Nov 6th, Terry Riley: Pipe Dreams
Berkeley BAM/PFA Gallery B
November 6, 2009; 9:00 p.m.
Sage, iconoclast, cosmic seer, and musical alchemist Terry Riley returns to the Berkeley Art Museum after some thirty-five years to start our Friday night series on a high note. The UC Berkeley alumnus, best known for kicking off the minimalist music revolution with his composition In C, has studied Indian classical music with Pandit Pran Nath, explored jazz with Chet Baker, and reinvigorated the string quartet ensemble via his collaborations with the Kronos Quartet. Along the way, his enormously influential music has inspired three generations of composers across the world, and provided the creative spark for rock bands such as Can and the Velvet Underground. Tonight, Riley will treat us to a rare solo performance at the piano, his uniquely expansive sound reverberating for hours through the vast architectural space of the museum.
Please come early for best seating. A limited number of chairs will be available; please bring a pillow and make yourself comfortable on the gallery floor.