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Terry Riley Lecture (Paris 2018) | Red Bull Music Academy

Terry Riley discussed the genius of John Coltrane, his solo all-night concerts with the Phantom Band and the process of plunderphonics in this public lecture as part of Red Bull Music Festival Paris 2018.


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  • 08:58 -Tape loops and repetition
  • 13:21 -Traveling and happenings
  • 20:34 -All night concerts with The Phantom Band
  • 24:18 -Learning from Pandit Pran Nath
  • 29:10 -Writing for film
  • 37:54 -Working with his son, Gyan MUSIC:


It's one thing to master a genre, quite another to pioneer one. Terry Riley has succeeded at both. His long and winding career began as he explored what would become known as the Western classical school of minimalism, alongside contemporaries such as Pauline Oliveros, Morton Subotnick and Steve Reich in ’60s California. The early influence of jazz greats such as John Coltrane and Miles Davis, as well as the work of his friend and peer La Monte Young, fueled his desire for experimentalism, resulting in unique pieces such as “In C,” a modular musical construction considered by many to be the first minimalist composition. His years spent crisscrossing the globe also fed directly into his work, and would eventually lead to him meeting Pandit Pran Nath, the Indian classical teacher who would go on to have a profound impact on Riley’s life and music. His seminal album A Rainbow In Curved Air, released in 1969, captured the freewheeling bliss of the late ’60s and would go on to inspire the likes of the Who’s Pete Townshend and Mike Oldfield, even appearing in the soundtrack to Grand Theft Auto IV. Red Bull Music Academy is the educational pillar of the Red Bull Music program. It is a global institution that for 20 years has been committed to fostering creativity in music by collaborating with those who are shaping our musical landscape and creating spaces for music makers to learn and immerse themselves.

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