From his early taped speech pieces It's Gonna Rain (1965) and Come Out (1966), to his and video artist Beryl Korot's digital video opera Three Tales (2002), composer Steve Reich's path has embraced not only aspects of Western classical music, but the structures, harmonies, and rhythms of non-Western and American vernacular music, particularly jazz. Beryl Korot is a pioneer of video installation art and has exhibited works in museums in Europe, the U.S. and Japan since 1974. Her recent collaborations with her husband, Steve Reich, have brought video installation art into the context of contemporary music theater. In this second conversation in our Art + Invention series, we will explore two works produced by this creative couple: The Cave (1990-93), a music theater video piece exploring the Biblical story of Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, Ishmael and Isaac and Three Tales (2002), which presents three parables of technology run amok: the crash of the German airship Hindenburg, the testing of atomic bombs on Bikini Atoll, and a preview of possible trouble to come with the birth of artificial intelligence and cloning.
Presented with the Taube Center for Jewish Studies.
Steve Reich, Composer
Steve Reich's 70th-birthday year (2006) was marked with festivals and special concerts organized by companies around the world. In 2007, Mr. Reich was awarded the Polar Music Prize by the Swedish Academy of Music. Former winners of the Polar Prize inclue Pierre Boulez, Bob Dylan, Gyorgi Ligeti, and Sir Paul McCartney. In 2009 he received the Pulitzer Prize in music for Double Sextet.
Beryl Korot, Video Artist
Beryl Korot is an internationally known video artist who has created multimonitor installations which have been shown all over the world. She is best known for her multiple channel works Dachau, 1974 (1974) and Text and Commentary (1977), and her two collaborations with composer Steve Reich, The Cave (1990-93) and Three Tales (2002), both of which brought video art into a theatrical context with contemporary classical music.