Monday, September 17, 2012 at 7:30 PM
Terry Riley's 50 year career has influenced artists ranging from classical composer Philip Glass to the rock group The Who. The London Sunday Times listed Riley as "one of the 1,000 makers of the 20th Century." His breakthrough work, IN C, premiered in 1964 and helped launch Minimalism in contemporary music by exploring new musical forms based on interlocking, repetitive patterns. Riley also developed an interest in north Indian music – which influenced his explorations in tonality and improvisation. Over the years, his commissions and collaborations have been numerous, including world premieres at Carnegie Hall. Riley has had longstanding relationships with La Monte Young, North Indian Raga vocalist Pandit Pran Nath and David Harrington of Kronos Quartet – for whom Riley has written numerous works, among many others.
Guitarist Gyan Riley was the first full-scholarship graduate guitar student at the San Francisco Conservatory. He then spent 15 years touring as a classical soloist and in various ensembles, including performances with Zakir Hussain, Michael Manring and the San Francisco Symphony. Riley has completed various compositional projects, including those commissioned by the Carnegie Hall Corporation, the American Composers Forum and the New York Guitar Festival. As a teacher, Riley has served on the faculties of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, California State University-Sacramento, California State University-East Bay and Humboldt State University. Recent performance highlights include Carnegie Hall, London's Barbican Theatre, the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival, the Big Ears Festival, Moogfest and soloing with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra at The Kimmel Center. Over the years, Riley has performed throughout Europe, Canada, Latin America and the U.S., both as a soloist and in various ensembles. Riley's diverse work now focuses on his own compositions, improvisation, and contemporary classical repertoire.
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