Join us for a week-long festival of innovation
5 to 10 February
Louvre Abu Dhabi Auditorium
Experience the world-premiere of a musical creation, ‘Symphony of the Elements’ specially commissioned for Louvre Abu Dhabi, alongside an outstanding sound installation, ‘Soundwalk Collective, Mirage’, celebrating the closure of our 'Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia' Exhibition.
6 February | 7-8 pm | Auditorium | Free upon reservation
Don’t miss the world premiere of a unique musical creation using Artificial Intelligence, conducted by Pierre Barreau and Artificial Intelligence Visual Artist (AIVA). Live for the first time at Louvre Abu Dhabi, ‘Symphony of the Elements’ brings together Dr. Fathullah Ahmed Salih, music composer and Bait Al Oud vocal teacher who also worked closely with Pierre Barreau on the traditional music references in this unique piece, the Iraqi traditional Oud player, Sadiq Jaafar, young talent singer and Bait Al Oud graduate, Nejma Al Koor and the Bulgarian Sofia Session Orchestra. Five short pieces (3-5 minutes long) of music will be played that are linked to the elements surrounding the museum: water, steel, stone, wind and sand.
The performance will be followed by a short talk by Pierre Barreau, co-founder and CEO of AIVA who will explain the process of creating this unique musical piece using artificial intelligence. The technology works by training the machine on the art of music composition by reading over 30,000 scores of history’s greatest composers such as Mozart, Bach and Beethoven.
7 February | 5 – 9pm | Auditorium Plaza Stairs | Free for ticket holders
A unique live performance by Stephan Crasneanscki and Simone Merli of Soundwalk Collective, the New York and Berlin based art collective under the dome. The artwork consists in a live rendition of ‘Mirage’ for 24 speakers, Verbos synthesiser, and a unique instrument, the ‘Crystal Baschet ‘Venise’’.
Mirage is supported by the Succession Frères Baschet, the Association Structures Sonores Baschet and the Analogue Foundation. ©Adagp, Paris, 2019
A multi-channel sound installation for 24 speakers and video, linked to the Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia Exhibition
5 - 10 February | Museum Opening Hours | Auditorium Plaza Stairs | Free for ticket holders
Between 2010 - 2018 ‘Soundwalk Collective’ travelled across the Rub’ al Khali desert several times to record an acoustic phenomenon known as the ‘Singing Sand’: a sand that produces sound, caused by wind passing over the dunes.
A 24-speaker multichannel installation plunges visitors into this journey between Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman deserts. Ephemeral, volatile melodies appear and disappear as a sonic illusion creating a meditative atmosphere.