Episode #3586

Bang on a Can PCF Concert 2014

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

From the New Sounds Live Concert Series, listen to portions of the Bang on a Can People’s Commissioning Fund Concert 2014 – a partnership with the Ecstatic Music Festival, recorded live at Merkin Hall this past March.  Hear Bang on a Can co-founders Julia Wolfe's “Lick” and David Lang's Schubert-inspired “Death Speaks” with guest vocalist Shara Worden. There’s also music by one of the three PCF-commissioned composers, the Brooklyn-based electroacoustic composer Daniel Wohl.  

Wolfe’s work, “Lick” was the first work she wrote for the Bang on a Can All-Stars. It’s an impatient piece, full of attack fragments; saucy, yet still sensual.  Then, hear Daniel Wohl’s commission, “Holographic,” recreating the optical illusion of a hologram through sound.  It’s a work for both the acoustic and electric, with field recordings and slightly distorted versions of the live instruments performed by the All-Stars.  Then, the closing work of the night was Bang on a Can co-founder David Lang’s darkly post-Schubertian ‘death speaks,’ an intimate, emotional work featuring Shara Worden’s dramatic and delicate vocals in a conversation with the character, Death.

PROGRAM #3586 Bang on a Can People’s Commissioning Fund Concert 2014
(First aired on 4/2/2014)  





Bang on a Can All-Stars

New Sounds Live @ Ecstatic Music Festival, 3/13/2014

Julia Wolfe: Lick [11:32]

This recording not commercially available.   The work appears on “Bang on a Can Classics”

CD - Cantaloupe #CA 21010


Daniel Wohl: Holographic [6:54]

This recording not commercially available

Bang on a Can All-Stars with guest vocalist Shara Worden

New Sounds Live @ Ecstatic Music Festival, 3/13/2014

David Lang: Death Speaks [32:22]

This recording not commercially available.  The work appears on Cantaloupe Records #CA 21092

Comments [2]

gina ballinger from graz austria

gosh! what a beautiful concert. i know "gosh" sounds a bit awkward howabout mesmerized : ) thank you!

Apr. 03 2014 09:36 AM
Alan Blaustein from Bronx, NY

I am listening to your current program, and I believe you made a mistake regarding Stephen Foster songs. Old Kentucky Home and Swanee River were the equivalent of 1960s protest songs, and did much to inspire abolitionist fervor. I don't see anything offensive. Rather, a strong statement of the core evil of slavery, breaking up families.

Apr. 02 2014 11:19 PM

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