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Tag: Terry Riley

Saturday, February 13th

another take

Africa Express, “Terry Riley’s In C Mali,” live, London (Tate Modern), 2014



reading table

I wouldn’t try to capture it
on the page, or in a blog, the inauspicious
leavings of a day. Closer to dream
than the hum of streets, and people
who once walked along them.

—John Ashbery (1927-), “Gravy for the Prisoners,” excerpt (Breezeway, 2015)

Thursday, February 11th


Terry Riley (1935-), In C (1964); Terry Riley & Friends, live, Amsterdam, 2015



random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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Tuesday, February 3rd

sounds of Mali (day one)

Africa Express, “Terry Riley’s in C Mali,” 2013-15


I am overwhelmed and delighted by this CD. I was not quite prepared for such an incredible journey, hearing the soul of Africa in joyous flight over those 53 patterns of ‘In C’. This ensemble feeds the piece with ancient threads of musical wisdom and humanity indicating to me that this work is a vessel ready to receive and be shaped by the spontaneous feelings and colours of the magician/musician. I could not ask for a greater gift for this daughter’s 50th birthday.

Terry Riley (1935-)

Tuesday, August 19th


Terry Riley (piano), live (sound: 0:16-), Moscow, 2000

Wednesday, 4/6/11

I’m surprised that I got this old and know so little.

—Terry Riley

Terry Riley, talking and playing, California, 2010

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In C (excerpt), Terry Riley, 1964

Take 1

Terry Riley, Center of Creative and Performing Arts (SUNY-Buffalo), 1968

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Take 2

Ars Nova, Percurama Percussion Ensemble, Paul Hillier (cond.), 2007

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art beat: yesterday at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts

Hiroshige, The City Flourishing, Tanabata Festival (1857)

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