Track of the Day: Section of Music for 18 – solo!

Erik Hall has made a recording of Steve Reich’s Music for Eighteen Musicians – by himself. Created before social distancing, it still seems to be in step with the solitariness of pandemic time. The recording will be released on May 8th via Western Vinyl.

Kronos at Carnegie Hall

  Kronos Quartet Carnegie Hall – Zankel Hall Saturday, February 11, 2017 Christian Carey   Six Things to Like About Kronos at Carnegie Hall   Fifty for the Future Commissioning Project — Kronos used Saturday February 11th’s concert to showcase some of the early entries in their “Fifty for the Future” project. Not only isContinue reading “Kronos at Carnegie Hall”

Tomorrow: Third Coast Percussion plays Reich at GRAMMY’s

This missive from Third Coast Percussion: “Tomorrow, Sunday February 12 at 1:30pm PST, we are scheduled to perform at the 59th GRAMMY Premiere Ceremony. Watch live online at CBS.comor GRAMMY.com/live. We’ll be performing music from our album, Third Coast Percussion | Steve Reich, which was nominated for a GRAMMY in the category “Best Chamber Music/ Small EnsembleContinue reading “Tomorrow: Third Coast Percussion plays Reich at GRAMMY’s”

Steve Reich on ECM

Steve Reich The ECM Recordings Steve Reich and Musicians ECM New Series 3xCD 2540-42   After some one-off studio LPs for a variety of imprints, composer Steve Reich found his first label “home” with ECM Recordings (his second, Nonesuch, came after this triptych of recordings). Initially known primarily as a jazz label, ECM had decidedContinue reading “Steve Reich on ECM”

Signal plays Steve Reich at Miller

Steve Reich. Photo: Jeffrey Herman   Opening Night at Miller Theater   On September 15, Ensemble Signal, conducted by Brad Lubman, presented an all-Steve Reich program to open the season at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre. There was a sold out crowd, populated both by contemporary music devotees and over 200 Columbia students. Reich turns eightyContinue reading “Signal plays Steve Reich at Miller”

Ensemble Signal Records Steve Reich (CD Review)

Steve Reich Double Sextet (2007) and Radio Rewrite (2013) Ensemble Signal, Brad Lubman, conductor Harmonia Mundi CD   There are several recordings out this year commemorating Steve Reich at eighty (Allan Kozinn provides more about this in an excellent WSJ article). I haven’t yet heard the LSO’s CD, but I agree with Kozinn’s assessment that both Third CoastContinue reading “Ensemble Signal Records Steve Reich (CD Review)”

Thursday 11/19: De Mare at Symphony Space

Last month, I heard the second installment of Anthony De Mare’s Liasons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano project at Sheen Center. De Mare has commissioned dozens of composers to fashion arrangements of Sondheim songs. The results are as fascinating as they are eclectic. On Thursday at Symphony Space, De Mare completes his live presentations ofContinue reading “Thursday 11/19: De Mare at Symphony Space”