Minimalist composer and electronic music pioneer Terry Riley presents a brand new work entitled Bell Station III, created during his residency in the Gallery as part of Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening.
Riley Ė celebrating his 80th birthday year in 2015 - will be working in the gallery for a week prior to this performance, composing and rehearsing this completely new piece, which will be given its world premiere as the first half of this concert.
Bell Station III will be performed by Terry Riley on vocals and prepared piano, with the Tiffin Boys' Choir, directed by Simon Toyne, and members of the London Contemporary Orchestra, conducted by Robert Ames. For visitors to Station To Station and concert-goers, this is an opportunity to witness the prolific imagination of one of our most influential modern composers, and gain an insight into his creative process.
The second half of the concert will feature a solo performance by Terry Riley, playing Korg Triton synthesizer.
The show will also feature live visuals created by Doug Aitkenís frequent collaborator Austin Meredith, who repeats, overlays and mirrors film footage. Riley, Aitken and Meredith have worked together previously on Aitkenís Altered Earth project, in which Meredith responded to Rileyís hypnotic, ritualistic music with religious imagery and visuals of nature.
The Station to Station studio is part of Doug Aitkenís living exhibition which takes over the Barbican for 30 days from Saturday 27 June with performances, residencies and works from major artists and over 100 free events.