Persian Surgery Dervishes (Gatefold)
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Terry Riley needs little introduction. He is among the most important voices 20th century music - almost single handedly defining the movement of musical Minimalism, while establishing unprecedented sonic bridges between Pop, Classical, and diverse musics from across the world. His contributions are profound, still rippling within music today. Unlike many other figures in the history of avant-garde music, Riley’s legacy has benefited from the fact that much of his early output was released by major labels - making it accessible and easy to find. One exception is Persian Surgery Dervishes. Copies are rare, regularly commanding top dollar on the collectors market. While less celebrated than In C, and A Rainbow In Curved Air, the album is among the greatest of the artist’s incredible output during this era - part of a remarkable body of work focused around the organ.
The album’s title offers an important clue, referencing Sufi mysticism, where trance and higher consciousness are achieved through ecstatic, rapid reception. Persian Surgery Dervishes, while unquestionably Minimalist music, often feels closer to wild sprawling psychedelic jam. Absolutely stunning on every count, one of the greatest records of the 1970’s returned at long last. As indispensable as they come.
Performance One interprétation en public le 18 avril 1971 à Los Angeles.
Performance Two interprétation en public le 24 mai 1972 à Paris; concert organisé et enregistré par Shandar au Théâtre de la Musique.