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Steve Reich’s Drumming
June 27, 2019 @ 7:00 am
June 27, 2019 @ 9:00 pm
May 28, 2019
Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance
97 Kaulbach St
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B0J 2C0 Canada

Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance invites you to experience a performance of composer Steve Reich’s seminal work, DRUMMING, to be performed by participants of its 2019 TorQ Percussion Seminar at the Lunenburg Community Center on Thursday, June 27 at 7 pm.
“Watching Reich’s work being performed is a little like witnessing a religious ceremony,” wrote Martin Bright of Britain’s The Guardian newspaper. And if that’s the case, TorQ has the composer’s high priest here to coach the performance in the person of Dr. Russell Hartenberger, Professor Emeritus of Percussion at the University of Toronto, as well as a member of the hugely-influential NEXUS percussion ensemble, and Steve Reich & Musicians.
Dr. Hartenberger has been working with Reich for about five decades and “literally wrote the book about performing his music,” says Adam Campbell, who together with Rich Burrows, Jamie Drake and Daniel Morphy comprise Canada’s premiere percussion ensemble, TorQ Percussion Quartet.
Winners of the 2019 Opus Prix for Best Program for Young Audiences for their show Ensemble, à tout coup! / Together on the Beat together with l’orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM), and nominee for the 2019 JUNO for Classical Composition of the Year for their recording of Nicole Lizee’s Katana of Choice with soloist Ben Reimer, TorQ continues its mission to bring new vitality to percussion repertoire and performance.
Described by musicologist K. Robert Schwarz as “minimalism’s first masterpiece,” DRUMMING employs a technique Reich developed, which he called ‘phasing.’ It involves building whole soundscapes around tiny shifts of rhythm as instruments, for the most part percussion, moved in and out of synchronization with each other.
Written in 1971 after Reich visited Ghana to study traditional drumming techniques, it was inspired when the composer found himself singing along while playing the drums and wondering whether the human voice and other instruments could be used to imitate and develop drumming sounds.
Book your tickets now by calling 902-634-8667 or visit Shop on the Corner, 263 Lincoln St, Lunenburg.
PLEASE NOTE: concert will be performed at the Lunenburg Community Center, 17 Green St, Lunenburg.

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