Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley is preparing to release a new interpretation of Terry Riley's 'In C'.
First performed in 1964, Terry Riley's 'In C' established the composer as one of the foremost voices of his time. Helping to establish what would become known as Minimalism, the piece centres on 53 musical phrases in C and has no duration - allowing for infinite variations.
Now Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley has confirmed his intentions to release a new version of the piece. Forming the Guitar Orchestra, the group contains 19 guitarists including John Parish (PJ Harvey), Thought Forms, and Jim Barr (Portishead live band) working alongside four organs and a bass clarinet.
Issuing a short statement, Adrian Utley revealed that he has been toying with doing something on this scale for some time.
"I've been exploring the sonic possibilities of massed guitars for a while now in various contexts from pure noise to the sacred choral music of Arvo Part. So it was interesting to see what would happen if we had 20 electric guitars plus organs playing ‘In C’. It is an amazing piece of writing and original thought. A new free idea of organised group playing. The beginnings of what we know as minimalism."
Recorded live at St. George's Hall, Bristol, 'In C' will be released on September 30th through Invada.
Watch a clip of the performance below.
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