HEARding Cats Collective is thrilled to kick off our 2012-13 season with a rare St. Louis appearance of The Rileys – featuring legendary American contemporary composer/pianist/vocalist Terry Riley in a duo concert with his son, guitarist Gyan Riley! The Rileys’ concert is co-presented inTerry Riley – image by smcwebdesign
conjunction with the Sheldon. Tickets go on sale August 11, range from $15 – $30 and can be purchased online via Metrotix or at 314-534-11. We’re letting you know now, folks – so you can get your tickets – and don’t have to tell you later, “You should have been there.”
Terry Riley’s impact on music over the last 50 years has influenced artists ranging from classical composer Philip Glass to the rock group The Who. The London Sunday Times listed Riley as “one of the 1000 makers of the 20th Century.” His breakthrough work, IN C, premiered in 1964 and helped launch Minimalism in contemporary music by exploring new musical forms based on interlocking repetitive patterns. Riley also developed an interest in north Indian music especially – which influenced his explorations in tonality and improvisation. Over the years, his commissions and collaborations have been numerous, including world premiers at Carnegie Hall. Riley has had longstanding relationships with La Monte Young, North IndianGyan Riley – photo by Nicole Edmison
Guitarist Gyan Riley was the first full-scholarship graduate guitar student at the San Francisco Conservatory. He then spent 15 years touring as a classical guitar soloist and in various ensembles, including performances with Zakir Hussain, Michael Manring, and the San Francisco Symphony. Riley has completed various compositional projects, including those commissioned by the Carnegie Hall Corporation, the American Composers Forum, and the New York Guitar Festival. As a teacher, Riley has served on the faculties of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, California State University Sacramento, California State University East Bay, and Humboldt State University. Recent performance highlights include Carnegie Hall, London’s Barbican Theatre, the All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival, the Big Ears Festival, Moogfest, and soloing with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra at The Kimmel Center. Over the years, Riley has performed throughout Europe, Canada, Latin America and the US, both as a soloist and in various ensembles. Riley’s diverse work now focuses on his own compositions, improvisation, and contemporary classical repertoire.