2.24.14 at the Dimenna Center in New York City
I am really excited to be presenting the results of my latest unaccompanied and chamber commissioning project on Feb. 24th at 8 pm in the Dimenna Center’s Benzaquin Hall, located in Midtown New York City. I have worked hard with these composers and they have really gone above and beyond! I’m proud to say that it’s a very successful round of strong new pieces!
This recital, ranging from straight minimalist work to the most avant-garde music being composed, with lots inbetween, will be a great opportunity to hear what the future of new music on trombones sounds like.I’ll also be joined in two duos by some amazing NYC based players – Jen Baker and Matt Melore.
Dimenna Center, NYC Benzaquin Hall
Feb. 24th, 8 pm
…with laser focus…
Steve Reich – Nagoya Marimbas** (duo with Matt Melore)
Ben Richter – The Mooncalf Ciphers*
Quinn Collins – the stammering of voices, the stomping of feet to make waves*
Paul Pinto – …with laser focus, while, maybe, a little syringe…; When I’m done with this one, I’m done fer good.*
Joan Pamies – [Vltbn]^4 (o quatre panells per a trombo sol)*
Alexander Lunsqui – Canvas* (duo with Jen Baker)
Timothy McCormick – HEAVY MATTER^
* – world premiere
** – world premiere arrangement
^ – formerly premiered by the performer
also here is a bonus video of Matt Melore and I performing the first part of Nagoya Marimbas
if you’re in the NYC area and would like a free ticket – write a blog review of my concert (and make it honest!)
William Lang Bio:
Originally from Long Island, Trombonist William Lang is an active performer and improviser in New York and Boston. Hailed for his “superb performance” of James Bergin’s Langmusik by the Boston Globe, William is dedicated to playing premieres and new music. He has performed solo recitals at New York City’s premiere floating concert venue: Bargemusic, the Dimenna Center, the Stone, the Tank, the Gershwin Hotel, and Greenfield Hall, as well as other venues throughout the Northeast and Miami. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Fredonia Wind Ensemble on a tour of New York State; and as a guest soloist with Ensemble Pi, and the Broadway Bach Festival, as well as on the Avant Media Festival, the Defacto Music Series, and the Electronic Music Festival.
As a chamber musician William has appeared with the Argento Chamber Ensemble, Wet Ink, the SEM Ensemble, Tilt Brass, TACTUS, the Claremont Ensemble, Zero Gravity. William is also a founding member of two New York City based groups: the Guidonian Hand, a trombone quartet hailed by the New York Times for their “expertly played, with meaty low brass textures” performance; and loadbang, his groundbreaking ensemble consisting of Baritone, Bass Clarinet, Trumpet, and Trombone, hailed as “inventive” by the New Yorker. He is also a member of the Boston Microtonal Society’s premier ensemble: Notariotous, where he works alongside like minded composers and performers on the definition of pitch.
As a recording and commercial musician William has appeared on albums with such luminaries as David Byrne and St. Vincent (their album Love This Giant,) and Jonsi’s (from Sigur Ros) solo albumGo. He can also be heard on many classical releases, most recently with TILT Brass’ debut recording, to TILT vol. 1and as a recording soloist for John Cage’s Ryoanji with the Avant Media Festival. He has also recorded commercial music for Philip Glass, as well as the soundtrack for a Matthew Barny film, the River Fundment. In addition to recording credits, William has been heard as the house trombonist for Rockefeller Center’sChristmas Music Spectacular, featuring the Rockettes!, as well as on off-Broadway shows such as Giant and Far from Heaven.
Mr. Lang is also an accomplished Orchestral and Opera musician as well, appearing with many ensembles throughout New York, such as Dicapo Opera, Musicra Sacra, the Little Orchestra Society, the Garden State Philharmonic, and the Manhattan Chamber Symphony. In addition he has played with the Orchestra of the SEM Ensemble, the Janacek Philharmonic, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, and the Eroica Ensemble.
William has also performed in such venues as the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie’s Isaac Stern and Zankel Halls, le Poisson Rouge, Radio City Music Hall, the Winter Garden, St. Paul’s Church in Boston, St John the Divine’s in New York City, Paul Hall, Lincoln Center’s Rose Theatre, the Flea, Issue Project Room, Galapagos, Secret Project Robot, and St. Peter’s in New York City. Alongside trumpeter Andrew Kozar, William ran a weekly concert series, Will and Andy’s Power Concerts, at Manhattan School of Music. Featuring guest performers every week and a dedication to new music, Will and Andy hosted 42 concerts, which built up a steady following and featured the premieres of over 50 new works.
William received his Masters Degree from Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Benjamin Herrington, and his Bachelors Degree from SUNY Fredonia, where he studied with Stefan Sanders, Scott Parkinson, and Carl Mazzio. He is a also a frequent teaching artist for the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program and has also given masterclasses and lectures at New York University, SUNY Fredonia, the University of the Arts, and Northern Arizona University, as well as teaching an upcoming course at MOMA on the life and works of John Cage.
In his spare time, William really enjoys watching and playing basketball, catching up on good movies and TV shows, learning the intricacies of various foods and drinks, and dreaming of going back to Iceland.