Steve Reich Concert Series
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.
SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER 2017
8:30 p.m. : Grand Concert
Clapping Music (with Steve Reich)
2 vibraphones and 2 pianos
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
SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER 2017
3 p.m.: Concert commented by Steve Reich
Music for Pieces of Wood (1973)
Mallet Quartet (2009)
2 marimbas (à cinq octaves), 2 vibraphones
5:30 p.m: Concert commented by Steve Reich
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)
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
STEVE REICH, PHASE TO FACE
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.