What does it mean to the world to be a light ?
I sat in a concert of Mr. Terry Riley playing a long form piano piece. Weaving through the sound was s sliver rope.
It connected Terry and a woman who sat near me on the front row of seats at the Berkeley Museum Of Art.
It was a privilege being in the spiritual glow.
Please come and be filled with the infinite glow of love in action.
Fri – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 7pm
26 to 28
201 Franklin Street, San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO, March 11, 2015-In honor of Terry Riley’s 80th birthday, the San Francisco-based, Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet / Kronos Performing Arts Association announces a three-day festival, June 26 – 28, featuring performances of several of the composer’s most significant and rarely-performed works, with special guest performers Zakir Hussain, Wu Man, The Living Earth Show, Gyan Riley and Terry Riley himself.
The festival features four world premieres, including a series of five new one-minute commissioned pieces written in celebration of Riley’s birthday. At the festival’s conclusion, Riley’s monumental Salome Dances for Peace will be performed in its entirety by Kronos for the first time in 20 years. KRONOS PRESENTS: Terry Riley Festival is the inaugural program of KRONOS PRESENTS, a new initiative that will showcase the organization’s expansive curatorial vision, far-ranging musical collaborators and broad musical aesthetics, through an annual festival and other events.
Kronos Quartet and Terry Riley share a musical partnership that dates back to the late 1970s at Mills College where Riley taught composition, improvisation and Hindustani classical music, and where the quartet was ensemble-in-residence. Since then, Kronos has commissioned 27 works by Riley, more than from any other single composer, resulting in a long and fruitful artistic relationship.
“This festival is an opportunity to experience the breadth of work created by a true American icon and California original, Terry Riley” says Kronos’ founder and artistic director David Harrington. “In three nights we will celebrate Terry’s 80 years by gathering together many friends to explore the range of his musical interests through the lens of our 35-year artistic relationship. This festival is a rare moment to honor Terry’s spirit of generosity, his unwavering belief in peace and his artistic leadership, which is apparent in the impact his work has had on Kronos and the world of music. Happy birthday Terry!
Friday, June 26 | 7:30pm: Happy 80th Birthday Terry!
The three-day festival opens on Friday, June 26 with Kronos joined by Zakir Hussain, Wu Man and other surprise guests. Three of Riley’s works are on the program for the evening, including the composer’s first commission for Kronos, Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector (1980). One Earth, One People, One Love, which features the recorded voice of Alice Walker, was written in the aftermath of the events of September 11, 2001, and is part of Riley’s evening-length composition Sun Rings, which was commissioned by NASA in 2002.
Riley’s third piece on Friday’s program, a Kronos commission from 2004, is The Cusp of Magic. Kronos and Wu Man, the world’s premier pipa virtuoso will perform the first of the work’s six movements.
Friday’s program continues with the world premiere of Oberek for Terry Riley by Polish composer Aleksander Kościów, written for Kronos as a musical gift for the celebration of Riley’s 80th birthday. The piece is based on a traditional Polish folk dance, the oberek, and represents, in the words of the composer, “the human need for pure joy.” Riley has had a deep interest in North Indian classical music for many years. Tabla virtuoso Hussain will round out the evening’s concert performing solo in Riley’s honor.
The festival’s opening night culminates with a post-concert celebration, attended by Riley, Kronos, guest artists and friends (separate ticket, $80). Proceeds from this event will benefit the Kronos Education and Community Program, which provides outreach and residency activities for a wide range of participants in conjunction with Kronos performances at home in the Bay Area and around the world.
Saturday, June 27 | 7:30pm: Kronos, Terry & Friends
Kronos will perform three world premieres on the second evening of the festival. The program will include the premiere of a series of five one-minute pieces, commissioned by Kronos, and written in honor of Riley by composers Jherek Bischoff, Caleb Burhans, Maggie Payne, Greg Saunier, and Aleksandra Vrebalov.
In the second premiere of the evening Kronos will be joined by special guests Travis Andrews and Andy Meyerson of The Living Earth Show, an electro-classical chamber ensemble based in San Francisco. Together they will perform a new piece inspired by one of Riley’s most famous works, A Rainbow in Curved Air (1969).
Rounding out the evening is a new work for guitar, keyboard and string quartet by Riley’s son, guitarist/composer Gyan Riley. Father and son will join Kronos in this performance.
Sunday, June 28 | 7:00pm: Salome Dances for Peace
The festival culminates Sunday evening with a performance of Riley’s two-hour Salome Dances for Peace, commissioned by Kronos in 1985. The epic quartet, triple the length of Beethoven’s longest, incorporates a mixture of styles in keeping with Riley’s eclectic interests: jazz, blues, North Indian raga, Middle Eastern scales, minimalist patterns and many other styles of music. The piece offers a retelling of the story of Salome as a sorceress in the service of world peace. Biblical legend is joined by ancient myth and stories from Native American cultures to portray Salome’s attainment of powers in order to fight the forces of evil.
ABOUT THE KRONOS QUARTET
For more than 40 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet-David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello)-has combined a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually re-imagining the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the world’s most celebrated and influential ensembles, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 50 recordings, collaborating with many of the world’s most eclectic composers and performers, and commissioning more than 850 works and arrangements for string quartet. A Grammy winner, Kronos is also the only recipient of both the Polar Music Prize and the Avery Fisher Prize. With a staff of ten, the non-profit Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA) manages all aspects of Kronos’ work, including the commissioning of new works, concert tours and home-season performances, and education programs.
ABOUT TERRY RILEY
Terry Riley first came to prominence in 1964 when he subverted the world of tightly organized atonal composition then in fashion. With the groundbreaking In C – a work built upon steady pulse throughout; short, simple repeated melodic motives; and static harmonies-Riley achieved an elegant and non-nostalgic return to tonality. In demonstrating the hypnotic allure of complex musical patterns made of basic means, he produced the seminal work of Minimalism.
Riley’s facility for complex pattern-making is the product of his virtuosity as a keyboard improviser. He quit formal composition following In C in order to concentrate on improvisation, and in the late 1960s and early ’70s he became known for weaving dazzlingly intricate skeins of music from improvisations on organ and synthesizer. At this time, Riley also devoted himself to studying North Indian vocal techniques under the legendary Pandit Pran Nath, and a new element entered his music: long-limbed melody. From his work in Indian music, moreover, he became interested in the subtle distinctions of tuning that would be hard to achieve with a traditional classical ensemble.
Riley began notating music again in 1979 when both he and the Kronos Quartet were on the faculty at Mills College in Oakland. By collaborating with Kronos, he discovered that his various musical passions could be integrated, not as pastiche, but as different sides of similar musical impulses that still maintained something of the oral performing traditions of India and jazz. Riley’s first quartets were inspired by his keyboard improvisations, but his knowledge of string quartets became more sophisticated through his work with Kronos, combining rigorous compositional ideas with a more performance-oriented approach.
This three-decade-long relationship has yielded 27 works for string quartet, including a concerto for string quartet, The Sands, which was the Salzburg Festival’s first-ever new music commission; Sun Rings, a multimedia piece for choir, visuals and space sounds, commissioned by NASA; and The Cusp of Magic, for string quartet and pipa. Kronos’ album Cadenza on the Night Plain, a collection of music by Riley, was selected by both Time and Newsweek as one of the 10 Best Classical Albums of the Year in 1988. The epic five-quartet cycle, Salome Dances for Peace, was selected as the #1 Classical Album of the Year by USA Today and was nominated for a Grammy in 1989.
KRONOS PRESENTS: Terry Riley Festival is made possible in part by generous support from Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund and the Board of Directors of the Kronos Performing Arts Association.
CALENDAR EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE
KRONOS PRESENTS: Terry Riley Festival
June 26-28, 2015
Friday, June 26, 7:30pm: KRONOS PRESENTS: Happy 80th Birthday Terry!
With Zakir Hussain, Wu Man, and other surprise guests.
Friday, June 26: 9:30pm: KRONOS PRESENTS: Happy 80th Birthday Terry-After Party!
Saturday, June 27, 7:30pm: KRONOS PRESENTS: Kronos, Terry & Friends
With Terry Riley, Gyan Riley, and The Living Earth Show.
Sunday, June 28, 7pm: KRONOS PRESENTS: Salome Dances for Peace
SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco
THE Search for spirituality is interesting to people from every walk of life and every age group. It is time for inner glow, the beauty from the heart out to the surface. Taking good care of myself and decorate my surface is essential. Dressing with care, taking care of my skin and scent for both expression and frolic is fun. Finding new trends in the manufacturing sector in cosmetics and fabrics is an exciting process.
Today I had the glamorous adventure into the world with the people who create beauty and the trends in the fashion industry.
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Oh, I love fashion.
Here I am going out, yet again. This evening I am attending an event at the HUB in San Francisco, a genuine hub of trending Geekdom. Or I am standing in the anti room of a conference hall, or in the lobby of an auditorium, or at a coffee shop, and I hear people talking about Mindfulness! This arrives in many emails I get from such different groups, from Cosmology, science, politics, Artists, The Singularity, coders, foodies and friends about mindfulness. Being Mindful is the buzz word ‘of the day.’
It Is A Trip!
The ‘trip’ seems to be defined as: I have lost myself in a whirlwind and can’t remember who, where, or why I AM.
Mindfulness, or the process to remember where you are and what you are doing, thinking, feeling is putting the skin in the game. It is the beginning of being present in space at the intersection of the habit of time.
If a thought grows out of the workings of the brain, then a Conviction is the guidance that grows out of the Heart. Integrity is a conviction of self esteem working with in a family and out to a community and our Globe, this blue pearl.
It is not a clever argument, a conviction is a firm belief. I believe that most often it is not verbally sharing a belief but the very living integrity that moves others into action. As a parent I had first hand proof that it was the way I moved, spoke, treated others, and lived my every day life that was the great teacher. It is my actions that I impressed on those under my care how to behave both in times of joy and those many times of struggle.
Just a few days ago while I was leaving an appointment I was told that she was glad I talked with her since I always leave her with a smile on her face! That could be none other than the conviction of joy in my heart that rounds out the sounds my words try to convey.
Conviction is a seed for understanding the infinite amount of time and energy each of us have to complete the thought, contained in a word and that string of words that brings people close to one another. The evidence is in the action that always speaks louder than words, thought without words we would all be miming with painted faces and stripped leggings.
I remember with great fondness the time I drove my dearest teacher and monks around on their errands. I would sometimes have a group of monks in my car on the way to the grocery store. There were times when visiting monks came to see my teacher and I was asked to take them window shopping. Most often they wanted to go to the poor part of town and look around in the thrift stores in that community. My teacher liked to go to great malls in various towns around where he lived. People who view their lives as Spending Time, learn by watching the way true meditating servants of the common good live, is a great adventure and gift in itself. This also taught me to watch how people mirror my behavior.
There were no words shared but the conviction that was taught, is to always want to see every part of the world with no fear. I walked with conviction born out of inner integrity where few choose to shop.
In fact, one day, long ago I was in such a very thrifty thrift store with three or four travelers when I found a big packing box of High Loft European Goose Down ‘Famous Label’ with the embossed coat of arms, (Ralph Lauren), king size pillows for fifteen dollars each! What a great surprise. The next day I went to Bloomingdales and found the regular size of this same pillow for three hundred dollars each! I guess it was not being afraid to window shop deep within the wrong side of the tracks! Probably these pillows were not sold earlier because the usual clients did not know what they were or their exorbitant usual cost.
The conviction in my heart is: we are all worthy people! No matter how much stuff we have or how much it cost.
Crystal clear sweet sharp clarity in taste and poise, touch and scent, in beauty for all eyes to see.
I left New York and the east coast of America for the weather and unanimity of the bay area but I do not long for my past as a ‘home’. In fact I went back for several weeks last year for my birthday. I saw all my dearest best friends and retraced the steps that helped build the person who has this life I now live. I noticed that I am traveling at an inner pace which is different than the outer wave length lived in those seasons that now will always be my past.
I am home in my heart and at peace as I strive to see the energy in its more refined layers of My Material World! Accomplishing everything everywhere without exception!
What do you think causes consciousness? (Hint: the entire universe is conscious)
This morning I was reading a reference to animals having consciousness from the point of view of the spirals of planes of consciousness. This is true up to a point. Animals have what I would refer to as Animal Consciousness in that they have the emotional realizations and the ability to see the 500 variations that a particle traveled before it got to their noses, but are not able to get past the atmospheres into the all inclusive areas where galaxies spin.
I believe that the real understanding Of the ‘Lightness Of Being’, the opened being of awake consciousness, comes from the effort of Going to the GYM FOR YOUR Brain/Mind. Do exercise by using the brain to think. For ages in all sorts of forms, leaders in meditation, science, medicine, physics, etc, have suggested in the language of their expertise, to go out into nature and listen. Listen carefully and after a while you will start to hear the particles of all life in the flow of what I call Mother Nature.
Are the senses taking in this information at the speed of light. Let us test this miles per gallon hypothesis together all around the world by going out into Nature and sitting still and just listening. What the world needs at this intersection of Time and Space is a, ‘Lady Tasting Tea’, as Dr Muriel Bristol did. A highly refined group to both study and to prove scientifically that Kindness is the rule of life. And is the truest most reliable value in understanding how consciousness works and moves. * Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_tasting_tea
What the Lady will be Tasting is Love In Action. Love binds the particles. Just as the discoveries of the flow of electrons ushered in the electronic telecommunication age, Love, when comprehended as a functioning whole, will change our understanding of everything. The minions with their mighty swords are at war with the forces of progress and change. Loud empty barrels, who want to as hold solid, the past by the very force of Hot Air. Their desires are to control humanity’s thinking, feeling, and the privacy of their very faces and bodies. You hear their booming because they are making a lot of noise.
Those who have an insight about the future must not be swept aside or drowned out of the conversation. Perhaps you are able to be a light on the scientific path by giving calculations that some of the few, who can chew on numbers can translate, with out affronts or new age fog, out to the general readers? I believe that through the daily act of focusing your mind on one activity, perhaps meditating on an idea or being mindful of only your breath, will open many doors into the many levels of consciousness.
I left journalism in 1999 when both editors and writers had directions based on the bottom line of the owners. It is not just Fear, though the spin on the ‘news’ is to brew doubt into calcifying fear so that the killing of humanity from poisoning bees to owning seeds ends our garden of Eden. The Nestles Co. started buying up wells and springs in the late 1960’s and privatizing water starting in 1971. They announced that water is no longer a human right. Who followed that thread?
The Clintons fostered the climate which allowed our world wide economic collapse. They wrote the law that opened up the possibilities for derivatives. Clinton announced that what the transportation systems needed was a 4.00$ dollar gallon of gas as the foundation of control. Did you read about those actions or just about his under the desk in the oval office prankster-ness? We reached the global co2 cliff in 1970. No news media or public servant stood up and magnetized for critical mass. Remember the now famous Eisenhower speech?
In his 1961 farewell address to the nation, Eisenhower expressed his concerns about future dangers of massive military spending, especially deficit spending, and coined the term “military-industrial-congressional complex“.
None of the true leaders listened and just followed the money. We are doomed not just because there are no journalists Standing Up, but we are a global community of people living against goodness and working against preserving the beauty of our Big Blue Pearl.