Soundstreams’ subsequent live performance will highlight legendary American modern composer Steve Reich in honour of his 86th birthday. This system, titled Steve Reich: Now & Then will embrace efficiency by NEXUS, TorQ, lowPitchSound and Ensemble Soundstreams, and the Canadian premiere of Reich/Richter for chamber orchestra and movie. The live performance will happen March 25.
At 86, Steve Reich maintains an lively schedule that has included album releases, premieres, books and extra. He’s lengthy been tied to the minimalist motion, from its beginnings as a fringe style to its vast acceptance in modern music. His works have garnered quite a few awards, and he’s toured the globe together with his ensemble, Steve Reich and Musicians.
His modern work has influenced many trendy composers.
The programme + performers
Composer SlowPitchSound, aka Cheldon Paterson, will open the programme with the Soundstreams fortieth anniversary fanfare. SlowPitchSound is a composer/turntablist – he calls it “sci-fi turntablism”. His methodology incorporates area recordings, samples, scratching, and modified sounds in layers. He’s labored in quite a lot of kinds, together with classical music and opera, in addition to jazz, electronica, and music for theatre and dance efficiency.
The brand new Fanfare was impressed by Stravinsky’s Fanfare for a New Theatre, which he wrote for the opening of Lincoln Centre in 1964. Stravinsky’s Fanfare was the primary work that opened Soundstreams’ inaugural season again in 1982.
Steve Reich’s Drumming was programmed to mark each the fiftieth anniversary of Nexus, and the piece’s unique premiere. Will probably be carried out by Toronto-based percussion ensembles NEXUS and TorQ Percussion Quartet.
Primarily based in Toronto, Nexus was fashioned by American ex-pat musicians as a percussion ensemble with an eclectic and experimental repertoire. Their performances may incorporate something from conventional African drumming to the work of twenty first century artists, and percussion devices from lots of the world’s musical traditions.
Richard Burrows, Adam Campbell, Jamie Drake and Daniel Morphy make up TorQ Percussion Quartet, dedicated to the work of Canadian composers. They’ve premiered over 80 items by Canadian composers, in addition to the works created by particular person members of the ensemble. The ensemble has toured extensively in Canada and the US.
The Ensemble Soundstreams might be carried out by Gary Kulesha within the Canadian premiere of Reich/Richter, a bit for chamber orchestra and movie. The 2019 work options music by Steve Reich in a movie by Gerhard Richter & Corinna Belz.
Soundstreams + Steve Reich
The music of the modern composer has discovered a welcome residence at Soundstreams, which has offered his works for the final twenty years. That’s not his solely Toronto connection. Three members of NEXUS — Russell Hartenberger, Bob Becker, and Garry Kvistad — have been very long time members of the Steve Reich Ensemble. Soundstreams co-commissioned his Mallet Quartet in 2011.
“No music, whether or not Canadian or in any other case, exists in a vacuum: it seeps throughout boundaries each actual
and imagined,” says Soundstreams Inventive Director Lawrence Cherney in an announcement. “Seminal figures like Stravinsky, Steve Reich and R. Murray Schafer have profoundly modified the best way we hear our world. Our fortieth anniversary season is a joyous celebration of Canadian music and a number of the influences which have formed it, on this case, that of Steve Reich, not too long ago described by the New York Instances as “one in every of our biggest dwelling composers.””
Tickets for STEVE REICH: Now & Then on March 25 on the George Weston Recital Corridor, Meridian Arts Centre are on sale now right here.
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