Terry Riley

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American composer/pianist/vocalist Terry Riley brings his unique compositions to Benaroya Hall for one night only, drawing on his decades-long work in minimalist music and his studies of jazz and Indian classical music. Riley originally launched what is now known as the minimalist movement with his classic piece In C, composed in 1964. This seminal work had an enormous impact on the course of western music. He has also been a student of Indian classical music since 1970 when he became a disciple of the great Kirana master, Pandit Pran Nath. 

Riley is a prolific composer, having written in virtually every form including solo piano, string quartet, chamber opera, concerto, choral works and more. His concerto for electric violin was premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2012  and a new concerto for organ and orchestra premiered at Walt Disney Hall in 2014. His discography includes 60 recordings on labels such as Columbia Masterworks, Wergo and Nonesuch, and he is a recipient of 2 NEA grants, a Guggenheim fellowship and a Fromm Foundation grant for music composition. He also holds honorary doctorates from Chapman University and Cal Arts. Over Riley's long career, he has worked with Zakir Hussein, Chet Baker, Krishna Bhatt, John Zorn, Leonard Slatkin and the Kronos Quartet. 

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Wednesday, 19 February, 2020 7:30PM

Drum Tao 2020

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DRUM TAO 2020 is the latest production from TAO, internationally acclaimed percussion artists. TAO’s modern, high-energy performances have transfixed audiences of millions worldwide — from Off-Broadway to the famed Bolshoi Theatre — with their showcase of the ancient art of Japanese drumming. DRUM TAO 2020 is an explosively energetic production that combines highly physical, large-scale drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography and innovative visuals.

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Sunday, 26 April, 2020 7:30PM

The Wailin' Jennys

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One of today’s most respected folk groups, The Wailin’ Jennys are touring for their most recent release, Fifteen. This long-awaited follow-up to Bright Morning Stars finds the trio bringing their passion and stellar musicianship to a carefully curated collection of some of their favorite songs, including tracks by Tom Petty, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton. For members Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse, Fifteen celebrates a 15-year musical partnership that has created three award-winning, Billboard-charting studio albums and one magical live recording and brought them a loyal worldwide fanbase. Steeped in the artistry and elegance that has defined their career, Fifteen presents The Wailin’ Jennys at their very best. Produced by The Wailin’ Jennys and engineered by Joby Baker, the album also features additional musicians Richard Moody (Ruth’s brother), Sam Howard, Adrian Dolan and Adam Dobres. Highlights include their moving interpretation of Emmylou Harris’s “Boulder to Birmingham,” their update of Paul Simon’s “Loves Me Like a Rock” (from a women’s point of view) and songs by Jane Siberry, Warren Zevon and Patty Griffin. There’s also a gorgeous full-band acoustic version of Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers.” They also do an achingly beautiful a cappella version of Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” that resonates as a call to hope in these troubled political times.  

NPR wrote of their last Newport Folk Fest appearance, “The Wailin' Jennys are more than just impeccable bluegrass harmonizers; they're also terrific bandleaders who give their traditional roots music a sense of real reverence.” It’s this respect for their craft, as well as the Wailin’ Jennys heartfelt, impeccable vocal performances, that has cemented the trio’s reputation in folk and roots music circles.

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Friday, 8 May, 2020 8:00PM