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Friday 6th & Saturday 7th March 2015

What Wow

• 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

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.

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.
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