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Composer: Riley, Terry (b. 1935)

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Year of birth1935
NationalityUnited States
PeriodContemporary
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In C
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RouenKronos and Kairos

of Bingen, Hahne, Vivaldi, Geminiani, Cage, Simons, Riley, Handel
B'Rock Orchestra; Dorothee Oberlinger

RoeselareKronos and Kairos

of Bingen, Hahne, Vivaldi, Geminiani, Cage, Simons, Riley, Handel
B'Rock Orchestra; Dorothee Oberlinger

BirminghamThe British Paraorchestra Terry Riley's In C

Riley: In C
British Paraorchestra; Charles Hazlewood; Extraordinary Bodies
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Carpenter and Tovey with the Boston Symphony

Bramwell Tovey, Cameron Carpenter and the BSO © Winslow Townson
If “the girl with kaleidoscope eyes” were a musician, she might well have composed something like Terry Riley’s 2014 concerto for organ and orchestra, At The Royal Majestic.
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Kronos Quartet at 40

Kronos Quartet © Jay Blakesberg
The Kronos Quartet celebrated its 40th birthday on Friday. In Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall, the ensemble explored its history with a performance of Black Angels but also offerred a few surprises.
*****
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The Minimalist Dream House Project at Toronto Summer Music with the Labèque sisters

Katia and Marielle Labèque  ©  Umberto Nicoletti
As I sat in the intriguing darkness of Koerner Hall, Marielle Labèque carefully placed the opening notes of Le fils des étoiles by Erik Satie. They hung in the air like little crystals. This was a simple beginning, yet deceptively so, that would build towards something larger. In turn, these notes would unfold in a continuous stream of build-ups and decays.
****1
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A Scream and an Outrage: Session Two at LSO St Luke's

Julia Wolfe  ©  Peter Serling
The title for this Barbican event certainly threw up some interesting questions. Having failed to attend a riotous dinner party that was characterised by one attendee as “a scream and an outrage”, Nico Muhly set about curating a series of concerts under this title. However, no screams or outrages occurred this weekend.
***11
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“It's about chickens who want to go to outer space”: Composers Now Festival at JackNY

©  Iktus Percussion
Here’s a secret: on any given night in New York City and Brooklyn, groups of regular-looking people perform exceedingly difficult music in front of other regular-looking people, sometimes for one hour, sometimes for twelve.
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