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Bang on a Can All-Stars: Field Recordings - Works by Steve Reich, Nick Zammuto, David Lang, Tyondai Braxton et al.

Album Summary

>Wolfe, Julia : Reeling, for clarinet, electric guitar, cello, double bass, piano, percussion & pre-recorded sound
>Ghys, Florent : An Open Cage, for clarinet, cello, double bass, piano, percussion & pre-recorded track
>Gordon, Michael : Gene Takes a Drink, multimedia score for clarinet, electric guitar, cello, double bass, piano & perc
>Marclay, Christian : Fade to Slide, multimedia score for clarinet, electric guitar, cello, double bass, piano & percussio
>Lang, David : Unused swan, for clarinet, electric guitar, cello, double bass, piano, percussion & pre-recorded sou
>Braxton, Tyondai : Casino Trem, multimedia score for clarinet, electric guitar, cello, double bass, piano, percussion &
>Johannsson, Johann : Hz, multimedia score
>Reynolds, Todd : Seven Sundays, for clarinet, electric guitar, cello, double bass, piano, percussion & pre-recorded s
>Reich, Steve : The Cave
>Dessner, Bryce : Maximus to Gloucester, Letter 27 (withheld), multimedia score for clarinet, cello, double bass, pian
>Calix, Mira : Meeting you seemed easy, multimedia score for clarinet, electric guitar, cello, double bass, piano,
>Clyne, Anna : A Wonderful Day, for bass clarinet, vibraphone, electric guitar, cello, double bass, piano & tape
>Zammuto, Nick : Real Beauty Turns, multimedia score for clarinet, electric guitar, cello, double bass, piano, percus
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Notes & Reviews:

Field Recordings collects the Bang on a Can All-Stars' intrepretations of newly commissioned works by Tyondai Braxton, Mira Calix, Anna Clyne, Bryce Dessner, Florent Ghys, Michael Gordon, Jóhann Jóhannsson, David Lang, Christian Marclay, Steve Reich, Todd Reynolds, Julia Wolfe and Nick Zammuto. In the words of composer David Lang, "Field Recordings is a kind of ghost story. We asked composers from different parts of the music world to find a recording of something that already exists -- a voice, a sound, a faded scrap of melody -- and then write a new piece around it. And so they did." A double-disc multimedia project featuring five videos on DVD, Field Recordings highlights the astonishing versatility of the All-Stars, whose grasp of musical styles ranging from classical to rock to musique concrete has helped redefine the term "new music."

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The James L. Dolan Music Recording Studio at New York U (12/2013).

Bang on a Can is one of the durable ensembles of New York's downtown scene. Actually one might use the word "projects" instead of "ensembles," for the group's membership has varied quite a bit by recording. The Bang on a Can All-Stars heard here are frequent contributors, and putting them together into the configuration of cello, bass, keyboards, percussion, guitars, and clarinets has inspired a happy need for fresh commissions. It is noteworthy that the primary financial framework here is British, not American. But no matter: the group has convincingly united material by quite diverse composers under a novel thematic umbrella. The Field Recordings of the title are not necessarily ethnomusicological field recordings in the conventional sense of the term, although many of them would qualify, but preexisting recorded matter in general. The composers involved thus seek to create a sort of classical analogue to hip-hop sampling, minus the beats, where the composer adds to and comments upon the material in the recording used. The composers come from the world of indie rock (Tyondai Braxton and Bryce Dessner) as well contemporary classical and electronic music, and the result is a wide variety of conceptions that should stretch any listener's mind. Some standouts include Todd Reynolds' "Seven Sundays" (track eight), utilizing old recordings of African-American preachers whose cadences have a musical as well as a verbal component already, and the opening "Reeling" by Bang on a Can co-founder Julia Wolfe, which manipulates recordings of Irish reels. Your mileage may vary as far as favorites go, but you're likely to find the collection a stimulating piece of evidence that this venerable group of experimenters continues to push boundaries. ~ James Manheim



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>Wolfe, Julia : Reeling, for clarinet, electric guitar, cello, double bass, piano, percussion & pre-recorded sound
  • Ensemble: Bang on a Can All-Stars
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Ghys, Florent : An Open Cage, for clarinet, cello, double bass, piano, percussion & pre-recorded track
  • Ensemble: Bang on a Can All-Stars
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gordon, Michael : Gene Takes a Drink, multimedia score for clarinet, electric guitar, cello, double bass, piano & perc
  • Ensemble: Bang on a Can All-Stars
  • Running Time: 5 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Marclay, Christian : Fade to Slide, multimedia score for clarinet, electric guitar, cello, double bass, piano & percussio
  • Ensemble: Bang on a Can All-Stars
  • Running Time: 7 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014

>Lang, David : Unused swan, for clarinet, electric guitar, cello, double bass, piano, percussion & pre-recorded sou
  • Ensemble: Bang on a Can All-Stars
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Braxton, Tyondai : Casino Trem, multimedia score for clarinet, electric guitar, cello, double bass, piano, percussion &
  • Ensemble: Bang on a Can All-Stars
  • Running Time: 7 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Johannsson, Johann : Hz, multimedia score
  • Ensemble: Bang on a Can All-Stars
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013

>Reynolds, Todd : Seven Sundays, for clarinet, electric guitar, cello, double bass, piano, percussion & pre-recorded s
  • Ensemble: Bang on a Can All-Stars
  • Running Time: 6 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Reich, Steve : The Cave :: of Machpelah
  • Ensemble: Bang on a Can All-Stars
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993

>Dessner, Bryce : Maximus to Gloucester, Letter 27 (withheld), multimedia score for clarinet, cello, double bass, pian
  • Ensemble: Bang on a Can All-Stars
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Calix, Mira : Meeting you seemed easy, multimedia score for clarinet, electric guitar, cello, double bass, piano,
  • Ensemble: Bang on a Can All-Stars
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Clyne, Anna : A Wonderful Day, for bass clarinet, vibraphone, electric guitar, cello, double bass, piano & tape
  • Performer: Wooly Barbee (Voice)
  • Ensemble: Bang on a Can All-Stars
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013

>Gordon, Michael : Gene Takes a Drink, multimedia score for clarinet, electric guitar, cello, double bass, piano & perc
  • Ensemble: Bang on a Can All-Stars
  • Running Time: 5 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Johannsson, Johann : Hz, multimedia score
  • Ensemble: Bang on a Can All-Stars
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013

>Dessner, Bryce : Maximus to Gloucester, Letter 27 (withheld), multimedia score for clarinet, cello, double bass, pian
  • Ensemble: Bang on a Can All-Stars
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Calix, Mira : Meeting you seemed easy, multimedia score for clarinet, electric guitar, cello, double bass, piano,
  • Ensemble: Bang on a Can All-Stars
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  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Zammuto, Nick : Real Beauty Turns, multimedia score for clarinet, electric guitar, cello, double bass, piano, percus
  • Ensemble: Bang on a Can All-Stars
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary