Phil Kline is a composer who makes music in many genres and contexts, from experimental electronics and sound installations to songs, choral, theater, chamber and orchestral music. He hosts weekdays from 11 am to 1 pm on Q2 Music, with repeats at 7 pm.
SRx80: 24-Hour Celebration of Steve Reich's 80th Birthday
Monday, October 03, 2016
On October 3, Q2 Music celebrates Steve Reich's 80th birthday with a 24-hour marathon – specifically one 12-hour marathon repeated once – of his trailblazing music from 1965 to 1990 in chronological order, with a good sampling of later works, many of them introduced by Steve himself. The program repeats Saturday, October 8.
Old-timers talk about the way the atmosphere crackled with ideas in 1970s New York. It seemed the moment you heard about someone doing something wild and new, someone else was already imitating them or transforming their ideas into the next thing. Music, art, drama, fashion, all on fire. For a little while, Robert Wilson and Richard Foreman were creating quite different but equally revolutionary theater pieces a few blocks from each other in their respective SoHo lofts. One of Foreman's crazy philosophical plays featured a voice from heaven announcing the presence of an "idea-giving rock." None of the characters on stage could figure it out until the voice informed them that by looking at the rock they now had an idea about it. Very droll, indeed, but it reminds me of Steve Reich.
Reich didn't invent minimalism, but, along with Terry Riley and Philip Glass, he gave it a new dynamic, and more than any other composer, he demonstrated the means by which he and others could move on to the next thing. He got ideas and gave them to others. Beginning with It's Gonna Rain in 1965, his music had a bracing combination of drive and conceptual transparency, often underscored by sociopolitical reference. He began with tape loops that created phasing, then imitated the phasing process with acoustic instruments, then added other instruments, voices, then harmony, until, over the next decade, he had developed his stuff into something that was decided post-minimal. It's hard to imagine American music in the late 20th Century without him.
On October 3, Q2 Music celebrates Steve Reich's 80th birthday with a 24-hour marathon – specifically one 12-hour marathon repeated once – of his trailblazing music from 1965 to 1990 in chronological order, with a good sampling of later works, many of them introduced by Steve himself. Follow Q2 Music on Twitter and like us on Facebook for live updates. Phil Kline hosts weekdays from 11am to 1 pm on Q2 Music.