9pm doors • 10pm show
Terry Riley, Gyan Riley & Gavin Rayna Russom
Minimalism meets punk rock synth as acclaimed American composer Terry Riley and guitarist Gyan Riley join LCD Soundsystem’s Gavin Rayna Russom in a collaboration.
His composition style has influenced every from John Cale to Damon Albarn, and his early work with tape looping revolutionized the form. She has long been lauded as both LCD Soundsystem’s secret weapon as a revolutionary builder of analog synthesizers and also an influential composer. Now these two worlds come together as Terry Riley and Gavin Rayna Russom join each other for a one-night exclusive collaboration.
The joint concert features an otherworldly electro-acoustic improvisation with composer Terry Riley, guitarist Gyan Riley and composer and “synth wizard” Gavin Rayna Russom. From commercial pop to classical Indian Kirana gharana, the real-time merging of these unique talents promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience.
Central to Russom’s aesthetic is the search for unity between humanity, machine, and art, which has translated into her designing and building custom analog synthesizers, both for her own music and for others. Known in the electronic community as “The Wizard” for her technical prowess, she has built instruments for the likes of James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), Tim Goldsworthy (UNKLE, The Loving Hand), and Bjorn Copeland (Black Dice).
He attended San Francisco State University and the University of California graduating with a masters degree in music. He studied composition with Robert Erickson and piano with Adolf Baller.
He was professor of composition from 1971 to 1981 at the prestigious Mills College in Oakland, California. Besides concertizing, he has given lectures and seminars in the USA, Europe, and Australia.
He is a recipient of 2 NEA grants, a Guggenheim fellowship, and a Fromm foundation grant for music composition. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from Chapman University and Cal Arts.
In addition to his solo piano concerts, Riley performs extensively with his son, classical guitarist Gyan Riley, and also appears in duo with saxophone virtuoso George Brooks. Over his career, he has worked with Zakir Hussein, Chet Baker, Krishna Bhatt, John Zorn, Leonard Slatkin, and the Kronos Quartet.
Riley has been a student of Indian Classical Music since 1970, when he became a disciple of the great Kirana master, Pandit Pran Nath. He accompanied Pran Nath-ji in his many concerts over a period of 26 years until his passing in 1996. He is a prolific composer having written in virtually every form including solo piano, a chamber opera, a triple concerto for 2 guitars and violin, a violin concerto, a piano concerto, works for choir and orchestra, and 23 works for string quartet, including a string quartet concerto and a piano quintet. His concerto for electric violin was premiered at Carnegie Hall in New York on May 13, 2012, and a new concerto for organ and orchestra premiered at Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles April 9-11, 2014.
Terry was named one of the 1000 makers of the 20th century by the Times of London. His music is published worldwide exclusively by G Schirmer.