Preview of 2011 BoaC Marathon Artists (Soundcloud)




The Bang on a Can 2011 Marathon is nearly upon us. To help get listeners and downtown aficionados in the proper spirit, BoaC is sharing a sampler of participating artists via Soundcloud.

Event Details

2011 Bang on a Can Marathon is on Sunday, June 19 from 11am-Midnight at the World Financial Center Winter Garden (220 Vesey Street, NYC).

The Marathon’s 12+ hours of FREE ear-bending music by more than 150 performers and composers working in numerous genres kicks off the River To River Festival and is co-presented by Arts World Financial Center.

Performing this year:

Philip Glass and the Bang on a Can All-Stars

Asphalt Orchestra performing music by Yoko Ono and Frank Zappa

Glenn Branca

Sun Ra Arkestra

Sentieri Selvaggi

Bryce Dessner

Michael Gordon

David Lang

Julia Wolfe

Sanda Weigl at 92YT tonight

Bucharest born singer Sanda Weigl will be performing at the 92nd Street Y Tribeca tonight. She’s celebrating the release of Gypsy in a Tree, her new album of Romanian folk music inflected with jazz, rock, and out there sounds.

She joined by a diverse group of collaborators: Stomu and Satoshi Takeishi, Shoko Nagai, Doug Wieselman, and Ben Stapp; a rock band, a gypsy band led by Emil Bizga, and appearances by Anthony Coleman, Ned Rothenberg and Ljova Zurbin.

You can check out a stream of Gypsy in a Tree, as well as show details, below.


Friday, April 22 at the 92Y Tribeca,
200 Hudson Street, NYC.
Doors open at 8 p.m. for the 9 p.m. show.
$15 in advance, $18 at the door.
212-601-1000.

Newspeak’s sweet light crude (video)

The new indie classical kids on the block, Newspeak, have just released their first video. David T. Little’s composition sweet light crude, featuring soprano Mellissa Hughes in fine voice and the ensemble grooving up a storm, is ready for your delectation on YouTube.

The piece has been given the “jump cuts and jitter” treatment by videographers Satan’s Pearl Horses.

sweet light crude, Newspeak’s debut CD, is slated for release by New Amsterdam Records on November 16. Jitter not included: perhaps that’s for the best.

Newspeak on Tour

Fri., Nov. 12 (today):  Progressive Rock Showcases at Orion Sound Studios (2903 Whittington Ave # C, Baltimore; 410-206-1801). WithKayo Dot.

Sat., Nov. 13:  Secret Art Space, Bethlehem, PA (24 Rink St. at South New St.).  With Kayo Dot.

Sun., Nov. 14:  Littlefield, 622 Degraw St. (between 3rd and 4t Aves), Gowanus, Brooklyn.  With Kayo Dot and Loadbang.

We love advances

Steve Reich’s latest Nonesuch CD recently arrived, sans artwork in a little cardboard case. The disc features Double Sextet and 2×5, his collaborations with Eighth Blackbird and Bang on a Can. The former piece won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Music. The latter is his most explicit use of rock instrumentation to date.

According to the Nonesuch site, it’s still in the “pre-order” phase of activities, so we’ll be good and hold off on a proper review ’til it’s closer to the actual release date (9/14).


Suffice it to say, if you’re a regular visitor to Sequenza 21, you’re likely going to want one, possibly three, copies of this recording. An intergenerational summit – minimalist elder statesman meets post-minimal/totalist ace performers – that, in terms of importance, is more or less the Downtown version of Duke Ellington and John Coltrane.



Here’s some footage of Reich rehearsing BoaC: