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NS+ Talks: Terry Riley & François Girard

Oct 4, 2015 • 5pm

The legendary composer and the distinguished director of opera, film, and theater – long-time fans of each other’s work – launch National Sawdust+ Talks on Sunday, October 4 at 5pm during the venue’s inaugural week of programming. Riley sits down for an intimate, hour-long conversation with Girard (The Red Violin, Silk, the Metropolitan Opera’s recent Parsifal) as part of National Sawdust’s Terry Riley 80th birthday celebration from October 3-5.

Terry Riley Festival: Vol 2

Oct 4, 2015 • 7pm

For the National Sawdust opening weekend, in celebration of National Sawdust advisory board member Terry Riley’s 80th birthday, Matmos, John Zorn, and Roomful of Teeth, along with Riley’s son, the virtuoso guitarist Gyan Riley, will perform a range of the iconic composer’s music.

Terry Riley’s Abbeyozzud and Beyond with Gyan Riley, Zach Brock (violin), David Cossin (percussion), Travis Laplante (saxophone), Matmos (electronics), Benjamin Verdery and Guitarists from The Yale School of Music, and Evan Ziporyn (saxophone).

Terry Riley Festival: Vol 3

Oct 4, 2015 • 9pm

For the National Sawdust opening weekend, in celebration of National Sawdust advisory board member Terry Riley’s 80th birthday, Matmos, John Zorn, and Roomful of Teeth, along with Riley’s son, the virtuoso guitarist Gyan Riley, will perform a range of the iconic composer’s music.

Terry Riley’s Abbeyozzud and Beyond with Gyan Riley, Zach Brock (violin), David Cossin (percussion), Travis Laplante (saxophone), Matmos (electronics), and Evan Ziporyn (saxophone) will perform Thanks Isn’t Enough, Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band, Tread on the Trail, and Hashish Master.

Terry Riley Festival: Vol 4

Oct 5, 2015 • 7pm

For the National Sawdust opening weekend, in celebration of National Sawdust advisory board member Terry Riley’s 80th birthday, Matmos, John Zorn, and Roomful of Teeth, along with Riley’s son, the virtuoso guitarist Gyan Riley, will perform a range of the iconic composer’s music.

Remember This, Oh Mind (World Premiere) and a new world premiere for Roomful of Teeth: Roomful of Teeth and a cello octet led by National Sawdust curator Jeffrey Zeigler will perform a new work by Riley, along with the composer’s seminal ArchAngels.

Black Thought

ABOUT:

One of the most incisive, skilled, and prolific rappers of his time, Black Thought is the co-founder and lead MC/singer of The Legendary Roots Crew and a Grammy-winning writer, actor, and artist.

PROJECT:

Across four concerts, Black Thought will showcase a new generation of emerging talents across rap, R&B, and alternative rhythm. Every night will feature an up-and-coming artist he admires and supports in stripped down, emotional, and moving performances.

IN THE ARTIST’S WORDS:

“The arts has always been sort of my saving grace.” (New York Times)