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Drumming with Colin Currie Group

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

Experience the mind-bending phasing effect that became Steve Reich's trademark technique paired with visually puzzling art by Bridget Riley in our major retrospective, as you enjoy a gallery viewing with live music.

Experience the rhythms, patterns and pulses of Reich’s radical percussion piece in the context of Riley’s iconic black-and-white paintings of the 1960s, early representational paintings, expansive canvases in colour, recent wall paintings, and the artist’s only three-dimensional work.

After a half hour spent browsing the exhibition, take your seat to hear a performance of complementary music in the extraordinary setting of Hayward Gallery.

Reich’s Drumming returns to the site of its premiere: in 1972, its original performance was in Hayward Gallery, with musicians including Reich himself and Michael Nyman, Gavin Bryars and Cornelius Cardew, better known to us as composers.

The work was inspired by a trip to Ghana and its slowly evolving rhythmic loops draw on the complexities of music made by the country’s Ewe drummers.

Its four sections present four pairs of tuned bongos; three marimbas and two female voices; three glockenspiels and piccolo; and finally the entire percussion ensemble.

Colin Currie and his group are Reich’s preferred interpreters. Of the group’s 2011 performance of Drumming in Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Independent observed, ‘Currie’s 12-piece ensemble is exceptionally focused, and the result holds the audience rapt throughout its duration.’


Colin Currie Group
Synergy Vocals


Steve Reich: Drumming

Dates & times

6 Dec 2019 - 7 Dec 2019
Approximate run time: 105 mins
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    • Fri 6 December 2019
      • 7:30 pm
      • 9:45 pm
    • Sat 7 December 2019
      • 7:30 pm
      • 9:45 pm


Hayward Gallery


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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Event information
This event consists of a 45-minute gallery viewing and a 60-minute live performance.

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Colin Currie also appears with JACK Quartet on 1 Feb 2020.
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