Q2 Music presents The Bang on a Can All-Stars in a live performance of their new album, Field Recordings, in its entirety, featuring the All-Stars and several of the composers on the album. The concert, hosted by Q2 Music’s Helga Davis, will be held at the intimate Greene Performance Space and will be webcast live at www.q2music.org. Field Recordings features works by Tyondai Braxton, Mira Calix, Anna Clyne, Bryce Dessner, Florent Ghys, Michael Gordon, Johann Johannsson, David Lang, Christian Marclay, Todd Reynolds, Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe, and Nick Zammuto. This performance marks the New York premieres of the works by Dessner, Reich, and Reynolds.
Bang on a Can began commissioning new pieces for inclusion in its ongoing, multimedia Field Recordings project in 2012, as part of its 25th anniversary season. The first works were premiered at Lincoln Center in New York and the Barbican Centre in London that year. The New York Times wrote, “Though nodding to the past, the mellow, thoughtful Field Recordings was a telling anniversary choice for a collective that has always been focused squarely on the present and future.”
Field Recordings asks composers to go into the field of recorded sound itself – to find something old or record something new, and to respond with their own music, in dialogue with what they found. Using archival audio, found sound and video, Field Recordings builds a bridge between the seen and the unseen, the present and absent, the present and the past.
The music created for Field Recordings is a bridge through time, sensation, and sound – a thrilling ride through time, from New York to Hollywood to Las Vegas, from John Cage to French Canadian folk singing, from beauty treatments to tape loops, vinyl records, and more. With Field Recordings, one hundred-plus years of sound and imagery unfold to reveal a contemporary collective consciousness channeled through the electric Bang on a Can All-Stars.
$20, limited seating available.
Presented by Bang on a Can