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Zofo Plays Terry Riley - KDFC: Download Of the Week

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Each week KDFC: San Francisco members can download a free mp3 from some of the biggest releases in the world of Classical music. Powerhouse piano duo ZOFO has recently released - ZOFO Plays Terry Riley, a compelling collection of the minimalist master's 4-hand piano works, on Sono Luminus. The "All Riley" disc is the product of a fruitful collaboration between internationally acclaimed pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi and the revered composer. ZOFO Plays Terry Riley is available in celebration of Terry Riley's 80th birthday.


Zimmermann and Nakagoshi's collaboration with Terry Riley began after one of their first concerts as ZOFO, when they received a score for "Cinco de Mayo" from The Heaven Ladder, Book 5, a collection of Riley's pieces for piano-four-hands. ZOFO connected immediately with the work, and soon performed it in concert and sent Riley the recording. Very impressed with their efforts, the composer got in touch with ZOFO and sent them the scores for the four remaining pieces from the collection – "Etude from the Old Country," "Jaztine," "Tango Doble Ladiado," and "Waltz for Charismas." As Zimmermann puts it, "We were in heaven!"

In honor of the composer's 80th birthday KDFC invites it's members to Download the Praying Mantis Rag, written especially for ZOFO by Riley.