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Bang on a Can at 25

Friday, April 27, 2012

Bang on a Can, the composers collective and revolutionary force hatched a quarter century ago as a plot in an East Village diner, celebrates a milestone anniversary of creating and presenting new music on this New Sounds show.  The Bang on a Can All-Stars, the resident ensemble of six musicians, give the unofficial US premiere of 3 parts of the suite "Field Recordings," with works by BoaC Co-founder Julia Wolfe, Florent Ghys, and Evan Ziporyn.  Plus works by Bang on a Can's two other co-founders, David Lang and Michael Gordon.


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Bang on a Can Celebrates its Silver Anniversary with a Gold Standard

Saturday, March 03, 2012

It's a big (and beautiful, perhaps scary but far from dark) year for Bang on a Can, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012. True to form, the cabal's All-Stars have heralded the birthday in style with this rollicking two-disc set. Read on for more and to snag a free download, this week only, of Matt Damon.

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The New Canon

Big Beautiful Dark and Polyphonic

Friday, March 02, 2012

This week, the New Canon brings you a trio of new releases from a maverick new music cabal, a quartet of vocal violinists and a boundless Belarusian violinist.


New Sounds

Classical Rock Bands

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Music by Steve Reich on this New Sounds - a piece of classical music for a rock band - his "2 x 5," from a new recording.  There's also music for electric guitar in a chamber music setting by Canadian composer Tim Brady, inspired by Dmitri Shostakovich, "Hocket, Canon, Fugue."  Plus, listen to a work for a hybrid electro-acoustic ensemble by Paola Prestini.

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New Sounds

Sonic Atmospheres

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

For this New Sounds, we’ll experience some sonic and at times, spiritual atmospheres, including ambient music, and other works that might invoke the “m” word – “minimalism.” From Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, we’ll hear some spiritually cast works, sometimes labeled (much to Pärt’s dislike of the term) “holy minimalism.” Listen to his atmospheric and soaring “Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, from a new recording by Canadian violinist Angèle Dubeau& the 12-woman (11 strings, 1 piano) ensemble La Pietà.


New Sounds

Bang on a Can PCF Concert 2010, Part II

Monday, June 06, 2011

From the New Sounds Live concerts at Merkin Hall, the Bang On A Can All-Stars premiere the newly commissioned work by Christine Southworth, called "Concerning The Doodle."  Rounding out the show are (relatively) older favorites by Michael Nyman, his "Manhatta" and Brian Eno's "Music for Airports 2/2."


Q2 Music Live Concerts

Bang on a Can All-Stars Live Audio Web cast

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

On Thursday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m., Q2 and New Sounds Live team up once again to bring you a live Web cast from Merkin Concert Hall with WNYC host, John Schaefer. Part of the inaugural Ecstatic Music Festival, this annual world premiere-commissioning concert presents the perennially badass Bang on a Can All-Stars live in concert.


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Thursday, February 03, 2011

TwoSense, a duo comprised of cellist Ashley Bathgate and pianist Lisa Moore, made its New York debut at (Le) Poisson Rouge recently. Hear that program in its entirety.


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Bali Comes to Brooklyn

Thursday, October 14, 2010

On Friday, October 15 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m, Q2 spotlights the fertile, inclusive and high-octane music-making of composer Evan Ziporyn, whose opera, A House in Bali, receives its New York premiere this week at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. For 3 continuous hours, enjoy full sonic immersion in Zipoyrn's diverse music worlds with recordings ranging from the percussion virtuosity of  So Percussion to live performances by Zyporyn's Gamelan Galak Tika from the 2010 Bang on a Can Marathon.