Support local journalism. Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Avant-garde legend Terry Riley reschedules postponed Orlando show to spring 2021

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2020 at 3:19 PM

  • Photo by Ray Tarantino courtesy SRO Artists
A one-off Orlando appearance by legendary avant-garde composer Terry Riley in October should have been one of the live music crown jewels of 2020 for co-promoters the Civic Minded Five and Timucua Arts Foundation.

Add in the fact that the gig would have been held in the intimate Timucua Arts Foundation House and you had the recipe for an unforgettable night.

Alas, that show and seemingly every other show this year would have to be canceled or postponed amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. However, news came Wednesday that Terry Riley is thankfully undeterred and has rescheduled this Orlando show for 2021.

And that's news just as blissful as Riley's piece "Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band" from A Rainbow in Curved Air.

Over the course of a life in music that's lasted nearly 60 years, Riley has constantly pushed sound into new and uncharted territory, experimenting with minimalism, drone textures, tape loops, Indian music, electronic sound and repetition.

Highlights of his extensive discography include the aforementioned A Rainbow in Curved Air (1969), his 1971 Church of Anthrax collaboration with the Velvet Underground's John Cale, and the Kronos Quartet collab Cadenza on the Night Plain (1985). His composition In C, with its deceptively simple "score," has maddened and delighted the thousands of musicians who've performed it since 1964, including this Orlando ensemble in 2012 at the old Urban Rethink space.

Terry Riley and his son Gyan Riley will be playing Orlando on March 21, 2021. Follow the Civic Minded 5 and Timucua Arts Foundation to be in the loop about venue and ticket announcements.

Please follow CDC guidelines and Orange County advisories to stay safe, and please support this free publication. Our small but mighty team is working tirelessly to bring you news on how coronavirus is affecting Central Florida. Please consider making a one-time or monthly donation. Every little bit helps.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 19, 2022

View more issues


© 2022 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation