Remembering Steve Martland


The late British composer, Steve Martland was one of the more quirky composers heard on New Sounds as long ago as the 1980’s. A refugee from punk rock, he studied with Louis Andriessen, before forming his own ensemble.  He passed away earlier this week, at the age of 53.  For this New Sounds, we remember him by revisiting live performances by the Steve Martland Band from the annual Bang on a Can Music Marathon, recorded at Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2000.  Listen to a piece of English folk music adapted to serve the purpose of being connected to football, “Kick,” along with a major work written for the Bang on a Can All-Stars, “Horses of Instruction,” which sounds like a muscular jazz-funk summit between Reich and Stravinsky.  There's also a performance of a short work, “Re-mix.”  Martland introduced each piece from the stage, as well as conducted his ensemble.   

PROGRAM # 3466, Remembering Steve Martland  (First aired on 5/10/2013)                                                          





Steve Martland Band

Horses of Instruction

Principia [3:00]

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Steve Martland Band

Live, Bang on a Can Marathon 2000 @ Brooklyn Academy of Music

Kick [7:00]

Horses of Instruction, arr. for larger ensemble [15:00]
Re-mix [4:30]

These performances not available.  The works all appear on the record “Horses of Instruction,” detailed above.

Steve Martland Band


Danceworks- Dance 1, Dance 2, Dance 3, excerpt of Dance 4  [17:00]

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