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This Sunday, let premieres rule your ears. Bang on a Can artists Ashley Bathgate, cello and Lisa Moore, piano, play a recital as part of TwoSense, the duo's concert series and commissioning project dedicated to presenting new works that feature the two instruments.

Listen in on Sunday, March 13 at 2 p.m., to hear Bathgate and Moore perform new works by Stephen Feigenbaum, Jerome Kitzke, Paul Kerekes, Kate Moore and Andy Akiho, who masterfully performs the steel pans alongside the duo in his composition -- an undoubtedly gutsy move. Also enriching the evening is the virtuoso flutist Kelli Kathman and the illustrious songstress, Iva Bittova. 

Perhaps most striking on the program is Paul Kerekes' Hail, a flute, cello and piano work whose ecstatic stream of mutating eighth-notes dodges the usual insults that get mud-slung at the post-minimalist music language. While the work employs a constant rhythmic grid as it backbone, it never feels overly mechanic or inhuman; undulating flute quivers and dramatic volume swoops bring a breath of organic life that is often missing from the sound world of composition that is supposed to sound rhythmically "tight." Held at (Le) Poisson Rouge on January 4, 2011, hear the piece for yourself:


Paul Kerekes