Still Banging on that Can


They started in the late 80″s in Soho and decided to create New Music. 25 years later they gave an All Star concert at Alice Tully Hall, last night, a 3-hour marathon of New Music with instruments from all over the world producing sounds that sometimes made you clinch your teeth but most of the time rhythms that where pure discovery. It is still  “New” 25 years later. “When we started Bang on a Can in 1987, in an art gallery in SoHo, we never imagined that our one-day, 12-hour marathon festival of mostly unknown music would morph into a giant international organization dedicated to the support of experimental music, wherever we would find it,” write Bang on a Can Co-Founders Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe. Last night David Lang explained how he had asked all his team (for the finale they must have been more than 50 on stage) to wander all over the world and come back with inspiring sounds. Some dwelt on the Swiss Yodeling for an inspiration, others preferred the industrial sound of chains rattling as starting notes for a full orchestral extravaganza. Alice Tully Hall was full. I thought only in New York people would be so avid for newness even if on stage many were bolding middle aged musicians. Great videos by Swiss artist Christian Marclay.

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