#3576: From the Bang On A Can Founders

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Composers and Bang on a Can co-founders Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon and David Lang with host Helga Davis at Q2 Music Presents in The Greene Space

For this New Sounds, listen to music from the founding composers of New York’s Bang on a Can organization: David Lang, Michael Gordon, and Julia Wolfe.  Since 1987, this collective has been a force in new music, commissioning works from new composers, presenting and recording new work, and educating and developing new musicians.  Hear music recorded at the 2009 Bang on a Can Marathon by co-founder Julia Wolfe, featuring two ensembles from Denmark. It’s “Thirst,” part of larger, collective work by all three founding composers,“Water,” which is a “meditation on the poetry of water, what it means to have it, how we misuse it and how we struggle for it.”

Then, from co-founder Michael Gordon’s forthcoming release, “Rushes,” hear music for seven bassoons which has an electronic sound, but is completely acoustic as it passes notes from one instrument to another. Plus, listen to a short piece by co-founder & Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang for So Percussion, from the score to the documentary film “the Woodmans.”

PROGRAM #3576 from the Bang On A Can founders (First aired on 3/12/2014)  

ARTIST: Michael Gordon / Rushes Ensemble
WORK: Michael Gordon: Rushes, part 3, excerpt [13:30]
SOURCE/INFO: bangonacan.org

ARTIST: Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen Ars Nova Copenhagen, Paul Hillier cond.
WORK: Julia Wolfe: Thirst [28:21]
RECORDING: BoaC Marathon May 31, 2009 @ WFC (now Brookfield Place)
SOURCE: This performance not commercially available. 
INFO: See www.athelas.dk for info or bangonacan.org

ARTIST: So Percussion / David Lang
WORK: David Lang: Dreamer [7:13]
RECORDING: Music from The Woodmans
SOURCE/INFO: bangonacan.org