Advice to the Young
"If you know what you are doing in the arts, then you are doing it wrong."
Pioneering American composer Terry Riley shares his advice to young artists. Read more …
Terry Riley has composed music for decades and finds it hard to give general advice because then he needs to know the person asking for advice. “Everyone is so unique, and their needs are so unique. The only general advice I can give is: What are you passionate about? That’s telling you what you should be doing,” he says. Riley has been pursuing his passion for music “that is what I want to fill my life up with every day.”
For Riley, an artist must be “open to the whole world of possibilities. As an artist, you have to create a culture that invites ideas in”.
Terry Riley (b. 1935) is an American composer and performing musician. He is a pioneer of the minimalist school of composition, which was launched by his composition ‘In C’ (1964), which is today considered a classic. In 1969 Riley released ‘A Rainbow in Curved Air’, also considered a landmark of minimalism. Riley has composed numerous works, and he has inspired composers such as Phillip Glass and Steve Reich and influenced experimental music, rock, and contemporary electronic music. Riley’s collaborators include the Kronos Quartet and John Zorn. London Sunday Times listed Terry Riley as “one of the 1000 makers of the 20th Century.”
Terry Riley was interviewed by Jens H Jensen in Yamanashi, Japan in June 2022.
Cameras: Yudai Maruyama
Edit: Signe Boe Pedersen
Produced by Christian Lund & Signe Boe Pedersen
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