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"In C" @ the Hudson Opera House

  • HUDSON OPERA HOUSE 327 Warren Street Hudson, NY, 12534 United States (map)

Tickets: $30 in advance / $35 at the door

Venue: Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Special thanks to the Thendara Foundation for making this event possible.

You're invited to experience the color and passion of raga as we perform Terry Riley’s In C on September 1 at 7:00pm in the newly restored upstairs performance hall at Hudson Hall at the Historic Hudson Opera House. This performance celebrates the upcoming release of our upcoming album release of In C with Northern Spy Records. 

For this performance, we will bring the music full circle, beginning with a classic raga set led by Eric Fraser (bansuri) and Ehren Hanson (tabla), followed by an hour-long version of Riley's magnum opus with the full ensemble led by Neel Murgai on sitar.

The score for Riley’s 1964 minimalist masterpiece consists of just one page, but allows for any number of performers in any instrumental combination to perform it. In spirit, Riley’s piece mirrors the raga, the melodic structure of classical Indian music, and no two performances are ever the same. With its repeated patterns and improvisational form, the work can last for several hours or a fraction thereof, to ecstatic and transcendental effect.

This fall, we release Terry Riley In C (Northern Spy Records), recorded live in concert with 18 musicians at Joe’s Pub in New York City. Sitarist Neel Murgai identified the canonical minimalist masterpiece as an accessible way for the critical mass of BRM musicians to play together. They were encouraged by Terry Riley himself, who, after listening to an early performance recording, suggested they “use the basic In C form, but open it up to solos...” BRM’s arrangement of In C incorporates raga, Indian ornamentation, driving tabla rhythms, improvised solos and an instrumentation of sitar, sarod, bansuri, vocals, tabla, hammered dulcimer, oud, violin, cello, upright bass, dragon mouth trumpet, guitar, cajon, riq and frame drum.

Terry Riley composed In C in 1964, but this release marks the first time it has been performed and recorded by a group featuring so many Indian classical musicians. The piece’s basic structure consists of 53 cells of music for any instrumentation, short fragments that each performer repeats, displaces and moves through at their own will. Riley himself is a long-time practitioner of Indian classical vocal music, having studied with Pandit Pran Nath. However, he notes that he has “never heard an ensemble like this playing In C.”