Steve Reichs in Glasgow This Week-end


MINIMAL: Steve Reich in Glasgow This Weekend – Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th March

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This weekend MINIMAL welcomes to Glasgow one of the giants of the music world, the legendary Steve Reich for a weekend dedicated to him and his music.

Reich comes armed with a brand new work Radio Rewrite (inspired by two songs by Radiohead) which will be performed by the London Sinfonietta on Saturday night. Classics from Reich’s back catalogue will also be performed including the seminal 70s masterpiece Drumming which Scotland’s own Colin Currie and his band will be showcasing on Sunday evening.

Tomorrow Steve Reich will be spending time with young Scottish musicians including composers and pianists from the Royal Conservatoire in an exclusive Q&A session that will also include the students’ performance of Reich’s 6 Pianos. Later tomorrow afternoon Reich will drop in on rehearsals for a unique NYOS Futures project bringing together musicians from NYOS with the London Sinfonietta players. They will perform Variations for Vibes, Pianos and Strings on Sunday afternoon.

Saturday in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is a marathon night; four hours of music including performances from Steve Reich himself and the London Sinfonietta. His own work will also be matched by tributes from Powerplant with Joby Burgess, Pete Furniss and Alex Harker who will remix, reinvent and reinterpret the great man’s work, and bring newly developed light and sound technology to create a unique visual show to match Reich’s pulsing music.

On Sunday the audiences of Glasgow have the opportunity to hear the man himself speak about his life, music, future projects and experiences at a Glasgow UNESCO City of Music: Inspiring Encounters talk with Steve Reich in the Main Auditorium in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall at 2pm. NYOS:Futures and the London Sinfonietta’s performance of Reich’s Variations for Vibes, Pianos and Strings follows at 3.15pm in the relaxed surroundings of the Lomond Foyer.

Closing the weekend at 4pm, Scottish star percussionist Colin Currie and his band will be performing Reich’s Drumming. Currie has played numerous Reich works, and it is his ensemble’s masterly and ultra-cool rendition of Drumming that really caught Reich’s attention. This 70s masterpiece has its roots in African drumming but its lifeblood in the urban rhythms of New York City – an hour of sheer energy, rhythm and hypnotic patterns. Currie and his band have performed it worldwide.

Svend Brown, Director of Glasgow Music, said: “Glasgow Music’s programme is all about bringing the world’s greatest musicians to Glasgow – especially those that don’t necessarily fit neatly into an orchestral schedule. Reich has been called the most influential musician alive: he’s certainly one of them – you can hear his sounds in everything from club music to film soundtracks, to major works by top composers. The chance to welcome such a pioneering, maverick and inspirational figure to the city this weekend is an honour.”


Saturday 9 March

London Sinfonietta / Powerplant with Joby Burgess / Pete Furniss & Alex Harker
£15 (£13)

A full night of Reich, including performance by the man himself: all titles by Reich unless otherwise indicated.

My Name Is…Steve Reich
New York Counterpoint
Fairclough: The Boom and The Bap
Electric Counterpoint (xylosynth version)
Reich/Remixed: New York Counterpoint Remix
Fitkin: Chain of Command
Clapping Music
Electric Counterpoint
2 x 5
Radio Rewrite (Scottish première)
Double Sextet (conducted)

Sunday 10 March

Inspiring Encounter
FREE but ticketed (booking in advance is advisable)

Presented in association with Glasgow UNESCO City of Music.

NYOS Futures and London Sinfonietta perform
Variations for Vibes, Pianos and Strings
FREE but limited capacity, entrance on first come first served basis.

Colin Currie Group
£12 (£10)



By Phone: 0141 353 8000
Monday-Friday: 9am-6pm; Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday opening hours may vary. (Phone lines open until 9pm on concert evenings)

In Person
Tickets for all performances at Glasgow’s Concert Halls can be booked at both locations:
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Box Office, 2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3NY
Open Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm

City Halls & Old Fruitmarket Box Office, Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1NQ
Open Monday-Saturday, 12noon-6pm

New Access Arrangements at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is undergoing a major redevelopment which will see the creation of a brand new 600 seat auditorium along with a new home for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. During this time, please allow additional time for your journey and be aware that access to the building will change as follows:

• There is restricted access at the North Entrance (Killermont Street) with priority given to disabled customers

• There is no vehicle drop off facility at the North Door at Killermont Street

• Please enter the venue via the South Entrance at Buchanan Street

Glasgow Music apologises for any inconvenience this will cause. For further information, please visit

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