- Steve Reich and Musicians joined forces with the Philip Glass Ensemble in September 2014 for three sold-out nights at the Brooklyn Academy of Music that featured works by both composers. Performed works included Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, Drumming, Four Organs, Sextet, WTC 9/11, Piano Phase, and Clapping Music.
- The 2014 Big Ears Festival featured Steve Reich as Artist-in-Residence. The three-day festival in Knoxville, TN saw performances of Music for 18 Musicians, Radio Rewrite, and Drumming, as well as Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood performing Electric Counterpoint.
- In June 2014, Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. The concert, which saw Reich performing, quickly sold out and 1,000 extra tickets were offered for standing room only.
- Kristjan Järvi and the MDR Sinfonieorchester and Rundfunkchor took Reich’s works on the road in May 2014 to Dresden, Leipzig, and Paris for sold-out events that included performances of works such as The Desert Music, Duet, and The Four Sections, among others.
- The premiere of Quartet in October 2014 by the Colin Currie Group was met with rapturous critical reception after the sold-out event at London’s Southbank Centre. The Guardian noted, “Relaxed, intimate and bittersweet in mood, it’s a chamber work in essence, written with the kind of egalitarianism between the musicians that we often find in string quartets, as the emphasis shuttles fluidly from one player, or combination of players, to the next… Its grace belies its difficulty: it was played with an unassuming virtuosity and a well-nigh faultless sense of ensemble, in which mutual understanding is paramount. Reich was given a hero’s reception when it was over.”
Photo L to R: Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, David Cossin, Timo Andres, Steve Reich