Grand Band: Six Piano Takes on Glass, Reich and Wolfe

Recorded live at (Le) Poisson Rouge on August 7, 2012

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Grand Band at Bang on a Can Marathon, 2012 (Ivan Singer)

On August 7, 2012, Grand Band — New York's new six-piano supergroup — convened at (Le) Poisson Rouge for their second-ever gig, featuring music by Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe and Kate Moore.

Comprised of pianists Lisa Moore, Vicky Chow, David Friend, Paul Kerekes, Isabelle O'Connell and Blaire McMillen, Grand Band made its first appearance at this year's Bang on a Can Marathon, where they performed Steve Reich's Six Pianos and Julia Wolfe's Aretha Franklin-inspired my lips from speaking on six grand pianos.

For their (Le) Poisson Rouge show, the pianos were replaced by electric keyboards for a program that included those pieces as well as a transcription of the final movement of Philip Glass's Glassworks and an original piece by Amsterdam-based, Australian composer Kate Moore.

Julia Wolfe - my lips from speaking

Philip Glass - Glassworks, final movement

Kate Moore - Sensitive Spot

Steve Reich - Six Pianos

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