by / July 14th, 2011 /

Johann Johannsson, Efterklang, the music of Jonny Greenwood & more for The Reich Effect in Cork

The Reich Effect is a five day festival celebrating the 75th year of the Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Steve Reich. Presented by Cork Opera House the event will take place in venues around the city from Wednesday, 27th to Sunday, 31st of July.

Steve Reich is regarded as “the world’s greatest living composer” (The New York Times), hailed as “the most original musical thinker of our time” (The New Yorker) and was described by music critic Andrew Clements, as one of “a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history” (The Guardian). Reich embraced aspects of Western Classical music along with the structures, harmonies, and rhythms of non-Western and American vernacular music, particularly jazz. His influence is widespread and the focus on the festival programme is the effect the compositions of Steve Reich has had on current composers and musicians.

There will be performances from Kronos Quartet, Johann Johannsson, London Sinfonietta, Kjartan Sviensson and more.

Highlights include: RTÉ Concert Orchestra performing works by Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead) and KjartanSveinsson (Sigur Ros) in City Hall on July 29th, Efterklang with Daniel Bjarnason and the Messing Orchestra in Savoy Theatre on July 30th and Johann Johannsson in Triskel Christchurch on July 31st.

Full details on tickets and scheduling here.

The Reich Effect will begin with a screening of the film Steve Reich – Phase to Face, taking place in Cork Opera House on July 27th, presenter John Kelly will then host a public interview with Reich. We have a pair of tickets to the opening night up for grabs. To win, tell us the title of the opera Reich collaborated with his wife, the video artist Beryl Korot, in 1993. Send your answer, name and contact details to