With Bill Ryan & Billband Members

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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

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