Bang on a Can Marathon
The Winter Garden of the World Financial Center (200 Vesey St., Manhattan)

On June 19th, Bang on a Can returns with its incomparable 13-hour FREE super-mix of ear-bending music featuring over 150 astounding musicians and composers from throughout the world, co-presented by the River to River Festival® and arts>World Financial Center! Be at World Financial Center’s Winter Garden at 11AM (sharp!) for the outdoor kick-off on the plaza featuring the renegade street band Asphalt Orchestra performing music by STEW/Heidi Rodewald and Yoko Ono (and later on music by David Byrne/Annie Clark, Goran Bregovic, Björk, Frank Zappa and more).

Moving inside the Winter Garden, 2011’s Marathon will gather significant premieres alongside landmark legendary works: among the many highlights of the day are the explosive Bang on a Can All-Stars teaming up live with Philip Glass to perform the early 70s classic Music in Similar Motion as well as works by a whole new generation including Bryce Dessner of The National and Boston’s Christine Southworth; a rare performance by New York’s legendary Glenn Branca of his massive hour-long work Ascension: The Sequel; the NY premiere of Fausto Romitelli’s theatrical An Index of Metals performed by Talea Ensemble (set to top their celebrated premiere of Romitelli’s Professor Bad Trip on last year’s Marathon); the US premiere of the ever inventive Brit Richard Ayres’ Three Small Pieces for String Quartet performed by the ferocious JACK Quartet; Philadelphia’s Prism Saxophone Quartet playing Xenakis’ crazy-hard Xas alongside works by young composers Kati Agócs with her meditative Hymn and Roshanne Etezady’s sparkling Keen; the US premiere of Poul Ruders’ brand new Songs and Rhapsodies performed by Athelas Wind Ensemble with accordionist Frode Andersen; effervescent composer-singer Toby Twining Music marking its return to New York with a new band of singers and the release of his CD Eurydice; the incomparable and outer-planetary Sun Ra Arkestra; the fearless Signal performing Julia Wolfe’s blistering string orchestra work Cruel Sister also just out on CD; a full set of US premieres by Milan’s unparalleled chamber band Sentieri Selvaggi including music by Carlo Boccadoro, Filippo Del Corno, Michael Nyman and more; Evan Ziporyn’s beautifully buzzing clarinet quartet Hive; Young People’s Chorus of NYC teaming up with cellist Maya Beiser on Michael Harrison’s meditative Hijaz and then with JACK Quartet for Michael Gordon’s Exalted; David Lang’s hard-rocking electric guitar duet Warmth; bagpiper/composer Matthew Welch performing with Queens College Percussion Ensemble; Anthony Gatto’s new work for a battery of 19 drummers!; featured virtuosic solo performances by Timo Andres, Alejandro Escuer playing Gabriela Ortiz, Todd Reynolds, and MORE!

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