by Andrew Frisicano

Look & Listen FestivalLook & Listen Festival is bringing a three-night program of contemporary classical music to two NYC art galleries this weekend (Friday, May 1st to Sunday, May 3rd). Performances include a Friday set by the Bang on a Can All-Stars and a Saturday performance by So Percussion.

So Percussion has been busy lately -- some recent performances were two nights at the Kitchen with Matmos and PLOrk on April 10th and 11th, and playing as part of the ensemble for Terry Riley's In C at Carnegie Hall on April 24th. At Look & Listen, they'll be performing works by John Cage and Meredith Monk (the latter with composer/musician/violinist Todd Reynolds). On Sunday, the program includes percussionist Svet Stoyanov performing recent Pulitzer Prize winner Steve Reich's "Electric Counterpoint." Tickets are available at the door.

The Bang on a Can All-Stars will also be at the Bang on a Can Marathon on Sunday, May 31st at the World Financial Center's Winter Garden. Full schedule, with times, for the free, 12-hour concert is below.

At the Marathon, the All-Stars will be performing a few times. Those include "performing world premieres of brand new collaborations with oscar-winning pianist, composer, and actor Ryuichi Sakamoto and another with world-renowned guitarist Bill Frisell." Michael Gordon's Trance, which was performed on April 21st at (Le) Poisson Rouge is scheduled near the start of the show, while Tortoise will close the night. A section of Trance is posted, again, above.

Full schedules for both festivals, below...

Look & Listen: Friday May 1, 2009, 8 PM @ OK Harris, 383 West Broadway, NY, NY

Visual Artists: Marc Aronson and Robert Rohm
L&L Ambient Piece: "MyGrain" (David Gordon)
Chamber Players of the League of Composers/ISCM: "Elegies" (Aaron Copland), "Three Intermezzi" (Martin Bresnick)
Bang on a Can All-Stars: "Escalator" (Arnold Dreyblatt), "A is for..." (Paul Lansky), "Workers Union" (Louis Andriessen)
Special Guests: WNYC's John Schaefer (host), Martin Bresnick, and Paul Lansky

Look & Listen: Saturday May 2, 2009, 8 PM @ Gary Snyder/Project Space, 250 West 26th Street, NY, NY

Visual Artist: Leon Berkowitz
L&L Ambient Piece: "Title TBA" (Joshua Hilson)
AM/PM Saxophone Quartet: "I have a Past Life Memory from the War that Blew The Fifth Planet into the Asteriod Belt" (Paul Leary)
Todd Reynolds: "TBA" (Todd Reynolds)
So Percussion: "Third Construction," "Child of Tree" (John Cage)
Todd Reynolds & So Percussion: "Gotham Lullaby" (Meredith Monk)
Special Guests: Lara Pellegrinelli (host), Paul Leary, Todd Reynolds, and Jason Treuting

Look & Listen: Sunday May 3, 2009, 3 PM @ Gary Snyder/Project Space, 250 West 26th Street, NY, NY

Visual Artist: Leon Berkowitz
L&L Ambient Piece: "Title TBA" (Suzanne Farrin)
Jade Simmons: "Momentum," "Tumbao," "Ritual" (Tania León)
Marc Peloquin & David Del Tredici: "Scherzo and Carioca Boy" (David Del Tredici)
Split Second: "Orpheus Over and Under" (David Lang)
Svet Stoyanov: "Electric Counterpoint"(Steve Reich), "Chaconne in d moll" (J.S. Bach)
Special Guests: Karissa Krenz (host), David Del Tredici, Tania León, and David Lang

Bang on a Can Marathon set times:

Andy Akiho's Steel Pan Nonette performing new work by Andy Akiho
Signal performing Trance by Michael Gordon
Solo tabla performance by Sandeep Das
DITHER & Friends performing Eric km Clark's exPAT: Deprivation Music No. 4


Todd Reynolds String Quartet performing Stringsongs by Meredith Monk
Solo performance by Bill Frisell
Your Bad Self performing We Didn't Know, Snowball, and Blacktop by Ted Hearne
Smith Quartet performing White Man Sleeps by Kevin Volans
Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen performing Ground, vol. 3 by Jeppe Just Christensen


Lionheart & Ethel performing excerpts from John the Revelator by Phil Kline
Build performing Imagining Winter and In the Backyard by Matthew McBane
Bassist Henry Grimes performing with drummer Andrew Cyrille
Smith Quartet performing The Sinking of the Titanic by Gavin Bryars
Bang on a Can All-Stars & Bill Frisell performing new work by Bill Frisell


Ars Nova Copenhagen conducted by Paul Hillier performing Three Stages by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen and Rise Up, my love by Howard Skempton
Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen performing Braun KSM 2 by Jeppe Just Christensen
Ars Nova Copenhagen performing For love is strong by David Lang
Smith Quartet performing Folk Music (Daithi's Dumka) by Joe Cutler
Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen performing excerpts from On This Planet by Anders Nordentoft


Wu Man performing 12th Century Pipa piece Night Thoughts
Ken Thomson's 9-headed Saxophone Monster performing Rut by Ken Thomson
Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen & Ars Nova Copenhagen performing Thirst by Julia Wolfe
Shiau-uen Ding performing Haemmerklavier III: One Man Band by Moritz Eggert
Victoire performing Like a Miracle, I am coming for my things by Victoire


Wu Man, Sandeep Das, and Brooklyn Rider performing Sulvasutra by Evan Ziporyn
Solo performance by Ryuichi Sakamoto
Bang on a Can All-Stars & Ryuichi Sakamoto performing new work by Ryuichi Sakamoto
Bang on a Can All-Stars performing Houses of Instruction by Steve Martland
Performance by Tortoise