Steve Reich Concert Series

From 02.12.2017 to 03.12.2017

Drawing inspiration from Steve Reich’s Drumming, featured in the “Being Modern, the MoMA in Paris” exhibition and which originally premiered at that New York museum in 1971, the auditorium will host the celebrated composer for a weekend of performances.

Considered a pioneer of minimalist music, Steve Reich will join musicians to speak about and present a series of concerts devoted to his major works. Daytime and evening lecture-cum-performances will showcase this movement in music, which began in the United States.


The programme


    • 8:30 p.m. : Grand Concert 

      Clapping Music (with Steve Reich)

      Quartet (2013)

      2 vibraphones and 2 pianos


      Drumming (1970-71)

          1. Part One  

      Bongos tuned but stand-mounted and played with drumsticks

          2. Part Two

      Three marimbas and a marimbaphone with two female voices

          3. Part Three 

      Three glockenspiels with a piccolo and whistling

          4. Part Four  

      All instruments tuned to the Western diatonic scale

      Closing speech made by Steve Reich


    • 3 p.m.: Concert commented by Steve Reich

      Music for Pieces of Wood (1973)

      5 claves

      Mallet Quartet (2009)

      2 marimbas (à cinq octaves), 2 vibraphones

      Proverb (1995)      

    • 5:30 p.m: Concert commented by Steve Reich

      Pulse (2015)

      2 flutes, 2 clarinets, piano, electric bass guitar, 4 violins, 2 altos


      Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ (1973)

      2 glockenspiels, 4 marimbas, 1 metallophone, 3 female voices (two sopranos, one alto), and a digital organ



      Steve Reich, honoured composer (present on 2 and 3 December)

      Colin Currie Group (29 musicians)

      Synergy Vocals (6 singers)

    • 7:00 p.m.

      Fondation Louis Vuitton auditorium

      Screening of a documentary on Steve Reich.

      Entry: free on presentation of your ticket for the Steve Reich tribute concert on 2 and 3 December 2017



      Documentary by Eric Darmon and Franck Mallet

      France - 2009 - Mémoire Magnétique productions, Arte France


      With his baseball cap glued to his head, resembling an eternal student, Steve Reich is relaxed… and in a hurry.

      His composition style evolved as part of the repetitive music of the 1960s, and his work still appeals today with its unique sense of rhythm and its heady melodies, blending elements of Bartók, Stravinsky and Debussy, as well as jazz, traditional music and Hebrew cantillation.

      We accompany one of the foremost composers of our time on a boundary-breaking journey: from Tokyo to Rome, with the German Ensemble Modern and the Italian Ars Ludi, Coro Ha-Kol and Quartetto Prometeo, the Automne en Normandie Festival in France, the American Theatre of Voices and the legendary Steve Reich Ensemble, the Manchester Velodrome in the UK, where Reich premiered his new work “2x5”, and the New York group Bang on a Can.

The artists

Steve Reich

Colin Currie

Colin Currie Group

Synergy Vocals