Steve Reich: Drumming
Crossing 32nd Street and LINKS! Percussion, along with other local artists will be performing “Drumming,” Steve Reich’s first masterpiece on a grand scale.
“Drumming” is perhaps the best contender to hold the title of "Minimalism's first Masterpiece.” The work was composed in 1970 and '71 following Reich's return from a trip to Africa, during which the composer observed and studied African musical traditions. “Drumming” is scored for 9 percussionists, 2 female voices, and piccolo or whistler, and both incorporates techniques that Reich pioneered in the late 1960's --most notably gradual phase shifts (where one player plays slightly faster than the other, until they gradually become out of phase with one another)--as well as introducing new techniques that would come to define Reich's work in the late '70's and '80's. The work's hypnotic power is spellbinding, and the constantly shifting surface textures pull the listener in over long expanses of music, often creating a euphoric effect. For this performance, cutting-edge Phoenix-based New Music Ensemble “Crossing 32nd Street” joins forces with “LINKS! Percussion” and other local artists for a definitive rendition of this epic work.
Crossing 32nd Street, named Phoenix's "Best New Classical Music Ensemble" by the Arizona Republic, strives to increase the awareness and understanding of modern music through an aggressive commitment to performing relevant contemporary works at the highest level.
Founded in 2000 by contemporary music specialists from Arizona State University, the University of New Mexico, and the University of California-San Diego, Crossing 32nd Street is ensemble-in-residence at Paradise Valley Community College. Though its instrumentation changes with the needs of each piece, Crossing 32nd Street's core plays percussion, saxophone, and electronics while also composing and improvising with acoustic, electro-acoustic, and multimedia tools.
Doors open at 9:30; for best seats, come early and enjoy the coffee and camaraderie!
Chatter Sunday Admission prices are $15 regular, $9 for those under 30, and $5 for children under 12, available at the door. The Frequent Attender Pass gives patrons 11 admissions for the price of 10 and can be purchased at the Chatter website, chatterabq.org.