HAR Late: Midnight Minimalism

Glass + Adams + Leach + Riley + Cooper

Friday 24 May 2024

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For the second in our HAR Late series, a night of minimalist masterpieces. Featuring a cult film screening, an after-dark concert, and a late-night set for voice and electronics. Mesmerising. Intoxicating. Hypnotic.

Combining the “…epic, remarkable cinematography of Ron Fricke with the swelling intensity and repeating motifs of Philip Glass’s celebrated original score” (The Guardian) join us for a screening of iconic masterpiece Koyaanisqatsi (1982).

Ko.yaa.nis.qatsi (from the Hopi language), n. 1. Crazy life. 2. Life in turmoil. 3. Life disintegrating. 4. Life out of balance. 5. A state of life that calls for another way of living.

Created between 1975 and 1982, the film is an apocalyptic vision of the collision of two different worlds — urban life and technology versus the environment. Powerful in its simplicity, with no text, narration, or dialogue, Glass’ memorable score is hypnotic.

Following the film, a unique chance to hear the Orchestra of Opera North perform a selection of minimalist works including Terry Riley’s In C.

Then, to close the evening, Australian vocalist Lotte Betts-Dean performs Jacob Cooper’s Silver Threads – setting a haiku attributed to the famous Japanese poet Matsuo Bashō for voice and electronic track, expanded into a full cycle by poets Greg Alan Brownderville, Tarfia Faizullah, Kristin Kelly, Dora Malech, and Zach Savich.  

£13 (including booking fee)
  • Howard Assembly Room

Doors 7pm
Film 7.45pm
Orchestra of Opera North 9.30pm
Lotte Betts Dean 11pm

Performers and programme

Orchestra of Opera North

Mary Jane Leach ‘Wolff Tones E-Tude’
John Adams Shaker Loops
Terry Riley In C

Lotte Betts-Dean

Jacob Cooper Silver Threads

Australian mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean has been called “a force in music to be reckoned with”, and is quickly becoming known for her wide-ranging repertoire and her keen passion for curation and programming. Lotte was elected as Associate (ARAM) of the Royal Academy of Music in 2022, after completing an MA with Distinction in 2016. She previously completed a BMus at Melbourne University Conservatorium.

HAR Late

HAR Late is a new series of after-dark adventures for your ears, in the heart of Leeds. Climb the winding staircase to find the hidden splendour of the Howard Assembly Room pulsing with fresh music from minimalism to jazz, folk to electronica. Curated around ideas, not genres, HAR Late is bound to excite your senses and open your mind. Stay up late with us!


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HAR Late: Midnight Minimalism

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