#3711: New Sounds Live: Terry Riley @ 80

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Terry Riley's work is widely regarded as an important step in the establishing of what we now know as minimalist music. New Sounds Live and the Ecstatic Music Festival celebrated the American composer's 80th birthday by inviting musicians from different walks of life to perform tributes inspired by Riley's work. Marco Benevento builds layer upon layer of modified piano to create a piece that's inspired equally by Terry Riley and the Who song that carries his name "Baba O'Riley." Then, Travis Laplante plays the saxophone, a favorite instrument of Riley's, in a piece that attempts to capture Laplante's experience of first connecting emotionally with Riley's work. Emily Wells and Lorna Dune each use arpeggiated synthesizers to evoke Riley's trademark sound. This episode closes with performances of Riley's original compositions from Face The Music's quartet (Paris Lavidis and Gabriello Lewis, violin; Amelia Krinke, viola; Jonah Kernis, cello) and Gyan Riley, a guitarist and Riley's son. 

PROGRAM #3711 New Sounds Live: Terry Riley @ 80 (First aired on 4/09/2015)  

ARTIST: The Who
WORK: Baba O’Riley, excerpt [1:27]
RECORDING: Who’s Next
SOURCE: Universal Distribution - #UIGY9022
INFO: universaldist.com

ARTIST: Marco Benevento
WORK: Out Here in the Fields [6:45]
RECORDING: New Sounds Live @ Merkin Hall 3/18/2015
SOURCE: Not commercially available
INFO: Benevento’s website: marcobenevento.com

ARTIST: Travis Laplante
WORK:  Thank You Is Not Enough [7:13]
RECORDING: New Sounds Live @ Merkin Hall 3/18/2015
SOURCE: Not commercially available.
INFO: Laplante’s website: travislaplante.com  

ARTIST: Jherek Bischoff
WORK: Closer to Closure [0:23]
RECORDING: Cistern
SOURCE: Brassland
INFO: Due out July 15, 2016 | jherekbischoff.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Emily Wells
WORK: Untitled for Terry Riley [5:12]
RECORDING: New Sounds Live @ Merkin Hall 3/18/2015
SOURCE: Not commercially available. 
INFO: Wells’s website: emilywellsmusic.com

ARTIST: Lorna Dune
WORK: Riley’s Rainbow [6:48]
RECORDING: New Sounds Live @ Merkin Hall 3/18/2015
SOURCE: Not commercially available. 
INFO: Dune’s website: lornakrier.com

ARTIST: Gyan Riley with Ches Smith
WORK: Terry Riley: Turning [6:09]
RECORDING: New Sounds Live @ Merkin Hall 3/18/2015
SOURCE: Not commercially available.
INFO: gyanriley.com |   terryriley.net

ARTIST: Face The Music’s quartet
WORK:  Terry Riley: Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector (excerpt) [2:42]
RECORDING: New Sounds Live @ Merkin Hall 3/18/2015
SOURCE: Not commercially available.
INFO: Face The Music’s website:
kaufmanmusiccenter.org