Ultima 2016

Terry Riley & KORK

Closing concert: Minimalist flagship piece celebrates repetition and the spirit of communal music making.

The American composer and minimalist Terry Riley's music is known for a wide audience through Grand Theft Auto IV, the radio series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and as The Who’s most important inspiration.

On the closing concert at Rockefeller Music Hall, Terry Riley and his son Gyan Riley will perform as a duo. In addition The Norwgian Radio Orchestra will perform a complex program consisting of among other works, the legendary In C.

In C was composed in 1964 for an indefinite number of performers and no set duration. The work consists of 53 short, numbered musical phrases where each phrase may be repeated an arbitrary number of times. Each musician decides which phrase they play. With its throbbing drive and repetitive tonality, it has become one of the best loved and most popular contemporary music pieces, interpreted by everyone from Bang On A Can to Damon Albarn & Africa Express and Adrian Utley (Portishead).

A collaboration between, Ultima, nyMusikk and The Norwegian Radio Orchestra.


Terry Riley 

Magnus Loddgård - conductor
Terry Riley and Gyan Riley (duo)
Terry Riley In C

17 September
8 pm

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