For the 2013-14 season, Crossing 32nd Street has been performing Steve Reich’s seminal work Music for 18 Musicians. This work, which can be described as an aura of perpetual propulsion is an evening-length sixty minute piece of music exploring some of Reich’s trademark process-music techniques: build-ups, melodic shifts, pulsing swells, and melodies generated out of resultant patterns. It really has become one of the go-to works for exemplifying minimalism of the later twentieth century.
A special note about our performance and the space: we performed in front of a piece created by artist Sol LeWitt. LeWitt happens to be one of the early “minimalist” in visual arts, which of course influenced to art music.
Performances of this work included:
- Paradise Valley Community College
- Phoenix Art Museum – First Friday event
- Arizona State University – Minimalisms Festival (Contemporary Music series)
Photos from Phoenix Art Museum performance (1/03):
Photos from Paradise Valley performance (10/18):