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Steve Reich: Pulse/Quartet

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In 2016, composer Steve Reich celebrated a milestone birthday and to mark the occasion an upward of hundreds of performances of his work were performed at various places around the globe. These performances and celebrations just confirmed the almost unfathomable beauty and timelessness of his oeuvre as they represented 50 years in music. They also confirmed why he is an important part of the contemporary music landscape for many generations and not just in classical music.Apart from revisiting ...

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Steve Reich @ 80: Music for 18 Musicians

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Eighth Blackbird & Third Coast Percussion Hill Auditorium Steve Reich @ 80: Music for 18 Musicians Ann Arbor, MI March 18, 2017 When it comes to contemporary classical music and specifically the genre known as minimalism, few composers lay claim to the accolades bestowed on Steve Reich. Celebrating his 80th year on the planet, Reich's works continue to be performed regularly around the world. In addition to concerts revisiting trinkets from his large oeuvre, ...

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Steve Reich Celebration: Repercussion

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Steve Reich Celebration: Repercussion National Sawdust Brooklyn, NY December 10, 2016 As part of the many celebrations of composer Steve Reich's 80th birthday throughout 2016, the World Music Institute and National Sawdust co-presented a program in December that brought the Ghanaian master, Gideon Alorwoyie, together with the critically-acclaimed Mantra Percussion Ensemble for sixty minutes of riveting music and dance. The back story on this landmark performance begins in the summer ...

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Steve Reich: The ECM Recordings

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Celebrated as one of the most significant contemporary American composer-musicians of the late 20th century, Steve Reich successfully dismantled the cemented bedrock of Western Music and rebuilt it in surprisingly innovative ways. One of the founders of the Minimalism movement in classical music, he created music that drew on aspects of Balinese, Yemenite, African and Hebrew sounds. In doing so, over the course of 50 years, he continually fashioned new musical models that in return have pushed Western music forward. ...

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Steve Reich: Daniel Variations

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When a composer creaters an instantly recognizable style, there's always the risk that the listener will become complacent, feeling little variation to distinguish one piece of writing from another. Certainly Steve Reich--one of minimalism's founding fathers who has since gone on to expand his personal concept of the form--bears a number of stylistic markers, making it virtually impossible not to recognize his work. But while his writing is often defined by complex, polyrhythmic pulses created with a number of instruments, ...

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Steve Reich: Phases: A Nonesuch Retrospective

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Steve Reich Phases: A Nonesuch Retrospective Nonesuch Records 2006

When the history book is written on the minimalist scene that emerged in the 1960s, it's likely that composer Steve Reich will emerge as the most influential figure. Certainly artists including Philip Glass and Terry Riley have made extremely significant contributions to contemporary classical music and have evolved, like Reich, beyond the inherent constraints of the genre. But Reich's influence can be felt in music ...

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Steve Reich: You Are (Variations)

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The liner notes to the Pat Metheny Group's album-length epic The Way Up give special thanks to contemporary composer Steve Reich. On Metheny lists across the internet, fans were asking “who is Steve Reich, and why the thanks?" The best answer to that question is advice to listen to You Are (Variations)--an album that summarizes much of what Reich is about, while managing to differentiate itself from the rest of his significant oeuvre.

One listen to Reich's polyrhythmic pulses and ...