Episode #3576

From the Bang On A Can Founders

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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)  





Michael Gordon / Rushes Ensemble


Michael Gordon: Rushes, part 3, excerpt [13:30]
Due out March 25, 2014

Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen & Ars Nova Copenhagen, Paul Hillier cond.

BoaC Marathon May 31, 2009 @ WFC (now Brookfield Place)

Julia Wolfe: Thirst [28:21]

This performance not commercially available. See for info or

So Percussion / David Lang

Music from The Woodmans

David Lang: Dreamer [7:13]

Comments [1]

josh from grave

I vacillate between complaining about how boring this music is and how boring this show has become.

The lethargy this music inspires makes it impossible for me to commit suicide. This is like calling a suicide prevention line and getting a fax machine. I'm already dead in 1998, don't send me a Chinese menu, please. Or Car Talk.

Mar. 12 2014 11:54 PM

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