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Rhian Sheehan and Arli Liberman 'Spectral Atmospheres' Shows Announced

Rhian Sheehan and Arli Liberman 'Spectral Atmospheres' Shows Announced

C.C. / Image: Rhian Sheehan and Arli Liberman / Wednesday 7th July, 2021 12:02PM

Two of Aotearoa's most celebrated composers, Rhian Sheehan and Arli Liberman, are combining their talents for an immersive pair of Spectral Atmospheres audio-visual events, happening at Tāmaki's Q Theatre and Pōneke's Old St Paul’s in September. Both artists launched significant new works over the past year — Sheehan's Recollections, Vol. 1 & 2 and Liberman's soundtrack for Sam Kelly's gang movie Savage — and will be recreating their studio environments on stage, bringing "their compositions to life in a series of intimate, emotive soundscape-focused collaborative performances." With that goal in mind they're working with light artist Sam Caldwell, who'll add extra ocular dimensions to the shows with colourful, free-flowing organic projected visuals created on the spot using oils and dyes. Sheehan and Liberman will be supported at Q Theatre by rising songwriter Jazmine Mary and in Old St Paul’s by electronic artist Dream Chambers, making for two high quality one-off events you'll definitely want to experience in the flesh.

Rhian Sheehan explained the duo's mission for Spectral Atmospheres: "Our aim with these shows is to create an enveloping and transportive musical space; a sonic space for reflection and contemplation.”

Rhian Sheehan & Arli Liberman Spectral Atmospheres
featuring visuals by Sam Caldwell

Saturday 11th September - Q Theatre, Auckland w/ Jazmine Mary
Saturday 25th September - Old St Paul’s Wellington w/ Dream Chambers

Tickets on sale Thursday 8th July via Q Theatre and Eventfinda
More info available via

Experience 'Still' from Rhian Sheehan's Recollections, Vol. 1...

Listen to 'Mum' from Arli Liberman's original motion picture soundtrack for Savage...

Press release:

Acclaimed composers Rhian Sheehan and Arli Liberman have announced they’re combining forces for a series of immersive shows taking place this September at Q Theatre in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland and Old St Paul’s in Pōneke, Wellington. These shows will see Sheehan and Liberman bring their studio environments to the stage and bring their compositions to life in a series of intimate, emotive soundscape-focused collaborative performances with support from Jazmine Mary in Auckland and Dream Chambers in Wellington.

2020 saw Arli Liberman release his celebrated soundtrack to the New Zealand box office hit film Savage while Rhian Sheehan released Recollections, Vol. 1 & 2, a collection of his most popular work, as well as new and unreleased music. Both artists are frequent collaborators, and have established themselves not only as successful ambient and instrumental recording artists in their own right, but also sought-after screen composers for film, TV & media projects around the world.

Joining Sheehan and Liberman is visual light artist Sam Caldwell, who combines oils, dyes and other chemicals into a water base to create mesmeric, ever-changing, and occasionally turbulent fluid dynamics. The process is projected live on stage to create real-time organic visual effects.


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