The Heaven Ladder & other works for piano by Terry Riley; Gloria Cheng & Terry Riley
Grammy Award winning pianist Gloria Cheng teams up with the father of minimalism, Terry Riley, for a recital of Riley’s music. Gloria Cheng has a decades long relationship with Terry Riley’s music. In 1995 she gave the west coast premiere of his masterpiece, The Heaven Ladder, Book VII, and made the world premiere recording shortly after. Terry Riley hardly needs an introduction. In his six decade career he has influenced countless musicians in the classical, jazz, rock and electronic music scenes and shifted the paradigm of classical music forever with his 1964 composition, In C. The concert will include some of Riley’s only fully notated works, played by Gloria Cheng, and also his semi-improvised works, preformed by the composer. The end the night they will come together to perform the newly composed work Cheng Tiger Growl Roar, written specifically for the pair.