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Reich Fest | Icehouse MPLS | Monday, 03. April 2017


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - MINNEAPOLIS, March 7, 2017 -This past October minimalist music pioneer, Steve Reich, turned 80 years old, and ever since, major cities around the globe, have held musical celebrations honoring Mr. Reich’s invaluable contributions to contemporary music. It seemed that the party bus would stop short of the Twin Cities until local musician and Steve Reich fan, Cody McKinney, decided to throw his own party. He enlisted the help of friend, local luminary, and percussion legend JT Bates, who knows a thing or two about hosting creative music events.

Every Monday in April, The Icehouse restaurant and live music venue, will play host to nearly 30 local musicians performing over four decades of Steve Reich pieces. This “Vignette Festival” is presented as part of JT Bates’ Monday night Jazz Implosion series, which regularly plays host to some of the most unique improvisors from Minnesota and around the country.

Cody McKinney is a bassist, composer, improviser, and sound artist currently residing in the Twin Cities. He has been actively composing, recording, and performing since the mid 1990s. McKinney studied jazz and improvisation at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and, later, composition and process conceptualization at the New School in New York. His work straddles “a haunted space somewhere between free jazz and musique concrète,” with hallmarks that include his “liquid mastery of rhythm” and his use of graphic and text scores with indeterminacy and fixed time. Some of McKinney’s recent works have been recorded by his contemporary ****, Bloodline.

Steve Reich has been called "America’s greatest living composer" (Village Voice), "the most original musical thinker of our time" (The New Yorker), and "among the great composers of the century" (The New York Times). His music has influenced composers and mainstream musicians all over the world. Music for 18 Musicians and Different Trains have earned him two Grammy Awards, and in 2009, his Double Sextet won the Pulitzer Prize. Reich’s documentary video opera works—The Cave and Three Tales, done in collaboration with video artist Beryl Korot—have been performed on four continents. His recent work Quartet, for percussionist Colin Currie, sold out two consecutive concerts at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London shortly after tens of thousands at the Glastonbury Festival heard Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead) perform Electric Counterpoint followed by the London Sinfonietta performing his Music for 18 Musicians.

In 2012, Reich was awarded the Gold Medal in Music by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has additionally received the Praemium Imperiale in Tokyo, the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm, the BBVA Award in Madrid, and recently the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale. He has been named Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and has been awarded honorary doctorates by the Royal College of Music in London, the Juilliard School, the Liszt Academy in Budapest, and the New England Conservatory of Music, among others. "There’s just a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history and Steve Reich is one of them," states The Guardian.

Mondays - April 3, 10, 17, 24 at 9:30PM
Icehouse | 2528 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Clapping Music (1972)
Pete Hennig
Cody McKinney

New York Counterpoint (1985)
Pat O’Keefe

2X5 (2008)
Chris Cunningham
Pete Hennig
Cody McKinney
Thomas Nordlund
Chris Olson
Greg Byers
Javier Santiago
Zach Schmidt
Brian Ziemniak

Music for Pieces of Wood (1973)
JT Bates
Martin Dosh
Lars-Erik Larson
Greg Schutte
Joey Van Phillips

Piano Phase (Electric Bass Phase) (1967)
Chris Bates
Cody McKinney

Pendulum Music (1968)
Mike Hodnick
John Keston
Cody McKinney
Peter Sieve

Four Organs (1970)
DeVon Gray
Ted Godbout
John Keston
Peter Sieve
Joe Strachan

It’s Gonna Rain (1965)
Mike Hodnick

* With additional performances by 6 Families, JT Bates, Mike Lewis, and Jeremy Ylvisaker.