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Steve Reich's Different Trains in Liverpool with new film

(July 2016)

Steve Reich's Different Trains is performed with a new film by Bill Morrison at Liverpool's Edge Hill Station on 29 September, part of the composer's 80th birthday celebrations.

Steve Reich's classic work for string quartet and tape, Different Trains, receives a unique performance on 29 September in Liverpool paired with a newly commissioned film by American filmmaker and artist Bill Morrison. The new commission, presented by Metal, will feature archival film stock of train travel during WWII gathered from archives in continental Europe and the US.

Steve Reich will join members of the London Contemporary Orchestra and Sound Intermedia in this site-specific presentation in an open-air concert at Edge Hill Station in Liverpool on September 29, 2016, during the Liverpool Biennial. Edge Hill Station, one of the oldest active passenger railway stations in the world, was the departure point for the first-ever intercity passenger train travel in September 1830, taking passengers from Liverpool to Manchester.

This project is presented by Metal in partnership with Southbank Centre, Culture Liverpool, and Liverpool Biennial. The performance will be livestreamed worldwide by Boiler Room and Morrison's film will also be shown for free as a continuous installation at Edge Hill Station from September 15, the anniversary of the first ever passenger railway journey, to October 16. The Liverpool event will also include a performance of Reich's Electric Counterpoint for electric guitar and tape, performed by Mats Bergström.

The performance on 29 September will take place just days before Steve Reich's 80th birthday on 3 October, and will take place in the presence of the composer. Different Trains, for string quartet and tape, was commissioned for and recorded by the Kronos Quartet for Nonesuch. The Grammy-winning work evokes the composer's American childhood during World War II while also addressing the Holocaust. The New York Times declared it "a work of such originality that 'breakthrough' seems the only possible description".

Bill Morrison's work includes the films Decasia (2002) in collaboration with composer Michael Gordon, Spark of Being (2010) with Dave Douglas, The Miners' Hymns (2011) with Johann Johannson and The Great Flood (2013) with Bill Frisell. He has also worked with composers and performers including John Adams, Maya Beiser, Gavin Bryars, Richard Einhorn, Erik Friedlander, Philip Glass, Michael Harrison, Ted Hearne, Vijay Iyer, Kronos Quartet, David Lang, David T. Little, Michael Montes, Todd Reynolds, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Julia Wolfe, among many others.

> For further information and tickets visit www.metalculture.com/Different-Trains 

> Further information about Steve Reich at 80 events 


> Further information on Work: Different Trains

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