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  • Colin Currie Group is a virtuosic ensemble that specialises in the music of Steve Reich. Their performances of Reich’s music have been hailed by the composer as “the best I’ve ever heard” (Tehillim, Tokyo 2017).

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  • Led by Colin Currie (“the world’s finest and most daring percussionist”, Spectator), the hand-picked ensemble was formed in 2006 for a performance of Drumming at the BBC Proms to celebrate the 70th birthday of Steve Reich. In the subsequent decade, the Colin Currie Group performed Drumming around the world. They have expanded their repertoire to include many of Reich’s most popular works, including Music for 18 Musicians, Sextet, Tehillim and Music for Pieces of Wood and are privileged to have frequently had the composer present when rehearsing and performing these works.


    “Another performance that knocked my socks off was Colin Currie and his group doing Drumming at the Southbank this year. It was miked up high, it was expressionist, it was a brand new take. And I thought, Oh, we never could have done it that way.”
    Steve Reich on the Colin Currie Group, Irish Times, July 2011


    In 2014 the Group premiered Steve Reich’s Quartet (for two pianos and two vibraphones), dedicated by Reich to Colin Currie. Since the premiere at London’s Southbank Centre, the group have given multiple performances of this work, including across the UK, Europe, Asia and America.


    The group’s highly anticipated recording of Drumming was released on Colin Currie Records in Spring 2018 after a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise funds, fully supported by Steve Reich. The recording received outstanding reviews, being described by The Times as "Thunderously exciting" (March 2018).


    The Colin Currie Group has appeared in concert at major halls and festivals worldwide, performing regularly at London’s Southbank Centre where Currie is Artist in Association and having made their international debut at Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall in 2012 and their European debut at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Other highlights have included concerts in the opening season of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, returning to Tokyo Opera City (March 2017), and performances at Paris Cité de la Musique, Cologne Philharmonie, Prague Strings of Autumn Festival, Rotterdam De Doelen, Glasgow Minimal Festival, Helsinki Festival, Macau Festival, Saffron Hall, King’s Place and the Barbican Centre.


    Recent highlights include three performances of Reich’s music as part of a weekend residency at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris at the request of the composer himself. The programmes included works such as Pulse and Proverb, which the group performed for the first time, as well as Clapping Music performed by Colin Currie and Steve Reich. In the 2018/19 season the Colin Currie Group make their debut in Southeast Asia at the Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore. They also return to Cambridge performing at the Cambridge Music Festival, where the programme includes Reich Six Marimbas, which the group will perform for the first time.

    2018/19 season / 441 words. Not to be altered without permission.

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Colin Currie Quartet

The Colin Currie Quartet was formed in 2018 by Colin Currie to present the diverse works written for percussion quartet. The group is made up of Colin Currie, Owen Gunnell, Adrian Spillett and Sam Walton, who form the core of the Colin Currie Group, and in this new collective they perform works by Steve Reich and branch out into other composers who have been swept along by that highly influential force.


As some of the world’s leading solo, symphonic and chamber percussionists, each player of the quartet brings a different and insightful slant to the art of chamber percussion performance, and the group will be adding substantially to its repertoire in the coming years.


Programme


Joseph Pereira
Mallet Quartet


Xenakis
Rebonds B


Stockhausen
Vibra-Elufa


Steve Reich
Mallet Quartet


INTERVAL


Kevin Volans
Four Marimbas


Steve Reich
Drumming [Part 1]

Programme suggestions

The Colin Currie Group is a flexible ensemble ranging from 4 to 30 musicians and can offer a wide range of programmes, often collaborating with Synergy Vocals. Below are some examples, which can be interchanged and adapted freely.


Programme 1 (18 musicians)
Reich Music for Pieces of Wood
Reich Quartet (premiered 2014)
interval
Reich Music for 18 Musicians


Programme 2 (6 musicians)
Reich Clapping Music
Reich Sextet
interval
Reich Mallet Quartet
Reich Quartet (premiered 2014)


Programme 3 (12 musicians)
Reich Clapping Music
Reich Mallet Quartet
interval
Reich Drumming


Programme 4 (13 musicians)
Reich Music for Pieces of Wood
Reich Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ
interval
Reich Drumming


Programme 5 (12 musicians)
60 minutes, stand-alone
Reich Drumming


Programme 6 (30 musicians)
Reich Tehillim
interval
Reich Drumming


Programme 7 (17 musicians)
Reich Mallet Quartet
Reich Pulse
interval
Reich Quartet
Reich Sextet


Programme 8 (12 musicians)
Reich Music for Pieces of Wood
Reich Proverb
interval
Reich Mallet Quartet
Reich Quartet


Programme 9 (27 musicians)
Reich Variations for Vibes, Pianos and Strings
Reich Pulse
interval
Reich Music for 18 Musicians


Other repertoire the group can offer includes:
Reich Violin Phase
Reich Dance Patterns
Reich Cello Phase
Reich Vermont Counterpoint (for flute and backing track)
Reich New York Counterpoint (for clarinet and backing track)
Reich Double Sextet
Reich Four Organs

Kate Caro
Associate Director, imagine
+44 20 7608 9932
kcaro@intermusica.co.uk

Catherine Gibbs
Associate Director, Artist Management
+44 20 7608 9946
cgibbs@intermusica.co.uk

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