We love advances

Steve Reich’s latest Nonesuch CD recently arrived, sans artwork in a little cardboard case. The disc features Double Sextet and 2×5, his collaborations with Eighth Blackbird and Bang on a Can. The former piece won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Music. The latter is his most explicit use of rock instrumentation to date.

According to the Nonesuch site, it’s still in the “pre-order” phase of activities, so we’ll be good and hold off on a proper review ’til it’s closer to the actual release date (9/14).


Suffice it to say, if you’re a regular visitor to Sequenza 21, you’re likely going to want one, possibly three, copies of this recording. An intergenerational summit – minimalist elder statesman meets post-minimal/totalist ace performers – that, in terms of importance, is more or less the Downtown version of Duke Ellington and John Coltrane.



Here’s some footage of Reich rehearsing BoaC:

7 thoughts on “We love advances

  1. I got your blog via re-tweet from BOAC. I will enjoy it very much. I already get S21 via RSS; but now I have you separately.

    I see you are at Westminster; I am friends with Marvin Rosen.

  2. Thanks a lot. I love Reich’s music! 
    Ordered this CD online, so I’m really looking forward to it.

  3. Hi Maria. It’s not out ’til September, but Nonesuch’s store, which is linked about, and all the major online vendors – Amazon, iTunes, etc. – will carry it.

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