30th Anniversary BANG ON A CAN MARATHON
Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 2-10pm
8 hours of Live Music!
part of Target First Saturday at Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY
Admission: FREE with Museum admission
Suggested donation $16 before 5pm; free after 5pm courtesy of Target First Saturdays.
Bang on a Can comes to Brooklyn with its annual incomparable super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the world! The 2017 Bang on a Can Marathon will feature 8 hours of rare performances by some of the most innovative musicians of our time side-by-side with some of today’s most pioneering young artists.
Highlights of the 2017 30th Anniversary Bang on a Can Marathon include the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble directed by Timothy Weiss, playing Dutch composer Louis Andriessen’s hard-driving Platonic masterpiece De Staat (“The Republic”), written as a commentary on the debate about the relation of music to politics; Brooklyn’s historic and mesmerizing Pan In Motion playing music by composer Kendall Williams; Bang on a Can co-founder and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe’s folk ballad Steel Hammer, based on over 200 versions of the John Henry ballad, a quintessential American legend of the laborers that worked the railroad; renowned saxophonist, composer, painter, and poet Oliver Lake, co-founder of the internationally acclaimed World Saxophone Quartet; Joan La Barbara’s A Murmuration for Chibok, which honors and keeps in the present over 250 school girls abducted in Chibok, Nigeria by Boko Haram in 2014, performed by the award-winning Young People’s Chorus of NYC, led by Francisco Nuñez; New York’s legendary and inspirational composer-singer Meredith Monk leading the women of her acclaimed vocal ensemble in a set of shimmering a cappella pieces from her work-in-progress, Cellular Songs; Bang on a Can’s extreme mobile ensemble Asphalt Orchestra performing music by Merrill Garbus/ tUnE-yArDs, Kim Deal/Pixies, and more; a rare solo set by Pulitzer-prize winning composer-singer-violinist Caroline Shaw; Amir ElSaffar’s Two Rivers Ensemble, an all-star sextet of jazz and Middle Eastern musicians that blends maqam music of Iraq and contemporary jazz; the distinctive and exceptional indie-guitarist Kaki King; the New York premiere of Michael Gordon’s No Anthem; the ambient music world of Laraaji; the Moroccan grooves of Brooklyn’s Innov Gnawa; the Brooklyn premiere of David Lang’s Just, featured in last year’s Oscar nominated film Youth by Paolo Sorrentino, and more.
PLUS Bang on a Can’s social engagement wing Found Sound Nation hosts its Street Studio from 5-9pm- a mobile recording studio equipped for passersby and Marathon musicians alike to spontaneously create and record original music!
Lead Marathon support by ASCAP