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Gavin Bryars - 65% match to Terry Riley

Genres: Classical Jazz
Decades Active: 2000s
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Richard Gavin Bryars, 16 January 1943, Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. After studying philosophy and music, Bryars played bass in trio with Derek Bailey and Tony Oxley. Gaining recognition as a contemporary music composer, he studied briefly with John Cage before going on to collaborate with the Balanescu Quartet, Cornelius Cardew, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith, Charlie Read more

John Adams - 55% match to Terry Riley

Genres: Classical Jazz Soundtracks
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John Cage - 49% match to Terry Riley

Genres: Classical Electronic & Ambient Instrumental Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 2000s
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5 September 1912, Los Angeles, California, USA, d. 12 August 1992, New York City, New York, USA. Renowned as an avant garde classical composer and experimental musician, Cage was also a poet, teacher, writer, commercial artist and lecturer. After studying with Arnold Schoenberg and Adolph Weiss in the 30s, he moved on to his own compositions, heavily influenced by the work o Read more

Harry Partch - 45% match to Terry Riley

Genres: Classical Jazz
Decades Active: 2000s
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24 June 1901, Oakland, California, USA, d. 3 September 1974, San Diego, California, USA. This composer’s work was called ‘the most original and powerful contribution to dramatic music on this continent’. He began composing when he was 14, and 15 years later burnt all that he had written, rejecting the conventional, ‘restricting’, 12-note scale, for h Read more

Meredith Monk - 45% match to Terry Riley

Genres: Classical Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 November 1943, Lima, Peru. In 1964, Monk graduated in performing arts from Sarah Lawrence College where she had been encouraged to mix the arts in a variety of projects. She saw herself as an ‘orchestrator of music and image and movement’, someone making ‘live movies’. She first appeared in New York at Washington Square Gallery and was one of a group o Read more

Steve Reich - 43% match to Terry Riley

Genres: Classical Electronic & Ambient Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Stephen Michael Reich, 3 October 1936, New York City, USA. Reich studied philosophy at Cornell University and composition at Juilliard School of Music and, moving to California, at Mills College with avant garde composers Luciano Berio and Darius Milhaud. He supported himself while at college by working as a drummer, but declined to follow an academic career and became a tax Read more

Don Cherry - 27% match to Terry Riley

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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18 November 1936, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, d. 19 October 1995, Alhaurín El Grande, Málaga, Spain. Cherry began playing trumpet while still attending high school in Los Angeles, where he was raised. He also played piano and some of his first public performances were on this instrument when he worked in R&B bands. An early musical associate was Billy Hig Read more

Pierre Boulez - 26% match to Terry Riley

Genres: Classical
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Anthony Braxton - 23% match to Terry Riley

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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4 June 1945, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Braxton began playing clarinet in high school, studied music for one semester at Wilson Junior College, then joined the US Army, where he played clarinet and alto saxophone. In 1966 he joined Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (the AACM), a newly formed musicians’ co-operative whose leading members i Read more

Alice Coltrane - 22% match to Terry Riley

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Alice McLeod, 27 August 1937, Detroit, Michigan, USA, d. 12 January 2007, Los Angeles, California, USA. Alice McLeod came from a musical family (bass player Ernie Farrow was her brother), and studied piano in Detroit, where she worked in a trio and with vibes player Terry Pollard, before going to Europe and coming under the influence of Bud Powell’s playing. She worked Read more

Fred Frith - 22% match to Terry Riley

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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17 February 1949, Heathfield, East Sussex, England. One of the leading avant garde guitarists in contemporary music, Frith played violin and piano as a child before falling in love with the guitar. In 1968, he co-founded the left-field rock group Henry Cow and in 1974 recorded an innovative album of electric guitar improvisations, Guitar Solos. After Henry Cow’s demise Read more

Moondog - 21% match to Terry Riley

Genres: Children's Music Eclectic Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Louis Thomas Hardin, 26 May 1916, Marysville, Kansas, USA, d. 8 September 1999, Münster, Germany. This idiosyncratic composer lost his sight at the age of 16 following an accident with a dynamite cap. He was introduced to classical music at the Iowa School for the Blind, studying violin, viola and piano. Hardin moved to New York in 1943, attending rehearsals of the New Read more

Oren Ambarchi - 21% match to Terry Riley

Genres: Eclectic Electronic & Ambient Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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1969, Sydney, Australia. Ambarchi is an electronic guitarist and percussionist who creates music that rejects conventional instrumental approaches. It is perhaps telling that Ambarchi is the co-organiser of an Australian experimental music festival, What Is Music? He also teaches improvisation at the University of Western Sydney. Ambarchi initially played drums in a group na Read more

Sun Ra - 20% match to Terry Riley

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Cluster - 19% match to Terry Riley

Genres: Electronic & Ambient
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The long career of this German collective has embraced many musical styles, from early Krautrock (under their original name Kluster), through progressive rock and ambient to avant garde industrial. Throughout, their willingness to experiment has endeared them to both critics and fans alike.Formed in the heart of Berlin’s underground arts scene, the Read more


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