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An Evening of Music with Steve Reich & Musicians at the UC Berkeley Museum, (Nov. 7, 1970)

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 60 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

A live performance of four early works by Steve Reich: "Four Organs", "My Name Is", "Piano Phase", and "Phase Patterns." This performance marked an important moment in San Francisco Bay Area new music history with the triumphant return to the East Bay by Reich, who studied at Mills College with Luciano Berio, and who performed the 1964 world premiere of Terry Riley's seminal work, “In C", at the San Francisco Tape Music Center. The resonant acoustics of the University of California at Berkeley Museum’s concrete interior were especially appropriate for “Four Organs”, with its long additive sustained chords over a maraca pulse. The capacity crowd occupied every conceivable area of the interior space, including walkway ramps suspended over gallery spaces. It was an electrifying evening!

Musical Selections:  Four Organs (1970) -- My Name Is (1967) -- Piano Phase (1967) -- Phase Patterns (1970)
Performers:  Steve Reich, electric organ (Organs ; Patterns)
Art Murphy, electric organ (Organs ; Patterns)
Steve Chambers, electric organ (Organs ; Patterns)
Warner Jepson, electric organ (Organs)
Jon Gibson, maracas ; electric organ (Organs ; Patterns)
Steve Reich, piano (Piano)
Art Murphy, piano (Piano)
Genres:  Minimalism; New Music
Subject:  Minimal music; New music; Electronic organ ensembles; Quintets (Organs (4), maracas); Aleatory music; Electronic music; Piano music (Pianos (2)); Quartets (Organs (4)
People:  Friedman, Richard; Reich, Steve, 1936-; Murphy, Art; Chambers, Steve ; Jepson, Warner; Gibson, Jon
Recording Date:  11/7/1970
First Broadcast Date:  3/14/1971
 
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