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Steve Reich

Photo credit: Jeffrey Herman
b. 1936


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Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich was recently called "…the most original musical thinker of our time" (New Yorker) and "…among the great composers of the century" (New York Times) *  His instantly recognizable musical language combines rigorous structures with propulsive rhythms and seductive instrumental colour * Many choreographers have used his scores, including Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Jiri Kylian and Jerome Robbins * Exclusive recording contract with Nonesuch, on which label Different Trains earned him one Grammy™ for Best Contemporary Composition and Music for 18 Musicians a second * His "documentary video opera" works The Cave and Three Tales (in collaboration with video artist Beryl Korot) have expanded the boundaries of the operatic medium.

Works by Steve Reich include:
Double Sextet (2007) for ensemble
Music for Eighteen Musicians (1974–76) for voices and ensemble
City Life (1995) for ensemble
Triple Quartet (1998) for string quartet with pre-recorded tape, or string ensemble, or string orchestra

Looking Ahead: In February, Wuppertal Theater presents Steve Reich and Beryl Korot’s video opera Three Tales. Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker’s RAIN, choreographed to Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, is touring through March in Spain, Germany, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. In April, the Southbank Centre presents Different Trains with London Contemporary Orchestra Soloists and Electric Counterpoint with Bryce Dessner. This November, the LA Phil and conductor Susanna Maalki will give the world premiere of Reich's new work "Music for Ensemble and Orchestra."

A new recording of Reich's Drumming will launch percussionist Colin Currie's record label (Colin Currie Records) in March 2018.
"There's just a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history and Steve Reich is one of them." —The Guardian

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