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TERRY RILEY & AMELIA CUNI

THE LIONS THRONE

SRI MOONSHINE MUSIC


Format: CD
Cata No: SMM008
Barcode: 647603404226
The Lion’s Throne bears witness to the performances that the
legendary composer Terry Riley and Italian singer Amelia Cuni
did together in the United Kingdom and Italy between 1999
and 2006. Riley, whose remarkable body of work seamlessly
integrates a lifetime of devotion to Indian classical music
into the western classical tradition, collaborates with Cuni, a
singer trained in Dhrupad who, like Riley, experiments with
Indian singing in a variety of ways.
In these recordings, Riley plays piano or keyboards and sings
with Cuni. Together, they improvise in Hindi, English, and
Italian, drawing from their Indian music background as well
as from western traditions. They sing on ancient and modern
texts, creating a new blend which mirrors their own musical
paths.
“I first met Amelia Cuni in Berlin in January, 1997... Amelia
came to the concert, bringing a beautiful carpet for me to sit upon
to sing the raga section of our program. We soon began talking
about collaboration as we shared a background in and devotion
to Indian Classical music practice. Amelia had undergone years
of training in the Drupad tradition and I had studied the Khayal
tradition. Both of us had composed raga-based works and had
merged this ancient tradition with our own particular creative
work outside the Indian forms.
“We began our collaboration with a commission from Sounds
Bazaar, led by UK composer/performer, Francis Silkstone.
I wrote a suite of pieces. ‘Tarana In Hindol’, heard on this
recording, was the concluding work. Silkstone plays the Baroque
violin, Tatty Theo the Baroque cello and Bhavani Shakar the
mridangam (South Indian drum). Later on, when I was in
Gmünden, Switzerland, Amelia joined me for our first duo
rehearsals where we began to work out material together that
we performed in a subsequent series of concerts in Montefalco,
Udine, and Padua in 2005 and 2006
“I greatly admire Amelia’s artistry. She is one of the
most expressive, powerful and deeply emotional voices in
contemporary music.” —Terry Riley

Tracks:

1. Lion?s Throne
2. Arica
3. Crazy World
4. Cantico
5. Tarana In Hindol

Press:

? Legendary minimalist performer /
composer teams up with Italian singer to
improvise on raga-based works, recorded
between 1999-2006
? Taken from live recordings

 

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