Steve Reich discusses Tehillim with Colin Currie

Composer Steve Reich takes a closer look at his joyous composition, Tehillim, with solo-percussionist, Colin Currie.

Steve Reich and Colin Currie - Tehillim


Written in 1981, Tehillim was the first major composition by Reich to explicitly reference his new-found interest in his Jewish heritage. The piece incorporates driving rhythms and vocals inspired by cantillation, the ritual chanting of the Hebrew Bible at synagogue. In this interview Reich explains to Currie how he closely examined the text of the psalms to find and define the rhythm of Tehillim.

Having originally formed for a performance of Steve Reich's music, the Colin Currie Group continue to be closely associated with the influential Minimalist composer. The group are joined by fellow Reich-specialists Synergy Vocals to perform Tehillim at Royal Festival Hall, on Friday 5 May.

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To be to the point, it’s the best performance of Tehillim I’ve ever heard
Steve Reich, on the Colin Currie Group