Happy Birthday Bang on a Can

Classic Arts Features   Happy Birthday Bang on a Can
The 25th birthday of Bang on a Can(BOAC), New York's own tirelessly inventivenew music group, will be celebrated withmusical fireworks on April 28 in Alice TullyHall.


Over the years, Lincoln Center has regularly presented BOAC beginning with the first of several Bang on a Can Marathons back in 1994, and including most recently, the festival marking the re-opening of Alice Tully Hall in February 2009. It's only fitting that this extraordinary program will include bot h a U.S . and a New York premier e. Among the featured artists are the exuberantly radical Asphalt Orchestra street band with a new work by composer/percussionist Tatsuya Yoshida, and the Gamelan Galak Tika ensemble in a performance of Tire Fire by Evan Ziporyn, a founding member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars.

An offshoot of BOAC, the All-Stars have saved the U.S. premiere of their latest project, Field Recordings, for Lincoln Center. The new work, which uses film, found sound, and archival audio and video, will be enhanced by conceptual set designer Jim Findlay. It includes material from the indie pop arena's Nick Zammuto, the art world's Christian Marclay, and electronica from Mira Calix, all of whom will join the All-Stars for the concert.

Bang on a Can has been celebrating its birthday with performances around the world in the 2011-12 season. This is an event not-to-be missed.

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