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The Bang on a Can Marathon February 2021

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https://live.bangonacan.org/february2021marathon/

February 21, 2021
1-5PM EST

PROGRAM

1PM

JAKHONGIR SHUKUR Potter’s Wheel, performed by ROBERT BLACK

JENNIFER WALSHE Happiness Starts Right Now

MARIA HULD MARKAN SIGFUSDOTTIR Pending, performed by CHI-CHI NWANOKU OBE

GABRIEL KAHANE Hollywood & Vine, performed by ARLEN HLUSKO

2PM

GREGORY SPEARS A Distant Ridge of Earth, performed by DAVID BYRD-MARROW

KRISTINA WOLFE new work performed by MOLLY BARTH

AMIR ELSAFFAR Thaw, for bass clarinet solo, performed by KEN THOMSON

BORA YOON Postcards from the Pacific

3PM

MATTHEW SHIPP Spaceman’s Blues

JOEL THOMPSON Supplication and Compensation, performed by ANTHONY ROTH COSTANZO

ROHAN CHANDER △ or THE TRAGEDY OF HIKKOMORI LOVELESS from FINAL//FANTASY, performed by VICKY CHOW

DAVID COSSIN A. C. T. 

4PM

EVE BEGLARIAN A Solemn Shyness, performed by LARA DOWNES

INGRID LAUBROCK Inkblots

MOLLY HERRON Canon No. 4, performed by MAYA STONE

ALVIN LUCIER  Weirs for electric guitar and resonant objects, performed by MARK STEWART


Jakhongir Shakur commissioned with support from Liz & Greg Lutz and Pamela Drexler
Jennifer Walshe commissioned with support from Richard Ferrante
María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir commissioned with the support of the Carl Meier Family
Gabriel Kahane commissioned with support from Raulee Marcus & Stephen Block
Gregory Spears and Molly Herron commissioned with support from Herb Leventer
Bora Yoon
commissioned with the support of Russ Irwin
Matthew Shipp
commissioned with the support of Jack Homer & Emily Hartzog

Joel Thompson commissioned with support from Dave Lake & Linda Wright
Rohan Chander commissioned with support from Maria & Robert A. Skirnick

Eve Beglarian commissioned with the support of Oscar Gerardo
Alvin Lucier commissioned with support from Jane & Dick Stewart

additional major commissioning support for 2021 from
THE HOWARD GILMAN FOUNDATION

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Thanks!

I saw this too late, was only able to catch the last 2 pieces. At least I got to hear the Lucier.

I just signed up for BOAC e-mail list (duh, should've done it long ago), so won't get caught out again.

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Lots of technical issues on this one. Lots.

Some good stuff, though, as well as some that were more...mundane.

I really don't need to hear any more anything's that start off with quiet long tones with or without multiphonics.

A formula is a formula is a formula.

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14 minutes ago, JSngry said:

Lots of technical issues on this one. Lots.

Some good stuff, though, as well as some that were more...mundane.

I really don't need to hear any more anything's that start off with quiet long tones with or without multiphonics.

A formula is a formula is a formula.

Even in the short time I watched (arrived as Ingrid Laubrock was being interviewed after performing) there were several AV dropouts.

I've always considered BOAC highly uneven, and wouldn't expect to dig the whole program.

I get your point about the long quiet tones. My personal thing is pieces that sound like Morton Feldman (or to a lesser extent, like Cage "number pieces")...nothing against the originals, which I'm very fond of, but please, no more soundalikes.

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Yeah, it's not "new music" when it does that, is it... it's popular music, no matter how small the audience is.

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I was notified by e-mail:

Restored Version of February 21 Marathon Available Til 3/15

Tim here, on behalf of the whole team at Bang on a Can!

 
Thank you so much for tuning in, for giving generously, for being part of this experiment in Online Marathon-ing.

There were a few unfortunate blackouts in our last concert, so we went back to the live feed from headquarters and found that none of those issues originated with us (thankfully, since the performances are still intact). As we move forward with our next Marathons on March 21 and April 18, we hope to test all possible solutions, and fully expect to stream great shows without interruption. 
 
Remember that we're here to answer questions and generally correspond about all that we're doing to get back up and running post-pandemic. As always, we're looking to commission more than a dozen new pieces for the next (April 18) Marathon, and if you have any questions at all please don't hesitate to reach out to me (Tim Thomas). If, for instance, you want to partner with other Can Bangers and pool your resources, by all means let us know and we'll help you do some match-making!
 
Again, thanks. And now, on with the show:

FEBRUARY 21 BANG ON A CAN MARATHON RERUN

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PROGRAM

[set times are approximate]

1pm

Michael Abels Anguish from Falling Sky (world premiere) for Vicky Chow 

Matana Roberts witness… (world premiere) 

Joan La Barbara ad astra…for cellist who sings (world premiere) for Iva Casian-Lakos

Anton Batagov Chaconne in A minor (world premiere) 

2pm

Rudresh Mahanthappa How Was Your Year? (world premiere) for Ken Thomson

Timo Andres House Calls (world premiere) for David Byrd-Marrow

Leyla McCalla Meditation #1 (world premiere) for Arlen Hlusko 

John Hollenbeck Persuasion (world premiere) for David Cossin

3pm

Carman Moore STALLION (world premiere) for Robert Black

Kelly Moran new work (world premiere)

Michael Fiday Song for Eric (world premiere) for Jeff Anderle

Jonathan Bailey Holland new work (world premiere) for Mark Stewart

4pm

Michael Daugherty Six Riffs after Ovid for solo oboe (world premiere) for Titus Underwood 

Soo Yeon Lyuh See You on the Other Side (world premiere) 

 

All works were commissioned by Bang on a Can with the generous support from the following people:
Joan La Barbara and Timo Andres commissioned with support from Raulee Marcus & Stephen Block

John Hollenbeck commissioned with support from Meredith Monk and Maria & Robert A. Skirnick
Rudresh Mahanthappa
and Matana Roberts commissioned with support from the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation
Leyla McCalla commissioned with support from Anonymous Donors
Kelly Moran
commissioned with support from Alan Baker
Soo Yeon Lyuh
commissioned with support from Lisa Bauso & Joe Rojas
Michael Fiday
commissioned with support from an Anonymous Donor
Michael Daugherty
commissioned with support from David Tochen & Mary Beth Schiffman
Carman Moore commissioned with support from Alan Lewine
Jonathan Bailey Holland
commissioned with support from Jani Naverfeffer as a tribute to Charlie Fefferman

 

additional major commissioning support for 2021 from
THE HOWARD GILMAN FOUNDATION

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Titus Underwood came to play! 

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I liked more of the music this time than the last, although, some of them seemed more like sketches than finished compositions. But hey, maybe they will evolve furhter, in which case, every seed has to get planted in order to have a chance to grow.

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