Music For India: Terry Riley & Friends

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Date(s) - 06/05
4:00pm - 7:00pm



Music For India is a special live concert series to raise urgent funds for India Covid-19 relief. All proceeds raised will go directly to organizations working on the ground in India to provide oxygen, food, and other needed supplies.

On June 5, join us for the first concert in the series — a very rare live streaming concert by the legendary composer Terry Riley. Riley, who turns 86 years old next month, will be broadcasting live from Japan, where he currently lives.

Riley has had a longstanding alliance with the rich musical cultures of India, going back to the 1960s. Like other prominent musicians of the time, including the Beatles and Ravi Shankar, Riley was key in forging an important bridge between Indian music and the West.

Riley first achieved international acclaim in the 1960s, when he launched what is now known as the Minimalist movement with his classic “In C.” In 1969, he released the album A Rainbow in Curved Air, an inspiration to many rock bands including The Who, who named their hit song “Baba O’Riley” in partial homage. In 1970, he became a disciple of the master Indian raga vocalist Pandit Pran Nath; Riley appeared frequently in concert with Pran Nath until Pran Nath’s passing in 1996. Riley’s visionary, wide-ranging music has had a huge impact on generations of artists and musicians, including contemporary composers like Philip Glass and Steve Reich, and throughout all of popular music.

Tickets are on a sliding scale, with a suggested donation of $20. (If you are able to donate more than $20, that would be welcome.) While no one will be turned away for lack of funds, please contribute what you can to help provide relief during this critical juncture of the Covid-19 crisis in India.