Not everyone gets worldwide tribute concerts when they turn 75—but if anyone deserves it, it’s probably composer Steve Reich. The American minimalist giant has been deemed one of the nation’s most influential composers, and his innovative use of everything from hand claps to tape loops has inspired musicians like Sufjan Stevens and Brian Eno. His newest piece, titled “WTC 9/11,” premiered earlier this year -- and will be performed in New York by the Kronos Quartet during his upcoming Carnegie Hall birthday bash. He joins us in studio to share the deeply personal story behind this newest work.
Carnegie Hall hosts "Music of Steve Reich" this Saturday, April 30th. Bang on a Can All-Stars, eighth blackbird, Kronos Quartet and others will perform. Details here.