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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Don Byron / Aruán Ortiz: Random Dances And (A)Tonalities

Read "Random Dances And (A)Tonalities" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Two highly accomplished artists--one long-established, the other solidifying his legacy--are brought together on Random Dances And (A)Tonalities. This duo outing features clarinetist and saxophonist Don Byron and pianist Aruán Ortiz. The two gifted composers have been playing together, at Ortiz's initial request, since 2014 but in larger ensembles. In late 2017 Byron and Ortiz met in ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Iva Bittova: Knowing, Feeling...

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[Note: This article was first published in Music & Literature, a North American magazine dedicated to promoting artists worthy of wider attention]

Iva Bittová is a rare talent. She has developed a personal idiom and vocabulary that is almost entirely her own. Her sound, her very personal language, forged from the union of ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Bang on a Can All-Stars Announce Ken Thomson as New Clarinetist

Bang on a Can All-Stars Announce Ken Thomson as New Clarinetist

Bang on a Can, New York’s innovative and energetic champion of new music, officially announced the new clarinetist for its “All-Star” lineup. The Bang on a Can All-Stars have become a singular vehicle for visionary composition over the course of the last 20 years, and with the addition of Ken Thomson will continue to set the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Iva Bittova: Iva Bittova

Read "Iva Bittova" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The catch-all term avant-garde is often used to describe singer/violinist Iva Bittová's music, but in truth her musical language--kaleidoscopic in color and unique in presentation--is essentially unclassifiable. A well known actress, Bittová expanded her horizons to music in the early eighties, since when she's bounced from Bartok to experimental rock, and from folk-influenced jazz to her ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

June 17: Bang on a Can Marathon Opens River To River Festival

June 17: Bang on a Can Marathon Opens River To River Festival

On Sunday, June 17, from noon until midnight, Bang on a Can continues celebrating its 25th year with the annual Bang on a Can Marathon, FREE for the public at World Financial Center Winter Garden (220 Vesey Street, NYC), presented by River To River® Festival, Arts Brookfield, and Bang on a Can. The Marathon has been ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Bang on a Can Celebrates 25 Years with Triple Bill Concert at Lincoln Center

Bang on a Can Celebrates 25 Years with Triple Bill Concert at Lincoln Center

Bang on a Can takes over Alice Tully Hall presented by Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series in a triple-bill birthday bash on Saturday, April 28 at 7pm featuring the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Asphalt Orchestra, and MIT’s Gamelan Galak Tika. Bang on a Can is celebrating 25 years during 2012, having grown from a one-day ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Gutbucket: Cascades and Collisions

Read "Gutbucket: Cascades and Collisions" reviewed by Gordon Marshall

Over its 12-year career, Gutbucket has resituated its various musical parts like the pieces of a Rubik's cube. The elements of that cube, the sonic strains, have remained similar--an amalgam of fuzz rock, jumpy jazz, post-serial classicism--but its panoply of shifting color has been redeployed in unique ways on each of the Brooklyn-based quartet's five CDs, ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Cruel Sister: Music for String Orchestra by Bang-on-a-Can's Julia Wolfe

For all my exposure to the marvelous Downtown New York institution Bang-on- a Can, I have not had the pleasure of hearing much of the music of co-founder-composer Julia Wolfe. There is no good reason for this. It simply is an omission on my part. The situation has been rectified by listening to her new release of compositions for ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bang on a Can All-Stars: Brian Eno: Music for Airports (Live)

Read "Brian Eno: Music for Airports (Live)" reviewed by John Kelman

When the innovative classical ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars released its version of Ambient music forefather Brian Eno's seminal Music for Airports (Virgin/Astralwerks, 1978) on POINT Music in 1998, it demonstrated how a composition seemingly far removed from the classical sphere could be absorbed into the legitimate canon. And although the studio version is already ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bang on a Can: Meets Kyaw Kyaw Naing

Read "Meets Kyaw Kyaw Naing" reviewed by John Kelman

As much as the Kronos Quartet paved the way for modern chamber musicians to broaden their horizons by recording genre-busting albums including Pieces of Africa , Bang on a Can has extended that road by, amongst other things, interpreting ambient works like Brian Eno's Music for Airports. Both groups, one a more conventional chamber quartet, the ...