2014 COMPOSERS

Three world premieres commissioned by the people! On March 13, New York’s own electric chamber ensemble the Bang on a Can All-Stars will premiere new works by Alvin Lucier, Daniel Wohl and Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry, in addition to a performance of Julia Wolfe’s driving classic from 1994 Lick, and  David Lang’s haunting death speaks featuring the Bang on a Can All-Stars with special guest Shara Worden. John Schaefer of WNYC-FM will host the evening for future radio broadcasts on his program, “New Sounds Live;” the concert will be streamed live on Q2 Music and will be available for on-demand listening at Q2Music.org.

Experimental music pioneer Alvin Lucier’s new work Firewood continues his exploration of auditory phenomena, and calls on the performers to, as Lucier describes, “sweep up and down, following tracks made by insects under tree bark.”

Paris born and New York-based composer Daniel Wohl draws on his background in electronic music to create pieces that “blur the line between electronic and acoustic instrumentation” (WNYC). His new piece Holographic recreates the optical illusion of a visual hologram through sound, and utilizes field recordings taken from acoustic instruments that have been processed and stacked.

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Richard Reed Parry, a core member of the Grammy-winning band Arcade Fire, contributes The Brief and Neverending Blur, which uses the techniques developed for Parry’s Music for Heart and Breath cycle of compositions. In these pieces, the musicians all wear stethoscopes to tune into their own individual heart rates, and play in synch with their heartbeats or their own breathing.

Part of Merkin Concert Hall's Ecstatic Music Festival.

More information and tickets here.