Bang on a Can groups up with WNYC’s New Sounds, hosted by John Schaefer to current its fifth Bang on a Can Marathon – Stay On-line – on Sunday, February 21, 2021 from 1-5pm ET.
All 16 items on this system will likely be world premiere performances of newly commissioned works, streamed from musicians’ properties across the nation and internationally. On its first 4 dwell on-line Marathons in 2020 (Might 3, June 14, August 1, and October 18) Bang on a Can offered a complete of 95 performances, together with 31 world premieres of latest commissions and over 130 composers and performers. Bang on a Can plans to proceed these Marathons, streaming on-line at live.bangonacan.org, so long as the closure of presenting venues continues, and maybe past. The 4-hour dwell Marathon will likely be hosted partly by New Sounds’ John Schaefer together with Bang on a Can Co-Founders and Creative Administrators Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, who say:
New Yr! New Hope! New Commissions! On February 21, Bang on a Can presents a whole marathon of PREMIERES! 16 model new works by 16 pioneering composers. Tune in to listen to 4 hours of nonconformist, noncommercial, mind-blowing music. Alvin Lucier! Jennifer Walshe! Matthew Shipp! Ingrid Laubrock! Gabriel Kahane! and plenty of many extra.
This live performance is FREE! However please do think about buying a ticket. That helps us pay extra gamers, fee extra composers, and make extra music.
The pandemic continues to be right here. A complete ecosystem of composers and performers wants our consideration, our love, and our monetary help! All Marathon performers and composers are taking part dwell and being paid by Bang on a Can.
Each piece on this system is a world premiere of a newly commissioned work:
Amir ElSaffar new work carried out by Ken Thomson
Bora Yoon new work carried out by herself
Eve Beglarian new work carried out by Lara Downes
Gabriel Kahane new work carried out by Arlen Hlusko
Gregory Spears new work carried out by David Byrd-Marrow
Ingrid Laubrock new work carried out by herself
Jakhongir Shukur new work carried out by Robert Black
Jennifer Walshe new work carried out by herself
Joel Thompson new work carried out by Anthony Roth Costanzo
John Hollenbeck new work carried out by David Cossin
Kristina Wolfe new work carried out by Molly Barth
María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir new work carried out by Chi-chi Nwanoku
Matthew Shipp new work carried out by himself
Molly Herron new work carried out by Maya Stone
Rohan Chander new work carried out by Vicky Chow
Bang on a Can Marathon February 21, 2021 that includes:
Alvin Lucier, Amir ElSaffar, Bora Yoon, Eve Beglarian, Gabriel Kahane, Gregory Spears, Ingrid Laubrock, Jakhongir Shukur, Jennifer Walshe, Joel Thompson, John Hollenbeck, Kristina Wolfe, María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, Matthew Shipp, Molly Herron, Rohan Chander, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Arlen Hlusko, Chi-chi Nwanoku, David Byrd-Marrow, David Cossin, Ken Thomson, Lara Downes, Mark Stewart, Maya Stone, Molly Barth, Robert Black, Vicky Chow.
Marathon Program Information [Full Schedule to be announced soon]
Celebrating (only a bit early) Alvin Lucier‘s ninetieth(!) birthday! With such iconic works as I Am Sitting in a Room, Lucier has spent a lifetime laying naked the foundations of what music is and the way it works. A pioneer of experimentation, his work lives on the intersection of ambient music, sound set up and conceptual artwork. He’s writing a brand new work for the Bang on a Can All-Stars’ guitarist Mark Stewart.
The music of composer, trumpeter and bandleader Amir ElSaffar flows seamlessly between cultures and genres. Born in Chicago, immersed within the sound and structure of jazz, his music started to vary as he explored the melodies and modes of his Iraqi heritage. This efficiency options his new piece written particularly for the Bang on a Can All-Stars clarinetist/saxophonist Ken Thomson.
Bora Yoon sings just like the excessive priestess of another planet. Intensely theatrical, in efficiency she typically collides on a regular basis objects with electronics, utilizing know-how to ship her voice via odd issues that she makes resonate with which means.
A number of years in the past, downtown mainstay composer Eve Beglarian wrote a tiny work for pianist Lara Downes that was so delicate and exquisitely lovely that Bang on a Can wished it will go on endlessly. Or no less than – a short while longer. They commissioned her to take this little gem and make it final.
Composer Gabriel Kahane is an avant storyteller. And his music goes wherever the tales lead – to wry songs about our trendy lives, deep and critical investigations of who Individuals actually are proper now, and tunefully exploring the best way ahead for American tune. His new work will likely be carried out by the Bang on a Can All-Stars cellist Arlen Hlusko.
Gregory Spears appears to be like ahead and again on the similar time – he’s a contemporary composer with a aptitude for the Baroque. The class of his music comes from how modern harmonies and tunes turn into delicately inflected with the ornaments of music from way back. His new work will likely be carried out by French hornist David Byrd-Marrow.
Since transferring to New York from her native Germany, composer and sax participant Ingrid Laubrock has been an enormous presence on the downtown avant-improv scene. Her compositions – like her enjoying – are stressed and unpredictable, merging explosiveness and subtlety with sophistication and fireplace.
All the best way from Uzbekistan, Jakhongir Shukur is a composer, conductor and a tireless advocate for the brand new. In 2004 he co-founded the Omnibus Ensemble, one of the crucial engaged and necessary avenues for brand new music in Central Asia, serving to to make Tashkent into a middle of musical exercise and exploration. He’s composing a brand new work for Bang on a Can All-Stars bassist, Robert Black.
Irish composer and singer Jennifer Walshe is a drive of nature, a blast of vitality and innovation. A lot of the music she writes is for herself, for her personal dramatic and virtuosically edgy persona, and due to this she finally ends up questioning the character of id itself, typically inventing her personal “composers” to jot down the music after which inventing the characters to carry out it.
Composer Joel Thompson burst on the scene along with his searing Seven Final Phrases of the Unarmed, a piece for refrain and orchestra memorializing African American males killed by police. His music exhibits us the world round us, utilizing sound to assist us see it higher. His new work written for this efficiency will likely be sung by Anthony Roth Constanzo.
Drummers, unite! Composer, bandleader and virtuosic drum set participant John Hollenbeck transfers his angular and energetic model of enjoying to Bang on a Can’s personal virtuosic drummer David Cossin.
Danish / American composer Kristina Wolfe is a sound archeologist, wandering the world and listening carefully, recording discovered sounds, reworking them, presenting them to us merely and immediately and letting us hear them as music. Her new work will likely be carried out by passionate flutist Molly Barth.
María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir has carried out on the Bang on a Can Marathon earlier than – in 2006 she got here as a member of Amiina, Iceland’s ensemble that appears like a string quartet and excursions like a band. As a composer she brings her delicate ear and beautiful timing to this new work for double bass, carried out by UK-based bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE.
Matthew Shipp is spontaneity itself. He’s a deeply probing composer and virtuoso pianist whose work is nearly wholly improvised – he’s an improviser’s improviser, and the joys of his efficiency is that his considerate, looking music is made proper in entrance of us.
Composer Molly Herron makes music that always begins within the place of questioning issues we take as a right in Western classical devices. What may very well be a greater instance of one thing we take as a right than the bassoon? On this piece we are going to discover out, via the premiere efficiency by bassoonist Maya Stone.
Younger renegade composer Rohan Chander challenges the avant garde with loud aggressive gestures, digital corruption, and performative electronics. All his pursuits merge on this new work for the Bang on a Can All-Stars’ powerhouse pianist Vicky Chow.
Anthony Roth Costanzo is a spectacular singer, actor, producer, and educator equally at residence as a number one performer on the world’s high opera festivals and phases, Broadway, and native theater productions. He’ll be singing a brand new work by composer Joel Thompson.
Bang on a Can All-Star Arlen Hlusko, a superb cellist with a strong sound and a deep dedication to group engagement via music, groups up with songwriter and composer Gabriel Kahane for his new work.
London-based bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE is an internationally famend music citizen – performer, educator, BBC radio host, and extra. Chi-chi is the Founder, Creative and Govt Director of the Chineke! Foundation, which helps, evokes and encourages Black, Asian and ethnically various classical musicians working within the UK and Europe. She is going to premiere a brand new work by Icelandic composer María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir.
Bang on a Can All-Star percussionist-drummer-producer David Cossin is a famous person specialist in new and experimental music. For this efficiency he premieres a brand new work by fellow drummer John Hollenbeck.
David Byrd-Marrow, virtuoso horn participant, avid advocate for brand new sounds, and core member of Worldwide Up to date Ensemble, premieres a brand new work by Gregory Spears.
Bang on a Can All-Star and reed guru Ken Thomson is a passionate performer and in addition a composer more and more recognized for his harmonic and rhythmic complexity and a punk-rock aesthetic. He will likely be tapping into his jazz chops for this new work by Amir ElSaffar.
Pianist Lara Downes is a trailblazer on and off-stage whose musical roadmap seeks inspiration from the legacies of historical past, household, and collective reminiscence. Downes’ fierce dedication to arts advocacy and training has led her to collaborate with numerous genre-defying artists worldwide. Lara is the creator and curator of Rising Solar Music and host of the NPR Music video interview collection AMPLIFY with Lara Downes. She’ll premiere a brand new work by longtime Bang on a Can collaborator Eve Beglarian.
Bang on a Can All-Star and musical wizard Mark Stewart is a virtuoso guitarist, singer, instrument inventor, who plucks, bows, beats, and breathes life into numerous sound-making gadgets. For this efficiency he’ll premiere a brand new work by the conceptual/ambient/experimental pioneer Alvin Lucier.
Primarily based in each Troy, NY and Nashville, TN, bassoonist Maya Stone is a woodwind surprise girl. A lifelong advocate for brand new works, she has commissioned and premiered new solo works for bassoon starting from modern, classical, gospel, and the in-between. She will likely be performing a model new work by Molly Herron.
Molly Barth is a fierce flutist fueled by a ardour for brand new sounds, new works, and new experiences. She has premiered innumerable new works for flute as a soloist and in chamber ensembles together with as a longtime collaborator with Eighth Blackbird. Right here she’ll be performing a brand new work by Kristina Wolfe.
Founding and present Bang on a Can All-Star bassist Robert Black excursions the world consistently creating exceptional music for the solo double bass. For this efficiency he’ll premiere a brand new work by Uzbeki composer Jakhongir Shukur.
Vicky Chow, powerhouse pianist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, premieres a model new work by modern composer Rohan Chander.