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From the Bang On A Can Founders

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.”

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New Sounds

Remembering Steve Martland

Friday, May 10, 2013

The late British composer, Steve Martland was one of the more quirky composers heard on New Sounds as long ago as the 1980’s. A refugee from punk rock, he studied with Louis Andriessen, before forming his own ensemble.  He passed away earlier this week, at the age of 53.  For this New Sounds, we remember him by revisiting live performances by the Steve Martland Band from the annual Bang on a Can Music Marathon, recorded at Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2000.  Listen to a piece of English folk music adapted to serve the purpose of being connected to football, “Kick,” along with a major work written for the Bang on a Can All-Stars, “Horses of Instruction,” which sounds like a muscular jazz-funk summit between Reich and Stravinsky.  There's also a performance of a short work, “Re-mix.”  Martland introduced each piece from the stage, as well as conducted his ensemble.   

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Bang on a Can PCF Concert 2010, Part III

Sunday, January 06, 2013

For this edition of New Sounds, listen to more highlights from the annual new music extravaganza, recorded live this past June of 2010 at the World Financial Center.  We'll hear the concert version of "Shelter" by founding Bang on a Can composers Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and David Lang, as performed by the new music supergroup, Signal, led by Brad Lubman.

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Bang on a Can Marathon 2010 - Part I

Saturday, December 22, 2012

For this New Sounds, we present highlights from the annual new music extravaganza, the Bang on a Can Marathon.  The French bass player, composer and laptop manipulator Florent Ghys writes witty minimalist pop music pieces. We’ll hear some of these, recorded live at the World Financial Center.

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Bang on a Can Marathon 2009, Part II

Monday, October 10, 2011

Hear some more highlights from the 2009 Bang on a Can Marathon, including some manic music for saxophone by composer and dervish Ken Thomson.

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Bang on a Can Marathon 2009 - Part I

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Listen to highlights from the 2009 Bang on a Can Marathon. Hear music by Andy Akiho and the Foundry Steel Pan Ensemble, Matthew McBane and Build, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen and the choir Ars Nova, and more.

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Bang on a Can Marathon 2009, Part II

Friday, June 25, 2010

Hear some more highlights from the 2009 Bang on a Can Marathon, including some manic music for saxophone by composer and dervish Ken Thomson. 

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