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Bang on a Can PCF Concert 2011

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New Sounds Live is proud to present the annual Bang on a Can People’s Commissioning Fund Concert: three world premieres commissioned by the people! New York’s electric chamber ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars take on new works by  Bryce Dessner of The National and Clogs, producer and tabla player Karsh Kale and composer/genre-hopper Nick Brooke.

Nick Brooke:
“Menace (Sousa Medley)” World Premiere*
Bryce Dessner: "
O Shut Your Eyes Against the Wind" World Premiere*
Karsh Kale:
"Crawl Walk Run Fly" World Premiere*
Steve Martland: "Horses of Instruction"
Pelle Gudmunsen-Holmgreen: "Convex/Concave/Concord
Julia Wolfe: "Believing"

Merkin Hall
at Kaufman Center, 129 W. 67th Street
(between Broadway and Amsterdam)
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This year's PCF concert is a part of the Ecstatic Music Festival and will be webcast live on our sister station WQXR's web service, Q2.  Also on the program: the pulsating, virtuosic “Horses of Instruction” by British composer Steve Martland, the hauntingly subtle “Convex/Concave/Concord” by Danish composer Pelle Gudmunsen-Holmgreen, and the intensely grooving “Believing” by Bang on a Can co-founder Julia Wolfe.  

Bonus live introductions and interviews with host John Schaefer will be taped from the stage for later broadcast on New Sounds.

Nick Brooke Nick Brooke
mixes musical sampling, singing, and theater into a genre all its own. In his works, vocalists and actors are trained to mimic sampled collages of sound effects, pop songs, and musical ephemera, blurring the line between recording and live performance. His work Tone Test received its premiere at Lincoln Center Festival in 2004; recent theater works Time and Motion Study and Border Towns have premiered at Mass MoCA and HERE. Brooke’s instrumental works have been performed by the Paul Dresher Ensemble, the Nash Ensemble of London, Orchestra 2001, Dan Druckman, Speculum Musicae, and New York’s Gamelan Son of Lion. His work has been performed across the U.S. and in Europe, and featured at the Lincoln Center Festival, the Spoleto Festival, and the MATA Series. He has received awards and residencies from the Guggenheim Foundation, ASCAP, the Rockefeller Foundation, Djerassi, and the MacDowell Colony. Originally a clarinettist, he is also an avid instrument builder, thereminist, and researcher of early musical automata. During a two-year fellowship to Central Java, he studied gamelan and collaborated on musical projects with Javanese composers, dancers, and visual artists. He holds degrees in music composition and philosophy from Oberlin, and a Ph.D from Princeton. He teaches at Bennington College.

Bryce DessnerBryce Dessner
is a composer/guitarist/curator based in New York City, best known as the guitarist for the acclaimed rock band The National. Dessner has also received widespread acclaim as a composer and guitarist for the improvising new music quartet, Clogs. Bryce has performed and/or recorded with some of the world’s most creative musicians including songwriters Sufjan Stevens and Antony Hegarty, Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo, composers Steve Reich, Philip Glass and Michael Gordon, the contemporary ensemble, Bang on a Can All-Stars, and visual artist Matthew Ritchie. As a composer, his recent commissions include a Jerome Grant from the American Composer’s Forum and the Kitchen and a commission from Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary. Dessner’s music has been featured recently by WNYC’s New Sounds Live at Merkin Hall, as well as live performances on BBC 3, France Inter, and Dutch National Radio. He recently made his feature film debut as score composer for the independent film ‘Turn the River’, written and directed by actor Chris Eigman. Dessner is also the creator and artistic director of the acclaimed Music Now Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio and co-founder and owner of the Brassland record label, which is home to a diverse group of artists including the celebrated young composer Nico Muhly and cellist Erik Friedlander.

Karsh KaleKarsh Kale
One of electronic music’s leading fusion artist, Karsh Kale— composer, producer, tabla player, multiinstrumentalist and overall showman—has made his mark on global music with genre-bending fusions of electronic, Indian classical music, rock, jazz and hip-hop. Renowned for his collaborations, Kale’s work with a wide spectrum of artists including Zakir Hussain, Ravi Shankar, Sting, and Herbie Hancock is a testament to his versatility and unique musical talent. A predominately self-taught musician, Kale grew up steeped in classical music and film music from India and has harnessed his own ingenuity and experimental nature to develop his signature “Electric Tabla” style. Kale has also been active in the world of film scoring for both crossover and Bollywood films with his production team MPKK with the Midival Punditz. He is also known for his production and remixing skills for the dance floor and beyond, including mixes for artists such as Paula Cole, DJ Spooky, The Cure, Midival Punditz, Yoko Ono, and Anne Rani. Kale has recently completed his 5th solo album titled "Cinema" which is due out for release early 2011.

Bang on a Can All-Stars
are Ashley Bathgate, cello; Robert Black, bass; Vicky Chow, piano and keyboards; David Cossin, percussion; Mark Stewart, electric guitar and Evan Ziporyn, clarinets. The Bang on a Can All-Stars have gained an international reputation for their virtuosity and utterly unique sound, powered by the unusual combination of clarinet, electric guitar, cello, bass keyboards and percussion. Freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music, the six-member ensemble is constantly exploring new and innovative ways to present music. Founded in 1992 by Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe, the Bang on a Can All-Stars quickly forged a distinct identity and have come to be known worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music. The group’s celebrated projects and collaborations include their landmark recordings of Brian Eno’s ambient classic Music for Airports and Terry Riley’s In C, as well as live performances with Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Don Byron, Iva Bittova, Thurston Moore and others. The group recently opened the 2009 Manchester Festival with the world premiere of Steve Reich’s 2x5, and new projects in 2009/2010 include Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer; an evening-length staged concert with Trio Mediaeval; Evan Ziporyn’s A House in Bali; a new dance-opera featuring the All-Stars with Balinese Gamelan; and commissions from Louis Andriessen, Bill Frisell, Ryuichi Sakamoto and more. With occasional homages to existing music by living masters, the heart of the repertoire is genre-defying music written specifically for the group. The All-Stars now record on Cantaloupe Music and have released past recordings on Sony, Universal and Nonesuch.