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It’s hard to do justice in words to the influence of Terry Riley on so much adventurous music that has emerged over the past half century. Take his legendary In C, a simple piece of musical genius that still resonates as loudly in impact today and perhaps is achieving more widespread influence than ever currently since its first recorded appearance in 1968.
Add in his sublime minimalist keyboard recordings such as Shri Camel and A Rainbow In Curved Air, his early tape work, his collaborations with Pandit Pran Nath, John Cale, La Monte Young – a huge favourite on the TUSK team, a huge influence on our listening and so much of the music we love.
So it is fitting, in the year that TUSK makes the move to expand its reach into Sage Gateshead’s Hall One, that it is Terry Riley that takes us there. Terry will perform in a duo with his son Gyan, who has a growing discography of his own that includes releases on labels such as John Zorn’s Tzadik and has worked with Zakir Hussian, Dawn Upshaw and many others.
Hailing from Morocco’s Atlantic coast, Maâlem Houssam Gania is the youngest son of the late, revered Maâlem Mahmoud Gania and has grown up entrenched in the Gnawa culture of North Africa, playing the guimbri and singing from the Gnawa songbook since his earliest days.
In great demand in his home country for his performances at the Lila trance ceremonies, where people gather to dance, to commune with the spirits and be healed of their ailments, Houssam’s renown has spread to this continent of late with select appearances at European festivals and even collaborations with UK producer James Holden.
At TUSK, Houssam will be performing an intimate set of deep and traditional Gnawa music with a small group accompanying on chorus and percussion.