Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle welcomes a true musical innovator as minimalist pioneer Terry Riley comes to town, reports Getintothis’ Will Neville.
The first classical concert at 24 Kitchen Street is a real coup for the venue, as one of the true pioneers of minimalism, the impressively bearded American Terry Riley, will be performing there on Wednesday, April 10.
Following Steve Reich’s stunning show at Edge Hill Station in September 2016, another similar avant-garde innovator heads to Liverpool for a show not to be missed.
Riley will be at the piano to perform a concert of works he has written himself, accompanied by his son Gyan on guitar.
Riley’s work incorporates not only classical minimalism at its core, but also shades of ragtime, traditional jazz and musics from further afield such as North India.
He is most famous for his 1964 composition In C, claimed by some to be the first minimalist piece, and 1969 album A Rainbow In Curved Air.
Terry Riley said: “Nothing I have done in this life has given me more satisfaction than improvising on these songs with Gyan. Nothing I have done can match the intuitive synchronicity we have shared many times on the stage.”
Jonas Roberts, venue manager at 24 Kitchen Street added: “There’s a fantastic tradition of these works being performed in DIY spaces and, as such, we’re incredibly excited to bring this sort of performance away from the concert hall and into our organic, independent club environment.”
Support on the night comes from Liverpool-based DJ Lupini, and composer and saxophonist Daniel Thorne.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbTn79x-mrI&w=560&h=315]