Bang on a Can All-Stars LIVE

New Sounds Live with John Schaefer from Merkin Concert Hall

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

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.

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Comments [9]

joey from portland, or

hopefully someday i will get to hear the great sounds of "matt damon", "breakfast at j & m", and "instructional video".

Mar. 02 2010 11:55 PM

Will this concert be replayed in the future?

Mar. 01 2010 11:24 AM

Thanks for your interest in this concert; we're glad you're as excited about it as we were. Please rest assured that whenever possible we will make our webcast concerts available for on-demand streaming, though at the moment this is not possible. If the situation changes, we will be sure to let the Q2 universe know. Thanks!

Feb. 26 2010 11:02 AM

We missed this & would like to listen. Will it be accessible on-line or for purchase?

Feb. 26 2010 10:47 AM

I certainly agree. WQXR and Q2 are doing great things. But, we cannot always be there. So archives are vital.

In fact, the ability to archive both audio and video is raising the bar on what makes member dollars worthwhile: if you can do this, but you do not do this, do I feel the need to be a member.

Take a look at little old WBGO, Jazz 88, Newark. The have vast videocast archives. They originate concerts which are then archived either at WBGO, on NPR/music, or both.

Feb. 25 2010 07:30 AM
Richagram from brooklyn.


Feb. 25 2010 05:40 AM

So, if I am otherwise occupied, will there be an archive?

Feb. 24 2010 03:21 PM


Tonight's live broadcast will be audio only.

Feb. 24 2010 10:10 AM


Feb. 22 2010 06:52 PM

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