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Watch: Steve Reich Discusses His Influences in Bloc Festival Video

Steve Reich: Bloc 2012 [video]
Steve Reich will join the Bang on a Can All-Stars on their upcoming European tour next month, as part of the group's 25th anniversary season celebration. The tour includes concerts at Cité de la Musique in Paris on July 4 and at the London Pleasure Gardens on July 6, the latter for the Bloc festival, which includes an eclectic artist roster, with fellow headliners like Orbital and Snoop Dogg. The tour features an all-Reich program: Clapping Music, Cello Counterpoint, Piano Phase / Video Phase, Nagoya Guitars, New York Counterpoint, and 2x5. (Bang on a Can performed the latter two pieces on Nonesuch recordings.) Reich also joins Bang on a Can back in the States for the group's summer festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, as special guest in the festival's finale Marathon concert on Saturday, July 28.

In advance of the London show, Steve Reich spoke with the folks at Bloc for an illuminating video feature about who and what has influenced his music—including Ghanaian drumming and Balinese gamelan—with illustrative examples and archival performance footage of his own work, and the impact it has had on later generations. You can watch the nearly ten-minute video below.

For more on upcoming Steve Reich tour dates, go to To peruse Reich's Nonesuch catalog, visit the Nonesuch Store now, where most CD orders include instant downloads of the album upon checkout.

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