Thursday, July 12, 2012
By Amanda Angel
From Leonard Bernstein's navy musical to Reich's evocation of downtown bustle, here are five great works New York composers have written about the Big Apple.
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.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Listen to works for violin and cello, with electronics and without, or with piano or voice on this New Sounds. There's music from Princeton-based composer Frances White, "The Old Rose Reader" for violin, voice, video animation, and electronics. It's a romantic work containing stories about all varieties of roses, some famous for having been grown in Empress Josephine's garden at Malmaison.
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.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The Bang on a Can collective—Michael Gordon, wife Julia Wolfe, and fellow Martin Bresnick student David Lang—took a shared fascination with modernist dissonance, minimalist process, and rock volume, and turned it into a new kind of New York institution. They founded festivals and a record label, and collectively composed evening-length works like the oratorio Lost Objects (2001) and the opera Carbon Copy Building (1999).
Friday, February 03, 2012
On Friday at 7:30 pm, enjoy a live Webcast of composer Michael Gordon's live scores to the silent films of acclaimed American filmmaker Bill Morrison.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Listen to some of the musical scores for Bill Morrison's silent films on this New Sounds program. There’s a mix of brass ensemble & electronics in Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s score to “The Miners’ Hymns,” a documentary that depicts an ill-fated mining community in England. One "can almost hear the cavernous mineshafts and their ominous heritage in the brutal electronic treatments, and hear the creaking, crumbling landscapes beneath the haunting brass." (Boomkat)
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
New York, NY —
New Sounds Live Silent Film Series
Live performances by two celebrated new-music orchestras: The Wordless Music Orchestra performs Jóhann Jóhannsson's score to Bill Morrison’s The Miners’ Hymns, and The Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble performs Michael Gordon's score for Morrison’s masterpiece Decasia.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Today is poet Emily Dickinson’s birthday. We’ll hear songs by the Sandpaper Dolls, Michael Gordon, John Adams, Simon & Garfunkel, David Sylvian, and Two Loons For Tea, all using Dickinson texts or inspired by the life of the reclusive 19th century writer.
Thursday, December 08, 2011
On this date, the anniversary of John Lennon’s death, New Sounds celebrates the influence that Lennon had outside his sphere. We’ll hear music by Vijay Iyer, his "re-imagining" of "Imagine,” and Canadian electric guitarist/composer Tim Brady’s “Strumming: homage à John Lennon.” Of the many homages, we’ll also hear a lovely meditation for piano and cello built around the chord sequence from John Lennon’s “Imagine,” from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis.
Monday, November 07, 2011
As WQXR presents Beethoven Awareness Month, Q2 Music spotlights today's most distinct and inventive compositional voices. This week Nadia Sirota focuses on the music of Bang on a Can co-founder Michael Gordon.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Listen to music written in response to the 9/11 attacks. Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Steve Reich and John Adams each used an almost documentary approach to the events of 9/11; we’ll hear excerpts from both. Michael Gordon’s “The Sad Park” is built on recordings of young children in the playground on Chambers Street, two blocks from the World Financial Center, describing that morning. And Robert Moran’s new “Trinity Requiem” was written for the nearby Trinity Church choir. We’ll hear excerpts from those pieces as well on this New Sounds.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Listen to Pulitzer-prize winning John Adams’ - “On the Transmigration of Souls,” written for the first anniversary of the attacks. Then there's Michael Gordon’s “The Sad Park,” made from the electronically manipulated voices of children who witnessed the World Trade Center attack, and premiered in September of 2006. Plus, an excerpt from Robert Moran’s brand-new “Trinity Requiem,” featuring the Trinity Youth Chorus.
Monday, September 05, 2011
The New Canon may be taking a break from a live chat this week in honor of Labor Day, but that doesn't mean we're not slacking off from giving you three new releases that really work. Join me for a preview of new releases from Slagwerk den Haag playing Michael Gordon as well cellist-vocalist Jody Redhage playing Missy Mazzoli and Derek Muro.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
How exactly do you keep a composition for six 2'x4's from sounding stiff? Find out how Michael Gordon does just that, and get a free download from his new CD this week only.
Sunday, August 07, 2011
Writing a piece about a major disaster, war or other crisis is one of the bigger challenges a composer may face. In this guide to pieces about September 11, we explore how every composer faced a specific hurdle and how they arrived at a given solution.
Sunday, August 07, 2011
Recorded this past May at the Chelsea Art Museum, the 10th annual Look & Listen Festival hit the ground running with a comprehensive opening night program of contemporary art music by Michael Gordon, Phillip Glass, Julia Wolfe, Sofia Gubaidulina, Jason Treuting and Jan Radzynski. This is the first of four concerts from the recent 2011 edition, and you can hear the rest throughout the month of August, every Sunday right here on Cued Up.
Friday, July 15, 2011
For this New Sounds, we'll hear "ReWriting Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony" by Michael Gordon, along with music from Uri Caine where he takes on Mahler - "Urlicht/Primal Light." Plus, hear Mary Jane Leach's "Bruckstuck," and more.