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The Ensemble “Bang on a Can All Stars” (USA):
Ashley Bathgate (cello), Robert Black (bass), Vicky Chow (piano), David Cossin (percussion), Mark Stewart (guitars), Ken Thomson (clarinets)
Programme: Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe
New York’s legendary music collective Bang on a Can All-Stars, which celebrates its 30 anniversary since its formation this year, will visit Klaipėda for the first time to showcase the music of its co-founders and co-artistic directors – Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe.
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. Their previous appearances in Vilnius, in 1997 and 2012, were greeted with thunderous applause, since it is only at their concerts that the audience felt emotional directness and the whole range of states new music is able to evoke – from the manifestations of urban energy and throbbing anxiety to trancelike musings – let alone the highest quality of music and execution. Performing each year throughout the U. S. and internationally, 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.
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, 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, Iva Bittova, Thurston Moore, and others.
Celebrating thirty years of Bang on a Can, its founders Gordon, Lang and Wolfe return to the collaborative spirit of the group’s origins with an all-new collection of tunes entitled “Road Trip.” “The tank is full, the top is down, and we have our collective hand on the dial for a euphoric musical journey. Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe flood the waves with an original mash-up of wind-in-your-hair tunes that capture the sublime exhilaration of freedom and possibility. Performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Road Trip is a tribute to journeys of all sorts, and the people who make them. There is a road, but it is no simple highway. ” Plus David Lang’s ‘classic’ Cheating, Lying, Stealing – one of the works that established the All-Stars on the contemporary scene in the 1990s – and more…