Maya Beiser at Sunday’s BoaC Marathon

We’re pleased to introduce cellist Maya Beiser performing Michael Harrison’s composition “Just Ancient Loops,” with film by Bill Morrison, which will receive its premiere at the Bang on a Can 25th Anniversary Marathon this coming Sunday in NYC.

Maya Beiser and Bill Morrison via Vimeo

This is just one of many performances that will occur over the marathon’s 12 hours of free live music-making: check out the complete schedule online here.

Congrats to the can bangers – may you have many more seasons of marathoning!

Eli Keszler: “Cold Pin” (Vimeo)

Next week is a big one for Eli Keszler. Catching Net, a 2xCD release of sound installations and compositions by Keslzer, is out on 2/5 via PAN.

According to its release notes (haven’t seen the physical yet), the Berlin-based imprint certainly isn’t scrimping: the recording’s packaging includes a booklet with notes, installation sketches, schematic diagrams, score excerpts, and documentary images, contained in a hand-silkscreened, heavy vinyl cover with a drawing by Keszler. US listeners will be able to acquire it via Forced Exposure.

On June 7, Keszler’s latest installation/composition L-Carrier, will be presented at Eyebeam Art & Technology Center in Chelsea, NYC. The work was commissioned by Issue Project Room and Turbulence.

Event details and videos of Keszler’s work below.

June 7-23, 2012 and Eyebeam

June 7, 2012; 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Eyebeam, 540 West 21st Street, New York
Admission: $10 Suggested Donation

Composer Portrait Preview: Hilda Paredes (Video)

Much of the buzz around Manhattan this week is about Spring for Music at Carnegie Hall, and rightly so (we’ll be discussing it here as well). But there are several other noteworthy events going on. This coming Saturday, Ensemble Signal, conducted by Brad Lubman, presents a composer portrait of Hilda Paredes at Miller Theatre. Guest soloist: Irvine Arditti!

Saturday, May 12, 2012
8:00 PM
Miller Theatre

Corazon de Onix (2005)
Señales: Homage to Jonathan Harvey dedicated to Ensemble Signal and Irvine Arditti (2012), world premiere, Miller Theatre commission
Ah Paaxo’Ob (2001)

This Weekend: Brooklyn Village at Roulette

The hot ticket this weekend is in Brooklyn, about Brooklyn, and performed by Brooklynites. Check out the trailer for Brooklyn Village below.

A multimedia piece starring the Brooklyn Phil and Brooklyn Youth Chorus, it features repertory standards, new pieces by David T. Little, Sarah Kirkland Snider, and Matthew Mehlan, and a tale as old as the Brooklyn Bridge. In fact, slightly older: its story concerns the buildings razed to make way for said bridge. All that plus Mellissa Hughes and Sufjan Stevens: talk about bringing out the star power!

Event details

Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue
Tickets: $20-$35 (


Brooklyn Philharmonic; Alan Pierson, conductor

Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun, director

Mellissa Hughes & Lauren Worsham, sopranos


Beethoven: Scherzo from Symphony no. 3 (1804)

Copland: Prelude to Symphony no. 1 (1924/8)

Sufjan Stevens: The B.Q.E. mvt. 6: Isorhythmic Night Dance With Interchanges (2007)

Shape Note song for chorus with audience participation (early 19th century)

Plus three world premieres:

Sarah Kirkland Snider: Here (2012, commissioned by Brooklyn Youth Chorus)

David T. Little: Am I Born (2012, co-commissioned by Brooklyn Phil & BYC)

Matthew Mehlan: Canvas (2011/12)

Wooden Shjips: “Lazy Bones” (Video)

Wooden Shjips
Thrill Jockey

San Franscisco’s Wooden Shjips has released a video for their song “Lazy Bones.” It features an array of post-psych tropes presented in a fast paced and inexorably fluctuating kaleidoscope. It’s a dizzying sensory overload that’s analogous to much of the music on their latest album, West (out now via Thrill Jockey).