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Spectrum - Steve Reich's Drumming by Roberto Alvarez


Fri Sep 13 2013, 7:30pm

Where: Esplanade Recital Studio , 1 Esplanade Drive, Marina Bay, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • Standard: $25.00
  • Additional fees may apply

In the summer of 1970, Steve Reich went to Ghana to study drumming with master drummer Gideon Alorworye, the realisation of a passion he’d carried with him ever since he was a teenager. This trip would however last only five weeks, as he was forced to return to the United States after contracting malaria.

In the year that followed, he would spend his time almost exclusively on the composition of one work. The result was Drumming, a piece in four continuous parts for percussionists, flautist and singers, described as the minimalist movement's first masterpiece.

First performed in New York in 1971, this evening's performance by some of the top percussionists of this island marks the Singapore premiere of this seminal work. Flautist Roberto Álvarez and singers Thomas Manhart and Lim Yan Ting complete the ensemble who will perform this work for the first time here in its entirety.

Roberto Álvarez
Thomas Manhart
Lim Yan Ting
Lim Meng Keh
Ramu Thiruyanam
Sng Yiang Shan
Cheryl Ong
Eugene Toh
Marvin Seah
Bai Jiaxing
Daniel Ho
Tan Lee Ying