For the final New Sounds Live concert this season, and in collaboration with the Ecstatic Music Festival, on March 14 at Merkin Hall, the Bang on a Can All-Stars perform world premieres of new commissions. Hear works by the multimedia composer Anna Clyne, who manipulates changing patterns, hypnotic electronic guru Dan Deacon, Icelandic electronica minimalist Jóhann Jóhannsson, and electro-acoustic experimentalist and installation artist Paula Matthusen. Also on the program, there are two more world premieres by looping orchestrator Tyondai Braxton and cross-genre composer/performer Fay Kueen Wang featuring Wang performing alongside the All-Stars.
Ecstatic Music Festival:
Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert
Thursday, March 14, 2013 | 7:30pm
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An inventive partnership between artist and audience, the Bang on a Can People’s Commissioning Fund commissions works from adventurous composers. Since the Fund began in 1997, fans of new music have joined together to commission dozens of new pieces of music for the Bang on a Can All-Stars, making PCF one of the most anticipated and reliable launching pads for emerging composers in NYC and beyond.
The four works by the PCF-commissioned composers are: Anna Clyne's "A Wonderful Day," incorporating the spoken and sung words of Chicago street musician Wooly; Dan Deacon's "Sago An Ya Rev," a textural morphing transcription of a NASA Voyager featuring audience participation via the smart phone "Dan Deacon App"; Paula Matthusen's "ontology of an echo," built around sounds recorded inside New York sites of historic infrastructure; and Jóhann Jóhannsson's "Hz," inspired by a hydroelectric power plant in the composer's native Iceland. All pieces will go on to be included in Field Recordings, Bang on a Can's growing multimedia project featuring hot-off-the-press commissioned works by Mira Calix, Florent Ghys, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Christian Marclay, Todd Reynolds, Julia Wolfe, Nick Zammuto, and more.
London-born Anna Clyne is a composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music. Her work often includes collaborations with cutting edge choreographers, visual artists, film-makers, and musicians worldwide. Currently the Chicago Symphony’s Mead Composer-in-Residence through the 2013–14 season, the orchestra has performed several of her works, including the premiere of Night Ferry in 2012 under the baton of Riccardo Muti. An avid advocate for music education, Clyne teaches composition workshops for local young composers and incarcerated youths as part of this residency, and served as the Director of the New York Youth Symphony’s award-winning program for young composers “Making Score” from 2008 to 2010. Clyne was also recently a guest composer at the 2011 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival. She has received numerous accolades, including a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, eight consecutive ASCAP Plus Awards, and a Clutterbuck award from the University of Edinburgh. Additionally, she has received honors from Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Jerome Foundation. In 2012, Tzadik Records released a full album of Clyne’s music, titled Blue Moth, showcasing a diverse range of her instrumental and ensemble with tape pieces, including Roulette, fits + starts and Steelworks.
Absurdist composer and electronic musician, Dan Deacon, is based in Baltimore, Maryland. Musically influenced by Devo, Talking Heads, Scratch Orchestra, People Like Us, Raymond Scott and Conlon Nancarrow, Dan’s music strives to take contemporary experimental composition and electronic music out of the circle of the esoteric intellectual gangs and hipster communities, placing it into the more informal “fun time.” His high-energy performances consist of song-structured material performed with Casio keyboard, computer, vocoder and many whosits and whatsits to process his voice and signal generator.
Jóhann Jóhannsson is an Icelandic composer. Jóhann´s background is in Iceland’s vibrant alternative music scene, but his best known work combines classical orchestration with electronic music. He created a unique blend of chamber music and electronics on the album “Englabörn” in 2002 and has since released 5 solo albums on the labels Touch and 4AD, including “Virthulegu Forsetar” (2004), scored for a brass ensemble, electronic drones and percussion, and the orchestral albums “Fordlandia” (2008) and “IBM 1401 – A User’s Manual” (2006), a composition which uses sounds produced from the electromagnetic emissions of an old IBM 1401 mainframe computer. Jóhann has written scores for 9 international feature films and has won awards for his film music at the Rhode Island and Sapporo IFFs. Jóhann has also composed actively for theatre and contemporary dance. Jóhann is a founder of the Reykjavik Kitchen Motors label / think tank / art collective and of the group Apparat Organ Quartet. He has performed in venues all over the world with his ensemble, including Centre Pompidou, London Barbican, Brussels Palais des Beaux Arts, and the Prague Rudolfinum.
Paula Matthusen is a composer who writes both electroacoustic and acoustic music and realizes sound installations. In addition to writing for a variety of different ensembles, she also collaborates with choreographers and theater companies. Her music has been performed by Dither, Alarm Will Sound, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), orchest de ereprijs, Ballett Frankfurt, The Glass Farm Ensemble, James Moore, Kathryn Woodard, Todd Reynolds, Kathleen Supové, Margaret Lancaster and Jody Redhage. Her work has been performed at numerous venues and festivals in America and Europe, including the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, the MusicNOW Series of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Merkin Concert Hall, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Bang on a Can Summer Institute of Music at MassMoCA. She performs frequently with the electroacoustic duo ouisaudei, Object Collection, and through the theater company Kinderdeutsch Projekts. Awards include the Walter Hinrichsen Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Fulbright Grant, two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers' Awards, among others. Matthusen completed her Ph.D. at New York University - GSAS. She was Director of Music Technology at Florida International University for four years, where she founded the FLEA Laptop Ensemble. Matthusen is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Wesleyan University, where she teaches experimental music, composition, and music technology.
Tyondai Braxton has been actively involved in music composition and performance since the mid 90's. His music consists most prominently of "orchestrated loops," a real-time overlaying of guitar, voice and found objects designed to simulate an ensemble. As the former guitarist, keyboardist and singer of Battles, he received world-wide acclaim for the group's debut album Mirrored, which brought the band to such venues as The Cartier Foundation Museum in Paris, The Fuji Rock Festival in Northern Japan, and the Sydney Opera House in Australia for Brian Eno’s Luminous Festival. Most recently completing "Central Market" a record for large orchestra and orchestra on Warp Records. Central Market was adapted for ballet by Baryshnikov Art Center-resident choreographer John Heginbotham, and premiers at Lincoln Center, Library of Congress, in addition to The Walker Arts Museum, and, in the U.K, Steve Reich's Reverberation Festival, Barbican, in 2011. He's received commissions ranging from multimedia art/music installations (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council) to scoring composition for world renowned ensembles (Kronos Quartet, Bang On A Can) and contemporary dance troupes (Merce Cunningham protégé Alan Good). Braxton currently lives in NY.
Fay Wang (Feinan Wang, aka. stage name Fay Kueen) is a cross-genre composer and performer from Beijing, now based in east coast of the United States. Her works have been performed internationally in Asia, Europe the United States. Spanning a variety of genres, including concert music, theater, film scores and experimental pop, Fay has been collaborating with ensembles including Bang On A Can All-Stars, the RIAS Youth Orchestra (Gerd Albrecht), Sinfonia Iuventus, Yale Philharmonic, Dinosaur Annex, Ensemble De Reihe, the Pit Stop Players, Galatea Quartett, loadbang and China Philharmonic. Her works have been performed at Merkin Concert Hall, Arnold Schoenberg Center, Berlin Concert House, Musikverein, The Flea Theater, and Yale Woolsey Hall, Zurich University of the Arts, Beijing Concert Hall, Shanghai Concert Hall, Forbidden City Concert Hall and Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater NYC. Fay has received honors and awards from competitions including ASCAP Young Composer Award, China’s “Golden Bell” Award, “Governmental Award”, "New Century Cup" Award and "Palatino Cup". She holds degrees from the Central Conservatory of Music (BA '08) and the Yale School of Music (MM '10 / AD ‘12) where she received the Ezra Laderman Prize and John Day Jackson Prize. She is currently a DMA candidate at Boston University.
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.