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Salt Lake Electric Ensemble


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Formed in the summer of 2009, the Salt Lake Electric Ensemble grew out of the desire of group director Matt Dixon to interpret Terry Riley’s masterwork “In C” on the laptop computer. From early rehearsals comprising only two or three members, the ensemble has steadily expanded to the present collective of eight. The group unites the talents of local visual/multimedia artists, electronic musicians, and rock bands The Rubes and Tolchock Trio. Fusing the sophisticated tools of modern music software with acoustic percussion, SLEE approach the often performed and recorded “In C” unlike any other. The recording of In C has received strong reviews:

In their new recording of Terry Riley’s 1964 composition, the Salt Lake Electric Ensemble offer an unusually ethereal interpretation of “In C.” The music is often soft and spacious, and offers new ways to think about this post war classic. There’s a wonderful dichotomy between the extreme, static concentration of the laptop players, and the frenetic activity of the drummers—a kind of Zen paradox. And their tempo turns out to be a lot closer to that of the San Francisco concert premiere in 1964: precise but laid-back.
Robert Carl,
Author of Terry Riley’s In C
Published by Oxford University Press (

“The Salt Lake Electric Ensemble takes a work from the ’60s into the digital age, and the transition is flawlessly executed and articulated. One can only imagine that Riley would have done something similar back then if he had the means at his disposal.”

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