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  • Colin Currie Group is a virtuosic ensemble that specialises in the music of Steve Reich. Their performances of Reich’s music have been hailed by the composer as “the best I’ve ever heard”.

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  • Led by Colin Currie ("the world’s finest and most daring percussionist", Spectator), the hand-picked ensemble was formed in 2006 for a performance of Drumming at the BBC Proms to celebrate the 70th birthday of Steve Reich. In the subsequent decade, the Colin Currie Group have performed Drumming around the world. They have expanded their repertoire to include many of Reich’s most popular works, including Music for 18 Musicians, Sextet, Tehillim and Music for Pieces of Wood and are privileged to have frequently had the composer present when rehearsing and performing these works.


    A major highlight of recent seasons has been the critically acclaimed world premiere performances of a Steve Reich Traveler’s Prayer, which the Group toured to The Concertgebouw, Royal Festival Hall, Elbphilharmonie, Philharmonie de Paris, Carnegie Hall, Cal Performances and Tokyo Opera City. The Group have previously premiered Steve Reich’s Quartet in 2014 (for two pianos and two vibraphones), dedicated by Reich to Colin Currie. Since the premiere of Quartet at London’s Southbank Centre, the group have given multiple performances of this work, including across the UK, Europe, Asia and America.


    The Colin Currie Group performs regularly at London’s Southbank Centre and have appeared in concert at major halls and festivals worldwide at Shanghai MISA Festival, Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore, Paris Cité de la Musique, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Cologne Philharmonie, Rotterdam De Doelen, Helsinki Festival, Macau Festival, Saffron Hall, the Barbican Centre and made their concertante debut at the 2019 Edinburgh International Festival performing Gubaidulina Glorious Percussion under the baton of Thomas Dausgaard with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.


    The Group recently released of their third album on Colin Currie Records, Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, which has received outstanding reviews and was selected as Editor’s Choice by Gramophone. This follows their previous release of Live at Fondation Louis Vuitton, their highly successful debut release of Drumming in 2018, and their release of Quartet on Nonesuch in 2019.


    The Colin Currie Group is represented by Intermusica.

    2023-2024 season / 351 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Programme suggestions

The Colin Currie Group is a flexible ensemble ranging from 4 to 30 musicians and can offer a wide range of programmes. Below are some examples, which can be interchanged and adapted freely.


Steve Reich Tehillim
Steve Reich Traveler’s Prayer
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Steve Reich Music for 18 Musicians
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Steve Reich Quartet
Steve Reich Sextet
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Steve Reich Eight Lines
Steve Reich Double Sextet
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Steve Reich Quartet
Steve Reich Eight Lines
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Steve Reich Traveler's Prayer
Steve Reich Double Sextet
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Mark-Anthony Turnage Sextet
Julia Wolfe Dark Full Ride
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Steve Reich Drumming 
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George Crumb Kronos – Kryptos
Mark-Anthony Turnage Sextet
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Iannis Xenakis Pléïades
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Steve Reich Music for Pieces of Wood
Steve Reich Mallet Quartet
Steve Reich Drumming Part I
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Julia Wolfe Dark Full Ride
Mark-Anthony Turnage Sextet

Maebh Lehane
Senior Manager, imagine
+44 20 7608 9924
mlehane@intermusica.com

Catherine Gibbs
Associate Director
+44 20 7608 9946
cgibbs@intermusica.com

Eleanor Philpott
Assistant Artist and Project Manager, imagine
+44 20 7608 9918
ephilpott@intermusica.com

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