BAMcafe Live: Sundance Composers

Musical versatility and innovation are qualities found in the work of Raz Mesinai and Gyan Riley, two emerging composer/performers who bring their music to BAMcafé for this lively night of contemporary sounds.

Active in the electronic, dub, and avant-garde music scenes, percussionist and composer Raz Mesinai performs this evening as part of a trio. His growing interest in visual narrative and musical storytelling led him to the Sundance Composers Lab in 2004 and his film scoring credits include Black Hawk Down and Sorry, Haters. Working under the moniker of Badawi, Mesinai has made several recordings inspired by Middle Eastern music, and he was also a featured artist in BAM’s NextNext music series in 2002.

Composer and guitarist Gyan Riley has emerged as a prominent figure in contemporary guitar music. He has toured with leading groups such as World Guitar Ensemble, Falla Guitar Trio, and with his father, the minimalist composer Terry Riley. He played in the premiere of John Adams’ El Niño in 2000 and was commissioned by the New York Guitar Festival to compose a piece that premiered at that event earlier this year. This evening, Riley gives a solo performance.

Both Mesinai and Riley participated in the Sundance Composers Lab, where they worked with musician advisors such as John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov, and Thomas Newman. By pairing musicians with emerging filmmakers, the Composers Lab enhances the musical understanding of independent film artists and introduces composers in a variety of musical genres to the process of scoring films.


Raz Mesinai
Gyan Riley
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