David Lang curates new contemporary music festival

David Lang curates new contemporary music festival
This week Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang hosts the ‘What?…Wow David Lang’s Festival of Music’ in Dublin which focuses on the works of second and third generation minimalist composers from America and Ireland.

Presented by New Music Dublin, the festival boasts a packed line-up of premieres across Friday 6 and Saturday 7 March at the National Concert hall. Aside from performances of Lang’s own compositions including his 2013 work Man Made, Bang on a Can and Trio Medieval present the Irish premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer, a composition inspired by the music and legends of Appalachia. Bryce Dessner’s Music for Wood and Strings also receives its Irish premiere and the Dublin Guitar Quartet will be performing the world premiere of their commission from Michael Gordon.

Nine ensembles, six concerts, all concluded by Lang’s self-styled ‘marathon’ concert. Lasting around eight hours, audience members are invited to arrive and leave when they please in an attempt to break down the way traditional concert programming pressures listeners into ‘ranking’ compositions respectively to one another. Watch below to hear more about Lang’s thoughts behind the festival.

For information and links to book tickets follow this link.

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