Bang on a Can All-Stars

Bang on a Can All-Stars

Terry Riley's Autodreamographical Tales

Sun   Mar   27   2022 - 6:00 PM Tennessee Theatre

If you know In C and A Rainbow in Curved Air, then you know the wide-reaching precepts of minimalist repetition that Terry Riley inscribed into American music in the sixties. But unless you know Autodreamographical Tales, you don’t know Terry Riley.

First released on John Zorn’s Tzadik label a decade ago, Riley’s dream diaries were notable for the rare appearance of the composer’s own voice, narrating and singing tales dredged from one of the most wondered-about subconsciouses in music. Now, on a new release from Cantaloupe, Riley is joined by the seasoned post-minimalist institution Bang on a Can All-Stars, who play propulsive new arrangements that flirt with free jazz, blues, and pop.

From his aerie in California, Riley exerted a formative influence on musical giants as distant as Steve Reich, The Who, and Tangerine Dream. One of the earliest prominent experimenters with tape delay systems, he also broke open the Western canon to Indian tonality.

Riley is no stranger to Bang on a Can All-Stars, “the country’s most important vehicle for contemporary music” (The San Francisco Chronicle). The amplified sextet founded by Julia Wolfe, David Lang, and Michael Gordon, which has been vigilantly dedicated to the most daring new music for thirty years, recorded the definitive chamber-music version of In C. It was one of many landmarks in a career that has encompassed collaborations with Reich, Ornette Coleman, DJ Spooky, Meredith Monk, and Burmese drum master Kyaw Kyaw Naing. 

At Big Ears, Bang on Can guitarist Mark Stewart reads from Riley’s dream diaries. He’s joined by cellist Arlen Hlusko, bassist Robert Black, pianist Vicky Chow, percussionist David Cossin, clarinetist Ken Thomson, and guitarist Taylor Levine to create a no-holds-barred journey into the creative unconscious, rendered with a compelling joie de vivre by one of the most influential composers of our time.


Terry Riley Autodreamographical Tales
Bang on a Can All-Stars
Robert Black, bass
Vicky Chow, piano and keyboard
David Cossin, percussion
Arlen Hlusko, cello and vocals
Taylor Levine, electric guitar and vocals
Mark Stewart, vocals and electric guitar 
Ken Thomson, clarinet, bass clarinet, and vocals
Andrew Cotton, sound engineer

Bang on a Can All-Stars
Formed in 1992, the Bang on a Can All-Stars are recognized worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music. Freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music, this six-member amplified ensemble has consistently forged a category-defying identity.  With  a massive repertoire of works written specifically for the group’s distinctive instrumentation and style of performance, the All-Stars have become a genre in their own right. Performing each year throughout the U.S. and internationally, the group’s celebrated projects include their landmark recording of Brian Eno’s ambient classic Music for Airports, as well as live performances with Philip Glass, Don Byron, Iva Bittova, Thurston Moore, and others. Current and recent project highlights include “In C,” a new dance collaboration with Sasha Waltz & Guests based on Terry Riley’s minimalist classic; Dance Party, a brand new multimedia concert pairing composers and choreographers; MEMORY GAME, a new record release and touring program featuring legendary composer-singer Meredith Monk; Julia wolfe’s Flower Power for Bang on a Can All-Stars and orchestra, a multimedia concert exploring the sonic landscape of the late 1960s; Road Trip, an immersive concert collaboratively composed by Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe  to commemorate the 30+ year journey of Bang on a Can; performances and a recording of Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize winning Anthracite Fields for the All-Stars and guest choir; Field Recordings, a major multi-media project featuring over 30 commissioned works by pioneering musicians from across all genres and borders; Cloud River Mountain, a collaboration featuring Chinese superstar singer Gong Linna; and more. The All-Stars record on Cantaloupe Music and have released past recordings on Sony, Universal and Nonesuch.

Commissioning credit
The Bang on a Can All-Stars’ collaboration with Terry Riley and the commission and recording of Autodreamographical Tales was made possible with the generous support of the Multi-Arts Production Fund, a program of Creative Capital, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Aaron Copland Fund Recording Program, and was workshopped and premiered at the Sound Res Festival in southern Italy in 2007.

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