Maximum Reich

Celebrating the Life and Music of Iconic Composer Steve Reich

This festival originally aired December 10-16, 2009. We present a full encore presentation beginning Monday, October 3, 2011 in celebration of the composer's 75th birthday. 

Q2 Music's weeklong immersion into the work of one of the most landscape-changing composers of the last 50 years includes an extensive focus on his recorded works, tributes from musicians and fellow composers, a recent videointerviews and concerts from the NYPR archives, and Reich's own introductions to many of his seminal works.

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Maximum Reich 2.0

Thursday, September 29, 2011

To celebrate the 75th birthday of Steve Reich (born October 3, 1936) and the second birthday of Q2 Music (born October 8, 2009), we're presenting a renewed and rejuvenated version of our first full festival, Maximum Reich: A Celebration of Steve Reich.

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‘Tis a Season of Birthdays

Sunday, October 09, 2011

To close off our week-long Maximum Reich 2.0 festival, on Sunday at 2 p.m., Cued Up is raising the champagne glass to some of the composer's most compelling and blissful chamber music.

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Happy Birthday 2 Us!

Monday, October 03, 2011

I am pretty astonished that Q2 Music is turning two this coming Sunday! It seems like so recently that we folks sat down in a room and brainstormed about the ideal internet locale for all things new and awesome. On the other hand, looking at all of the great Q2 Music content, the hundred-some live concerts, the great shows we've developed and the fabulous guests we've had, I'm shocked we've been able to cram all that into a mere two years! So I guess our being age two feels just about right.

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It's My Party And I'll Phase If I Want To

Monday, October 03, 2011

The eternally youthful, endlessly listenable Steve Reich turns three-quarters of a century young on Monday and Hammered! is joining the group hug. Tune in 11 am and 11 pm all week for a celebration of Reich's keyboard and ensemble music.

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Steve Reich: An Era-Defining Maximalist

Saturday, October 01, 2011

With very few sudden, radical changes — just a handful of constant elements smoothly, gradually building and developing — the way that Steve Reich's musical language has come together, over his decades-long career, actually resembles the structure of his own music.

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Maximum Reich 2.0

Thursday, September 29, 2011

To celebrate the 75th birthday of Steve Reich (born October 3, 1936) and the second birthday of Q2 Music (born October 8, 2009), we're presenting a renewed and rejuvenated version of our first full festival, Maximum Reich: A Celebration of Steve Reich.

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Bang the Drum Quickly

Sunday, May 15, 2011

After stunning us in March with Triple Quartet and Music for 18 Musicians at Alice Tully Hall, Juilliard's 20th-century music ensemble Axiom returns to Cued Up this Sunday at 2 for Steve Reich's seminal work Drumming.

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Set Your Phasers to Stun

Sunday, March 27, 2011

If there were ever a composer in no need of introduction, it’s the eternally youthful and forever hip Steve Reich. Tune into Cued Up at 2 pm for live performances of his Triple Quartet and seminal Music For 18 Musicians by the Axiom Ensemble.

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Eight Days of Steve: eighth blackbird

Friday, December 18, 2009

Steve Reich has graciously allowed me to share a few emails from his correspondence with eighth blackbird during the composition and preparation of his Pulitzer Prize-winning 2008 work Double Sextet. I hope these shed a little light on his creative process. You can also read an interview I did with Steve here.

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Maximum Reich: Mallet Quartet

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

This Wednesday night, December 16th, at 9pm hear a special presentation of the world premiere performance of Steve Reich’s 2009Mallet Quartet. Also included will be his 2006 piece Daniel Variations.

Mallet Quartet is co-commissioned by Stanford Lively Arts and will receive its U.S. premiere at Stanford University.

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Eight Days of Steve: David Harrington

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

1985 (I guess it must’ve been) was the first time I sat down with Steve Reich to ask him to write for Kronos. 

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From the Archives: 30 Years of Conversations at WNYC

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Follow interviews spanning a 30-year career with composer Steve Reich as he appears on landmark New York Public Radio shows with hosts John Schaefer, Tim Page and Leonard Lopate. 

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Eight Days of Steve: So Percussion

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The members of So Percussion spend a lot of time and energy performing Steve Reich’s music. His contributions to percussion music loom over the still-emerging genre. They are so fun to listen to, play, and discuss. When we sat down to write some thoughts on this legacy, it really came pouring out!

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Eight Days of Steve: Maya Beiser

Monday, December 14, 2009

Steve Reich once told me: “The musicians who can play my music with the right rhythmical feel are being born now…” Practicing the classical music repertoire is not enough to prepare you for playing his music.

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Eight Days of Steve: Brad Lubman

Monday, December 14, 2009

I first met Steve Reich in January 1995. Bang on a Can had started a chamber orchestra for which I was the conductor. Our first concert that January featured Reich's Eight Lines.  After that concert, Michael Gordon introduced me to Reich.

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Maximum Reich: Video

Friday, December 11, 2009

Recently, Steve Reich came by the WQXR studios to talk about the recent phenomenon of classical trained musicians leading dual lives as rock stars and the birth of a new type of organic crossover music.

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Eight Days of Steve: Nico Muhly

Friday, December 11, 2009

Writing about Steve Reich’s music feels like writing about a family member or a childhood friend: There are too many stories and too many strange intimacies to really create a coherent narrative. I first discovered Reich as a teenager; I’m pretty sure Music for 18 Musicians was the first album I bought, and then I got deep into it very quickly.

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Eight Days of Steve: Evan Ziporyn

Thursday, December 10, 2009

I'm not a first -- or even second -- generation Reichian: I was still in grade school in the late '60s when the Bob, Russ, etc. were taking the bus down from Wesleyan to rehearse what became Drumming in Steve's loft. He entered my consciousness my freshman year of high school, when Betty Jacobsen -- a hip, elderly "Materials of Music" teacher -- tore our heads open with It's Gonna Rain.

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Eight Days of Steve: Lee Ranaldo

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Steve Reich’s music first came to my attention during my university years in the mid '70s. I was beginning to find my own way into a life in music and art, and the power and innovation in his early works—the amplified Pendulum Music (perhaps the first formal use of amplified feedback in a composition), tape pieces such as Come Out and It’s Gonna Rain, the encyclopedic Drumming, and the mind-blowing Four Organs provided huge inspiration.

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Eight Days of Steve: David Lang

Thursday, December 10, 2009

One of my high-school jobs was as a stock boy in a classical music record store. A perk of this job was that I got great discounts on records and I would buy anything that caught my attention. One day around 1973 I noticed a Columbia Records release with a violin in a rainstorm on the cover. It was a recording of two recent pieces - Violin Phase and It's Gonna Rain. I bought it.

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Maximum Reich: Dance Patterns

Thursday, December 10, 2009

You can't get it on iTunes. You can't get it in a record store. But you can get it on Thursday as part of an exclusive download made available by Nonesuch Records . It's the six-minute-plus Dance Patterns composed in 2002 for xylophones, vibraphones, and pianos, and originally released online as a bonus track to the Daniel Variations CD. Have a peek now, but come back on Thursday and take it with you.

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