Podcast: Terry Riley. A continuing spirit of exploration.
November 3, 2017
Terry Riley’s breakthrough work, In C, was written in 1964, but it wasn’t until 1991 that he produced his first orchestral piece. Over the years, Riley has come under the influence of a wide range of musicians, including John Cage, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Pandit Pran Nath, the master Indian classical singer. Raymond Bisha introduces two works for orchestra and soloist that reflect Riley’s continuing eclecticism. At the Royal Majestic (2013) is a Wurlitzer organ concerto featuring virtuoso soloist Todd Wilson. Written in 2011, The Palmian Chord Ryddle (inspired by a dream in which Riley was discussing an ancient mode called the ‘Palmian’) showcases the talents of Tracy Silverman and the palette of the 6-stringed electric violin.
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