Terry Riley & Bang on a Can All-Stars
Playful, eloquent, intimate and existentially cool, Terry Riley’s Autodreamographical Tales is a musical dream diary — a no-holds-barred journey into the creative unconscious, rendered with a compelling joie de vivre by one of the most influential composers of our time. Each of these ten songs offers an uncommonly special connection with Riley, who narrates, sings and adds his signature minimalist piano filigrees to a sprawling narrative that can turn poetic, picaresque or downright kaleidoscopic.
Backed by the ever-flexible Bang on a Can All-Stars, Riley challenges the ensemble by digging deep into a wide range of musical flavors that include free jazz, blues, rock, pop and classical. And through the vivid storytelling of “Long Bus Ride” and “Zucchini,” to the Jabberwockyan wordplay of “Science Fiction” and the raucous confessional “Cannabis,” Riley also bends and stretches the very limits of language — conveying a multivalent message for these times that is pithy, uplifting and powerful.All works arranged by Gyan Riley except War on the Poor, Cannabis, and Science Fiction, arranged by Terry Riley. Bruce Gremo plays glissando flute on Dwarf and Black Woman, shakuhachi on Black Woman and The Faquir.
Produced by David Cossin and Rob Friedman
Recorded by Rob Friedman at Water Music, Hoboken, NJ
Assisted by Ernie Indradat
Additional recording by David Cossin at David’s studio, New York, NY and at the Sri Moonshine Music Studio, Camptonville, CA
Edited by David Cossin
Mixed by Rob Friedman with David Cossin at littlelife studio, NYC
Mastered by Rob Friedman
Special Thanks to our producers: Luigi Castiglioni, Charles Hattman, Robert Dickerson, Adam Barnes, Blythe Sheldon, Oscar Fuentes, Scott Gaffney, Lou Boves, Shur Singh, Allan Boughey, Bill McQuay, Rosemary Coldwell, Daniel Cwirka, Janet Cowperthwaite, Pamela Drexel, Jim Newman, Erik Bieder, Thierry Muller, Robert Carl, Jeremy Wright, Jay Ague, Doug Kaplan, and Bonnie Wright.