Adrian Utley by Benoît Peverelli24 November
The Library of Birmingham
0121 245 4455

Earlier this year Portishead’s Adrian Utley re-recorded ‘In C’ by Terry Riley. Widely cited as the most important work in the history of minimalism, Utley is bringing his take on this groundbreaking new work to Birmingham. Adrian Utley has always been a fan of the minimalist approach to playing guitar and this performance is a celebration of his technique, which has been developed from training as a jazz musician to his work as a member of experimental electronic band Portishead. 

For those that are unfamiliar with ‘In C’, it is considered to be one of the most influential musical works of the 20th century. Composed in 1964, it is made up of 53 musical phrases of varying lengths, which can be repeated as many times as the performer chooses. So, a performance can last minutes or hours. This performance will see Utley’s version of the Riley piece, playing the C note in as many as 50 different ways. With the support of percussionists and organ music, it is likely to be an unforgettable night.

A major highlight of the new Library of Birmingham’s Discovery Season, this is an essential night out for fans of experimental music and an interesting and different evening for those that are willing to try something new.

Words: Tajinder Hayer

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