June 22: Bang on a Can Marathon – 8 hours of FREE, live music during River To River Opening Weekend




Co-presented by River To River Festival, Arts Brookfield and Bang on a Can

Lead support is provided by ASCAP, in celebration of its 100 years of protecting, supporting and fostering the work of composers worldwide


Sunday, June 22, 2014 from 2pm-10pm

8 hours of FREE Live Music!

Brookfield Place, Winter Garden | 220 Vesey Street, NYC

Admission: FREE

Bang on a Can Marathon information: www.bangonacan.org

Full Festival Line-Up: www.RiverToRiverNYC.com

FEATURING MUSIC by Louis Andriessen, Armando Bayolo, Jherek Bischoff, Carlos Carrillo, Bryce Dessner, Julius Eastman & Jace Clayton, Michael Gordon, Judd Greenstein, Brooks Frederickson, Molly Joyce, David Lang, Paula Matthusen, Marc Mellits, Meredith Monk, Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, JG Thirlwell, and Julia Wolfe

FEATURING PERFORMANCES by Adrianna Mateo, Anonymous 4, Bang on a Can All-Stars & friends, Bearthoven, Contemporaneous, Dawn of Midi, Great Noise Ensemble, Jace Clayton (aka DJ/rupture) & friends, Jherek Bischoff, Mantra Percussion, Meredith Monk & Theo Bleckmann, Roomful of Teeth, and So Percussion

PLUS Bang on a Can’s social engagement wing Found Sound Nation hosts itsStreet Studio – a mobile recording studio equipped for passersby and Marathon musicians alike to spontaneously create and record original music!


On Sunday, June 22, from 2pm to 10pmBang on a Can returns to downtown Manhattan for its annual Bang on a Can Marathon, FREE for the public atBrookfield Place Winter Garden (220 Vesey Street), presented by River To River® Festival, Arts Brookfield, and Bang on a Can. The Marathon is part of the opening weekend of the 13th River To River Festival, kicking off the 11-day celebration of free music, dance, film, and arts events.

Bang on a Can started as a one day Marathon concert (on Mother’s Day in 1987 in a SoHo art gallery) and has grown into a multi-faceted performing arts organization with a broad range of year-round international activities. The New York Timesreports, “A quarter-century later their impact has been profound and pervasive. The current universe of do-it-yourself concert series, genre-flouting festivals, composer-owned record labels and amplified, electric-guitar-driven compositional idioms would probably not exist without their pioneering example. The Bang on a Can Marathon, the organization’s sprawling, exuberant annual mixtape love letter to its many admirers, has been widely emulated…” The Village Voice recounted, “[one could] enjoy a world made a bit more habitable – something like an authentically felt home – thanks to all manner of cultural practices that get dissed out in the mainstream.”

This year, the annual super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the globe features eight hours of rare performances by some of the most innovative, pioneering musicians of our time side-by-side with some of today’s newest exciting young artists.

The electric Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Bang on a Can co-founder Julia Wolfe’s sonic wall of sound, Big Beautiful Dark and Scary, released to critical acclaim on Cantaloupe Music in 2012; JG Thirlwell’s cinematic Anabiosis, commissioned for the All-Stars in 2005 through the Bang on a Can Peoples’ Commissioning Fund (PCF); plus Paula Matthusen’s 2013 PCF commissionontology of an echo, which incorporates field recordings made in the Old Croton Aqueduct in the Bronx. Joined on stage by alumni performers of the Bang on a Can Summer Festival (Banglewood), the All-Stars will take on Louis Andriessen’s 1977 signature work, Hoketus, honoring the composer’s 75th birthday this June.

Pioneering composer and performer Meredith Monk and longtime collaboratorTheo Bleckmann will perform selections from Monk’s iconic eighth album, Facing North, released in 1992 on ECM. The all-female a cappella quartet Anonymous 4presents selections from Bang on a Can co-founder David Lang’s love fail,celebrating the new CD release on Cantaloupe Music. Lang’s love fail, which premiered at BAM in 2012, is a meditation on the timelessness of love that weaves together details from mediaeval retellings of the story of Tristan and Isolde.

Mantra Percussion performs Bang on a Can co-founder Michael Gordon’sTimber, a sonic psychedelic percussion sextet scored for six amplified custom-built sawhorses. Gordon calls their sound “primitively electronic.” His work creates the impression that sound is traveling throughout the room by subtly shifting the accents from one player to another. The result is an ambient, sweeping meditation on sound and rhythm. Timber was released on Cantaloupe Music in 2011.

Grammy Award-winners Roomful of Teeth bring selections from Caroline Shaw’sPartita for 8 Voices, for which she won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. Shaw describes the piece as “a simple piece, born of a love of structure, of the human voice, of dancing and tired ligaments, of music…” Roomful of Teeth also performs Judd Greenstein’sAEIOU, from 2009. In it Greenstein explores moving the warm Spanish vowel sounds of the title around the voices of the ensemble.

Brooklyn-based acoustic trio Dawn of Midi (bassist Aakaash Israni, pianist Amino Belyamani and drummer Qasim Naqvi) bring selections from their acclaimed 2013 album DysnomiaPitchfork describes the album: “three humans dovetailing instrumental loops into thousands of subtly different permutations . . .  something totally unprecedented.”

So Percussion performs Music for Wood and Strings by Bryce Dessner (The National). Written for Chordsticks custom-designed for this piece and tuned to two open harmonies using strings and percussion instruments, Dessner magically blurs the line between percussion and melody.

Jace Clayton (aka DJ/rupture) and friends perform Clayton’s Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner, for two grand pianos, live electronics, and vocals that celebrates the life of Julius Eastman (1940-1990), a pioneering African-American composer, pianist, vocalist, and dancer, whose music was both hypnotic and confrontational. Clayton combines two of Eastman’s rhythmic and muscular piano works, “Evil Nigger” and “Gay Guerrilla,” into a new innovative singular performance, mixed with original material and interspersed with short theatrical vignettes.

Regarded as both a lyrical and emotionally raw performer, new music violinistAdrianna Mateo plays Molly Joyce’s 2013 piece lean back and release, which combines Mateo’s live performance with her pre-recorded tracks processed with delays and distortion to create a driven, descending work that explores the violin’s powerful lower register.

Nineteen-member strong new music ensemble Contemporaneous, founded in 2010, collaborates with Seattle-based composer/performer and “pop polymath” (The New York TimesJherek Bischoff with a set of new tunes following-up  their sold-out NY performances earlier this year. Contemporaneous also performs Rome and Berlin Prize-winning composer Andrew Norman’s Try.

Washington DC-based new music extraordinaires Great Noise Ensemble make their New York debut with Carlos Carrillo’s De La Brevedad de la VidaArmando Bayolo’s Caprichos, inspired by Francisco de Goya’s satirical and scathing engravings from early 19th century Spain; and Marc Mellits’ Five Machines (mvt.5).

Bearthoven (pianist Karl Larson, bassist Pat Swoboda, and percussionist Matt Evans) takes on Brooks Frederickson’s jazz-inspired undertoad, with both the trio and composer making their Bang on a Can debut.

In addition, Bang on a Can’s social engagement wing Found Sound Nation will host its unique Street Studio. A mobile recording studio equipped for passersby and Marathon musicians alike to spontaneously create and record original music, the Street Studio will be stationed outside the Brookfield Place Winter Garden during the Marathon.


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