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Apr 29, 2005 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM


Concert at Carnegie Hall, Friday, April 29, 7:30 pm




Friday, April 29

7:30 pm

Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave., NYC

Bang on a Can enterprise presents its resident ensemble—the Bang on a Can All-Stars—in another innovative performance extravaganza.  Celebrated around the world for their high-energy virtuosic music making, the All-Stars premiere a new collaboration with the Czech composer/performer Iva Bittová, plus brand new works by microtonal mastermind Glenn Branca, composer Paul Lansky, and Bang on a Can All-Star Evan Ziporyn.


Tickets: $20 - $32 (call 212/247-7800)

More info at www.carnegiehall.org


Paul Lansky                A is for . . .

Evan Ziporyn               Dalem & Sangut (from ShadowBang)

                                                                                                - Angkat

                                                                                                - Ocean

                                                                                                - Meditasi

                                                                                                - Head

Glenn Branca              Compositional Recreations One: Black 5 Vs. White 7 In 3 + 4 Time

Iva Bittová                   Elida*

- Nejsi
- Malíři v Pařiži

- Bolís mĕ Lásko

- Ladná Čeladná

- Samota

- Hopáhop Tálitá

- Presto
- Zapískej
- Elida     




IVA BITTOVÁ, whose distinct combination of dazzling virtuosity and disarmingly simple tunes have made her one today’s most innovative performers, will present her new composition Elida.  Conceived in nine parts and inspired by Czech folk music and performance art, the piece requires Bittová to play the violin and sing with the Bang on a Can All-Stars.  In June 2005, Bang on a Can’s record label Cantaloupe Music will release an all-Bittová CD entitled Elida, featuring the multi-talented Bittová performing her original from-the-soul compositions with the All-Stars.


The legendary GLENN BRANCA, whose work for microtonal instruments “Movement Within” appeared on Bang on a Can’s award-winning CD Renegade Heaven, has been commissioned by Bang on a Can to write a piece for the All-Stars specific instrumentation.  The resulting piece, Compositional Recreations One: Black 5 Vs. White 7 In 3 + 4 Time, will debut at this performance.  It is the first in a series of chamber pieces and pays homage to Martin Gardner, a scholar and creator of the Mathematical Recreations column for Scientific American.  Branca’s electric guitar symphonies and self-made instruments have established him among the most adventurous musicians creating music today; his notorious Glenn Branca Ensemble has performed in clubs and at venues around the world.


PAUL LANSKY’S A is for… is, in the composer’s words, “a meditation on the swirl of letters and numbers that surround us daily.”  For the past thirty years, Lansky—a professor of music at Princeton University—has fearlessly pioneered the changing role of computers in creating music. "For me," Lansky has written, "success means creating new ways of listening and hearing."


Bang on a Can All-Star clarinetist EVAN ZIPORYN returns to Carnegie Hall for this concert, following the riotous November 2004 Zankel Hall debut of his MIT-based ensemble, the Gamelan Galak Tika.  A gamelan performer and composer, Ziporyn has had a 23-year involvement with Balinese music.  The Bang on a Can All-Stars perform a new concert music suite from his music theater piece ShadowBang, a Balinese folk narrative based on the ancient art form of shadow puppetry.  Conceived with the expert Balinese puppeteer and singer I Wayan Wija in 2001 and released on Bang on a Can’s record label Cantaloupe Music in 2003, the work is a fusion of the raucous American sound the All-Stars have coined and the magic realism of a Balinese folk narrative.







Robert Black, bass • David Cossin, percussion • Lisa Moore, piano/keyboards

Mark Stewart, electric guitar • Wendy Sutter, cello • Evan Ziporyn, clarinets

Named Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year for 2005, the Bang on a Can All-Stars have gained an international reputation for extreme virtuosity and an utterly unique sound, powered by their unusual combination of clarinets, electric guitar, cello, bass, keyboards, and percussion.  Each year fans and critics across the globe anticipate the All-Stars’ ultra-dynamic live performances, not to mention their recordings of today’s most innovative music.  Freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music, the six-member ensemble plays music from uncharted territories, continually shattering the definition of what concert music is today.


The All-Stars’ flexibility reflects the vision of the three Bang on a Can artistic directors (Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe), who believe in the communicative power of a wide range of music from a new generation of composers and performers.  Recent and upcoming Bang on a Can All-Stars projects include their re-recording of classics by Philip Glass and Terry Riley, as well as collaborations with top artists from across the globe, including Burmese percussion master Kyaw Kyaw Naing.  Live performances have included Glass, Riley, Meredith Monk, Don Byron, and many more.  With these occasional homages to living masters, the heart of their repertoire remains the sound of the new generation.


The Bang on a Can All-Stars appear annually in New York at venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Miller Theatre, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Merkin Hall.  Other recent and upcoming appearances include BBC Proms, Singapore Arts Festival, Venice Biennale, Holland Festival, Davies Symphony Hall in SF, Hancher Auditorium, Iowa, UCLA Live, and many more.  The All-Stars now record on Cantaloupe Music (www.cantaloupemusic.com) and have released past recordings on Sony, Universal, and Nonesuch.




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Apr 29, 2005 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM


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