It doesn’t seem so very long ago that he – along with Philip Glass, Terry Riley, La Monte Young and a few others – forged a musical style that represented a clear break from the high-modernist ethos of the Post WWII-era.
And the audience that packed Toronto’s Massey Hall on Thursday evening was proof of Reich’s half-century presence at the forefront of the new music scene. There were old, white-haired hippies in blue jeans. There were college-aged hipsters, sporting beards and man-buns. A palpably cool vibe in the hall cut across generations.