Listen: 2017 Ecstatic Music Festival Launches with Bang on a Can All-Stars

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Bang on a Can All-Stars perform at the 2016 Ecstatic Music Festival

On Monday, Jan. 9 we kicked off the 2017 Ecstatic Music Festival with a live stream of the Bang on a Can All-Stars annual People's Commissioning Fund Concert at Merkin Concert Hall. The evening featured newly-commissioned music by Nico Muhly, Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Juan Felipe Waller as well as music by Michael Gordon and Philip Glass.

This live stream was presented in partnership with WNYC's New Sounds and hosted by John Schaefer.

Founded in 1997, the People's Commissioning Fund has presented the music of over 40 composers, including Jóhann Jóhannsson, Caroline Shaw, David Longstreth, Alvin Lucier and Thurston Moore, among many others. 2017 marks Bang on a Can's 30th anniversary.

Listen to performances from previous years of the Ecstatic Music Festival.

Q2 Music is the digital partner of the Kaufman Music Center's 2016 Ecstatic Music Festival.

Listen to the full concert, including the spoken-word text, at the top of the page, and individual pieces below.

David Lang - Sunray

Juan Felipe Waller - Hybrid Ambiguities

Nico Muhly - Comfortable Cruising Altitude

Michael Gordon - Van Gogh: St. Remy

Julia Wolfe - Believing

Philip Glass - Einstein on the Beach: Bed

Philip Glass - Glassworks: Closing