A student of Darius Milhaud and Luciano Berio, Reich quickly developed a style all his own inspired by Baroque music, Bartok, Webern, and Stravinsky, as well as jazz, traditional music (especially African), and Hebrew cantilation. As a trailblazing exponent of minimalist music, Reich rejected the characteristic complexity of mid-20th-century classical harmony and tonality in order to make large-scale works from minimal materials - a single chord, a brief musical motif, a spoken exclamation. In this profile he looks back on the key stages of his 40-year career, from the formation of his own group to the American avant-garde he helped create, from new video performances to his quasi-religious music. Despite his success and wide recognition, Reich has never renounced his independent spirit. Included are clips from performances and concerts in Le Havre, Tokyo, Rome, New York, and Manchester.