October 8th, 2009, 2:03 pm by Sara
May 10th, 2009, 12:15 pm by Greg
This Friday and Saturday, Bard College’s Fisher Center is presenting New Albion Weekend: Terry Riley including two days of performances of composed and improvised works.
Friday, October 9 features performances of works from Riley’s Book of Abbeyozzud by Terry Riley on piano and synth, his son Gyan Riley on guitar, Tracy Silverman on violin and David Tanenbaum on National steel guitar.
Slated for Saturday night is Music in the Moment: An Evening of Improvised Works featuring Terry Riley on keyboards, Gyan Riley and David Tanon on guitars, Tracy Silverman on strings, and Ches Smith and William Winant on percussion.
Performances each evening start at 8pm, and tickets ($20, 30, 35) are available online.
Click here to read Joseph Dalton’s preview in the Times Union.
It’s been hailed as the first great minimalist composition. It’s also been described as “staring at a mirror for forty-five minutes.” And “a communal joyous cacophony of secular yet spiritual ecstasy.” And “altogether absorbing, exciting and moving, too.”
Music students, faculty and staff of Williams College will gather on the front steps of the campus’ Chapin Hall for a rousing performance of Terry Riley’s classic opus “In C” at 12:15pm Monday, May 11.
As adventurous a piece of music as “In C” is, it seems almost impossible that the composition is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year.
Last month, Riley joined an all-star ensemble (Philip Glass, Morton Subotnik, Osvaldo Golijov, Jon Gibson, Kronos Quartet’s David Harrington, conductor Dennis Russell Davies) for a huge anniversary performance at Carnegie Hall that drew rave reviews.
Riley isn’t slated to make an appearance at Williams, but don’t worry – his work can stand up on its own just fine.
The concert is free and will move into Chapin Hall in case of rain.