FEATURED PRESENTATION Steve Reich: Phase to Face




Composer Steve Reich (photo by Wonge Bergmann)


Steve Reich:  Phase to Face

A drummer-turned-composer, Steve Reich has produced some of the most vibrant, original and interesting music of our time, with influences as varied as Bach, Stravinsky, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Balinese and Ghanaian percussion.

In Phase to Face, a film by directors Eric Darmon and Franck Mallet, we see Reich at work and clips from his performances and concerts in Le Havre, Tokyo, Rome, New York and Manchester.



His technique of "phasing" (short, repeating patterns moving in and out of phase with each other), used first in It's Gonna Rain of 1965, formed the springboard for his complex and colourful style, with its intoxicating melodic lines and rhythmic patterns. In Phase to Face, we follow Steve Reich as he travels from the Autumn in Normandy festival to Rome (with the Italian musicians of Ars Ludi, the Ready-Made Ensemble, Coro Ha-Kol and Quartetto Prometeo), to Tokyo, to New York, and to Manchester - for the world premiere of 2X5.




The Pulitzer Prize

Among the honors and awards earned by Reich is the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-- "for distinguished musical composition by an American that... had its first performance or recording in the United States during [that] year."   Awarded to Reich's Double Sextet, which premiered that year in Richmond, Virginia, the Prize citation referenced "a major work that displays an ability to channel an initial burst of energy into a large-scale musical event, built with masterful control and consistently intriguing to the ear."







•  Terry Riley: Piano Solo

A rare opportunity to record one of Terry Riley's solo performances came when he appeared at the Bayerischer Hof night club during the 1999 Munich Klaviersommer. He played his highly sophisticated and unique blend of eastern and western styles and also introduced his son, Gyan Riley, a highly-talented acoustic guitarist.



• BEWTH:  Sharp

Sharp was filmed on location in a modern building with vast expanses of glass and elegant geometric lines. The floor of the central atrium is a bold work of art in black and white marble. The dancers and actors of BEWTH take over the space and use their presence to make us see the building in a new way. The cameras capture surprising perspectives and specially-composed music also plays an important part in this striking piece of video dance.



•  Andrew Schultz: Black River

This visually striking and emotionally compelling film adaptation of one of Australia's boldest contemporary operatic works confronts the issue of the alarming incidence of Aboriginal deaths in custody. It is a powerful exploration of the relationship between white and black Australia and features the Aboriginal mezzo-soprano Maroochy Barambah. There is evocative footage of the Outback and sequences featuring dancers from the Bangarra Dance Theatre, renowned for its fusion of contemporary and traditional Aboriginal movement vocabularies.