Wild Reich

Join us with your questions about Steve Reich for award-winning composer and colleague David Lang

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Monday, April 25, 2011

At one point in his life, Steve Reich ran a moving company with fellow composer Philip Glass. And though now chances are slim that he’ll move your ottoman, Reich still has the power to move your eardrums with his award-winning music. I could spend our entire hour together this week geeking out over Reich, from the haunting Different Trains to the pulsating (and Pulitzer-winning) Double Sextet.

Instead we’re going to let the experts do that. Fellow Pulitzer laureate and Bang on a Can co-founder David Lang joins us Monday at 4 p.m. along with Jeffrey Zeigler of the Kronos Quartet and Lisa Kaplan of eighth blackbird. We'll talk about how Reich and his ability to (in Lang's words) "unleash the hidden and locked-up power of the sounds between the sounds” have influenced himself and other composers and performers today. Join us in window below, tweet your comments and/or questions beforehand with the hashtag #q2new, or leave them as comments at the bottom of the page.

Featured on this week's Steve Reich-themed listening party is the Bang on a Can All-Stars recording of 2x5 off their recent Nonesuch album. They'll also be playing it live (with guests Bryce Dessner of The National and Glenn Kotche of Wilco) at Carnegie Hall on April 30 as part of a major celebration of Reich as he hits the big 7-5. Also heard both at the Hall and here will be eighth blackbird with their caffeinated recording of Double Sextet and So Percussion with a selection from Reich’s seminal Drumming.

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Olivia Giovetti

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