Classical music
Chamber & Recital

Steve Reich - Drumming and Tehillim

Part of Classical Season

Reich specialists the Colin Currie Group and Synergy Vocals present works exploring community and worship. The Telegraph has said of Reich that 'he can bring distant worlds together.' This concert's music came out of two research trips made by the composer to Ghana and Israel.

Percussion piece Drumming draws on the music made by Ghana's virtuosic Ewe drummers. It's made up of rhythmic loops which slowly evolve through subtle changes in timing and timbre. Reich had written that 'performing and listening to a gradual musical process resembles placing your feet in the sand by the ocean's edge and watching [...] the waves gradually bury them.'

The piece is paired with the joyous Tehillim, which incorporates both driving rhythms and vocals inspired by cantillation, the ritual chanting of the Hebrew Bible at synagogue.

Originally formed for a performance of Steve Reich's music, the Colin Currie Group continue to be closely associated with the influential Minimalist composer.

Performers

Colin Currie Group
Synergy Vocals

Repertoire

Reich: Tehillim
Interval
Reich: Drumming

Dates & times

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where

Royal Festival Hall

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stories

video
The composer and solo percussionist take a look at Reich's joyous composition, Tehillim
video
Hear the two artists discuss different approaches to Reich’s composition

before & after

Food from Le Pain Quotidien at the Southbank Centre
Le Pain Quotidien entices you in with the delicious smell of fresh bread and coffee
A unique space set in the railway arches between Waterloo Station and Royal Festival Hall