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Portishead's Adrian Utley Solo Release Due
Laurie Tuffrey , July 4th, 2013 11:25

Invada to put out Utley's Guitar Orchestra performance of Terry Riley piece in September

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Following playing a storming Other Stage headline set at last weekend's Glastonbury with Portishead, the group's Adrian Utley has announced that he'll be putting out a solo release via bandmate Geoff Barrow's Invada label.

Adrian Utley’s Guitar Orchestra's In C, out on September 30, is a recording of a performance of Terry Riley's landmark 1964 minimalist piece Utley did earlier this year at Bristol's St. George's Hall with 19 guitarists, along with four organs and a bass clarinet. Taking part in the show were Portishead's live guitarist Jim Barr, PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish and label mates Thought Forms, and we've got a first look at a newly-edited clip of the show - have a watch above.

Says Utley: “I've been exploring the sonic possibilities of massed guitars for a while now in various contexts from pure noise to the sacred choral music of Arvo Part. So it was interesting to see what would happen if we had 19 electric guitars plus organs playing ‘In C’. It is an amazing piece of writing and original thought. A new free idea of organised group playing. The beginnings of what we know as minimalism."

Utley will be performing the piece with some of the original musicians alongside local guests in England, France and Poland later in the year - stay tuned to the Quietus for updates on the dates, and have a watch of Portishead's Glastonbury performance of 'We Carry On', courtesy of the BBC, below:

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John Cratchley
Jul 5, 2013 10:44am

Now this is worth waiting for! It seems to me that there were three remarkable performances at the truly frightening mass of humanity gathered at Glastonbury...Portishead, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and PiL.
To my mind, they seemed to all reflect a shift in the zeitgeist of events like this....a clarity of intention that acknowledged the surroundings bur refused to be seduced by it and delivered music of power and integrity with edge and uncertainty. This could also be a good definition of Terry Riley's music too.

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Simon Nicholls
Aug 5, 2013 2:04pm

Having been at the concert at St Georges, I look forward to hearing the recording

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