted Advance Tickets are strongly recommended. Each attendee must arrive to The Rotunda Sanctuary between 10:30PM-11:30PM on Saturday 3 June 2017, and so will enter and become settled well in advance of the performance, which will begin promptly at midnight.
Admission after 12AM/midnight will be at the discretion of the management.
Each attendee must provide their own sleeping bag, pad, blanket, pillow, or other reasonable and sensible sleeping apparatus, which will be used to recline or sleep upon. A floor area of approximately 6 feet x 8 feet will be allocated to each attendee, 100 of which will be arranged in a logical order of rows and aisles, allowing for ease of movement throughout the sanctuary space.
The quiet and fragile nature of this concert will not allow for socializing, the use of personal electronic devices, or late arrival. Please attend this event with the expectation of silent listening/resting and minimal disturbances.
Attendees may leave the sanctuary space at any time for the bathrooms located within The Rotunda. Once an attendee exits the building for the outside, they cannot be re-admitted.
The expectations and requirements of the Robert Rich Sleep Concert of Sunday 4 June 2017 are rather different from those of a conventional musical concert. Sound levels will be very low, distributed evenly throughout the space through an array of speakers. The duration of the Sleep Concert will be approximately eight hours. By complying with the criteria outlined above, we will respectfully encounter the artistry and musicianship of Robert Rich, commemorate the 40th anniversary of STAR’S END, and the 25th anniversary of The Gatherings Concert Series, as well as take part in a singular and unique communal experience.
Sincere Thanks for your attention to these details and for your enduring support!