By zquinn on November 23, 2008 - 4:19pm
Feb 8, 8pm
The Chan Centre
Bang on a Can founders Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe are part of a new generation of virtuosic and passionate performers that make new music come alive. When they assembled the Bang on a Can All-Stars in 1992, they had three goals: the group needed to be able to cross musical boundaries, be at home with many styles and technologies, and be great. Part rock band and part amplified chamber group, the ensemble incorporates cello, keyboard, electric guitar, bass, and drums to blur the lines between classical and pop ensembles and give voice to a huge range of musical styles. Each player is completely at home with new music but has lived somewhere else as well—collaborating with Yo-Yo Ma, leading a gamelan, backing Mikhail Baryshnikov, touring with Paul Simon and Bob Dylan. The players bring their otherworldly experiences back to their lives with the All-Stars, and their mixing creates an intense, hard rocking approach to performance that no other group can match.
The All-Stars have a powerful mission—to give the most persuasive and exciting performances of the most genre-defying music in the world. They go about their mission by performing and recording definitive versions of the groundbreaking music of our day, by working closely with a diverse assortment of musical masters from our and other cultures, and by commissioning actively new works from both the unknown and the famous, from all walks of musical life. For this special PuSh Festival appearance, repertoire includes pieces by Gordon, Lang, and Wolfe as well as Brian Eno, Lukas Ligeti, and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore.