Happy 80th Birthday Terry Riley!

Happy 80th Birthday Terry Riley!
Terry Riley
Photo: Amelia Lukas
Join us in wishing composer Terry Riley a grand 80th birthday on June 24.

Join radio station WQXR and its online partner Q2 Music to celebrate Riley with a 24-hour marathon hosted by Phil Kline.

While kicking back for this deep survey of a life in music, create a tribute in haiku for the composer. Include hashtag #HaikuforTerryRileyat80 with your creation. A few contributions by notable musicians and friends of Riley:
John Luther Adams, composer:
   It's been eighty years.
   And still you are giving us:
   Rainbows in curved air.

Sarah Cahill, pianist:
   the youth of eighty
   universe in his left hand
   glowing from his smile

David Harrington, Kronos Quartet violinist:
   filtering sadness
   from a violent mad world
   he beams happy calm

Pauline Oliveros, composer:
   Morning horn sounding
   And what is a morning horn?
   Sounding morning horn!

John Schaefer, radio host:
   A gift for my ears
   Terry's song of the cosmos
   In sea and curved air
On the big day, be part in a worldwide performance if his seminal work, In C. Download the In C App to your smartphone, tablet, or computer, choose your instrument, and join players across the planet in a global concert. The app, instructions, and download are at InCapp.net.

Or perform from his new folio, The Piano Works. In its extensive — and at times humorous and eloquent — foreword, Riley tells the story of his journey. A selection of beautiful facsimiles of his handwritten scores is included. It's available from your music dealer, HalLeonard.com, and MusicRoom.com.

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