Recognized worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music, the Bang on a Can All-Stars are set to wow Irish audiences at What?…Wow: David Lang’s Festival of Music 2015 at the National Concert Hall, over two days on 6th and 7th of March 2015.
• 9 ensembles, 6 Concerts, 5 premières, 2 days, 1 venue, 1 festival
• 8-hour Bang on a Can Marathon with Bang on a Can All-Stars, Crash Ensemble, So Percussion, RTÉ Contempo Quartet
• World première of works by BOAC co-founder Michael Gordon and Irish composer Linda Buckley
• European première of John Luther Adam’s Pulitzer prize-winning work Become Ocean, described by the New Yorker as ‘the loveliest apocalypse in musical history’
• Irish première of Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer
• Irish première of Music for Wood & Strings by Bryce Dessner (of the National)
• Performance of Brian Eno’s Music for Airports and Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians
Presented by New Music Dublin, this truly unique festival featuring a range of Irish and internationally renowned ensembles, is curated by the Bang on a Can co-founder and Pulitzer prize-winning composer David Lang who’s own composition man made will be performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra with New York based quartet - So Percussion.
Highlights of the festival include the signature 8-hour Bang on a Can Marathon with performances of works by Irish and international composers; including the premieres of works by Bang on a Can co-founders Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon, Irish composer Linda Buckley, Bryce Dessner (of The National), and Pulitzer prize-winning composer John Luther Adams. PLUS Bang on a Can’s acclaimed live arrangement of Brian Eno’s Music for Airports and Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians.