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Take a Chance: Terry Riley's "In C"

  • Studio 909 @ Musicians' Association of Hawaii 949 Kapiolani Boulevard Honolulu, HI, 96814 United States (map)

This special event is an exploration and open reading of Terry Riley’s iconic “In C” (1964), a composition of 53 musical fragments for an indeterminate number of instruments that launched the minimalist movement in music. This workshop is FREE and open to all, including non-members and non-flutists. Register online to receive music in advance.


An interesting feature of In C is that much of performance is left up to chance based on decisions of individual musicians. You will choose what to play and for how long (within the composer’s structure). If you are enjoying a particular fragment, linger a bit longer. If it is too difficult, simply move on.

To participate in this unique experience:

  1. Register online (below)

  2. Receive your music (by email)

  3. Review the instructions

  4. Practice your part (approximately quarter=90-100)

  5. Show up and have fun

Presented as a part of our 3rd Annual Flute Festival: Around the World.
Co-presented with the
Hawaii Music Teachers Association.

Register for “In C”

Musician's Name *
Musician's Name
Is the Musician a Minor? *
Under 18
e.g. Flute; Alto Flute; Saxophone; Piano
If not C (e.g. Eb, Bb, F)
Waiver of Liability *
In consideration of the risk of injury while participating in this Hawaii Flute Society Program (the "Activity"), and as consideration for the right to participate in the Activity, I hereby, for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators, assigns, or personal representatives, knowingly and voluntarily enter into this waiver and release of liability and hereby waive any and all rights, claims or causes of action of any kind whatsoever arising out of my participation in the Activity, and do hereby release and forever discharge Hawaii Flute Society, located at PO Box 11254, Honolulu, HI 96828, their affiliates, managers, members, agents, attorneys, staff, volunteers, heirs, representatives, predecessors, successors and assigns, for any physical or psychological injury that I may suffer as a direct result of my participation in the aforementioned Activity, including traveling to and from an event related to this Activity. I am voluntarily participating in the aforementioned Activity and I am participating in the Activity entirely at my own risk. I am aware of the risks associated with traveling to and from as well as participating in this Activity. I understand that these injuries or outcomes may arise from my own or others' negligence, conditions related to travel, or the condition of the Activity location(s). Nonetheless, I assume all related risks, both known or unknown to me, of my participation in this Activity, including travel to, from and during this Activity. I, the participant (or legal guardian of the participant), affirm that, by checking "I accept" below, I am freely signing this agreement. I certify that I have read this agreement, that I fully understand its content and that this release cannot be modified orally. I am aware that this is a release of liability and a contract that I agree to of my own free will. PHOTOGRAPHY: I understand that photos and video recording may be taken at this event and hereby grant the Hawaii Flute Society permission to the rights of my image, likeness, sound of my voice, and instrumental performance as recorded on audio or video tape without payment or any other consideration. I understand that my image may be edited, copied, exhibited, published or distributed and waive the right to inspect or approve the finished product wherein my likeness appears.
If musician is a minor

Terry Riley Interview

Note: This video contains brief partial nudity and references to drug usage.


Minimalism and Indian Raga

Terry Riley’s music was greatly influenced by improvisatory and non-western music, especially the Indian raga tradition. Hear how another minimalist icon, Philip Glass, explores raga with the legendary sitarist, Ravi Shankar:


2015 Performance With the Composer

(Our run through will hopefully be closer to 30 mins)


Learn the 53 Fragments of “In C”


Entrance is through the ground-floor glass doors facing Kapiolani Blvd. Limited parking is available in the Musicians' Association parking lot. You may park in any open stall after 6pm weekdays, and all day weekends. Enter near 909 Kapiolani, or from the rear of the building on Waimanu (Google 952 Waimanu Street). Follow signs for Musicians' Hall Parking.

Street parking on Kapiolani is free Monday-Saturday after 6:30pm and all day on Sunday. Please consult posted signs.

Paid parking is also available across the street at the Blaisdell Center.