How has the younger generation been inspired by Reich? After this weekend, I feel that it’s much more of a philosophical legacy than a sonic one.
The Barbican’s “Reverberations: The Influence of Steve Reich” festival in London was a 14-hour marathon of epic proportions that would give even the most obsessive Bang on a Can fan a run for their money.
Composer and NewMusicBox correspondent Missy Mazzoli has flown her Brooklyn coop to catch this past weekend’s marathon celebration of Steve Reich at the Barbican Centre.
Participating in this Institute was the single most important thing I have ever done as a composer, not only for the performance but also for the long love affair with the orchestra this week has inspired.
My experience today taught me that the orchestra belongs to me and all composers—past, present, and future.
I may be a workaholic, but even for me, yesterday was a stretch.
It’s the end of our second day in Minnesota, and in my exhausted state all I can think is, “These other composers are really nice.”
Nine composers traveled to Minneapolis where this week they will participate in the Minnesota Orchestra’s Composer Institute; composer/pianist Missy Mazzoli has graciously offered to take us along with her.