Bang on a Can All-Stars
Ashley Bathgate cello
Robert Black bass
Vicky Chow piano
David Cossin percussion
Mark Stewart guitar
Evan Ziporyn clarinets
Bang On A Can has been a vital force in American music for 25 years. Somewhere between a rock band, jazz combo and a classical ensemble, the new-music mavericks borrow freely from every musical tradition, with a sound that's impossible to categorise but utterly unmistakable. Composers Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe created the first Bang on a Can Marathon concert in 1987 in order to break down the barriers that separate musical communities. Their idea was simple: instead of sorting music by style, genre, or venue it would be more powerful to group music by innovation, finding the rebels in each musical community, the restless creators not content to leave conventions unchallenged. The Bang on a Can All-Stars, a permanent ensemble formed in 1992, pursue this mission year-round, astonishing audiences world-wide and shattering the definition of what concert music is today.
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Though nodding to the past, the mellow, thoughtful "Field Recordings" was a telling anniversary choice for a collective that has always been focused squarely on the present and future. New York Times
Rock and Roll's spark came from the legendary 1950s field recordings of the Lomaxes and Seegers combing the Southern backwoods, from the Appalachian Mountains to the bayous, capturing the authentic folk voice of America. A generation earlier, Bartók and Kodály recorded and notated folkmusic in villages across Hungary and central Europe, discovering in it an unpredictable energy and freshness that they imported into their own music. What would happen if today's genre-blurring composers went into the field and brought back sounds to challenge their own music? The answer is Field Recordings, nine new compositions especially for the Bang on a Can All-Stars by Tyondal Braxton, Christian Marclay (video artist and creator of the astonishing 24-hour film, The Clock), Nick Zammuto, Mira Calix, Florent Ghys, Evan Ziporyn, Michael Gordon, David Lang (Pulitzer Prize-winner) and Julia Wolfe. Using film, found sounds and archival audio and video, Field Recordings builds a bridge between the seen and the unseen, the present and the absent, between today and the past.
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