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Bang on a Can All-Stars played 2017 Ecstatic Music Fest kickoff show (pics)

The Ecstatic Music Festival kicked off it’s 2017 season, as usual, with Bang on a Can All-Stars‘ Commissioning Fund Concert. The show also marks Bang on a Can’s 30th anniversary and the first edition of WNYC’s “New Sounds Live” of the year. Bang on A Can All-Stars performed new works by Nico Muhly, Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Juan Felipe Waller, an excerpt from Michael Gordon’s chamber opera Van Gogh, music by Philip Glass and more. Pictures from the performance are in the gallery above and detains on the show are below.

Next up at EMF: a collaborative performance with San Fermin & NOW Ensemble on January 25 at Merkin Concert Hall.


Bang on A Can All-Stars are: Ashley Bathgate, Robert Black, Vicky Chow, David Cossin, Derek Johnson, Ken Thomson and Jody Elff, sound engineer. Their special guests were Eliza Bagg (Pavo Pavo) and Charles Yan, both on violin and voice.
Eliza and Charles played on Michael Gordon’s piece and Eliza sang Philip Glass’ ‘Bed’.

The setlist was:

David Lang sunray
Anna Thorvaldsdottir Fields * from Field Recordings
Juan Felipe Waller Hybrid Ambiguities * from Field Recordings
Nico Muhly Comfortable Cruising Altitude ** from Field Recordings

Michael Gordon St. Remy from Van Gogh
Julia Wolfe Believing
Philip Glass Bed from Einstein on the Beach
Philip Glass Closing from Glassworks

* = US Premiere
** = World Premiere

photos by David Andrako

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