Bang on a Can announces the Bang on a Can Marathon of Song - Live Online - on Sunday, June 6, 2021 from 1-5pm ET featuring 15 performances streamed from musicians' homes around the country and across the world. For this Marathon all performances will include some type of vocalization - singing, speaking, murmuring, or other use of the voice.
The four-hour live Marathon, featuring Fred Frith, L'Rain, Albert Kuvezin from Yat Kha, Charles Amirkhanian, Matana Roberts, and many more, will be hosted by Bang on a Can Co-Founders and Artistic Directors Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, who say: "Humming, speaking, crooning, shouting, praying, tuneful, harmonized or noisy, we have spun songs since the beginning of our existence. These adventurous composers are redefining what it means to make song, and these powerful performers bring it to life with a myriad of colors and sensibilities."
A core feature of the program will be eleven world premieres of newly commissioned works:
Albert Kuvezin new work (world premiere) performed by himself
Anna Clyne new work (world premiere) performed by Ken Thomson
Charles Amirkhanian Audible Autopsy (world premiere) performed by Robert Black
Eddy Kwon new work (world premiere) performed by himself
Florent Ghys new work (world premiere) performed by David Cossin
Fred Frith new work (world premiere) performed by himself
Julius Eastman Prelude To The Holy Presence Of Joan D'Arc performed by Julian Otis
Kyle Brenn Still/Exist
Mary Kouyoumdjian new work (world premiere) performed by Arlen Hlusko
Matana Roberts How Many (world premiere video)
Peni Candra Rini new work (world premiere) performed by herself
Sophie Cash new work (world premiere) performed by Vicky Chow
Trevor Weston new work (world premiere) performed by Mark Stewart
About Bang on a Can:
Bang on a Can is dedicated to making music new. Since its first Marathon concert in 1987, Bang on a Can has been creating an international community dedicated to innovative music, wherever it is found. With adventurous programs, it commissions new composers, performs, presents, and records new work, develops new audiences, and educates the musicians of the future.
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