#3934: Works by Bang On A Can PCF Alumni

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Listen to music from composers who have been commissioned by Bang on a Can to write music for the Bang on a Can All-Stars for this New Sounds. There are works for baroque instruments, American folk instruments, classical instruments, but not the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Hear a work by Marc Mellits played by American Baroque, along with a piece for violin and resonator guitar by electro-acoustic experimentalist and installation artist Paula Matthusen. Both composers have previously been commissioned by the People’s Commissioning Fund, Mellits in 2000 (“5 Machines”) and Matthusen in 2013 (“ontology of an echo”.)

Then there’s music from London-born Anna Clyne, and her remarkable multimedia work, "The Violin" (for two violins) featuring violinists Cornelius Dufallo and Amy Kauffmann. Her previous PCF commission was also from 2013, “A Wonderful Day," featuring found sound – the spoken and sung words of Chicago street musician Wooly. Then, hear  music by Berlin-based Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, who’s perhaps better known nowadays as a composer of award-winning film scores, even though he was commissioned by Bang on a Can in 2013. Sample some of Jóhannsson’s recent film score for the sci-fi mind-bender, “Arrival.” Also, listen to a piece by Nico Muhly for the chamber band eighth blackbird, which incorporates a fragment of a Philip Glass work. Plus, a bit of music by Kate Moore. 

PROGRAM #3934, Bang on a Can PCF Alumni (First Aired 1-06-2017)               

ARTIST: American Baroque
WORK: Marc Mellits: 11 Miniatures, excerpt  [1:00]
RECORDING: The Shock of the Old: Common Sense Composers' Collective & American Baroque 
SOURCE: Santa Fe Music Group #513 
INFO: commonsensecomposers.org

ARTIST: Jóhann Jóhannsson
WORK:Heptapod B [3:42], Kangaru [2:56]
RECORDING: Arrival, Original Soundtrack
SOURCE: DG 0289 4796782 8
INFO: deutschegrammophon.com

ARTIST: eighth blackbird
WORK: Nico Muhly: Doublespeak [9:06]
RECORDING: Filament
SOURCE: Cedille Records CDR 90000 157
INFO: cedillerecords.org

ARTIST: James Moore & Andie Springer  
WORK: Paula Matthusen:  in absentia [4:22]
RECORDING: Gertrudes | music for violin & resonator gtr
SOURCE: New World Records 80771
INFO: newworldrecords.org

ARTIST: American Baroque
WORK: Marc Mellits: 11 Miniatures [15:00]
RECORDING: The Shock of the Old: Common Sense Composers' Collective & American Baroque 
SOURCE: Santa Fe Music Group #513 
INFO: commonsensecomposers.org

ARTIST: Anna Clyne
WORK: Tea Leaves [6:27]
RECORDING: The Violin
SOURCE: Vision Into Art Records
INFO: visionintoartrecords.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Ashley Bathgate
WORK: Kate Moore:Broken Rosary, excerpt [1:53]
RECORDING: Stories for Ocean Shells
SOURCE: Cantaloupe Music
INFO: bangonacan.org