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.

Blog: Charles Hazlewood on Minimalism Changed My Life

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.

The subtle transformative inner politics of Minimalism and what it does with time and motion seep through like musical aromatherapy

**** The Arts Desk 

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 historical context; sexual liberation, economic instability and the existential threats of the Cold War and Cuba Missile Crisis.

Large Orchestra play on a dimly lit stage, purple lighting, conductor leads from the front, a large screen behind displays a river and buildings
Large Orchestra play on a dimly lit stage, purple lighting, conductor leads from the front, a large screen behind displays psychedelic images
a man sits at an organ on stage, talking into a microphone, dark lighting,
keyboards on stage, musicians in the background, purple lighting
Large Orchestra play on a dimly lit stage, purple lighting, conductor leads from the front, a large screen behind displays psychedelic images
8 musicians on stage playing, warm but dark lighting, a large screen behind displays psychedelic imagery
Large Orchestra play on a dimly lit stage, purple lighting, conductor leads from the front, a large screen behind displays psychedelic images
a keyboard player plays with her back to the camera, audience in the background
three male guitar players on stage, a large screen behind
8 musicians on stage playing, warm but dark lighting, a large screen behind displays psychedelic imagery
musicians in white play a flute, clarinet and bass clarinet, purple lighting

(Image credit Victor Frankowski)

Minimalism Changed My Life: Tones, Drones and Arpeggios 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.

Minimalism Changed My Life premiered at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre on Saturday 28th September, 7.30pm and played Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Wednesday 2nd October, 7.30pm

Terry Riley: A Rainbow in Curved Air
Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells
Philip Glass: Music in Similar Motion
Pauline Oliveros: A Woman Sees How The World Goes With No Eyes
Pauline Oliveros: The Last Time (Ultima Vez)
Steve Reich: Music for a Large Ensemble

Produced by Paraorchestra