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.
Featuring students of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne.
The brilliant acoustic rendering of Eno's electronic ambient music masterpiece is the signature Bang On a Can All-Stars experience. In 1978, Brian Eno changed the way we relate to music in our lives with his concept of 'ambient' music - music as interior decoration, "as ignorable as it is interesting". A pioneering composer/producer 'non-musician', Eno was inspired by a lay-over at Cologne Bonn Airport to create serene music to calm passengers at airport terminals. Eno's music layers gentle loops of tinkling pianos, wordless choir and synthesisers to create music that is both tranquil and transitory. It was eventually installed at New York's LaGuardia Airport. Bang on a Can has transcribed Music for Airports for a large ensemble and choir, breathing a human warmth into Eno's slightly chilly soundscapes, and yielding perhaps the definitive version of the gorgeously uneventful epic. The All-Stars' performance of this work at festivals, concert halls and airports world-wide has been acclaimed as fascinating and deeply moving.
Tickets $60 ($50 concession)
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