Terry Riley's 'Dark Queen Mantra' premieres

Terry Riley's 'Dark Queen Mantra' premieres
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The world premiere of Terry Riley's Dark Queen Mantra happens next month in San Francisco. The Del Sol String Quartet commissioned his quintet for guitar and strings and will premiere it with Gyan Riley at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The piece calls for a guitarist skilled on both acoustic and electric instruments.

At the concert, Del Sol also performs Riley's The Wheel and Mythic Birds Waltz, and music by Huang Ruo and Stefano Scodanibbio.

The premiere is a celebration of Terry Riley’s 80th birthday. A forefather of minimalism, Riley writes and improvises in a robust, transfixing language. The San Francisco Conservatory of Music recognized Riley's achievements with an honorary doctorate degree during the school's commencement ceremonies in May 2015.

- Del Sol String Quartet performance calendar

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