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How was the Webster Hall show? How was the NYU thing? How were the Books at Worldless Music Series?

Yo La Tengo @ Webster Hall, NYC - Apr 29, 2007 (CRED)
Yo La Tengo @ Webster Hall

This year's Bang on a Can Marathon at the World Financial Center is going to run for 24 Hours (Saturday, June 2, 8pm-Sunday, June 3, 10pm)! Performers include Yo La Tengo, The Books, Clogs, Dalek, Yo La Tengo, the Bang on a Can All Stars, and many, many more. Details below....

Bang on a Can Presents its First Ever 24+ HOUR MARATHON June 2-3, 2007

Classical, Electronica, Jazz & Indie-Rock Stars From Around the World Will Converge at The World Financial Center
For a 24-Hour Music Festival

“Bang on a Can’s ‘Marathon’—imagine Lollapalooza advised by the ghost of John Cage—is a free-wheeling parade of the strange, the raucous, and the beautiful…There are other places to hear contemporary music, but it is seldom offered with such a potent blend of intensity, authority, and abandon.”—Vanity Fair

On Saturday, June 2, Bang on a Can will bring its legendary eclectic global music fest back to New York City for the first ever 24+ hour Marathon co-presented by the River to River Festival and World Financial Center Arts & Events, beginning at 8pm Saturday, June 2, and ending at 10pm Sunday, June 3.

Bring your sleeping bag! For more than 24 hours, the 2007 Marathon will take over the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden with a collection of adventurous performers and composers from classical minimalism and Balinese gamelan to alt-jazz, fringe-rock, and techno. The Marathon is still FREE—listeners can come and go as they like or stay all night.

This year will be an even more impressive collection of the most innovative and experimental musicians from across the globe and musical spectrum. The Marathon kicks off at sunset with Julia Wolfe's new creation for Bagpipe Orchestra. Then you’ll hear indie-phenoms, The Books, Argentine singer-songwriter Juana Molina, Burmese Drum Circle master Kyaw Kyaw Naing, high-octane quartet Ethel, and brilliant jazz pianist Vijay Iyer. At midnight, Bang on a Can All-Stars will give a rare live performance of Brian Eno's ambient classic “Music for Airports.” Stay late to hear the music of Russian mystic Galina Ustvolskaya and Michael Gordon's orchestral New York tribute “Gotham,” with film by decayed film stock pioneer Bill Morrison. Bring in the sunrise with Steve Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians” and morning ragas featuring Indian violinist Milind Raikar in his New York debut. Check out the sonic power of Lois V Vierk, the jaw-dropping virtuosity of Eighth Blackbird, JG Thirlwell’s ambient post-classical band Manorexia, a lush world premiere by American master Alvin Lucier, Evan Ziporyn’s newest orchestral tour de force, the Hartt Bass Band, and many more. The show will wrap-up on Sunday afternoon and evening with the tuneful and explosive World Saxophone Quartet, the haunting avant-Czech folk music of Iva Bittová, famed inide rockers Yo La Tengo and a stunning performance by trombone wizard Mike Svoboda of David Lang's MEN with the premiere of video by art world sensation Matt Mullican.

The original Bang on a Can Marathon was founded in 1987 by composers Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and David Lang, as a 12-hour concert in a small SoHo art gallery. Bang on a Can has since grown into a multi-faceted institution becoming one of the most significant forces in the U.S.’s new music scene. All along, though, the annual Marathon has remained at the heart of what Bang on a Can is and does—presenting a vast array of genre-defying music from innovative composers and performed by dynamic players, to a curious and excitable audience. Over the course of 20 years, the Marathon has grown and moved from small Downtown art galleries to world-class performance venues, while still remaining as informal, accessible, and experimental as the day it began. Nearly 1,000 pieces, more than 500 performers, and over 200 composers later, the Bang on a Can Marathon is still the foremost concert of its kind, drawing thousands of concert-goers to each event.

See following page for a complete list of performers and composers.

Bang on a Can Marathon

Saturday, June 2, 8pm-Sunday, June 3, 10pm (yes, that’s 26-Hours!)
World Financial Center’s Wintergarden

26 Hours of electrifying music featuring the following artists:

Music By: John Luther Adams, Louis Andriessen, Christopher Adler, Derek Bermel, Jeffrey Brooks, Don Byron, Mary Ellen Childs, Mark Dancigers, Franco Donatoni, Brian Eno, John Fitz Rogers, David M. Gordon, Michael Gordon, Judd Greenstein, John King, Phil Kline, David Lang, Alvin Lucier, Missy Mazzoli, Meredith Monk, Thurston Moore, Steve Reich, James Tenney, Matt Tierney, JG Thirlwell, Galina Ustvolskaya, Edgar Varese, Lois V Vierk, Julia Wolfe, Marcelo Zarvos, Evan Ziporyn.

Performances By: Bang on a Can All-Stars, Iva Bittová, Bagpipe Orchestra, Robert Black, The Books, Don Byron, Clogs, Dälek, David Cossin, Eighth Blackbird, Ethel, Dominic Frasca, Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, Michael Harrison, Hartt Bass Band, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Vijay Iyer Quartet, Kyaw Kyaw Naing, Manorexia, Mashriq, Meehan/Perkins Duo, Juana Molina, Patti Monson, Now Ensemble, Odd Appetite, Milind Raikar, Real Quiet, red fish blue fish, Steven Schick, Mark Stewart, Mike Svoboda , TACTUS, Talujon Percussion Quartet, World Saxophone Quartet, Yo La Tengo, The Young People's Chorus of New York City.

Films By: Bill Morrison, Matt Mullican

Bang on a Can - Kids Can Too!
Saturday, June 2, 2-3pm
Esplanade Park, Battery Park City

Bring your kids, hang out along the river and hear an awesome set of unusual music featuring Bang on a Can electric guitarist and instrument inventor Mark Stewart, the central Asian sound wizards Mashriq from Uzbekistan, Talujon Percussion Quartet and instruments you’ve never seen or heard before!

* Yo La Tengo talking at NYU + updated 2007 Tour Dates
* Glenn Kotche (Wilco) & David Cossin @ the Bang on Can Marathon, World Financial Center, NYC | pics



Comments (18)

nyu thing was surprisingly intern got me tix, i sat in the third row, and the band played some nice covers including rocks off by the rolling stones.

the crowd were a bunch of wieners but hey, it's nyu.

Posted by sam | May 2, 2007 9:21 AM

the Webster show was simply amazing. 2.5 hrs long and mind blowing.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2007 9:26 AM

The Books weren't at Lincoln Center. They were at the Society for Ethical Culture Concert Hall as part of the Wordless Music Series and they were great as always.

Upcoming shows there include Do Make Say Think, Beirut (3 shows in Sept.) and Johnny Greenwood (Radiohead) performing an orchestra piece he wrote.

Posted by Jonas | May 2, 2007 9:41 AM

The Webster show was intense: Ira was in a rockin' mood and the band was locked in tight. Even the now-standard "piano set" in the middle had a level of intensity to it.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2007 9:42 AM

nyu thing was real good.

how were the nyu kids wieners?

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2007 9:51 AM

The books were boooooooooooooring.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2007 10:21 AM

the nyu kids asked the dumbest expected of course, but i havent felt like that since i was 16.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2007 10:28 AM

i heard that nyu is in danger of losing its accreditation due to the poor level of questioning by the students at the YLT event.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2007 10:41 AM

NYU is in danger of running out of students from CT.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2007 10:54 AM

The YLT Webster Hall show was really excellent, much better for me than the show in Jersey City last year -- it helped that the audience was standing rather than seated. And the Books were anything but boring -- in their case I think it helped that the audience was seated (unlike their Webster Hall gig a few months back). The visuals are a very large part of their act.

Posted by Indie57 | May 2, 2007 11:58 AM

too many long jams for my taste. but that's ylt for you. more pop songs, quiet songs, please.

Posted by tim | May 2, 2007 12:42 PM

The Webster Hall show was great. The band seemed in a great mood and that brought a rockin' show with some great moments. Ira dedicated the thrid encore to his parents. Then flubbed the song. It got big laughs.

Posted by Brian | May 2, 2007 3:09 PM

Hey, CT isn't the problem, NYU is the problem. Focus.

Posted by Dave | May 2, 2007 3:15 PM

theres a problem?

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2007 4:01 PM

i had to leave early...what did they play for the encore?

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2007 5:05 PM

i covered the books show. it was amazing. check out my review:

Posted by kyle | May 3, 2007 12:46 AM

I Loved It. Ira is amazing on guitar an I wanna get married to a Georgia. James can be my best man tho.

Posted by Eduardo | May 3, 2007 2:23 AM

Any know the set list for the Webster Hall show or where one could be found? Thanks.

Posted by michael | May 17, 2007 9:42 AM

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