When Sarah and I discussed the possibility of writing a piece in celebration of Terry Riley’s 80th birthday, I was both thrilled and daunted. To be honest, as I’m writing this, just a few hours away from the double bar line, I still feel a bit at sea regarding what this piece is about. I don’t know Terry personally, and yet I owe him a tremendous debt musically - his sounds, his ideas, and the warmth of his music have seeped into my subconscious (and, when lucky, my music) in ways that I am just now beginning to unravel. I think what I’ve ended up writing is ultimately a set of love songs. The more I think about it, the more I feel like there may not be any other kind of tune worth writing. The sheer act of composing is about falling in love, after all - whether it be with a sound, an idea, or a feeling of indescribable warmth. That's ultimately what I thank Terry and Sarah for the most - bringing to the world of music a seemingly endless wealth of all these things, especially love.
- Danny Clay
Danny Clay is a composer and teaching artist from Ohio, currently based in San Francisco. His work is deeply rooted in curiosity, collaboration, and the sheer joy of making things. His projects often incorporate musical games, open forms, found objects, archival media, classrooms of elementary schoolers, graphic notation, digital errata, cross-disciplinary research, and the everything-in-between. He has collaborated with Kronos Quartet, Eighth Blackbird, and Third Coast Percussion, and frequently builds new work with artists from many disciplines in the Bay Area, amateurs and professionals alike.