Amsterdam 2015 [no label, 2CD]
Live at the World Minimal Music Festival, Muziekgebouw aan het IJ, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; April 8, 2015. Very good webcast.
Minimal music is a music style that originated in downtown New York in the ’60s. The sounds are of a constant work in process that encourages the listener to focus on the internal processes of the music, which generally has a steady pulse with gradual transformations, without a conventional build-up or goal. Terry Riley has long been seen as a pioneer of the minimalist school of music.
A Rainbow In Curved Air, an enormously influential composition from the quintessential Summer Of Love, is performed by Lunatree. [It’s faintly reassuring to hear Riley’s summer-of-love utopianism… just as his sleevenotes to 1969’s Rainbow In Curved Air fantasise of a day when “the Pentagon was turned on its side and painted purple, yellow & green”, here his words (“look to the skies and dream; why commute to work underground?”) reject urbanisation and long for a pre-industrial bucolic idyll. Ironically, Riley’s music is as joyously futuristic as ever. – theguardian.com]
As part of Terry Riley’s appearance at Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw for the World Minimal Music Festival, he premiered Children Of Gaz, a piece specially composed for the festival, performed by Gregory Charette (Conductor), Gwyneth Wentink (Harp), Janne Rättyä (Accordion), William Knight (Tenor) and Nieuw Amsterdams Jeugdkoor (Choir).
Riley’s seminal composition, In C, is performed by Stargaze.
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Thanks to Neetelbaers for sharing the show at Dime.
Picture by smcwebdesign, posted at iamexpat.nl – Thanks!
MPEG 1.0 Layer 3 256kbps 48kHz [Dutch Radio 4 archive section, now deleted] > mp3DirectCut
Track 101. A Rainbow In Curved Air 19:54
Terry Riley (world premiere)
Track 102. Children of Gaza 1 8:52
Track 103. Children of Gaza 2 6:07
Track 104. Children of Gaza 3 7:40
Track 105. Children of Gaza 4 10:12
Track 201. In C – Part A 12:54
Track 202. In C – Part B 8:08
Track 203. In C – Part C 9:30
Track 204. In C – Part D 10:44
Track 205. In C – Part E 8:54
Track 206. In C – Part F 16:37
Track 207. In C – applause 3:13
Click here for the tracks.