#3837: Bang on a Can PCF Concert 2016

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New Sounds Live and the Ecstatic Music Festival present the Bang on a Can People’s Commissioning Fund Concert, recorded at Merkin Concert Hall. Hear four world-premiere works by four different composers for 2016, all performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, plus a movement of Julia Wolfe's Pulitzer Prize-winning work, "Anthracite Fields." 

Hear a new piece by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw which incorporates field recordings of a group of southern quilters reflecting on the art of their craft.  Then there's a world premiere by Gabriella Smith using field recordings of the Chilean “dawn chorus” – the peak of animal activity right around sunrise. To work out her piece, Smith fit in and adapted symphonic instruments to the “dawn chorus” by slowing down the found sounds to create more space, then gradually allowed the bird song and other sounds to achieve original playback speeds.

Also, hear the world premiere work by Beijing-based composer Zhang Shouwang of the band Carsick Cars, “Courtyards in Central Beijing.” His piece weaves in field recordings of courtyard houses – the very last old buildings of central Beijing. There are the distant sounds of modern Beijing, as well as the wind through the bamboo of the old city. Listen to the last of the world premieres - a work by composer, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and co-collaborator with the Fred Frith Guitar Quartet, René Lussier. His surprising sound source of the field recording was also a “dawn chorus” of sorts – that of his sleeping partner, in his work, “Nocturnal.”

Plus, listen to a movement from one of the Bang on a Can co-Founders, composer Julia Wolfe and her Pulitzer Prize-winning work, “Anthracite Fields.”

PROGRAM #3837, NS Live BoaC PCF 2016 (First Aired 3-2-2016) 

ARTIST: Bang on a Can All-Stars
WORK: Gabriella Smith: Panitao (Dawn Chorus), excerpt [1:00]
RECORDING: NSL EMF @ Merkin Hall Feb 6, 2016
INFO: This performance not commercially available.

ARTIST: Bang on a Can All-Stars
WORK: Caroline Shaw: Really Craft When You [7:05]
RECORDING: NSL EMF @ Merkin Hall Feb 6, 2016
SOURCE: This performance not commercially available. 
INFO: More about Caroline Shaw.

ARTIST: Bang on a Can All-Stars
WORK: Zhang Shouwang: Courtyards in Central Beijing [6:12]
RECORDING: NSL EMF @ Merkin Hall Feb 6, 2016
SOURCE: This performance not commercially available. 
INFO: More about Zhang Shouwang. 

ARTIST: Bang on a Can All-Stars
WORK: Gabriella Smith: Panitao [4:25]
RECORDING: NSL EMF @ Merkin Hall Feb 6, 2016
SOURCE: This performance not commercially available. 
INFO: More about Gabriella Smith.

ARTIST: Bang on a Can All-Stars
WORK: Rene Lussier: Nocturnal [6:40]
RECORDING: NSL EMF @ Merkin Hall Feb 6, 2016
SOURCE: This performance not commercially available. 
INFO: More about Rene Lussier.

ARTIST: Bang on a Can All-Stars
WORK: Julia Wolfe: Anthracite Fields- Breaker Boys [14:10]
RECORDING: NSL EMF @ Merkin Hall Feb 6, 2016
SOURCE: This performance not commercially available. 
INFO: The work appears on Cantaloupe Music 21111 
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