Neuland.Lied | Schlafzyklus eines Schlaflosen

Sun 19. 6. 2022

A sleep cycle as a song cycle? The music of an entire night? A Berlin performance of the German-British composer Max Richter's 2015 eight-hour »Sleep« project gave pianist Kunal Lahiry the idea. Based on early songs by Alban Berg such as »Schlafen, schlafen«, it traces the parcours of consciousness between fatigue, insomnia, restless dreams and sudden awakenings. While Richter's repetitive-sedative music in live performances invited listeners to actually indulge in sleep on the cots provided in the hall, »Insomniac« is intended as a thoroughly stimulating exploration of the phases of darkness and the memories, fears and joys that arise in the process. Not only do the boundaries between eras – from Brahms to George Crumb to Jake Heggie – become permeable here, but genres, stylistic heights and national languages also play associatively into one another. The 30-year-old musician from Florida, one of the most creative songwriters of the young generation, has gathered two singers around him for the staged recital of his Lied.LAB. Direction and lighting design will ensure a seamless interplay of colors, sounds and sensations.


Neuland.Lied is a project of



Neuland.Lied is sponsored by

Kunal Lahiry Piano & Curator
Fanny Soyer Soprano
Hagar Sharvit Mezzosoprano
Jeeyoung Lim Bass baritone
Andrea Tortosa Baquero Director
Emilio Cordero Checo Light design

Lieder from Alban Berg, Samuel Barber, Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler, Hugo Wolf, Francis Poulenc, Jake Heggie and works from Ivor Gurney, Georges Aperghis, Max Richter, George Crumb und Rebecca Clarke