New Music All-Star Ensemble Signal and Brad Lubman Release New Steve Reich Album

Ensemble Signal will be at Lincoln Center to perform Triple Quartet and WTC 9/11 July 19 and Double Sextet  and Music For 18 Musicians  on July 21. 

Brad Lubman Photo by Stephanie Berger

Called “America’s greatest living composer” by the Village Voice and one “a handful … who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history” by the Guardian, Steve Reich turns 80 on October 3. harmonia mundi celebrates this anniversary year with a new recording by Ensemble Signal and its  conductor/co-artistic director Brad Lubman, comprising two recent Reich pieces, Double Sextet (2007) and Radio Rewrite (2012).

It follows the ensemble’s first harmonia mundi release, the ecstatically received 2015 recording of Reich’s 1976 masterpiece Music for 18 Musicians, which the New York Times called “sensational” and which Reich himself described as “fast moving, spot on and emotionally charged.” The Boston Globe wrote, “It makes listening to ‘Music for 18 Musicians’ an emotionally compelling experience in a manner that eluded earlier versions.” A 2015 year-end favorite, it landed on Billboard's Crossover Chart and was awarded the French Diapason D'Or. 

Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for music, Double Sextet is scored for two sextets of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, vibraphone, and piano. “By doubling an entire chamber ensemble,” Reich writes, “one creates the possibility for multiple simultaneous contrapuntal webs of identical instruments.”

Radio Rewrite, for flute, clarinet, violins, viola, cello, electric basses, pianos and vibraphones is inspired by two songs by the British post-rock band Radiohead, “Jigsaw Falling into Place” and “Everything in Its Right Place.” (The composer became aware of the band when he saw Radiohead member Jonny Greenwood perform Reich’s “Electric Counterpoint” at the Sacrum Profanum festival in Kraków, Poland.) “The piece is a mixture of moments where you will hear Radiohead,” says Reich, “but most moments where you won’t.”

Residency and production support provided by EMPAC/ Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, and the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts. Recorded January 24, 2016 (“Radio Rewrite”) and March 11-12, 2011 (“Double Sextet”) in the Concert Hall of EMPAC. Ensemble Signal’s performance was made possible in part by generous support from Joan Margot Smith.

IN CONCERT - 2016/17

7/19 - New York, NY - The Appel Room
Lincoln Center Festival Reich/Reverberation

With JACK Quartet, Brad Lubman conducts: Different Trains 
JACK Quartet (only): Triple Quartet, WTC 9/11  

7/21 - New York, NY - The Appel Room
Lincoln Center Festival Reich/Reverberation

Double Sextet, Music for 18 Musicians

9/15 & 10/15* - New York, NY - Miller Theater
Columbia University
Daniel Variations, You Are (Variations)
*10/25 – Ensemble Signal only

1/29 - Berkeley, CA - Hertz Hall, CAL Performances
All-Reich program to include Runner (US premiere)