Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 8:00pm
New York’s electric chamber ensemble, Bang on a Can All-Stars, performs selections from their ongoing multimedia project Field Recordings. The program includes music by Bang on a Can co-founders Julia Wolfe - Reeling, David Lang - unused swan, and Michael Gordon - Gene Takes a Drink, with film by Bill Morrison, plus Florent Ghys’s An Open Cage, Christian Marclay’s Fade to Slide with a film by the composer, Tyondai Braxton’s Casino Trem, Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Hz with film, Todd Reynolds’s Seven Sundays, Steve Reich’s The Cave of Machpelah, Bryce Dessner’s Letter 27 with film, and Anna Clyne’s A Wonderful Day.
Field Recordings is as rooted in mystery and experimentation as it is in the collaborative spirit. “It’s a kind of ghost story. We asked composers from different parts of the music world to find a recording of something that already exists — a voice, a sound, a faded scrap of melody — and then write a new piece around it,” explains David Lange. In the capable hands of the All-Stars, Field Recordings taps into film, found sound and obscure audio-visual archives, bridging the gap between the seen and the unseen, the present and the absent, the past and the future.
Bang on a Can All-Stars: Ashley Bathgate, Cello; Robert Black, Bass; Vicky Chow, Piano; David Cossin, Percussion; Mark Stewart, Electric Guitar; Ken Thomson, Clarinets/Saxophone; Andrew Cotton, Sound Engineer.
Bang on a Can All-Stars are recognized worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music. Freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music, this six-member amplified ensemble has forged a distinct category-defying identity, taking music into uncharted territories. The group’s celebrated projects include landmark recordings of Brian Eno’s ambient classic “Music for Airports” and Terry Riley’s “In C.” The All-Stars were awarded Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year and have been heralded as “the country’s most important vehicle for contemporary music” by the San Francisco Chronicle.
About Bang on a Can: Bang on a Can is dedicated to making music new. Since its first Marathon concert in 1987, Bang on a Can has been creating an international community dedicated to innovative music, wherever it is found. With adventurous programs, it commissions new composers, performs, presents, and records new work, develops new audiences, and educates the musicians of the future. Bang on a Can is building a world in which powerful new musical ideas flow freely across all genres and borders.