photo by Peter Serling
photo by George Etheridge for the New York Times
Throughout Robert Rauschenberg’s six-decade career, he moved freely between the worlds of visual art and avant-garde music. Beginning in the early 1950s, Rauschenberg worked closely with the composers and performers associated with the New York School, including such pioneering experimental figures as Earle Brown, John Cage, Morton Feldman, David Tudor, and Christian Wolff. This rich dialogue shaped Rauschenberg’s approach to art making as well as that of his musical collaborators. In conjunction with the exhibition Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends, David Lang and Bang on a Can present a pair of concerts featuring commentary exploring these artistic exchanges and their legacy for contemporary music.
Tuesday, May 23: Part I
With featured performers the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Performance features longtime Rauschenberg collaborator Christian Wolff in conversation with David Lang).
Morton Feldman: IxionBryce Dessner: Letter 27 with film featuring Charles OlsenChristian Marclay: Fade to Slide with film by Christian MarclayAnna Clyne: A Wonderful DayChristian Wolff: Suite (I) for prepared pianoChristian Wolff: Exercises 29 and 30
Wednesday, May 24: Part II
Part II celebrates Rauschenberg’s collaborations with John Cage and David Tudor through immersive works by both composers, reimagined for today by David Lang, Jody Elff, and Todd Reynolds. Featured works are John Cage’s 4'33" (1952) performed by Todd Reynolds; John Cage’s Atlas Eclipticalis (1961) performed by The New School’s Ensemble 4'33" and directed by Todd Reynolds; and After David Tudor (Homage to Fluorescent Sound) (2017) performed by Jody Elff and David Langs
The All-Stars are heading to Toronto for a concert on May 27 at the Royal Conservatory of Music! They will perform a specially devised program “Bang on a Canada" that features selections from Field Recordings, most of which will be Canadian premieres. Works by Canadian composers Richard Reed Parry and René Lussier will be anchored by a world premiere from John Oswald, commissioned by The Royal Conservatory/Koerner Hall.
Program:Eliot Britton: Cuneiform and Glide (1st movement) -Vicky Chow, solo pianoJulia Wolfe: ReelingMichael Gordon: Gene Takes a Drink with film by Bill MorrisonChristian Marclay: Fade to Slide with film by Christian MarclayDavid Lang: unused swanJohn Oswald: new work-intermission-Allison Cameron: 3rds, 4ths & 5thsRichard Reed Parry: The Brief and Neverending BlurCaroline Shaw: Really Craft When YouRené Lussier: NocturneSteve Reich: The Cave of MachpelahAnna Clyne: A Wonderful Day
The New York Times' Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim wrote this lovely article, and the photo reveals how joy and friendship permeate all things Bang:
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