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MIT Sounding: Terry Riley 80th Birthday Concert
April 18, 2015 | 7pm
MIT Kresge Auditorium, W16 | 48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
Terry Riley’s 80th Birthday with Terry Riley, Eviyan, Gamelan Galak Tika, Sarah Cahill, and the world premiere of all-live Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band
Headlining MIT Sounding, legendary composer Terry Riley makes his second appearance at MIT for on April 18, 2015 with a marathon concert celebrating his 80th birthday.
This 4-hour concert will include the premiere of a reimagined classic, a multi-saxophone live version of Riley’s 1969 Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band, newly arranged by Evan Ziporyn. Riley himself will perform solo works and in collaboration with Gamelan Galak Tika and Eviyan, and pianist Sarah Cahill will perform new works composed in homage to Riley, including world premieres by Gyan Riley and Christine Southworth. The University of Toronto Saxophone Ensemble, Wallace Halladay director, will also perform.
Terry Riley launched musical minimalism with his revolutionary classic IN C in 1964, a work whose influence continues to be felt in every corner of the musical world today, from classical concert halls to electronica clubs. Riley has since continued to compose and improvise hypnotic, multi-layered, polymetric, brightly orchestrated Eastern-flavored works which defy categorization. From his early 60s tape loop and trance music experiments and collaborations with La Monte Young, to his study of Hindustani musical traditions and eclectic compositions for the Kronos Quartet and other leading ensembles, Riley is a true musical innovator.
About MIT Sounding:
For the 2014-15 season, MIT inaugurates the innovative annual performance series MIT Sounding, curated by Evan Ziporyn, featuring rare live performances by new music pioneers Terry Riley and Alvin Lucier, early music denizens Boston Camerata, and the Grammy Award-winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth. The series includes world and US premieres by Ziporyn, Elena Ruehr, Christine Southworth, Arnold Dreyblatt, Gyan Riley and others.
Presented by the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) and MIT Sounding performance series.
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