Terry Riley piano, synthesizer and voice
Gyan Riley classical and electric guitars
On September 27, acclaimed American minimalist Terry Riley and his son, the guitarist Gyan Riley, perform their first and only concert in Berlin this year. Taking place in the resonant space of Zionskirche, the program samples from both the synthesis of minimalism, jazz, ragtime and North Indian raga that have come to define Terry Riley’s diverse and prolific career, and Gyan Riley’s innovative compositional repertoire.
Terry Riley’s legacy traces back to 1964, when he diverted the course of modern music history with his minimalist masterwork, In C. Cited as influential to everyone from Steve Reich and Philip Glass to The Who, Riley’s polymetric, brightly orchestrated improvisations and compositions set the stage for a new tonality. His works have been performed by numerous artists and ensembles and have received many honors, including a Grammy nomination.
Gyan Riley has been hailed as a virtuosic guitarist working across the spheres of composition, improvisation and contemporary classical music. He has been commissioned by the Kronos Quartet, the Carnegie Hall Corporation and the American Composers Forum, and has performed with the extraordinary tabla player Zakir Hussain, Lou Reed, the San Francisco Symphony and, of course, his father, Terry Riley.
“Nothing I have done in this life has given me more satisfaction than improvising on these songs with Gyan. Nothing I have done can match the intuitive synchronicity we have shared many times on the stage. Gyan supplies a brilliant counterpoint to the strands and moods of these pieces always surprising me with a virtuosity that serves and energizes his musical invention. I could not have dreamed up a better marriage of mind and spirit than this collaboration.” – Terry Riley