Terry Riley’s In C by Sonic Mass Records on #neuguitars #blog

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Terry Riley’s In C by Sonic Mass Records on #neuguitars #blog


Washington Post Live Review

At Sonic Circuits festival, Pirog’s ensemble is true to the spirit of Terry Riley

By Mark Jenkins September 18, 2011

Terry Riley’s “In C” is generally considered the founding document of the musical movement still (if somewhat sheepishly) called “minimalism.” That’s certainly what it sounded like Saturday evening in Silver Spring, where guitarist Anthony Pirog led a 22-member ensemble through an assured performance of the 1964 composition. Presented for free at Veterans Plaza (aka the skating rink), the concert was part of the annual Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music.

With its steady cadence, shifting patterns, staccato notes and shimmering effects, the 55-minute rendition suggested such Steve Reich pieces as “Music for 18 Musicians.” This was not especially surprising, since Reich subsequently developed the principles of “In C” more than Riley did. And it was Reich, as a member of the ensemble for the composition’s 1964 premiere, who suggested that it needed an unwavering pulse — provided on Saturday by Kenny Pirog’s cowbell. This seems to reflect Reich’s interest…


released May 26, 2020

In C 54:31

Evan Herring – alto sax
Daniel Barbiero – acoustic bass
Luke Stewart – acoustic bass
Heidi Littman – french horn
Martha Morrison – violin
Curt Seiss – harmonium
William Pattie – trombone
Ryan Jordan – trumpet
Nathan Lincoln-DeCusatis – piano
Mike Castor – vibraphone
Bobby Muncy – tenor saxophone
Heather MacArthur – violin
Paolo Valladolid – viola
Aaron Martin Jr. – alto saxophone
Larry Ferguson – percussion
Janel Leppin – cello
Mark Sylvester – mandolin
Chris DeChiara – glokenspiel
Gene D’Andrea – accordion
Kevin Pace – acoustic bass
Jon Steele – acoustic bass
Chris Videll – drone lab, Casio SK1
Violet – tapes & hydrophones
JS Adams – prepared vinyl recordings, Califone record player
Anthony Pirog – guitar, loops, mellotron, thingamagoop, 4MS noise swash, cymbals
Mike Reina – modular synthesizer, Sequential Circuits prophet five, and Moog opus 3
Chester Hawkins – sleepdrone 5, glamour box
Erin Flyn – Viola
Kirsten Warfeild – trombone
Jocelyn Frank – oboe

Recorded on October 29th at American University, Washington D.C.
Engineered by Mike Harvey.
Additional recording, editing, mixing and mastering by Mike Reina at The Brink, Centreville, VA.
Layout by Chester Hawkins.
Produced by Anthony Pirog.

Dedicated to Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris.


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