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    1. October 17, 2014

      Glenn Ligon interview

      Arriving early at the Camden Arts Centre to interview the American artist Glenn Ligon, I pause for tea in the café. There,...

    2. October 14, 2014

      Colin Currie Group, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London – review

      It was inevitable that Colin Currie’s percussion festival, Metal, Wood, Skin, would sooner or later reach the music of Steve...

    1. August 14, 2014

      BBC Proms: Steve Reich, Royal Albert Hall, London – review

      Although nearly 20 years separate Steve Reich’s pioneering work It’s Gonna Rain from his later The Desert Music, these two...

    2. July 15, 2014

      De Keersmaeker Early Works, Lincoln Center Festival, New York – review

      Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker first encountered minimalism as a college student in New York. After the psychedelic romanticism...

    3. May 5, 2014

      Reich Variations, Gewandhaus, Leipzig – review

      Astonishingly, this is Steve Reich’s first-ever orchestral residency. It is a coup for Kristjan Järvi, who may only be in...

    4. October 7, 2013

      In C, Barbican, London – review

      It is a rare classical concert that consists of the same substantial piece played twice, back to back. Terry Riley’s In C,...

    5. September 27, 2013

      Graphic scores: lively alternative ways of writing down music

      Music notation is at best a compromise, at worst a lie. In western culture a five-line stave suspending a pattern of dotted...

    6. May 13, 2013

      A Scream and an Outrage, Barbican, London – review

      When Nico Muhly opted to curate a weekend-long festival of new music, in his mind was a “riotous party”, as he put it, for...

    7. February 27, 2013

      Repeating Patterns, Purcell Room, London

      It is fitting that a movement calling itself minimalism should have come out of small beginnings. Speaking in one of the...

    8. January 9, 2013

      Sacre – The Rite of Spring, Carriageworks, Sydney

      Though it pales next to this season’s bicentennial celebrations of Wagner and Verdi, the 100th anniversary of Le sacre du...

    9. January 9, 2013

      Aurora Percussion Duo/Bartosz Glowacki, Purcell Room, London

      Two people sit cross-legged, side by side, each holding a pair of sticks. For six minutes they strike the floor in a series...

    10. May 30, 2012

      Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, Sadler’s Wells, London

      There is no denying the energy of Cuban dancing. The artists of its National Ballet give their all, and more, in the...

    11. March 20, 2012

      Britten Sinfonia, Barbican, London

      A new generation of composers in North America is pushing its way onward and upward. As the old guard of minimalists have...

    12. March 2, 2012

      Richard Alston, Sadler’s Wells, London

      You will travel a long way before finding another choreographer as musically apt and adventurous as Richard Alston. From his...

    13. January 27, 2012

      Beat it

      The numbers alone are astonishing: 200 instruments, 300 sticks, 40 cymbals. Plus the two exotic drums standing expectantly...

    14. January 15, 2012

      Survivor, Barbican Theatre, London

      Imagine gazing up at the Angel of the North as the wind whistles in from the east coast or – on the western side of England...

    15. November 6, 2011

      Scottish Ballet, Sadler’s Wells, London

      Scottish Ballet was in Rosebery Avenue for this performance and also in Jekyll and Hyde mood. A double bill opened with an...

    16. August 27, 2011

      Bombay Bicycle Club: A Different Kind of Fix

      Following the surprise success of Flaws, a beguiling, north London brand of nu-folk, Bombay Bicycle Club embarks on what...

    17. August 12, 2011

      BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

      Where other music festivals focus on one of the year’s musical anniversaries, the sheer size of the BBC Proms means it can...

    18. June 25, 2011

      Steve Reich: Three Movements, The Desert Music

      Steve Reich Three Movements, The Desert Music Kristjan Järvi (Chandos) Steve Reich’s repetitions are an acquired taste on CD...

    19. May 17, 2011

      Kronos Quartet, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

      With the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks coming up soon, the musical world is pondering how it can...

    20. February 15, 2011

      Thomas Adès/London Sinfonietta, City Halls, Glasgow

      When Thomas Adès unveiled his “Piano Concerto with Moving Image” three years ago, he himself conducted the London...

    21. September 17, 2010

      Steve Reich: Double Sextet, 2x5

      Steve Reich Double Sextet, 2x5 eighth blackbird, Bang on a Can(Nonesuch) Like most of Reich’s oeuvre, Double Sextet (2008)...

    22. June 22, 2010

      The National

      People who like The National - which is often, but not always, people who like emotional, male rock - tend to talk about the...

    23. June 21, 2010

      The National, Radio City Music Hall, New York

      Heady drama: The National’s Matt Berninger People who like The National – which is often, but not always, people who like...

    24. February 19, 2010

      Performers with the Reich stuff

      There is no limit to what people may see in their mind's eye as they listen to music. One recent performance of Steve...

    25. February 5, 2010

      Percussionists move into the limelight

      Classical percussionist Colin Currie You could call it a big bang theory. For centuries, percussionists laboured at the back...

    26. January 15, 2010

      A study in miscellany

      “A college tutor of mine once said: ‘Marcus is very eclectic.’ I think that label has always stuck.” With these words Marcus...

    27. January 12, 2010

      So Percussion/ Steve Reich

      If percussionists are, as proclaimed elsewhere, the new princes of the realm of virtuosity, then these four young,...

    28. January 11, 2010

      So Percussion/Steve Reich, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford, California

      If percussionists are, as proclaimed elsewhere, the new princes of the realm of virtuosity, then these four young,...

    29. November 2, 2009

      Portico Quartet/Sweet Billy Pilgrim

      This tour offers two Mercury Prize nominees: both groups have occupied the slot on the shortlist reserved for acts that...

    30. November 1, 2009

      Portico Quartet/Sweet Billy Pilgrim, Anvil, Basingstoke, UK

      This tour offers two Mercury Prize nominees: both groups have occupied the slot on the shortlist reserved for acts that...

    31. October 22, 2009

      Portico Quartet: Isla

      Portico Quartet Isla RealWorld ★★★★☆ At the 2004 WOMAD festival, Duncan Bellamy and Nick Mulvey came across a Hang, a small...

    32. July 6, 2009

      Yesterday's sounds of the future

      A velodrome was a symbolically perfect location for Kraftwerk but it didn't do Steve Reich's first new work in two years...

    33. July 5, 2009

      Yesterday’s sounds of the future

      Steve Reich/ Kraftwerk,Manchester Velodrome A velodrome was a symbolically perfect location for Kraftwerk but it didn’t do...

    34. January 31, 2009

      Classical - Andrew Clark

      Music for Airports/In the Ocean Frank Scheffer Medici Arts This DVD explores the spirit of experiment in late 20th-century...

    35. September 29, 2008

      Fools’ Paradise, Sadler’s Wells, London

      The second programme by Christopher Wheeldon’s Morphoses troupe brought another chance to see his new and freshly ingenious...

    36. August 16, 2008

      Dance - Clement Crisp

      Edinburgh offerings Festival Theatre, Edinburgh The Edinburgh Festival week brings two examples of iconoclastic dance for...

    37. August 9, 2008

      Dance Clement Crisp

      Chinese Acrobats in the Lake Royal Opera House London WC2 Today at 2pm and 7.30pm, and tomorrow at 3pm, you have last...

    38. June 7, 2008

      Offices infused with the buzz of an artistic hive

      Unlike Tokyo and New York, where property developers and cultural promoters have long walked hand-in-hand, a privately...

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