After the succes of Rainbow in Curved Air, Terry Riley fans had to wait for over 11 years before Shri Camel was released. An incredible reoccurrence of virtuosic keyboard parts but with a special feature - just intonation. An answer on one of the many technological developments of the ’70’s: the programmable synthesizer. Shri Camel is hardly ever performed by anyone other than Terry Riley and - because of the tuning - never before on instruments like guitar, bass and vibraphone.
"It's an honour to have TEMKO work on Shri Camel"
Discovering this piece which seems unplayable on acoustic instrument fascinated TEMKO. Much like Terry Riley, TEMKO plays an improvised version of the album live, creating Shri Camel’s universe of sound, but without a synthesizer. Adams Musical Instruments built a special vibraphone in just intonation tuning for the piece. Aart built the just intonation guitars for Fred and himself. The keys of the vibraphone are shortened or lengthened and the frets of the guitars are moved.
For their Shri Camel tour, TEMKO invited Kate Moore, Nik Bärtsch and Anthony Fiumara to write new compositions that reflect on Shri Camel with The Pythagorean intonation of the instruments as the starting point.