Three powerhouse cutting edge ensembles join forces to present the Boston-area premieres of two 21st-century masterpieces. First, Grammy-nominated ECM artists Trio Mediæval take the stage with the legendary Bang on a Can All-Stars (2005 Musical America Ensemble of the Year) for Julia Wolfe's folk-inspired "Steel Hammer." This multiple perspective retelling of the classic John Henry fable was runner up for this year's Pulitzer Prize in Music.
Next, Mantra percussion ensemble mounts 4 sawhorses to bring ancient percussion practices into the future in Michael Gordon's monumental Timber, a sui generis work that has to be heard to be believed. In the words of Chicago Tribune's Doyle Ambrust, "The glorious overtones produced from this limited array has to be heard to be believed. A spine-tingling shimmer caroms from east to west...it's been ages since we've blissfully zoned out to such a degree.
BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS
"A fiercely aggressive group, combining the power and punch of a rock band with the precision and clarity of a chamber ensemble."
– The New York Times
The appearance of Bang on a Can All-Stars is part of the MIT-Bang on a Can residency curated by Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor Evan Ziporyn of the Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyMusic and Theater Arts (MTA) section. This event is being produced by the Music and Theater Arts section with support from the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in collaboration with the MTA's Concerts Office and MIT's Office of the Arts. This concert is a featured event in MIT's Office of the Arts's Visiting Artists program.
Founded in 1992 by Bang on a Can co-founders Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe, the Bang on a Can All-Stars quickly forged a distinct identity and have come to be known worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music. Freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music, this six-member amplified ensemble from New York defies categories, plays music from uncharted territories, and has shattered the definition of what concert music is today.
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