Friday, March 25, 2011
Steve Reich's 75th Birthday Festival Announced at Cité de la Musique in Paris; Reich Discusses His Work in New Short Film
Steve Reich's 75th birthday year is being celebrated around the world in 2011. Cité de la Musique in Paris has now announced details of its plans for a week of concerts in October to mark the occasion. Dubbed Steve Reich, Pulsations, the festivities features works from throughout Reich's career and even a performance by the composer himself. Reich discusses his career in a new short film from his publisher, an excerpt of which can be seen here.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Kronos Quartet to Give World Premiere of Steve Reich's "WTC 9/11" at Duke Residency Culminating Concert
Steve Reich and Kronos Quartet are in the midst of their artist residency at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, which will culminate in the world premiere of Reich's latest work, WTC 9/11, on Saturday. Reich wrote the piece for Kronos, as he has his two previous quartets, which are also on Saturday's program. While Kronos may be a string quartet, "they are also like a rock group," Reich tells the Duke Chronicle, "and that’s an incredible accomplishment."
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Steve Reich to Talk with WUNC's "The State of Things" About Kronos Quartet Premiere of "WTC 9/11," Duke Residency
Steve Reich talks to The State of Things from NPR member station WUNC today about Kronos Quartet's premiere of his latest work, WTC 9/11, in an all-Reich program Saturday at Duke University, where Reich and Kronos are artists-in-residence this week. Saturday's concert includes all three quartets Reich has written for Kronos. The Quartet gives the NY premiere of WTC 9/11 in an all-Reich program at Carnegie Hall on April 30, with Bang on a Can All-Stars, Glenn Kotche, eighth blackbird, and So Percussion.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Steve Reich to Perform at Baylor University for "Reich at 75: The Music and Jewish Faith of Steve Reich"
Steve Reich is at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, today for Reich at 75: The Music and Jewish Faith of Steve Reich, a two-day event presented by the Baylor School of Music and Center for Jewish Studies that will include lectures, a Q&A, and a concert with the composer and the Baylor Percussion Group, all of which are free and open to the public. The celebrations of the composer's 75th birthday continue throughout the year, including the world premiere performance of Reich's WTC 9/11 by Kronos Quartet later this month.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians will receive its first Scottish performance in a decade when conductor Thomas Adès leads the London Sinfonietta and Synergy Vocals in a performance of the piece at Glasgow's City Halls on Sunday. Reich spoke with BBC Radio 3's Robert Worby about his music and the inspiration behind the piece for a short film by the London Sinfonietta. Watch it here.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
The Konserthuset in Stockholm kicks off Steve Reich's 75th birthday year with Tonsättarfestivalen: Steve Reich, five days of concerts, starting tonight, featuring the Stockholm Royal Philharmonic, Kroumata, Amadinda, Synergy Vocals, and the composer himself, who performs Clapping Music on tonight's program. The concerts will be broadcast on Swedish Radio P2. This week's festival is the first of a year's worth of events around the world honoring the composer's 75th birthday on October 3.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Barbican's Classical Music 2011–12 Season to Feature Kronos Quartet Residency, Reich at 75, Glass's "Einstein on the Beach"
The Barbican in London has announced its Classical Music 2011–12 season, which includes a Kronos Quartet residency with a program of American music and a special mediation on the anniversary of 9/11; two concerts from the LSO celebrating Steve Reich's 75th birthday; and the UK premiere of Philip Glass's Einstein on the Beach in conjunction with the Cultural Olympiad's London 2012 Festival.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Steve Reich's 2x5 and the Nonesuch Records / Indaba Music contest to remix the piece were featured on the BBC World Service's The Strand. The composer and Dominique Leone, the creator of the winning remix, talk about the contest, the classical roots of remixing, and why 2x5 lent itself to the process. "Steve Reich's music is so based in rhythm," says Leone, "so when you can take little chunks of it and manipulate that and exploit the rhythm that's already there, it's not very difficult to make something that sounds good." Hear the remix here.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
In October, Steve Reich, Nonesuch Records, and Indaba Music launched a search for collaborators to remix the third movement of the composer's piece 2x5, which Nonesuch had recently released on the same album as his Pulitzer Prize–winning piece Double Sextet. Reich has now chosen a Grand Prize Winner and two Runners-Up, and fans have chosen 10 Honorable Mentions, all of which can be heard here.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Steve Reich's latest album, which pairs eighth blackbird's performance of the composer's Pulitzer Prize–winning piece Double Sextet with Bang on a Can's performance of 2x5, has now been named among the Top 10 Classical Albums of 2010 by NPR. "Steve Reich may be labeled a 'minimalist' composer," says NPR, "but the works on this recording are far more 'maximal' than simple repeating chords and mutating melodies."