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Terry Riley & Gyan Riley

Performance Information

Wednesday, March 18: All Washington Performing Arts performances have been canceled through May 10. Current ticket-holders will be contacted directly regarding donations/refunds.

Enjoy a jam across the generations, as two master improvisers explore the intersection of jazz, minimalism, and more 

Hailed figuratively as the “Father of Minimalism,” the revered composer and multi-instrumentalist Terry Riley is the literal father of electric and acoustic guitarist Gyan, whom The New Yorker has praised as “a one-man American-music machine, amicably ranging across the fields of jazz, world music, and post-minimalism.” In their duo performances, the elder Riley contributes his own robust eclecticism, delving into classical minimalism, jazz, Indian ragas, and other musical currents on acoustic piano, electronic keyboards, and vocals. The result is a “series of joyously ramshackle improvisations…like Bach doing bebop” (Guardian).

Terry Riley’s Sun Rings will be performed by the Kronos Quartet on March 13.

This performance is made possible in part through the generous support of Gordon and Lisa Rush.

Performances at Sixth & I are made possible in part through the generous support of the Galena-Yorktown Foundation.