FIELD RECORDINGS in L.A. on October 25Royce Hall of UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
We're thrilled to bring the dynamic music from our latest record Field Recordings to the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, a chance-taking program and presenter headed by longtime artist champion Kristy Edmunds.
For 135 years recorded sound has permeated every corner of our lives, changing music along with everything else. Our world-renowned Bang on a Can All-Stars perform selections from our latest album, Field Recordings, a collection of commissioned works from some of today’s most innovative composers who were asked 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 past and the future, channeled through the “unstoppable, sexy and loud” Bang on a Can All-Stars. Field Recordings features the West Coast premieres of new music by Tyondai Braxton, Anna Clyne, Bryce Dessner, Florent Ghys, Michael Gordon, Jóhann Jóhannsson, David Lang, Christian Marclay, Todd Reynolds, Steve Reich, and Julia Wolfe.
Julia Wolfe Reeling
Florent Ghys An Open Cage
Michael Gordon Gene Takes a Drink with film by Bill Morrison
Christian Marclay Fade to Slide with film
David Lang unused swan
Tyondai Braxton Casino Trem
Jóhann Jóhannsson Hz with film
Todd Reynolds Seven Sundays
Steve Reich The Cave of Machpelah (excerpt from The Cave) (arr. Michael Gordon)
Bryce Dessner Maximus to Gloucester, Letter 27 [withheld] with film
Anna Clyne A Wonderful Day
Steel Hammer at BAM's Next Wave Festival - Dec 2-6BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 7:30pm - Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 7:30pm
The legend of John Henry, deeply rooted in Appalachian folklore surrounding the construction of the American railroad, has existed in many variations and forms – from illustration to tall tale, political polemic to popular song. Steel Hammer, the latest collabora¬tion from composer Julia Wolfe, SITI Company, and Bang on a Can All-Stars, creatively explores the subject of human vs. machine and the cost of hard labor on the human body and soul. Culling from the vibrant oral traditions of Appalachia, Steel Hammer incorporates lyrics by Julia Wolfe and text from four remarkable American playwrights—Kia Corthron, Will Power, Carl Hancock Rux, and Regina Taylor—based on hearsay, recollection, and tall tales. Directed by Anne Bogart, performers take on wooden bones, mountain dulcimer, step dancing, and more as they explore the human impulse to tell stories and this quintessential American tale.
Directed by Anne Bogart
Original text by Kia Corthron, Will Power, Carl Hancock Rux, and Regina Taylor
music performed by Bang on a Can All-Stars
play performed and created by SITI Company
Lighting Design by Brian Scott
Scenic & Costume Design by James Schuette
Choreography by Barney O’Hanlon
Sound Design by Andrew Cotton and Christian Frederickson
Steel Hammer the score was commissioned by Bang on a Can with generous support from Maria and Robert A. Skirnick and Carnegie Hall. The play Steel Hammer premiered at Actors Theatre of Louisville in the 2014 Humana Festival of New American Plays with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The dramatized stage production of Steel Hammer featuring SITI Company and Bang on a Can All Stars was developed and premiered at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was commissioned by the Krannert Center and by BAM for the 2015 Next Wave Festival.