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geluisterd naar : Keith Jarrett – The Köln Concert (1975)
en Terry Riley – live at Cafe Einstein Berlin (1984)

Precies 35 jaar geleden gaf Keith Jarrett zijn legendarische concert in Keulen op 24 januari 1975. Gisteren luisterde ik weer…

The Köln ConcertThe Köln Concert
The recording is in three parts, lasting 26 minutes, 34 minutes and 7 minutes, respectively. As the concert was originally programmed on LP, the second part was split into parts labeled “IIa” and “IIb”. Part IIc actually is a 3rd part, the encore. A notable aspect of this concert is Jarrett’s ability to produce very extensive improvised material over a vamp of one or two chords for prolonged periods of time. For instance, in Part I, he spends almost 12 minutes vamping over the chords Am7 (A minor 7) to G major, sometimes in a slow, rubato feel, and other times in a bluesy, gospel rock feel. And for about the last 6 minutes of Part I, he vamps over an A major theme. Roughly the first 8 minutes of Part II A is a vamp over a D major groove with a repeated bass vamp in the left hand, and in Part II B, Jarrett improvises over an F# minor vamp for approximately the first 6 minutes.

Na een onderdompeling in het meditatieve Part II B draaide ik een opname van een concert van de Amerikaanse componist Terry Riley in Café Einstein in Berlijn op 13 januari 1984. Deze pionier op het gebied van minimal music en een van de wegbereiders van new age- en ambient music hoopt in juni zijn 75e verjaardag te vieren. Tijdens het concert in Berlijn liet Riley samen met Krishna Bhatt (sitar) een aantal ragacomposities horen. Het meeste indruk maakt op mij Song from the old country met Terry Riley achter de piano.

Terry Riley Repetitive Music Godfather,
Franse documentaire
Terry Riley‘s music is usually based on improvising through a series of modal figures of different lengths, such as in In C and the Keyboard Studies. In C (1964) is probably Riley’s best-known work and one that brought the minimalist music movement to prominence. Its first performance was given by Steve Reich, Jon Gibson, Pauline Oliveros and Morton Subotnick, among others, and it has influenced their work and that of many others, including John Adams, Roberto Carnevale, and Philip Glass. Its form was an innovation: the piece consists of 53 separate modules of roughly one measure apiece, each containing a different musical pattern but each, as the title implies, in C. One performer beats a steady pulse of Cs on the piano to keep tempo. The others, in any number and on any instrument, perform these musical modules following a few loose guidelines, with the different musical modules interlocking in various ways as time goes on. The Keyboard Studies are similarly structured – a single-performer version of the same concept.
Terry Riley
Terry Riley in 2005
Ter gelegenheid van zijn 70e verjaardag in 2005 werd in Berkeley een concert gegeven.

Keith Jarrett – The Köln Concert [ ]