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June 16, 2015

Terry Riley Festival: Full Program & Special Guests Announced

We’re pleased to announce the full program of KRONOS PRESENTS: Terry Riley Festival, a three-day festival in honor of the 80th birthday of composer and longtime collaborator Terry Riley, which takes place June 26-28 at SFJAZZ Center. Special guests Michael McClure and Kala Ramnath have been added to the program, in additional to previously announced guests Zakir Hussain, Wu Man, Gyan Riley, and The Living Earth Show, as well as the premiere of a new work by Yoko Ono. Learn more and buy tickets now.

Two world premieres have been added to the Friday, June 26 program: a new arrangement of Pete Townshend’s Baba O’Riley by Jacob Garchik and To Match the Sky, an instruction piece by Yoko Ono, written for Terry in celebration of his 80th birthday.

Also on the program on Friday, June 26 is the world premiere of Oberek for Terry Riley by Polish composer Aleksander Kościów; Riley’s first work for Kronos, Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector; One Earth, One People, One Love, part of Riley’s evening-length composition Sun Rings; and the first movement of The Cusp of Magic, a Kronos commission featuring pipa virtuoso Wu Man.

On Saturday, June 27, two admission-free public events have been announced. At 4pm Terry Riley and David Harrington will be in conversation with the Los Angeles Times’ Mark Swed at the Joe Henderson Lab at SFJAZZ Center. This is followed by a recital featuring powerhouse piano duo ZOFO performing works by Riley, including the world premiere of the ZOFO commissioned Praying Mantis Rag and new arrangements of two works originally composed for Kronos, Half-Wolf Dances Mad in Moonlight and G Song.

On the evening of Saturday, June 27, violinist virtuoso Kala Ramnath, poet Michael McClure, vocal ensemble Volti, and visual artist Drew Cameron join the roster of guest artists.

McClure performs with Riley in I Like Your Eyes, Liberty; Cameron performs in excerpts of Riley’s The Gift; Volti performs Earth Whistlers from Sun Rings; and Ramnath performs in Riley’s Turning. Also added to the Saturday program is Escalay (Water Wheel), a work by Hamza El Din.

The Saturday evening program includes “Minutes” for Terry, a series of six one-minute pieces, commissioned by Kronos, and written in honor of Riley by composers Jherek Bischoff, Caleb Burhans, Joan Jeanrenaud, Maggi Payne, Greg Saunier and Aleksandra Vrebalov. Special guests The Living Earth Show (Travis Andrews and Andy Meyerson) perform a new piece inspired by one of Riley’s most famous works, A Rainbow in Curved Air (1969). The concert also features the world premiere of the first pancake by Gyan Riley; and the San Francisco premiere of Terry Riley’s Crazy World.

The festival culminates Sunday evening with a performance of Riley’s two-hour Salome Dances for Peace, commissioned by Kronos in 1985.

Learn more about KRONOS PRESENTS: Terry Riley Festival and purchase tickets now.

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