Bang on a Can Marathon is an event not to be missed!
Bring your ears for 12 hours of uninterrupted live ear-bending border-crossing music from around the corner and around the globe. Some highlights include: the much-anticipated U.S. premiere of Fausto Romitelli’s Professor Bad Trip performed by the Talea Ensemble; the Bang on a Can All-Stars’ brand new collaboration with Warp records’ electronic songstress Mira Calix; Signal led by conductor Brad Lubman performing Shelter – the visually stunning collaboration between Bang on a Can co-founders Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe and Ridge Theater with projections by Bill Morrison and Laurie Olinder; a special appearance by guitarist, composer, and bandleader Vernon Reid; Dutch percussion masters Slagwerk Den Haag; African crossover innovators Burkina Electric; French acoustic composer and double bass player Florent Ghys; composer/saxophonist Steve Coleman and his trio; the 18-piece John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble; the New York debut of Kyrgz jaw harp virtuosos Kambar Kalendarov and Kutman Sultanbekov; the wild and wonderful emerging Brooklyn duo Buke and Gass; a world premiere from electro-composer-inventor Tristan Perich; Evan Ziporyn and Boston’s astonishing Gamelan Galak Tika; the unparalleled theatricality of German composer and pianist Mortiz Eggert, New York tween sensations Face the Music ; German recorder virtuosos Quartet New Generation; Canadian guitarist and composer Tim Brady, New York’s celebrated JACK Quartet in Iannis Xenakis’ Tetras; AND MORE.
Music by: Tim Brady, Mira Calix, Mary Ellen Childs, Steve Coleman, Moritz Eggert, Graham Fitkin, Fred Frith, Florent Ghys, Michael Gordon, Dorothee Hahne, John Hollenbeck, David Lang, Lukas Ligeti, Michiel Mensingh, Kate Moore, Paul Moravec, Mayke Nass, Seung-Ah Oh, Tristan Perich, Vernon Reid, Fausto Romitelli, Wouter Snoei, Julia Wolfe, Iannis Xenakis, & Evan Ziporyn.
Performances by: Bang on a Can All-Stars, Tim Brady (Canada), Buke and Gass, Moritz Eggert (Germany), Burkina Electric (Africa), Face the Music, Florent Ghys (France), Gamelan Galak Tika, JACK Quartet, John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, Kambar Kalendarov & Kutman Sultanbekov (Kyrgyzstan), Mira Calix (UK), Slagwerk Den Haag (Holland), Steve Coleman Trio, Talea Ensemble, Quartet New Generation (Germany), Vernon Reid, flutists Jessica Schmitz, Eric Lamb & Claire Chase, Signal.
This year, our friends at MTV and Harmonix will be on hand with a live, playable demo of Rock Band 2 featuring music by the Bang on a Can All-Stars! Yes, you read that correctly; between sets, you will have a chance to try your hand at songs by Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe and Evan Ziporyn.
We will also be introducing our “Marathon Warriors” program, paying tribute to those of you who stick around for all 12 hours! Visit our new social media center upstairs at the Winter Garden, and we will stamp your hand during each of the Marathon’s 12 hours. Stay for the whole show — and get all 12 stamps — and we’ll mail you a “Marathon Warrior” certificate, mention you on our website and Twitter feed, give you a copy of Asphalt Orchestra’s upcoming self-titled CD, and enter you to win a prize pack including signed CDs by Terry Riley, Philip Glass and Steve Reich.
12pm John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble featuring Jeremy Viner, Tony Malaby, Ellery Eskelin performing Perseverance by John Hollenbeck
Quartet New Generation performing Danse macabre*** by Dorothee Hahne, Mortal Flesh by Paul Moravec, and Flea Walls* by Moritz Eggert
Kambar Kalendarov & Kutman Sultanbekov from Kyrgyzstan performing Janglyk by Nurlanbek Nyshanov and traditional songs from Kyrgyzstan: Bek Tash, Kukuk, and Erke Kyz
Florent Ghys performing Simplement by Florent Ghys
Moritz Eggert performing Hammerklavier III: One Man Band by Moritz Eggert
2pm Face the Music performing Mesh by Graham Fitkin
Jessica Schmitz, Eric Lamb, and Claire Chase performing Halftone (for 3 floutes and 3-channel 1-bit electronics)* by Tristan Perich
Steve Coleman, Jonathan Finlayson, and David Millares performing Formation – Lunar Eclipse by Steve Coleman
Slagwerk Den Haag performing DaDeRimGil*** by Seung-Ah Oh and Ludica by Marco Momi
4pm JACK Quartet performing Tetras by Iannis Xenakis
Gamelan Galak Tika performing Tire Fire by Evan Ziporyn
Quartet New Generation w/ Mortiz Eggert performing Oh, I am sorry, did I break your concentration? by Michiel Mensingh and Black Box* by Mary Ellen Childs
Bang on a Can All-Stars performing Snakes and Ladders by Fred Frith
6pm Talea Ensemble performing Professor Bad Trip** by Fausto Romitelli
A performance by Buke and Gass
Moritz Eggert performing Hammerklavier V: Study in Fall** and Hammerklavier XX: One Man Band 2 by Moritz Eggert
Slagwerk Den Haag performing I Delayed People’s Flights By Walking Slowly In Narrow Hallways** by Mayke Nas & Wouter Snoei
8pm Vernon Reid, Mazz Swift, and Leon Gruenbaum performing Ghost Narratives by Vernon Reid
Bang on a Can All-Stars performing Ridgeway by Kate Moore
A performance by Mira Calix
Bang on a Can All-Stars & Mira Calix performing spring falls back* by Mira Calix
Tim Brady performing Switch (Seconds / Liquid / Leaps / Singularity / Melismatic)** and Strumming (Hommage a John Lennon)** by Tim Brady with Video by Martin Messier
10pm Kambar Kalendarov & Kutman Sultanbekov from Kyrgyzstan performing Chyibyldyn Kyzynyn Koshogu by Asanbai Karimov, traditional song Tagyldyr Too, Mash Botoi by Atai Ogonbaev and Ala Too Jazy by Nurlanbek Nyshanov
Florent Ghys performing 4 by Florent Ghys
A performance by Burkina Electric
SIGNAL conducted by Brad Lubman performing Shelter by Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe with libretto by Deborah Artman and film and projections by Bill Morrison and Laurie Olinder