Reich stuff: Hackney’s Russet offers minimalism

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THE BOOM in so-called classical music continues in Hackney as the Russet hosts a series featuring pieces by Steve Reich and other plink-plonkers.

“Boom” is used here in a relative sense: serious music doesn’t have the stadium-packing power of pop music.

Still, opera at the Hackney Empire is always well attended and only weeks ago the Fitzwilliam Quartet sold out at St Mary’s old church in Stoke Newington. So you should be told about this latest venture at Hackney Downs.

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Outdoors, too: The Russet café at the Downs

On Tuesday 30 June 2015 the avant-gardist Nonclassical (wittily paradoxical name) of musician-promoter Gabriel Prokofiev will present three pianists doing minimalist works as part of Hackney Classical.

Americuration will perform compositions by Philip Glass, Steve Reich, John Adams, Joseph Gregorio and other modernists.

There’s plenty of diversion for those moments when your mind inevitably wanders: the Russet will offer craft beers, real cider and house cocktails with seasonal food sourced mostly from E5 Bakehouse and other northeast London suppliers.

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* Hackney Classical – tickets £4-£6, Hackney Downs Studios, Amhurst Terrace E8 2BT – will also hold Tuesday concerts on 7 and 21 July 2015.

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