FEATURED PRESENTATION Steve Reich: Phase to Face

 

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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.

 

ABOUT STEVE REICH

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.

 

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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."

 

 

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