2008-09 Season

Phoenix Art Museum
- November 7, 2008 6:30pm
First Friday Event, Free Admission
Music for Pieces of Wood - Steve Reich
The Mathmatics of Resonant Bodies - John Luther Adams
Temazcal - Javier Alvarez
Nagoya Marimbas - Steve Reich
Jesus' Blood - Gavin Bryars
...and now for the news - Graeme Leak
Kulintang music from the Southern Philippines
I. Maranao style
II. Maguindanao style
III. Yakan style

Phoenix Experimental Arts Festival - Februrary 6-7, 2009 7:30pm
Center for the Performing Arts
on the campus of Paradise Valley Community College
Admission:$20 each night/ $30 for two day pass.
Program (Friday):
D2 - Barry Moon
Drumming - Steve Reich
Program (Saturday):
Sections for Screen, Performers and Audience - Richard Lerman
Drumming - Steve Reich

Phoenix Art Museum
- March 6, 2009 7:30pm
First Friday Event, Free Admission
Drumming - Steve Reich

Downtown Chamber Series - March 8, 2009 7:30pm
The Icehouse, Concert $10, Full time students free
Art Detour exhibition and reception free
Tickets and information. please call 602 254 1491
Drumming - Steve Reich

Glendale Community College - March 11, 2009 7:30pm
Performing Arts Center on the campus of Glendale Community College
The Music of Steve Reich with the GCC Percussion Ensemble
Pendulum Music
Clapping Music
Music for Pieces of Wood


The core

Doug Nottingham
Brett Reed
Eric Shultz
Christopher Scinto

The highly integrated

Rob Esler
Lisa Tolentino

The performers 2008-09

Monica Sauer Anthony
Ryan Bledsoe
Yi-Chia Chen
Keith Kelly
James McKenzie
Jeremy Muller
Jesse Joaquin Parker
Joseph Perez
Julian Peterson


Drumming (1971)

The Village Voice has called Steve Reich, “…America’s greatest living composer,” and Drumming is one of his premier compositions. This masterwork, scored for a large chamber ensemble of percussionists, vocalists, and a single flute player, established Reich as one of foremost composers working in the minimalist style. Only Phillip Glass’ achievements in this area rival the success of Reich’s work.

The piece lasts more than an hour and is divided into four parts: Part I for bongos, Part II for marimba and voice, Part III for bells and flute, and Part IV which brings together all the instruments. In constructing the work Reich uses a compositional device called phasing, a process that changes two unison parts by gradually shifting the alignment of one of the parts thereby creating new rhythmic patterns. Using this technique Reich has built the entire score on one rhythmic cell plus the phased transformations. As Drumming continually morphs into new versions of itself, Reich creates an organic mass of music that is mesmerizing, beautiful, and exuberant.

In addition to the power of its music, Drumming also challenges the usual hierarchies associated with performing large works. No one conducts Drumming; every member of the thirteen-member ensemble gives cues both visual and musical. The group dictates the pace of the transformation and no two performances are exactly the same. It is an amazing experience being inside a performance of this work, all the sounds both real and imagined, every player an indispensable cog in an intricately driven machine – a machine that makes incredible music.

- Brett Reed