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Journal Archives for Steve Reich

  • Austin Hosts SxSW with Steve Reich, Black Keys; Follows with "The Wire" Creator, David Simon

    Thousands of music, film, and new-media types from across the world are converging on Austin, Texas, this week for SXSW. Among the participating artists will be Steve Reich, whose music will be performed with that of John Adams's at a showcase tomorrow night, and who will join Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore for a discussion the following afternoon; and The Black Keys, who will perform late-night tomorrow and at the Village Voice party on Friday. Next week, David Simon, the creator of The Wire, will speak at the University of Texas.

  • Greenwood's "There Will Be Blood" Makes Alex Ross's "Soundtrack to the City"

    On the same day Alex Ross, the New Yorker music critic, enjoyed the Stephen Colbert treatment as a guest on the Colbert Report, Gothamist published an interview with Ross, in which he discusses his new book, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century.

  • Black Keys to Play South by Southwest 2008

    The Black Keys join label mate Steve Reich on the roster for this year's South by Southwest conference, which will be held March 12-16 in Austin, Texas. For the band, their performance marks the start of a tour in support of their forthcoming Nonesuch release. Reich will be speaking at the conference with Sonic Youth front man Thurston Moore.

    For more information, visit or go to the conference website at

  • Steve Reich Music Opens Dance Chicago 2007

    The 2007 Dance Chicago festival kicked off its monthlong series of events last Friday at the city's Athenaeum Theatre, and according to Chicago Sun-Times dance critic Hedy Weiss, the opening weekend's festivities did not disappoint. Among the program's special events was the world premiere of choreographer Eddy Ocampo's Thwack, in which dancers from the Black Box Dance company performed to the rhythms of music by Steve Reich.

    To read Weiss's report on the opening weekend, visit

  • Remembering Moondog, Influence on Steve Reich and Philip Glass

    In Sunday's New York Times, writer John Strausbaugh remembers Moondog, the avant-garde street poet/performer/composer who influenced the likes of Steve Reich and Philip Glass. This "Viking of Sixth Avenue," as he was known, was a longtime fixture on the corner of Manhattan's Sixth Avenue and 54th Street through the early '70s. And though he passed away in 1999 at the age of 83, Moondog, a new book by Robert Scotto makes clear the artist's lasting influence.

  • Steve Reich's Triple Quartet on Itzhak Perlman Program at Met Museum

    Tomorrow night, Itzhak Perlman joins members of the Perlman Music Program for gifted young musicians in concert at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Included on the program is Steve Reich's Triple Quartet, along with Mozart's G Minor Quintet for Viola and Strings and Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence. Nonesuch released the world premiere recording of the Reich piece, performed by Kronos Quartet, in 2001.

    For more information on the concert, visit

  • Marathon Motivators: Steve Reich and Philip Glass

    In today's Kansas City Star, music writer Paul Horsley recommends that runners prepping for a long-distance run, like this weekend's Kansas City Marathon, avoid the common mistake of training to disposable Top 40 hits ("simple carbs"). He recommends instead a healthy dose of "high energy" compositions to motivate through the long haul. On his list of Top 10 training tunes: Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians and Philip Glass's score to Koyaanisqatsi.

  • Steve Reich Previews "Daniel Variations" at Daniel Pearl World Music Days

    Steve Reich recently participated in a special event at Manhattan's Aish NY as part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days—an international music celebration promoting tolerance, inspired by the legacy of journalist Daniel Pearl. At the October 9 event, which included a discussion with Reich, the composer played a recording of Daniel Variations, a piece he wrote in Pearl's memory. The recording is set for release on Nonesuch early next year.

  • Steve Reich's "18 Musicians" in 2007 Fall for Dance Festival

    The closing night of New York City Center's 2007 Fall for Dance festival, on October 6, featured the Elisa Monte Dance company's signature work, Treading (1979), set to Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians. This was the fourth annual festival, which kicks off City Center's season with low-priced tickets to see some of the world's greatest dance companies.

  • Steve Reich on Pitchfork

    Steve Reich recently spoke with Pitchfork; read the interview now at