Media Release 15 October 2014
Bang on a Can All-Stars to wow Irish audiences at National Concert in Festival of New Music curated by David Lang
• 9 ensembles, 6 Concerts, 5 premières, 2 days, 1 venue, 1 festival
• 8-hour Bang on a Can Marathon with Bang on a Can All-Stars, Crash Ensemble, So Percussion, RTÉ Contempo Quartet
• World première of works by BOAC co-founder Michael Gordon and Irish composer Linda Buckley
• European première of John Luther Adam’s Pulitzer prize-winning work Become Ocean, described by the New Yorker as ‘the loveliest apocalypse in musical history’
• Irish première of Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer
• Irish première of Music for Wood & Strings by Bryce Dessner (of the National)
• Performance of Brian Eno’s Music for Airports and Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians
Recognized worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music, the Bang on a Can All-Stars are set to wow Irish audiences at What?…Wow: David Lang’s Festival of Music 2015
at the National Concert Hall, over two days on 6th and 7th of March 2015.
Presented by New Music Dublin, this truly unique festival featuring a range of Irish and internationally renowned ensembles, is curated by the Bang on a Can co-founder and Pulitzer prize-winning composer David Lang who’s own composition man made will be performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra with New York based quartet - So Percussion.
Highlights of the festival include the signature 8-hour Bang on a Can Marathon with performances of works by Irish and international composers; including the premieres of works by Bang on a Can co-founders Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon, Irish composer Linda Buckley, Bryce Dessner (of The National), and Pulitzer prize-winning composer John Luther Adams. PLUS Bang on a Can’s acclaimed live arrangement of Brian Eno’s Music for Airports and Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians.
Curator David Lang said “I am very honoured to be given the chance to programme this year’s New Music Dublin Festival. The idea for the festival is centred on the birth of minimalism in New York and those who have followed in the wake of the great pioneering minimalist composers like Steve Reich and Tom Johnson, what we have done since, and the exciting new directions we have taken”.
Beginning on Friday 6th at 3pm the festival boasts a number of intimate performances starting with Tom Johnson’s Nine Bells by master percussionist Olaf Pyras. At 6pm the Irish premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer will be performed by Bang on a Can All Stars and the radiant Norwegian vocal ensemble Trio Mediaeval. Steel Hammer was inspired by Wolfe’s love for the legends and music of Appalachia. The text is culled from the over 200 versions of the John Henry ballad. The various versions based on hearsay, recollection, and tall tales, explore the subject of human vs. machine in this quintessential American legend. Adding banjo, bones, mountain dulcimer, and more, the sizzling Bang on a Can All-Stars team up with a trio of singers to tell the story of the story, to embody the simultaneous diverse paths it travelled. The New York Times calls it a “wild hybrid” and an “obsessive study of the song’s many versions.” Later that night at 11pm the Dublin Guitar Quartet premieres Michael Gordon’s new work. The evening performance of David Lang’s own man made and the European premiere of John Luther Adam’s Become Ocean, will be performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and So Percussion on the main stage at 8pm.
The Bang on a Can Marathon on Saturday 7 March at 2:30pm includes performances by Bang on a Can All-Stars, Crash Ensemble, So Percussion, and RTÉ Contempo Quartet and features the world premiere of Linda Buckley’s new piece, the Irish premiere of Bryce Dessner’s Music for Wood and Strings, works by Donnacha Dennehy, Kate Moore, Sean Clancy, Andrew Hamilton, and George Crumb’s intense and beautiful Black Angels.
For the evening finale concert, the Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Brian Eno’s ambient landmark Music for Airports before joining Crash Ensemble, So Percussion and voices of Chamber Choir Ireland for Steve Reich’s legendary Music for 18 Musicians.
The What?Wow David Lang Festival of Music 2015 at the National Concert Hall, is presented by New Music Dublin and is supported by RTÉ Performing Groups, The Arts Council, the Contemporary Music Centre, and RTÉ Supporting the Arts.
New Music Dublin presents What?Wow – David Lang’s of Festival of Music 2015
At the National Concert Hall, 6-7 March 2015
Friday, 6 March 2015
3pm Medical Library
Olaf Pyras, percussionist
Tom Johnson Nine Bells
6pm Engineering Library
Bang on a Can All-Stars, Trio Mediaeval
Julia Wolfe Steel Hammer (70’)
8pm Main Auditorium
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra with So Percussion
Anna Clyne Rewind
Irene Buckley Storr
David Lang man made (with So Percussion)
John Luther Adams Become Ocean
10.30pm Main Auditorium
Dublin Guitar Quartet
Michael Gordon new work world premiere (60’)
Saturday, 7 March 2015
2.30-6:30pm Main Auditorium
Bang on a Can Marathon
Featuring: Bang on a Can All Stars, Crash Ensemble, So Percussion, RTÉ Contempo Quartet
Music by: Linda Buckley (world premiere), Donnacha Dennehy, Kate Moore, Bryce Dessner, Sean Clancy, Andrew Hamilton, and George Crumb’s Black Angels
8pm Main Auditorium
Bang on a Can All-Stars
Brian Eno Music for Airports
Steve Reich Music for 18 Musicians (60’) (Bang on a Can All-Stars, So Percussion, Crash Ensemble)
Bang on a Can Day Pass (Sat. 7 March) €25
Weekend Pass €50 (limited to 100 passes)
National Concert Hall Box Office Tel: 01 417 0000 or www.nch.ie
For further information please contact: Sinead Doyle, Marketing & PR Manager, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2.