If you listen to Philip Glass, you’ve no doubt heard of the composer Steve Reich. Along with Glass, Terry Riley, and La Monte Young, Reich is hailed as a pioneer of minimal music, a movement that started in the ’60s and owes homage to the bizarre, experimental works created in the late ’40s and ’50s by the renowned, Viking-helmet-wearing musician Moondog. Now 80, Reich is still churning out compositions, like Runner, which was commissioned by Cal Performances and will be premiered by Ensemble Signal at UC Berkeley’s Hertz Hall on Sunday, Jan. 29. Other recent works from the percussion-loving octogenarian, like 2008’s Double Sextet and 2012’s Radio Rewrite, will be performed at the event, and Reich himself will make an appearance along with Ensemble Signal’s director and conductor, Brad Lubman, for a rendition of his 1972 classic, Clapping Music. If you’ve always wanted to see the man who popularized using tape loops to create phasing patterns, now’s your chance.
With Ensemble Signal at 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 29, at Hertz Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. $36-$126; calperformances.org