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. With additional pieces, live performance recordings, interviews and hosted segments, Maximum Reich 2.0 promises a nexus of activity, nostalgic and forward-looking, all celebrating this major composer's major career.
This weeklong immersion into the work of one of the most landscape-changing composers of the last 50 years will include a comprehensive presentation of his recorded works; explorations of the influences both on and of Reich, an Eight Days of Steve blog including tributes from musicians and composers he has inspired, such as Nico Muhly, Sonic Youth, and David Lang; an in-studio video; interviews and concerts from the extensive archives of sister station WNYC; and Reich's own introductions to many of his seminal works.
Updated playlist information
Hammered! with Steve Reich: Weekdays at 11am and 11pm
Host and pianist Conor Hanick curates a week of keyboard repertoire composed or inspired by the iconic downtown composer, from Six Pianos to Piano Phase to Four Organs to a piano arrangement of Music for Pieces of Wood.
Steve Reich Speaks: Every day at 2am and 2pm
Q2 Music digs into the extensive archives of WNYC's 30 year-friendship with Reich to bring you interviews with hosts Tim Page, John Schaefer and Leonard Lopate at crucial moments in the life of the composer. Stream our complete Maximum Reich interview archives.
Music for 18 Musicians: Every night at 10pm
Hear distinctive versions of this iconic, breakthrough 1974-'76 piece for amplified clarinets, pianos, percussion, strings, and voices from ensembles such as Steve Reich and Musicians, Ensemble Modern, Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, and Amadinda Percussion Ensemble.
Each day, Maximum Reich 2.0 shines its spotlight on a different element in Reich's compositional life. Tune in for a curated experience that explores the many connections and cross-pollinations of his musical thought.
Monday, October 3rd, 2011: The Birth of a Style: Influences and Teachers
Tuesday, October 4th, 2011: Counterpoint: From Vermont to Cello
Wednesday, October 5th, 2011: Reich in Full Voice: Vocal, Choral and Tape
Thursday, October 6th, 2011: The Cave (An Opera)
Friday, October 7th, 2011: Live Concerts from the WNYC Archives
Saturday, October 8th, 2011: Percussion Music
Sunday, October 9th, 2011: Reich Remixed: The Next Generation
Reich seems to burn at a different temperature than ordinary humans. Whether it's hotter or cooler is still unclear, but one thing is certain: He generates white-hot passions in listeners.
Wherever you might be on the passion scale, there's no denying that he's been a defining part of the contemporary musical and artistic scene. In this weeklong festival, Reich speaks not only through his music, but in interviews and specially recorded introductions to his seminal works. Read the entire NPR article.
Maximum Reich Staff:
Executive Producer: Limor Tomer
Producer: Alex Ambrose
Host: Nadia Sirota, Conor Hanick
Web Producer: Elizabeth Zagroba
Audio Production: Amnon Friedlin, Yuki Numata, Michael Shobe, Caitlin Sullivan, Ave Carrillo, and Zach Crumine
Special thanks to the WNYC Archives, Nonesuch Records, Boosey & Hawkes, Stanford Lively Arts, Palace of Arts (Budapest), and the Amadinda Percussion Group.