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iffr: terry riley

Closing event of the Rotterdam Film Festival's Exploding Cinema -- otherwise of, ehm, varied quality this year -- was a rare European concert by the 69 year old founding father of minimal music Terry Riley.

Accompanied by grainy 8mm images of New York, Riley played almost 90 minutes of sweeping, virtuoso piano, and in one composition even sang, or rather chanted, in what he himself described as "a wake intended for the war victims in Iraq." Very impressive.

(More info on Terry Riley @ allmusic.com)

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