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Ecstatic Music Festival: Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert

Saturday, February 06, 2016  |  7:30pm

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Bang on a Can All-Stars perform world premieres of new works by Caroline Shaw, Gabriella Smith, Zhang Shouwang & René Lussier
Plus Julia Wolfe's Pulitzer Prize-winning & Grammy-nominated "Anthracite Fields"

A New Sounds Live co-presentation hosted by WNYC’s John Schaefer

The Bang on a Can People’s Commissioning Fund (PCF) concert is one of the most anticipated and reliable launching pads for emerging composers in New York and beyond. Founded in 1997, long before crowd-funding became the norm through Kickstarter and the like, Bang on a Can’s PCF has pooled contributions of all sizes from hundreds of friends and fans and since its inception has commissioned over 40 works of music. This year, the Bang on a Can All-Stars will give the world premieres of works by four PCF-commissioned composers: Caroline Shaw, Gabriella Smith, Zhang Shouwang of the Beijing band Carsick Cars and René Lussier. The concert will also include Julia Wolfe's “Reeling” from “Field Recordings” and her “Breaker Boys” with Trinity Choir led by Julian Wachner from her 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning work “Anthracite Fields.”

Go to the Ecstatic Music Festival home page.

About the new PCF works:

René Lussier’s Nocturne is inspired by an intimate observation. Lussier says, “In the last 30 years, I have often transcribed and transposed spoken language into music. I did the same with chickens, various tools, motors, etc. Everyday life sounds inspire me for new frame works, new directions. This time, the music is generated by my sweetheart sleeping. The rhythm and drama of her breathing, the melodies of her snoring.” Lussier, a native of Quebec, Canada, is a composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist and is known to New York audiences for his years of collaboration in the Fred Frith Guitar Quartet.

2013 Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw’s new piece Really Craft When You has an unexpected inspiration as well. Shaw says, “I’m working with Library of Congress recordings from the 1970s, of quilters from North Carolina and Virginia talking about quilting. I love the way they speak about design and craft, about technique and imagination.”

Gabriella Smith says about her new piece Panitao:  “Last January, while working on a small, family farm in Southern Chile, I recorded a dawn chorus one morning.  For this piece, I decided to write imaginary bird songs for the instruments to play along with this Chilean dawn."

Zhang Shouwang, frontman for the popular Beijing rock band Carsick Cars, and the experimental group White, has been one of the driving forces behind China’s underground music scene for the last decade.  Incarnations of Shouwang’s “White Project” have ranged from the guitar sextet White Ensemble, a rock duo called White 2J, an electronic duo called White+, and more. Collaborators include the likes of legendary New Yorkers Sonic Youth and German avant-noise pioneers Einstürzende Neubauten.

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