Tuesday 26 March 2024

Lean in closer

Steve Reich (1936-)
I find the older I get the more I crave music and sound that jumps around; where the time signature is not always known. And even if it is it's probably got more counterpoints than you can shake a shitty stick at. Atonal? Yep, I'm all over it. I can binge on Philip Glass and I can gorge on Steve Reich. I absolutely love John Adams (A Short Ride in a Fast Machine, anyone?) Listening to them makes me pay attention. Makes me lean in closer. We should all lean in closer.

LSO Percussion Ensemble - Quartet (Steve Reich)

"Great music can transport you to another world and make you feel things you've never felt before." Amen to that, Steve.


  1. I'm a big fan of Messer Glass and Reich, though know a lot less about John Adams. Having just listened to Short Ride in a Fast Machine I clearly need to do some research. I was lucky enough to see Philip Glass in concert with Laurie Anderson a few years back. Although the majority of the performance was as a duo, he played a solo piano set which was utterly breathtaking.

    1. I've talked about it before, but when musicians wade out and take their feet off the bottom, that's when the fun starts.
      We recently saw the Hallé play a full & varied repotoire at the RCH and they did SRIAFM; first time I'd ever heard it played live by an 84 piece orchestra. Roof = Lifted!