Red Poppy news
9th November 2011
The 2011-2012 season marks a major milestone for Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe. Not only do they have major events of their own... from Gordon’s world premieres on November 29 with Paul Hillier and the chorus from the Casa da Musica in Portugal and on January 28 with the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt; David Lang’s solo piano CD this was written by hand and his soundtrack to the film The Woodmans being released on Cantaloupe Music on November 15, the world premieres of his new work the wood and the vine for the vocal quartet Anonymous 4 on December 2 and a new work for a rock-inspired ensemble of Bryce Dessner (The National), Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), Nico Muhly, and Owen Pallett at Stanford University on January 25; as well as Julia Wolfe’s premiere of her work for chorus and orchestra Thirst in Portugal on November 29... but Bang on A Can, the new music organization Gordon, Lang and Wolfe founded in 1987, is celebrating 25 years.
Since its creation, Bang on a Can has grown from a one-day New York-based Marathon concert (on Mother’s Day in 1987 in a SoHo art gallery) to a multi-faceted performing arts organization with a broad range of year-round international activities from the annual Marathon concert to the Bang On A Can Summer Institute for composers and performers in North Adams, Massachusetts.
“When we started Bang on a Can in 1987, in an art gallery in SoHo, we never imagined that our one-day, 12-hour marathon festival of mostly unknown music would morph into a giant international organization dedicated to the support of experimental music, wherever we would find it,” write Gordon, Lang and Wolfe. “But it has, and we are so gratified to be still hard at work, all these years later. The reason is really clear to us – we started this organization because we believed that making new music is a utopian act, that people needed to hear this music and they needed to hear it presented in the most persuasive way, with the best players, with the best programs, for the best listeners, in the best context. Our commitment to changing the environment for this music has kept us busy and growing for the last 25 years, and we are not done yet.”
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