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Minimalist Giant: Steve Reich

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A minimalist giant turns 75 – and he celebrates with a New York premiere. Today: we get a visit from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich. Plus: a live performance from pianist Timothy Andres. And: we share our picks of the week.

Steve Reich at 75

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.

“WTC 9/11,”

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Picks of the Week

This week’s picks include two different responses to hard times, one from a leading American singer and the other from a gifted Icelandic composer. 


In Studio: Timothy Andres

Pianist/composer Timothy Andres made it to numerous top-10 lists last year with his debut album, Shy and Mighty. He also raised eyebrows with an eclectic list of influences that ranges from Radiohead and LCD Soundsystem to today's other guest, Steve Reich. We hear Andres' distinctive musical voice, as he joins us to play live in our studio.

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Playlist: Steve Reich + Timothy Andres

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