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
Faye Hunter via Fidelitorium Recordings’ Facebook page.
Faye Hunter, a North Carolina-based musician best known for her work as the bass player 1980’s jangle-pop band Let’s Active with Mitch Easter and Sara Romweber, died Saturday.
The 59-year-old died of apparent suicide, according to a blog post by David Menconi on the website of The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C.
UPDATE: Peter Holsapple of The Db’s reacts
Those of us who grew up with Faye also knew her as a sweet, droll and artistic friend who unintentionally served as something of a den mother and big sister to many of the younger musicians in town, myself included. … It is hard to imagine a world without Faye Hunter. We all wish we could have done more to help her, but we couldn’t.
Click here for the full text of Holsapple’s tribute.
Posted in Music, News, Pop and Rock, RIP
Tagged Blue Mountain, David Menconi, Faye Hunter, Fidelitorium Recordings, jangle-pop, John Stirratt, Laurie Stirratt, Let's Active, Mitch Easter, North Carolina, Peter Holsapple, Raleigh, Sara Romweber, The dB's, The News & Observer, Wilco, Winston-Salem
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