Watch: Bang on a Can All-Stars Unveil 'Field Recordings'

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Composers and Bang on a Can co-founders Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon and David Lang with host Helga Davis at Q2 Music Presents in The Greene Space Composers and Bang on a Can co-founders Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon and David Lang with host Helga Davis at Q2 Music Presents in The Greene Space (Janice Yi)

Wednesday, May 13 at 7 pm, trailblazing new-music ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars unveiled their newest album, "Field Recordings." Be the first to hear the upcoming release from the ensemble dubbed “the country’s most important vehicle for contemporary music” by the San Francisco Chronicle, with a live videocast and performance of the complete album from The Greene Space at WQXR.

Hear recent works by Steve Reich, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Anna Clyne, Todd Reynolds, Bang on a Can co-founders David Lang, Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon, and genre-hopping provocateurs Tyondai Braxton (formerly of Battles), Nick Zammuto (The Books), Mira Calix and Bryce Dessner (The National). With "Field Recordings," one hundred years of sound and imagery unfold to reveal a contemporary collective consciousness channeled through the virtuosity and force of the Bang on a Can All-Stars.

"Field Recordings" asks composers to go into the field of recorded sound itself – to find something old or record something new, and to respond with their own music, in dialogue with what they found. What they have created is a bridge through time, sensation, and sound – a thrilling ride from New York to Hollywood to Las Vegas, from John Cage to French Canadian folk singing, from beauty treatments to tape loops, vinyl records, and more. With "Field Recordings," one hundred years of sound and imagery unfold to reveal a contemporary collective consciousness channeled through the virtuosity and force of the electric Bang on a Can All-Stars.

Hosted by Q2 Music's Helga Davis, the evening includes on-stage conversation with performers and composers, including David Lang, Anna Clyne, Florent Ghys, Michael Gordon, Todd Reynolds and 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music winner Julia Wolfe.

Program:

Julia Wolfe: Reeling
Florent Ghys: An Open Cage
Michael Gordon: Gene Takes a Drink
Christian Marclay: Fade to Slide
David Lang: Unused Swan
Tyondai Braxton: Casino Trem
Johann Johannsson: Hz
Todd Reynolds: Seven Sunday
Steve Reich: The Cave of Machpelah
Bryce Dessner: Maximum to Gloucester, Letter 27
Mira Calix: Meeting You Seemed Easy
Anna Clyne: A Wonderful Day
Nick Zammuto: Real Beauty Turns

Hosted by:

Helga Davis

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