Episode #2966

Bang on a Can Marathon 2009, Part II

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Hear some more highlights from the 2009 Bang on a Can Marathon, including some manic music for saxophone by composer and dervish Ken Thomson.

His nonet goes by the name "Ken Thomson’s 9-Headed Saxophone Monster."  Also, we'll hear from the New York-based all-women new music collective Victoire performing music by Missy Mazzoli. Plus "Thirst," a massive new work by Bang on a Can co-founder Julia Wolfe.

PROGRAM # 2966, Bang on a Can Marathon 2009, Part II (First aired on July 30, 2009)





Ken Thomson’s 9-Headed Saxophone Monster

Live, Bang on a Can Marathon, 2009 at the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden 5/31/09

Ken Thomson: Rut [10:28]

This performance not commercially available. Ken’s site is:
The piece is set to be recorded for Anti-Social Music. See

Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, & Ars Nova Copenhagen, Paul Hillier cond.

Julia Wolfe: Thirst [28:21]

This performance not commercially available. See for info or


Missy Mazzoli: I am coming for my things, Like a miracle [11:18]

This performance not commercially available. However, “I am coming for my things” can be downloaded from More info at

Anthony Moore & Arp

Downtown, Then and Now

Take a dip into minimal hypnotic music with something from composer/professor (theory and history of sound!) Anthony Moore and composer/artist Alexis Georgopoulos, who goes by “Arp.”  Moore was formerly a member of weird pop band Slapp Happy, and has also studied Indian classical music with Viram Jasani.  Georgopoulos used to be a member of California percussion ramble band Tussle and has written a few film scores and works for dance.  Together, these two punks have crafted a collection of tunes recalling the Penguin Café Orchestra stuck in a Möbius strip, with two for Englishman Robert Wyatt called “Wild Grass I & II.”


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