Posts Tagged ‘Bang On a Can’

The Bang on a Can All-Stars Can Be Whatever You Want Them To Be

The Bang on a Can All-Stars ensemble formed in 1992 almost out of necessity. In 1987, composers Julia Wolfe, David Lang, and Michael Gordon inaugurated what would become an annual tradition: the Bang on a Can Marathon, a 12-hour concert meant to explore a vast range of musical styles and build an appreciation for new music. But in the [...]

Festival Watch: Jersey Shore and Ultra Music, MusicNOW, Pitchfork

Winter Music Conference and Ultra Music Festival 2010: So we here at Festival Watch have spent some time watching Jersey Shore. And while we realize that it is sort of a pop-culture phenomenon and this kind of excuses the fact that we invested a portion of our evening trying to digest that particular mess, we’re [...]

Bang on a Can Marathon @ Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

While the highlight of Sunday's Bang on a Can Marathon at the University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center came early, the rest of the program offered plenty to enjoy as well, even if the culminating performance was somewhat dubious. Just after the Bang on a Can All-Stars completed their innovative arrangement of [...]

Eno’s “Music For Airports” Live: Transcendant

I'll have more thoughts on yesterday's Bang on a Can Marathon at the University of Maryland later, but the highlight of the day came early for me. Watching the Bang on a Can All-Stars perform a beautifully arranged version of Brian Eno's Music For Airports was a real treat. This is not how Eno envisioned [...]

This Weekend: Bang on a Can Marathon, Michael Manring

For the past few years, the annual Bang on a Can Marathon in New York City has had my mouth watering, juxtaposing performances of fascinating and often under-performed avant-garde classical music with shows by cutting-edge popular music performers (and generally blurring the line between these two categories). Last year's festival, for instance, featured compositions by [...]

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