Terry Riley is widely considered to be a godfather of American minimal music, and his loop-based compositions have influenced countless musicians. To celebrate his 80th birthday, Germany’s famed avant-garde arts festival Ruhrtriennale hosts a night during which noted contemporary musicians interpret two of Riley’s landmark works: Africa Express, a collaboration between Western and West African musicians, presents a melodic take on “In C” using instruments like the kora, balafon and ngoni, while more abstract versions are performed by experimental vanguards Mouse on Mars, former Battles member Tyondai Braxton and Sonic Robots. Welsh producer Koreless, meanwhile, will present “Cycles I,” a composition inspired by “In C” for ten string instruments.
We’re giving away 4 x 2 tickets to the event, which takes place on August 29 at 19:30 at Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, a century-old industrial site. Share this post on Twitter and tag @EBnet to enter. Winners will be selected at random.