Listen: All-Star 80th Birthday Celebration for Terry Riley

Live from Kaufman Music Center's 2015 Ecstatic Music Festival®

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Terry Riley (Lenny Gonzalez)

March 18 at 7:30 pm, Q2 Music and New Sounds Live presented a live audio stream of Terry Riley's 80th Birthday Concert, live from the Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Concert Hall. Listen to the entire show below.

The evening featured performances from composer and performers inspired by Riley’s work and legacy, including guitarists Gyan Riley and Simon Taylor-Davies (Klaxons), vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Emily Wells, pianist/vocalist Marco Benevento, electronic musician Lorna Dune, violinist Nancy Whang (LCD Soundsystem) and teen new-music ensemble Face the Music.

The show culminated in a massive performance of Riley's revolutionary In C from 1964.


Terry Riley - Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector

Emily Wells - Untitled for Terry Riley

Marco Benevento - Out Here in the Fields

Terry Riley - Turning

Paris Lavidis – And What Do You Think of My Buddha?

Lorna Dune - Riley’s Rainbow

Travis LaPlante - Thank You is Not Enough

Terry Riley - In C

Hosted by:

John Schaefer

Comments [3]

John Rice from Sedbergh, Cumbria United Kingdom

Wonderful to hear this glorious Terry Riley music...among the foremost backdrop sounds of my adult life. In the UK we don't have as much access to new (and classic!) American serious music as is deserved. Very grateful for the opportunity to listen to this superb selection.

John Rice

Apr. 11 2015 12:20 PM

Hi Ninah,

We are working on remixing the audio and will be posting it in the next few days. Thanks for your patience! Subscribe to our newsletter below for weekly announcements on which concerts we've posted for on-demand listening.

Q2 Music Team

Mar. 27 2015 04:18 PM
Ninah Pixie from SF bay area, CA-USA

I live in California (3 hours earlier here than NYC) and tuned in yesterday at the correct time which should have been 7:30pm for your area, but the Terry Riley 'cast was not broadcast. Just checking to see if maybe I missed something or got it somehow incorrectly regarding the time... if it did indeed happen, please let me know when it might be archived here.

Thank you!

Mar. 19 2015 06:11 PM

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