Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2019-2020

FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020 at 8:00 PM

Bang on a Can All Stars

Coolidge Auditorium

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(tickets available 12/11/2019, beginning at 10 AM)

Bang on a Can brings new music from its provocative, wide-ranging multi-media project Field Recordings to the Coolidge. Seeking “inquisitive and unconventional” musical thinkers, BoaC founders Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon and David Lang conceived a project they describe as “rooted in mystery and experimentation.” “We asked composers from different parts of the music world to find a recording of something that already exists,” Lang says, “a voice, a sound, a faded scrap of melody—and then write a new piece around it.” Archival audio, found sound and video have inspired this interesting program of recent pieces by ten imaginative composers—with Julia Wolfe’s Mink Stole, a 1997 Library of Congress commission, as an opener.

JULIA WOLFE

Mink Stole
Reeling

MICHAEL GORDON

Gene Takes a Drink (film by Bill Morrison)

TYONDAI BRAXTON

Casino Trem

CHRISTIAN MARCLAY

Fade to Slide (film by Christian Marclay)

CAROLINE SHAW

Really Craft When You

GABRIELLA SMITH

Panitao

DAVID LANG

unused sway

JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON

Hz 

BRYCE DESSNER

Letter 27

ANNA CLYNE

A Wonderful Day

PRE-CONCERT CONVERSATION with the Artists
6:30 pm – Whittall Pavilion