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"Brad Lubman and Ensemble Signal have given many of the best performances of my music I have ever heard; having performed and worked with Signal since their very start, I know they are absolutely qualified to make this project a world-class first-rate success." —Steve Reich

Ensemble Signal has announced a long-term, multi-year commitment to make its projects of Steve Reich’s music accessible to the broadest possible worldwide audience, solidifying its relationship with the composer as a core part of the ensemble’s identity. This Reich initiative will be carried out through five core approaches: performance, audio recordings, education, on-demand video, and live streaming.

Reich has been an essential pillar of Ensemble Signal since the ensemble’s first days, working closely with the ensemble to prepare numerous performances and recordings of his work. Over the years, Reich has become a mentor and colleague for Signal, even giving the ensemble its name. Signal Music Director Brad Lubman additionally brings with him more than 20 years of experience at the forefront of Reich’s music, having recorded, performed, and given the world premieres of numerous works by Reich internationally.

Signal’s experience with producing Reich’s music is extensive: Signal has 20 works by Reich in its core repertoire, and has mounted events of Reich’s work at venues ranging from Lincoln Center Festival and Carnegie Hall to BIG EARS Festival. The ensemble’s performances of Reich have reached worldwide audiences through live streaming on medici.tv, and its two discs of Reich’s music were released on harmonia mundi to widespread critical acclaim. Of note, Signal has distinguished itself by giving special attention to the traditions of performance and production practices established by both Steve Reich and his own ensemble since the 1970s.

"Like all great music, you can return to Reich’s greatest pieces time and time again, always making new discoveries and having new perceptions. The musicians of Ensemble Signal and I are very fortunate and thankful to have had—and to continue to have—many wonderful musical experiences with Steve Reich and his music. Most importantly, we are always thrilled to be able to share these experiences with our audiences."
—Brad Lubman, Co-Artistic Director, Ensemble Signal

Photo: Jeffrey Herman

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