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Gyan Riley playing w/ Terry @ LPR, curated shows @ the Stone

Gyan Riley
Gyan Riley

Terry and Gyan Riley have been performing together since the late 90’s and have appeared in concert throughout the USA and Europe. The music has a connection to the improvising traditions of both Jazz and Indian Classical but more importantly depends on a synchronous intuition that has developed between a father and a son. Sometimes they begin with a structure where melodic, harmonic, modal and rhythmic elements are predetermined along with a flow chart of sequential events but one of their favorite forms is starting from a place where neither performer has an overview and they must find their way together. Terry on piano, keyboard and vocals, has been on the worlds stages for over 50 years. Gyan has generated a lot of excitement with his astounding guitar virtuosity and his brilliant compositions. In 2011 they appeared at All Tomorrow’s Parties in Minehead England and at Moogfest in Asheville, North Carolina.

Terry Riley & Gyan Riley (with help from percussionist David Cossin and violinist Tracy Silverman) play a seated show at Le Poisson Rouge Sunday (5/13). Tickets are still available.

Gyan Riley can also be found this month at the Stone, where he curated the second half (May 17 – 31) of venue’s May programming. (Buke & Gase handled the first two weeks.) Riley’s run kicks off Thursday, May 17 with a solo performance by Tracy Silvermann who uses loop pedals to create soundscapes with her six-string violin. The late show that night is BLIXT aka Bill Laswell (bass) Morgen Agren (drums) Raoul Bjorkenheim (guitar).

Other highlights include Ian Williams of Battles on May 19, guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Scott Amendola on May 22; pianist Jenny Lin playing works from various Merce Cunningham composers on May 23; Riley and percussionist Dave Cossin performing as Superballs! on May 26; and Bang on a Can/Paul Simon cohort Mark Stewart on May 27.

Full schedule for the Gyan Riley-curated second half of May at The Stone is below.

5/17 Thursday (MM)
8 pm
Tracy Silverman
Tracy Silverman (6-string electric violin)
6-string electric violinist Tracy Silverman employs live looping and a variety of effect pedals to create large sound-scapes that include original works and music by John Adams and Terry Riley written for him.

10 pm
Bill Laswell (bass) Morgen Agren (drums) Raoul Bjorkenheim (guitar)

5/18 Friday (TD)
8 pm
Yarn Wire
Ian Antonio (percussion) Russell Greenberg (percussion) Laura Barger (piano) Ning Yu (piano)
New compositions for piano and percussion.

10 pm
Caleb Burhans and Todd Reynolds
Caleb Burhans (violins, electronics) Todd Reynolds (violins, electronics)

5/19 Saturday (MJC)
8 pm
Ian Williams (of Battles)
Ian Williams (guitars, synths)

10 pm
Doom Ribbons
Shane Perlowin (guitar) James Owen (multi-instrumentalist/vocalist)
Ahleuchatistas’ guitarist Shane Perlowin teams up with vocalist James Owen to create a beautiful and haunting lyrical opus and a lament for humanity’s folly. An ambitious conceptual work over three years in the making, it explores epic world beat, psychedelia, tension-building post rock, noise, free jazz, progressive chamber rock, and nuanced sound-collage.

5/20 Sunday (DS)
8 pm
Off the Cliff with Clarice
Exploring the differences and similarities between classical contemporary music, jazz and Brazilian street music.
Clarice Assad (piano, voice, bass guitar) João Luiz Resende (guitar, cavaquinho) Keita Ogawa (percussion)

10 pm
The Magic Number
Zach Brock (violin) Matt Wigton (bass) Fred Kennedy (drums)

5/21 Monday (RJP)
7:30 and 9 pm
7:30–Open Rehearsal

5/22 Tuesday (DDT)
8 pm
Del Sol String Quartet

10 pm
Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola
Charlie Hunter (seven-string guitar) Scott Amendola (drums)
Playing Charlie’s new tunes to be recorded this week!

5/23 Wednesday (DDT)
8 pm
Jenny Lin
Jenny Lin (piano)
Merce Cunningham composers show: Celebrating composers from the Merce Cunningham company performing works for solo piano by David Behrman, John Cage, John King, Stephan Moore, Gordon Mumma, and Christian Wolff.

10 pm
Luciano Chessa
Luciano Chessa (piano, voice, Vietnamese dan bau)
Playing some of his recent solo compositions including ‘Louganis’ for piano, TV/VCR and living room set (video by Terry Berlier) and ‘Chronicle Hotel,’ Joan La Barbara’s 1974’s striking “Hear what I feel” and Francesco Cangiullo’s explosive Futurist sound poem “Piedigrotta” (1913).

5/24 Thursday (YT)
8 pm
Lisa Bielawa
Lisa Bielawa (vocalist, composer) plus special guests

10 pm
Ashley Bathgate
Ashley Bathgate (cello)
Bang on a Can cellist performs solo and with special guests Ian Rosenbaum (percussion) and Vicky Chow (piano). Come see what happens when cellists stop playing Bach suites. Works by Arvo Pärt, Annie Gosfield, Bill Ryan, Michael Van der Aa, and John Zorn.

5/25 Friday (JM)
8 pm
Stefano Scodanibbio Tribute Concert
Scott Dixon (contrabass) Matteo Cesari (bass flute) Benjamin Kreith (violin) Del Sol String Quartet
Honoring legendary contrabassist and composer Stefano Scodanibbio.

10 pm
Taylor Levine, David Linaburg, Josh Lopes and James Moore (electric guitars)

5/26 Saturday
8 pm
Gyan Riley (guitar) David Cossin (percussion)

10 pm
Pastor’s B.
M. C. Schmidt (percussion) Josh Quillen (percussion)
M. C. Schmidt (of Matmos) and Josh Quillen (of So Percussion)

5/27 Sunday (JI)
8 pm
Mark Stewart
Mark Stewart (guitar) and friends
Guitarist/multi-instrumentalist for Bang on a Can and Paul Simon stretches out with some new music.

10 pm
Cenk Ergun (laptop and autoharp) Jason Treuting (drums) Grey McMurray (electric guitar)

5/28 Monday (RJP)
7:30 and 9 pm
7:30–Open Rehearsal

5/29 Tuesday (TO)
8 pm
Sanjaya the Sceptic
Jessika Kenney (voice) Eyvind Kang (viola)
For Robert Jenkins.

10 pm
Vicky Chow
Vicky Chow (piano)
Bang on a Can pianist plays solo

5/30 Wednesday (HB)
8 pm
Amy X Neuburg
Amy X Neuburg (voice, electronics)

10 pm
Jason Branyan (voice, drums, sampling, tape)

5/31 Thursday (NY)
8 pm
Lukas Ligeti
Lukas Ligeti (percussion)

10 pm
Martin Philadelphy and Giant Dwarf
Martin Philadelphy (guitar) Jeremy Carstedt (drums, percussion)
Experimental noise/jazz/rock duo. Martin Philadelphy’s guitar is like a rabbit darting through the woods with not an obvious, but a definite purpose. Jeremy Carlstedt’s drums act as trees, points for the rabbit to navigate. Then the rabbit becomes the sky, and the trees are clouds.

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