Signal & Steve Reich

For this edition of New Sounds, we’re joined by Brad Lubman, the leader of Signal, New York's new-music “supergroup,” a flexible army of 13-30 musicians who combine the intimacy of chamber music with the power of a compact orchestra. The bandsemble includes all of So Percussion, along with members of Alarm Will Sound, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, punkass-thrash jazz quartet Gutbucket, and other leading New York ensembles. Signal made their giant splash at this year’s Bang on a Can Marathon, performing music by Steve Reich. This weekend, the “supergroup” takes on Reich’s seminal “Music for 18 Musicians,” the magical shifting masterpiece of American minimalism where winds, strings, pianos, and percussion meld in ever-changing combinations, propelled by an irresistible pulsation. Also on the program is one of Reich’s more recent works, “You Are (Variations),” which will be heard for the first time locally with solo voices and ensemble (rather than chorus and ensemble). The 25-minute piece sets four aphoristic truisms from the Torah, the Talmud, philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, and 18th-century mystic Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, whose saying, "You are wherever your thoughts are" gives the piece its title.

PROGRAM # 2844, with Brad Lubman of Signal (First aired on 9-12-08)

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RECORDING

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SOURCE

Signal

Live, Bang On A Can Marathon 2008, World Financial Center

Steve Reich: Daniel Variations, excerpt [1:30]

This performance not available. The piece is recorded on Nonesuch Records, www.nonesuch.com*

Signal

Live, June In Buffalo, 2007

Steve Reich: Tehillim, Pt 4 [6:00]

This performance not available. The piece is recorded on Nonesuch Records, www.nonesuch.com*

Steve Reich

Works (box set)

City Life: Heavy Smoke [6:00]

Nonesuch #79451** www.nonesuch.com*

Steve Reich

Ensemble Modern: City Life, et al

Eight Lines [16:30]

BMG Classics #66459** www.bmgclassics.de*

Michael Galasso

Scenes

Scene VI [7:30]

ECM #1245. www.ecmrecords.com*