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What?...Wow David Lang's Festival of Music

Friday 6th & Saturday 7th 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, Voices of Chamber Choir Ireland, Andrew Zolinsky
• 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.

The highly regarded US broadcaster and author, John Schaefer will lead New Music Voices, a series of public masterclasses and interviews with musicians and composers featuring over the weekend. Full list below

Friday, 6 March 2015
12:30-2pm            Public masterclass with David Lang and three Irish Composers
4.15-4.45pm         John Schaefer in conversation with Olaf Pyras and David Lang (A post show discussion on the 3pm concert as well as preview of the festival)
7:15-7:45pm         John Schaefer in conversation with Julia Wolfe, Irene  Buckley; Anna Maria Friman, Berit Opheim and Linn Andrea Fuglseth of Trio Mediaeval

Saturday, 7 March 2015
1pm – 2.00pm     ‘Bang on a Can Brunch’ with John Schaefer and the with Bang on a Can composers David Lang, Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon         
7.15 - 7.45 pm     John Schaefer in conversation with Irish composers Andrew Hamilton, Sean Clancy, Garrett Sholdice and Linda Buckley in advance of the 8pm concert

All talks will be taking place in the Iveagh Room at The National Concert Hall and are free to attend for those with tickets to the festival performances (including Festival & Marathon pass ticket holders).
The 'Bang-on-a-Can brunch' will take place in the Terrace Restaurant. A special New York Brunch menu will be available.

Listen to a playlist of some of the works that will be performed over the weekend on Spotify or you can listen to the Mixtape created by Bang on a Can on Bandcamp
Spotify                    Bandcamp