Percussion. Pulse. Primal rhythms. Heartbeat. Resonances of recurring time and cycles in nature and the universe.
The virtuosity, complexity and depth of Indian rhythm have appealed to the Western ear and imagination from Messiaen and the flower-power generation to the present day. This program shows drumming from India in the North and South Indian traditions, before moving to Australia and European compositions, all inspired by an Indian pulse.
Transplanted to California’s flower-power heyday in the 1960s, a tribute to the founding spirit of American minimalism, Terry Riley, who joins us in video conference from Italy. 45 years after its creation, the mesmeric patterns of Riley’s RAINBOW pulsate through the body and entrance the spirit.
Berio’s dazzling, percussion driven final SEQUENZA is played by its inspirational dedicatee, Rohan de Saram, alongside two contrasting Indian-inspired excursions from Brisbane composer Robert Davidson, a student of Riley and inheritor of his Indian stimuli.
Featured non-Australian music: Terry Riley, Luciano Berio
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