On Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 7:30 p.m., Q2 presented the first in a series of New Sounds Live webcasts with host John Schaefer. For this, the 23rd annual New Sounds Live concert series, New York's beloved Bang on a Can All-Stars performed four world premieres in their annual People's Commissioning Fund Concert from Merkin Hall.
This year, Bang on a Can selected four young and innovative composers for these world premiere performances: Swiss ambient-funk-pianist-composer Nik Bärtsch, UK-based electro-acoustic composer Oscar Bettison, Boston composer-inventor Christine Southworth, and Brooklyn's David Longstreth, the driving force behind the ground-breaking indie rock band Dirty Projectors. The All-Stars also present a recently-commissioned work by British composer Michael Nyman and selections from Brian Eno's seminal work Music for Airports.
Begun in 1997, the PCF is a simple yet ingenious program: hundreds of small individual contributions are bundled in order to commission three to four new works. Every contributor is invited to observe the All-Stars rehearse the commissioned works and to attend the world-premiere performance, creating a radical partnership between the All-Stars, audiences, and composers.