#3711: New Sounds Live: Happy 80th Birthday Terry Riley

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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 (First aired on 4/09/2015)  

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The Who

Who’s Next

Baba O’Riley, excerpt

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1:27

Marco Benevento

New Sounds Live @ Merkin Hall 3/18/2015

Out Here in the Fields

Not commercially available. Benevento’s website: marcobenevento.com

6:45

Travis Laplante

New Sounds Live @ Merkin Hall 3/18/2015

Thank You Is Not Enough

Not commercially available. Laplante’s website: travislaplante.com  

7:13

Emily Wells

New Sounds Live @ Merkin Hall 3/18/2015

Untitled for Terry Riley

Not commercially available. Wells’s website: emilywellsmusic.com

5:12

Lorna Dune

New Sounds Live @ Merkin Hall 3/18/2015

Riley’s Rainbow

Not commercially available. Dune’s website: lornakrier.com

6:48

Gyan Riley with Ches Smith

New Sounds Live @ Merkin Hall 3/18/2015

Terry Riley: Turning

Not commercially available.

Gyan Riley’s website:
gyanriley.com

Terry Riley’s website: terryriley.net

6:09

Face The Music’s quartet

New Sounds Live @ Merkin Hall 3/18/2015

Terry Riley: Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector (excerpt)

Not commercially available.

Face The Music’s website:
kaufmanmusiccenter.org

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