Musical Legend and Son to Perform at Toledo Museum of Art in April 2020

Listen Up Toledo  |  01/13/2020 10:00 am

At 85 years of age, Terry Riley is touring the country with his son, Gyan, on guitar. The duo will make a stop at Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) on Thursday, April 23, 2020. TERRY RILEY with Gyan Riley: Live at 85!, taking place in TMA’s GlasSalon, will be a celebration of Riley’s musical career, family and the joys of improvisation.

Composer and performer Terry Riley is one of the founders of music’s Minimalist movement. His early works, notably In C (1964), pioneered a form in Western music based on structured interlocking repetitive patterns. The influence of Riley’s hypnotic, multi-layered, polymetric, brightly orchestrated Eastern-flavored improvisations and compositions is heard across the span of contemporary and popular music.

Performers who have commissioned and/or played his works include: Kronos Quartet, ARTE Quartet, Array Music, Zeitgeist, John Zorn, Sarah Cahill, California E.A.R. Unit, guitarist David Tanenbaum, electric violinist Tracy Silverman, drummer George Marsh, bassist Bill Douglass, the Assad brothers, cello octet Conjunto Ibérico, Crash Ensemble, Calder Quartet, Arditti Quartet, Sounds Bazaar, Paul Dresher, singer Amelia Cuni and Bang-on-a-Can All Stars.

“Terry Riley is an iconic artist who has shaped an entire global musical movement,” said Scott Boberg, TMA manager of programs and audience engagement. “To hear him perform live, with his son, in the beautiful and intimate GlasSalon, will be a moving and memorable evening. The concert will be largely improvised, so it will truly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our audiences.”

Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Tickets are available at