"[Reich is one of] a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history" - The Guardian
Electronic artists Chloé and Vassilena Serafimova honour Steve Reich's birthday by performing their own interpretation of Music For 18 Musicians, as well as some of their own compositions inspired by his work.
A pioneer of minimal music in the 60s alongside La Monte Young, Terry Riley and Philip Glass, Reich was not just a boundary pusher in terms of his style but was also an innovator in his recording techniques, such as his use of tape loops on early compositions 'It's Gonna Rain' and 'Come Out'. Influenced much by Balinese gamelan music as he is by African percussion, Reich's compositions remain some of the 20th century's most revolutionary and influential (see 'Music For 18 Musicians' and 'Electric Counterpoint' as proof).
In performance Chloé and Vassilena Serafimova fuse the marimba’s percussive and melodic possibilities with the limitless sound world of electronic music. It is, in their words, a “hypnotic fable … inspired by pioneers of minimalist music of the 70s".
One man band and electronic producer Chiminyo will open the show on the night.