Mother Falcon onstage at Brooklyn’s Littlefield on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (© 2014, Steven P. Marsh/willyoumissme.com)
Violinist Todd Reynolds to be guest on the orchestral pop band’s ‘Symphonic Sundays With Mother Falcon’ program at Joe’s Pub this Sunday
I’ll admit that I’m a little late to the party where Mother Falcon is concerned.
But I knew I’d fall in the love the minute I started checking out the orchestral pop band’s music on the recommendation of a friend — somebody who’s more often asking me for bands to check out.
Mother Falcon (Nick Gregg on mandolin) onstage at Brooklyn’s Littlefield on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (© 2014, Steven P. Marsh/willyoumissme.com)
It didn’t take long for the upbeat, passionate sound to reel me right in.
But I learned at Littlefield in North Slope, Brooklyn, last night that their recordings pale in comparison to their live performances. There were 12 members of Mother Falcon (the band, always big, varies in number as I understand it) on Littlefield’s generous stage. Every one of the players obviously put heart and soul into the set. Continue reading
Posted in Contemporary Classical, Music, News, Pop and Rock, Review
Tagged Brooklyn, David Byrne, Joe's Pub, Littlefield, Mother Falcon, The Family Crest, Todd Reynolds
Bang on a Can founder Michael Gordon introduces a performance of his composition “Exalted,” featuring the Young People’s Chorus of New York City and JACK Quartet, at the 2011 Bang on a Can Marathon. (Photo © 2011, Steven P. Marsh/willyoumissme.com)
Roomful of Teeth, Jherek Bischoff, Anonymous 4, So Percussion, more featured on 8-hour program
Head to the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place at the World Financial Center in lower Manhattan on Sunday afternoon for a fantastic exploration of New Music.
The 2014 edition of the annual Bang on a Can Marathon starts at 2 p.m. and runs through 10 p.m. You can come and go as you please, sampling everything from serious compositions by Bang on a Can‘s founding composers — Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and David Lang — to works by rock band The National’s Bryce Dessner, along with performances by the inimitable Meredith Monk, Jherek Bischoff, So Percussion, and female vocal quartet Anonymous 4.
Tap or click here to see the full performance schedule.
This event is really a must to experience in person — you’ll see artists mingling with audience in chance encounters throughout the show, get to see and buy CDs and merchandise at the huge merch table, and maybe even take a break to go shopping in the urban mall.
And be sure to check out Found Sound Nation, which hosts its Street Studio – a mobile recording studio where anyone can spontaneously create and record original music!
If you can’t get there, you don’t have to miss out, though. It will be webcast in HD audio and videol.
Tap or click here to WATCH LIVE.
Posted in Concerts, Contemporary, Contemporary Classical, Free, Music, News
Tagged Bang on a Can Marathon, Bryce Dessner, Concert, David Lang, Free, Julia Wolfe, Meredith Monk, Michael Gordon, New Music, Roomful of Teeth, Winter Garden
It’s hard to believe that the Bang on a Can All -Stars haven’t performed on a New York Philharmonic bill before.
But Friday night’s New York premiere of a work by Bang on a Can cofounder Julia Wolfe was the stellar New Music sextet’s debut.
And what a way to start!
Posted in Concerts, Contemporary Classical, Music, Review, Uncategorized
Tagged Avery Fisher Hall, Bang on a Can, debut, Julia Wolfe, Lincoln Center, New York Philharmonic, premiere
It’s hard to believe that the 2014 edition of the Ecstatic Music Festival is nearly over. I suppose it’s because I haven’t been able to get to most of the shows in the festival, which kicked off Jan. 31 and ends this Saturday, March 29.
Two shows remain this year: Wednesday’s bill featuring So Percussion and Buke & Gase, and Saturday’s program with Man Forever and William Basinski. Both shows start at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are a reasonable $25, but if you attend both shows, you can get in for $20 apiece. Click here to buy tickets online, or visit the Merkin Concert Hall box office at 129 West 67th Street in Manhattan.
Posted in Concerts, Contemporary, Contemporary Classical, Music, Off-Broadway, Review, Theater
Tagged Becca Stevens, Buke and Gase, Ecstatic Music Festival, Gabriel Kahane, Merkin Concert Hall, New Amsterdam Records, Timo Andres
Curtain call for “Jherek Bischoff Composed” at St. Ann’s Warehouse on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (© 2014 Steven P. Marsh)
Surrounded by some of the greatest singers and performers at work today, DIY musician Jherek Bischoff managed to remain composed Wednesday night at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood.
Good thing, too, since his two-night stand at the black box arts center is titled “Jherek Bischoff Composed,” which also is the title of Bischoff’s 2012 album whose works anchor the show. Before you read further, let me tell you now that you really should attend this show. Continue reading
Asphalt Orchestra performing on the Lincoln Center Plaza. (Photo © 2010, Steven P. Marsh)
Avant-garde marching band will open for a Kronos Quartet ‘Kronos at 4o’ show
Asphalt Orchestra hits Lincoln Center Out of Doors this Sunday, July 28 with a brand-new project: a cover of the fan-favorite Pixies album Surfer Rosa.
The avant-garde marching band, a cocreation of LCOOD and Bang on a Can, is well known for its inventive reinvention of pop songs mixed with compositions written specifically for the costumed clan.
Asphalt Orchestra co-leader Ken Thomson describes the evening this way:
We are covering the classic Pixies record Surfer Rosa.
45 minutes of new music, Asphalt-style, choreographed and on stage.
All arranged by us in super-cool arrangements that use the original as a canvas for truly new versions of these tunes.
The free show starts at 6 p.m. with a set of Asphalt classics (Bjork, Zappa, Bregovic) on the plaza.
At 6:30, the music moves to the Damrosch Park Bandshell where Jacob Garchik’s “atheist gospel trombone project” The Heavens will be performed.
Asphalt plays next and then the evening’s headliner, Kronos Quartet, takes over.
Every second of music is free, with no ticket required and nobody hassling you for a “donation” at the gate. Lincoln Center Out of Doors is one of those rare New York City institutions that truly is free — even free of guilt.
Posted in Concerts, Contemporary Classical, Free, Music, Pop and Rock
Tagged Asphalt Orchestra, Bang on a Can, Bill Bragin, Free, Ken Thomson, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center Out of Doors
It’s a disservice to call Mark Stewart a guitarist. He leads a group at MASS MoCA in making some noise with some of his homemade tubes during the 2010 Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival. (Photo © 2010, Steven P. Marsh)
18 days of fantastic summer music in the Berkshires
Today’s subject: MASS MoCA.
I’ve written a lot lately about the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, especially in the last month or two because of Wilco’s splendid Solid Sound Festival, held on the museum campus in North Adams, Mass., in late June.
When Wilco announced the inaugural Solid Sound back in 2010, I pretty much knew it would be great because I had already seen MASS MoCA host many, many editions of the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival — colloquially known at Banglewood.
If you’ve been a regular reader of Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone?, you already know something about the Bang on a Can program. This summer’s program is the 12th annual festival on the beautiful industrial MASS MoCA grounds.
But maybe you’re not a musician, or at least not one who wants to participate in the festival. How does this matter to you?
Rain on the MASS MoCA campus. (Photo © 2011, Steven P. Marsh)
That’s easy. Festival participants do their learning in public, putting on recitals six days a week and participating in a public Marathon concert on the final day. There’s also a performance of Bang on a Can co-founder Julia Wolfe‘s Steel Hammer, a full-length piece that weaves together the many variations of the John Henry folk legend.
So there’s plenty of professional-quality entertainment for people who are just interested in listening and looking at some modern art. (Click through to the jump for schedule and ticketing information.)
Posted in Art, Classical, Concerts, Contemporary, Contemporary Classical, Folk, Jazz, News, Pop and Rock, Recordings, World Music
Tagged Amadou Lamine Touré, Ashley Bathgate, Bang on a Can, Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, Banglewood, bass, cello, clarinet, Co-Artistic Director, composer, David Cossin, David Lang, electric guitar, G. Schirmer Inc., Gregg August, John Henry, Julia Wolfe, Ken Thomson, Mark Stewart, Michael Gordon, Nicholas Photinos, percussion, piano, Polygraph Lounge, saxophone, Senegalese drumming, Steel Hammer, Todd Reynolds, Vicki Ray, Vicky Chow, violin