• Monday, Sep 26, 2011

    Bang on a Can All-Stars Perform New York Premiere of Louis Andriessen's Life on Saturday, November 5 in Zankel Hall

    Program Also Includes Works by
    David Lang, Michael Gordon, David Longstreth, Kate Moore, and Lukas Ligeti

    On Saturday, November 5 at 9:00 p.m., the Bang on a Can All-Stars perform the New York premiere of Louis Andriessen’s Life, featuring film by Marijke van Warmerdam, a work that the composer describes as a kind of contemporary Pictures at an Exhibition. This piece was originally to have had its US premiere as part of Mr. Andriessen’s residency as holder of Carnegie Hall’s Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair in 2010, but the performance had to be postponed due to the Icelandic volcano eruption.


    In addition to the Andriessen’s Life, Bang on a Can All-Stars play the New York premiere of David Lang’s sunray; Michael Gordon’s For Madeline; David Longstreth’s Instructional Video, Matt Damon, Breakfast at J&M; Kate Moore’s Ridgeway; and Lukas Ligeti’s Glamour Girl. For more information on all of these works, please see below.

    Prior to the performance, at 8:00 p.m., ticketholders are invited to enjoy Late Nights at Zankel Hall, a laid-back pre-concert experience in the Zankel Hall lounge with others who share their passion for music. The first 200 concert-goers to arrive will receive a complimentary drink, courtesy of Carnegie Hall. For more information, please visit carnegiehall.org/latenights.

    About the Program
    Composer David Lang was inspired to write sunray “while in residence at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art…(when) my family was staying in the…artist’s housing in North Adams, which is next door to the SUN cleaners. Every morning I would wake up, make a cup of coffee, and stare out the window at the rays of the sun on the cleaners’ big sign. Even on rainy mornings, I woke up to the rays of the sun.”

    Composer Michael Gordon’s inspiration for For Madeline was written while he was mourning the loss of his mother in 2009. He says, “I've spent the past year going in and out of synagogues to say Kaddish for Madeline…There's plenty of time to think…in synagogue because there are so many prayers and who can concentrate on all of them? Madeline loved music and she would take me to concerts when I was little. I would fall asleep but that didn't deter her…This music is for her.”

    Composer Louis Andriessen discusses the origin of his new piece Life: “I have walked around at least ten years with the intention to compose especially for them (Bang on a Can All-Stars). …I found the combination of their instruments rather difficult: 19th century strings with contemporary instruments like guitar and percussion. With the video artist Marijke van Warmerdam, we decided to make a kind of contemporary Pictures of an Exhibition: short pieces of music to accompany video clips. This resulted in Life—four short compositions which come from ‘late romantic European music’ with ‘hip American repetitive music’. This combination is stretched by the use of cross-references, parallel with what happens in the four films: every film is completely independent, but contains allusions to the others.”

    Composer David Longstreth remarks on his Instructional Video, Matt Damon, Breakfast at J&M, “Some of the first scored music I wrote was a song cycle in 2002 called Slaves’ Graves. All the arrangements were based on the Mahler songs and Stravinsky stuff from the ‘teens that I was obsessed with at the time. I remember playing it for my brother after I recorded it, and he was like, ‘Yea, this is cool—I can totally imagine Matt Damon running down some cobblestone street in Europe during that one part.’ I was bummed at his association at the time, but a few years later, it came back as one of the main images that inspired this work.”

    In Kate Moore’s Ridgeway, the composer explores her own identity. According to program notes: “Through writing she searches for her place in the landscape, delving into her own experience of heritage. Being of Dutch/ Irish ancestry yet born in England, brought up in Australia and now living in the Netherlands, she questions her sense of belonging. The piece is named after a historical track through southern England known as the Ridgeway. At the point where the Ridgeway crosses the Icknield Way, at the shallowest point in the Thames, the composer spent the first several years of her life. She imagines the footsteps that have shaped this road not dissimilar to the ancient ancestors of the Australian landscape…she wishes, through the six voices of the ensemble, to ‘sing’ her landscape into existence.”

    According to composer Lukas Ligeti, “In Glamour Girl, the drummer acts as a conductor of sorts, much like in a rock band. But the drumming is not in a standard rock style; it is based on a playing technique I initially developed for myself, featuring interlocking patterns that coalesce to form melodies of pitch and timbre, suggesting several different speeds at the same time.”

    About the Artists
    Formed in 1992 by New York’s renowned new-music collective Bang on a Can, the Bang on a Can All-Stars are recognized worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music. Freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music, this six-member amplified ensemble has consistently forged a distinct category-defying identity, taking music into uncharted territories. Performing each year throughout the U.S. and internationally, the All-Stars have shattered the definition of what concert music is today. Together, the All-Stars have worked in unprecedented close collaboration with some of the most important and inspiring musicians of our time, including Steve Reich, Ornette Coleman, Burmese circle drum master Kyaw Kyaw Naing, Tan Dun, DJ Spooky, and many more. The group’s celebrated projects include their landmark recordings of Brian Eno’s ambient classic Music for Airports and Terry Riley’s In C, as well as live performances with Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Don Byron, Iva Bittova, Thurston Moore, Owen Pallett and others. The All-Stars were awarded Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year in 2005 and have been heralded as “the country’s most important vehicle for contemporary music” by the San Francisco Chronicle.

    Their newest project, Field Recordings, premiering in March–April 2012 is a new evening-length concert including film, found sound and archival audio and video with specially commissioned new music and projections by some of the world’s most questioning musical thinkers: from the indie pop world (Tyondai Braxton, Nick Zammuto from The Books), the art world (Christian Marclay), electronica (Mira Calix), and experimental classical (Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Evan Ziporyn). Recent project highlights include the world premiere, performances, and recording of Steve Reich’s 2x5 including a sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall; the group’s multiple visits to China for the Beijing Music Festival and Hong Kong Arts Festival; the US tour and Carnegie Hall performance of Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer, an evening-length staged concert with Trio Mediaeval; the 2010 BAM Next Wave Festival performances of Evan Ziporyn’s A House in Bali, a new dance-opera featuring the All-Stars with Balinese Gamelan; commissioned works by Louis Andriessen, Bill Frisell, Ryuichi Sakamoto and more. The All-Stars record on Cantaloupe Music and have released past recordings on Sony, Universal, and Nonesuch.


    Program Information
    Saturday, November 5 at 9:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall

    •• Ashley Bathgate, Cello
    •• Robert Black, Bass
    •• Vicky Chow, Piano
    •• David Cossin, Percussion
    •• Mark Stewart, Electric Guitar
    •• Evan Ziporyn, Clarinets

    DAVID LANG sunray (NY Premiere)
    MICHAEL GORDON For Madeline
    LOUIS ANDRIESSEN Life (with film by Marijke van Warmerdam) (NY Premiere)
    DAVID LONGSTRETH Instructional Video, Matt Damon, Breakfast at J&M
    KATE MOORE Ridgeway
    LUKAS LIGETI Glamour Girl

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    Ticket Information
    Tickets, priced $39–$50, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

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