|By special arrangement with Robert Friedman Presents
In a unique collaboration, Riley’s hypnotic, multi-layered, polymetric, eastern-flavored improvisations compliment the words and mesmerizing voice of one of the founders of the literary Beat Generation - San Francisco poet Michael McClure. Together they fuse electronica, spoken word poetry, and improvised jazz piano in a real marriage between two masters of psychedelia.
Poetry read to jazz tradition first came into being at a 1955 poetry reading at The Six Gallery in San Francisco at which Allan Ginsberg first presented "Howl" - the event seen in retrospect as the beginning of the emerging Beat movement and the roots of rebirth of contemporary spoken word performance. In 2004 Terry and Michael released their first collaborative album, I LIKE YOUR EYES LIBERTY.
Riley's performances are easier to experience than to explain. He is a musician of enormous sophistication and technical ability, a musician who finds the center of tones and enters into them in the genuine hope of discovering something essential about the lifting of our spirits ... This is music derived from many parts of the globe and from different eras. It has the improvisatory flair, the rhythmic exhilaration and the melodic subtly of the music of India, which Riley has studied for decades. But it is also grounded in classical tradition and jazz, in the advanced keyboard techniques of Chopin, in the harmonic richness of the Impressionists, in the ecstatic improvisations of Coltrane.