Bang on a Can and The Jewish Museum present Revolution of the Eye, a concert featuring New York’s electric chamber ensemble, the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Tied to the Museum exhibition Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television-the first exhibition to explore how avant-garde art influenced and shaped the look and content of network television in its formative years, from the late 1940s to the mid-1970s-the performance will highlight the relationship between music and image. This program is the fourth concert of the Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can’s partnership to produce a series of dynamic musical performances at the Museum inspired by the Jewish Museum’s diverse slate of exhibitions.
The All-Stars will perform an acclaimed work by jazz giant Don Byron to accompany a screening of Eugene, an early television show by pioneering comedian Ernie Kovacs. In 2000, Bang on a Can commissioned Don Byron to write a score for the iconic show, which was completely silent and broadcast on national TV in 1961. The program will also include Fade to Slide, a music and video piece from the All-Stars’ new Cantaloupe Music album Field Recordings (released on May 12) by visual artist Christian Marclay. In Fade to Slide, short fragments of films are edited into a rapid succession of events that the musicians use as a structure for their performance. Marclay’s 24 hour film The Clock was installed last year at the Museum of Modern Art. Other works to be performed include Don Byron’s Basquiat, David Lang’s sunray, and recent Pulitzer Prizer-winner Julia Wolfe’s Lick.
Formed in 1992, the 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.
$18 General; $15 Students and Seniors; $12 JM and BOAC List Members.
Presented by Bang on a Can