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Episode #3429

With Bill Ryan & Billband Members

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Friday, February 08, 2013

Meet composer and conductor Bill Ryan and Billband for this New Sounds program.  Ryan is the director of the Grand Valley State University (GVSU) new music group, and the mastermind behind 2007’s “story of the year in new music circles” where his all-student, all-volunteer band recorded Steve Reich’s 1976 masterwork, “Music for 18 Musicians,” to choruses of critical praise.  Bill Ryan and the ensemble went on to record Terry Riley’s “In C.”  Ryan is also a composer, and has recently released a record of his own compositions, “Towards Daybreak.”  Members of Billband - violinist/composer Todd Reynolds, and Bang on a Can All-Stars pianist Vicky Chow and cellist Ashley Bathgate- perform Ryan’s works live in the studio.  

Billband performs at Le Poisson Rouge this Sunday night, Feb. 10, 2013.  More information: "Towards Daybreak" record release show.

PROGRAM #3429, with Bill Ryan & Billband  (First aired on 2/8/2013)                                       

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Grand Valley State University (GVSU) New Music Ensemble

Music for 18 Musicians

Reich: Music for 18 Musicians, excerpt [2:00]

Innova 678
www.innova.mu

Billband members: Vicky Chow, piano
Todd Reynolds, violin & electronics
Ashley Bathgate, cello

Live, WNYC

Bill Ryan: Blurred [10:39]
Bill Ryan: Simple Lines [6:37]

These performances not commercially available.  The works appear on Billband – Towards Daybreak, Innova 841.
www.innova.mu

Billband

Towards Daybreak

Bill Ryan: Friction [6:36]

Innova 841.
www.innova.mu

Grand Valley State University (GVSU) New Music Ensemble

Music for 18 Musicians

Reich: Music for 18 Musicians, excerpt [13:10]

Innova 678
www.innova.mu

Bill Ryan, Billband
John Schaefer and composer Bill Ryan
Bill Ryan, Billband
Todd Reynolds, violin; Ashley Bathgate, cello
Bill Ryan, Billband
Pianist Vicky Chow of Billband (and Bang on a Can All-Stars)
Bill Ryan, Billband
Members of Billband: Vicky Chow, Todd Reynolds, Ashley Bathgate
Bill Ryan, Billband
Violinist/composer Todd Reynolds
Bill Ryan, Billband
Bill Ryan practices his avoidance of FCC fines
Bill Ryan, Billband
Cellist Ashley Bathgate of Billband (and Bang on a Can All-Stars)
Bill Ryan, Billband
Session wrap-up group photo

(From L to R) Pianist Vicky Chow, violinist Todd Reynolds, host John Schaefer, composer Bill Ryan, cellist Ashley Bathgate.

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Comments [2]

JML from Brooklyn

really beautiful - great to hear this music after hearing -- on the show -- the ensemble's Reich

Feb. 08 2013 11:37 PM
Eric from 10013

Modern, minimal and brilliant!

Feb. 08 2013 11:30 PM

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