A series of 1977 performances by composer Steve Reich will finally see the light of day this summer via a new archival series, “From the Kitchen.” Available now via online retailers and due in stores July 12 via Orange Mountain Music, “Live 1977” captures Reich and a host of musicians performing some of the composer’s best-known works at the Kitchen Center for the Arts.
The album features the mesmerizing “Six Pianos,” part four of the iconic “Drumming” and “Music for Pieces of Wood.” Also included is “Pendulum Music” — wherein the sounds are generated by microphones swinging back and forth over speakers — and “Violin Phase,” which presents violinist Shem Guibbory playing over three pre-recorded lines.
Reich stresses that these are “not studio recordings,” pointing out the noise of traffic that can be heard in the background of both “Music for Pieces of Wood” and “Violin Phase.”
“From the Kitchen” was recently inaugurated with the release of highlights from the 1979 “New Music, New York” festival, including performances by Philip Glass, Tony Conrad and Meredith Monk, among others.
In other Reich news, his piece “You Are (Variations)” was recently nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in music. The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s recording of the work is due for release in August via Nonesuch.
Meanwhile, “Drumming” continues to inspire a new generation of listeners and performers; So Percussion’s new recording of the piece was released in March via Cantaloupe Records.