Often considered the first major musical work of Minimalism, Terry Riley's In C has proven to be a sustainable piece of music since its birth in 1964. It has become a fruitful musical platform for a long and disparate list of composer-performers that include the likes of Steve Reich, Morton Subotnick, Pauline Oliveros and even the Japanese psychedelic band Acid Mothers Temple.
In this episode of Cued Up on Q2, we explore a recent live performance of In C, with a unique addition of a rock drummer (Jonathan Kane of the seminal post-punk band Swans). We'll also hear from Pauline Oliveros, the singular composer, accordionist and philosopher who premiered In C as a performer more than 45 years ago.
The episode begins with a performance of In C recorded live at (Le) Poisson Rouge on November 16, 2010, presented and curated by Brooklyn's Nick Hallett and Zach Layton to benefit Issue Project Room's Darmstadt series. This interpretation is performed by an army of downtown musicians that include Kathleen Supové, Andrea Parkins, Jessica Pavone, Nate Wooley, David Grubbs and Kane on drum set.
The second half of the episode features a recording of a solo recital given by Oliveros in Switzerland in 1987. She performs her fluttering composition, The Roots of the Moment, on an accordion tuned in just intonation, along with some subtle electronic manipulation. The hour-long piece offers a penetrating look into the ever-hypnotic world of Oliveros.