I am beyond thrilled to announce that I have joined the amazing roster at Sozo Artists, including Huang Yi, DBR, Bora Yoon, The Liasons Project(Anthony De Mare), DJ Spooky, Lil Buck, Bandaloop and Marc Bamuthi Joseph. A new agency and a new adventure, let the fun begin! Click on the photo or the link above and check us out!
September 10th @ TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht. I will be premiering a new cello concerto by Kate Moore with the ASKO|Schönberg Ensemble conducted by Christian Karlsen as part of the 2014 Gaudeamus Festival in Utrecht. It’s a marathon work, over 40 minutes in length and packed full of excitement and beauty! If you will be in the area or want to know more: Cello Concerto
Bach Unwound, my project in collaboration with the Sleeping Giant composer collective and Metropolis Ensemble’s Resident Artists Series is off the ground and running with a recent grant award from New Music USA. Click here to read more about the project on their website!
On September 17th the Bang on a Can All-Stars are headed to Krakow, Poland for the Sacrum Profanum Festival. The concert features the All-Stars with Lee Ranaldo (performing his work How Deep Are Rivers written for the band via the People’s Commissioning Fund); the All-Stars with Polish new jazz DJ Skalpel (playing Philip Glass’ early work Two Pages), and PCF-commissioned Field Recordings works by Richard Reed Parry, Alvin Lucier, Daniel Wohl and Dan Deacon.
On October 14th the All-Stars are joined by vocalists Katie Geissinger, Emily Eagan and Molly Quinn in a performance of Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer at the Brookfield Place Winter Garden in NYC. Inspired by Wolfe’s love for the music and lore of Appalachia, Steel Hammer is based on over 200 versions of the John Henry ballad, exploring the subject of human vs. machine in the quintessential American legend.
Please visit my recently updated EVENTS page to view these dates and more, including performances with Metropolis Ensemble, Lisa Moore, Karl Larson, Gili Melamed-Lev, Ian David Rosenbaum, and Gutbucket!
and for your viewing pleasure, two new additions to WATCH:
Hey there friends, happy summer!
I just finished a wonderful three weeks at MASSMoCA in North Adams, MA where we held our 13th annual Bang on a Can Summer Festival. What an inspiring and exciting time full of great new music! In addition to meeting many new friends, composers and musicians, we also had the opportunity to work with guest artists Steve Reich, Glenn Kotche (from Wilco), Annie Gosfield, Arnold Dreyblatt, pulitzer prize winning composer, Caroline Shaw, vocalist Shara Worden and visual artist Ann Hamilton. Check out our facebook feed here for some tidbits and photos from our time spent at the museum.
Now I am headed to the Avaloch Farm Music Institute with pianist David Kaplan for two weeks of intense work on our new programs for next season! Avaloch is a new residency program geared towards performers, a beautiful and quiet retreat where we can get some work done. I wish there were more places like this! Looking forward to sinking my teeth into some Britten, Shostakovich, and Debussy as well as newer works by Hannah Lash, Andrew Norman, and Paul Kerekes.
Meanwhile, stay tuned for some exciting news … a new album, new projects underway and a brand new collaboration which I cannot wait to share with you all!
Happy New Year!
Lots of new things to report … check it out!
I’m teaming up with Brooklyn-based composer collective Sleeping Giant and Metropolis Ensemble to present a new reflection on Bach’s seminal suites for solo cello. Each member of the collective will compose one movement of a large-scale work, basing it loosely on a corresponding movement of their choice from the Bach suites, but free to use the music as an inspiration for expressing his personal compositional voice. The resulting suite will incorporate extended performance techniques, live electronics, and external media resulting in a radical deconstruction and reinterpretation of the original music. Each movement will be paired with its counterpart in Bach, collectively forming a single, concert-length work that juxtaposes modern and historical practice to create a new concert experience.
September 8th 7pm @ DROM
w/ Eleonore Oppenheim
September 22nd 7pm
AB w/ Ian Ding and Ted Hearne
Zola Jesus / Stephen Prutsman
Check out the latest on my SoundCloud page…
Empty City by Yoav Shemesh
(recorded/produced by Ashley Bathgate and Yoav Shemesh)
Hi all! Just a quick note… wanted to share this new video with you. Please take a look at my most recent performance at (le) Poisson Rouge last Sunday performing Simple Lines by Bill Ryan, from his new album Towards Daybreak. (see post below for more deets on that!)
I wanted to let you know about some exciting news! On January 29th, Bill Ryan’s new album, Towards Daybreak, will be released and available everywhere for purchase and download! I am very happy and thankful to be a part of this recording with so many incredible artists. The album’s opening track, “Simple Lines”, features yours truly on cello… x 8 !!! Yes that’s right, I recorded 8 tracks that together make one very special piece. I am especially proud of this because it is my very first multi-tracked solo recording. I hope you will enjoy the piece as much as I do.
Also on the album is a song called “Blurred”. When my trio, Typical Music(with Todd Reynolds and Vicky Chow), visited Grand Valley State University last September, we programmed Bill’s piece “Blurred” on our concert. Thanks to one Nate Bilton and his superstar recording skills, we wound up with a really great live take of the song. Bill liked it so much he decided to put it on the album. After a few finishing touches by Bill and our amazing sound engineer/co-producer, Silas Brown, “Blurred” was album-ready. What a wonderful and unexpected surprise this was for us.
On February 2nd Billband will assemble in Grand Rapids Michigan for a mid-western CD release at Grand Valley State University. Then we bring it on over to the 2-1-2 on February 10th for a concert at NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge. We hope you will join us for these events if you happen to be in either zip code and be sure to have a listen to the album, Towards Daybreak, as soon as it comes out!
Here’s a link to a write-up of the disc: ClICK ME
Here a few more links to the upcoming events and places to purchase Towards Daybreak:
Just returned home from an amazing trip to Allendale, Michigan, with my trio, Typical Music. As it turns out, the midwest can be quite exciting! We spent the first day at Grand Valley State University giving masterclasses, coachings and talks to the students(right now they are gearing up for a concert this fall featuring music of David Lang), then we went for dinner at San Chez for tapas, weeeeeeeee! I learned what a Pisco Sour is and why I must not live life without them.
The following day was a yummy lunchtime concert: Fruity Pebbles(with composer Marc Mellits in the house!), Wed by David Lang, A Humble Tribute to Guaguanco(our first commissioned piece by Gregg August!) and Blurred, by the one and only, Bill Ryan. Bill is also the reason we got to take this fun trip- Thank you, Bill, for having us to your school, for sharing your lovely family and home with us and for writing such awesome music! – If you’re curious what that might sound like … go here… and then stay tuned for a new album due this January which features yours truly, along with an all-star line-up: Todd Reynolds, Vicky Chow, David Cossin, Pablo Mahave Veglia, Michael Lowenstern, and Johnathan Nichol.
Getting back to lunch though… If you are ever driving through Allendale… stop into Las Brisas Market for some of the most incredible tacos, sopas and quesadillas you will ever taste! Wash it down with a little tamarind soda and then you are ready to go and see this:
Unbelievable, right? Michigan, you rock. Could not have imagined a better time or better people to share the experience with!
Just back from an incredible summer spent with the Bang on a Can All-Stars and the wonderful Bang on a Can Summer Festival folks. The All-Stars hit Nantes, Paris and London at the beginning of July with a power packed program of music by Steve Reich, who also joined us for the tour. After way too much cheese and delicious wine, I headed to North Adams, MA, where I spent the next three glorious weeks playing new music with my favorite people, gazing at gorgeous art in the MassMoCA galleries, and eating the world’s best chicken wings at The Olde Forge! This is the 11th year we have made our home there for the summer and I am happy to say it is my third time participating in the festival. Can’t wait to go again!
Check out this live performance of David Lang’s Little Eye!
Now I am home in Saratoga Springs … basically learning how to use wordpress, sipping lemonade on the porch and making bets at the race track based on how much I like the horse’s name. “Kittylicious” and “Lemon Sundae” were among my favorites so far. Tomorrow is more wordpress, sun, pool, practice!
Bang on a Can turned 25! Thank you to all who shared your memories with us at www.bangonacan25.org as we celebrated this milestone with the latest All-Stars CD Big Beautiful Dark and Scary. We were thrilled to hear from more than 5,000 of you in stories from the sweet to the surreal, from the hysterical to the sublime. And most of all, we were honored to celebrate 25 years of wild and innovative music making- here’s to 25 more!
If you missed the download window don’t fear: Big Beautiful Dark and Scary is available on iTunes with a bonus track entitled Closing, a work written and performed live by Philip Glass and the All-Stars.
The album is physically released on Cantaloupe Music and includes four short films by Dutch video artist Marijke van Warmerdam. It is available now on Amazon.
Yes, you read that correctly… three pieces by Bang on a Can All-Stars are now available for Rock Band 2 on XBOX360, via the newly launched Rock Band Network! Click here to download “Cheating, Lying Stealing” by David Lang, click here to download “Yo Shakespeare” by Michael Gordon, and click here to download “Shadowbang” by Evan Ziporyn. Additional works by Julia Wolfe will be available via the Rock Band Network soon!
You can also check out the original Bang on a Can All-Stars recording of “Cheating, Lying Stealing” in the iTunes store here, as well as “Shadowbang” here, and Alarm Will Sound’s recording of “Yo Shakespeare” here.