June 27: Bang on a Can Marathon - 12 Hours of Free Music - Full Schedule Now Available


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At River To River Festival 2010
Co-presented by Arts World Financial Center


Sunday, June 27, 2010
Noon - Midnight
12 Hours of FREE Live Music!

World Financial Center Winter Garden
220 Vesey Street, NYC

“the country's most provocative and consistently entertaining new-music event"- The Village Voice

Featuring the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Mira Calix (UK), the U.S. premiere of Fausto Romitelli's Professor Bad Trip performed by Talea Ensemble, Vernon Reid, Buke & Gass, Slagwerk Den Haag/Percussion Group of The Hague (NL), Signal, Burkina Electric (Africa), Steve Coleman, John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, Kambar Kalendarov & Kutman Sultanbekov (Kyrgyzstan), Fred Frith, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Gamelan Galak Tika, Florent Ghys (France), Quartet New Generation (Germany), JACK Quartet, and more

Admission: FREE.

Bang on a Can Marathon information: 718.852.7755 or bangonacan.org
Directions to the Winter Garden at World Financial Center: http://artsworldfinancialcenter.com/exterior_map.htm
Full River To River Festival line up: 888-391-FEST or RiverToRiverNYC.com

New York, NY (June 7, 2010) -- On Sunday, June 27, from noon until midnight, Bang on a Can will present its annual Bang on a Can Marathon, at the River To River Festival, held for the fifth year at World Financial Center Winter Garden (220 Vesey Street, NYC) and co-presented by Arts World Financial Center. Founded in 1987, the Marathon is still FREE and this year brings together more than 150 astounding performers and composers from throughout the world, performing in numerous genres and experimental styles, for 12 hours of uninterrupted live, ear-bending, border-crossing music. The Bang on a Can Marathon is part of the 2010 River To River Festival, the city's largest FREE summer arts festival.

As artistically inclusive as it is audience-friendly, Bang on a Can's annual 12-hour Marathon has become one of the most diverse, most open and most exciting music events in the world. “Imagine Lollapalooza advised by the ghost of John Cage," wrote Vanity Fair. “There are other places to hear new contemporary music, but it is seldom offered with such a potent blend of intensity, authority, and abandon."

At least 10 new works will receive world or U.S. premieres during the 2010 Bang on a Can Marathon. Composers and performers hail from all over the world and include a Dutch avant-garde percussion ensemble, a German recorder quartet, musicians from Kyrgyzstan, the first electronica band from Burkina Faso in West Africa, a Balinese gamelan from Boston, and a New York new music group whose members are all under the age of 15.

Bang on a Can Marathons - past and present - on WNYC Radio and Q2:

The 2010 Bang on a Can Marathon is being recorded for broadcast in August on WNYC Radio's New Sounds (www.wnyc.org/shows/newsounds) hosted by John Schaefer, and Q2, New York's 24/7 online music stream (www.wqxr.org/q2). Leading up to the Marathon, New Sounds will broadcast excerpts from previous Marathons at 11pm on Thursday, June 24, 11pm on Friday, June 25, and streaming on demand after the original broadcast. In addition, Q2 will launch “Cued Up on Q2," a new summer festival of pioneering and invigorating new music recorded live in New York. “Cued Up on Q2" will debut on Sunday, June 27, coinciding with the 2010 Bang on a Can Marathon. The inaugural show will feature selections from previous Marathons, and will air at 2pm on Sunday, June 27, with encore presentations at 8pm on Tuesday, June 29 and at 4pm on Thursday, July 1.

2010 Bang on a Can Marathon Schedule (Note that times are approximate and still subject to change. For updates visit www.bangonacan.org/marathon/schedule or follow @bangonacan on Twitter):

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble featuring Jeremy Viner, Tony Malaby, Ellery Eskelin performing Perseverance by John Hollenbeck
Quartet New Generation performing Danse macabre*** by Dorothee Hahne,
Black Box* by Mary Ellen Childs, and Flea Walls* by Moritz Eggert
Kambar Kalendarov & Kutman Sultanbekov from Kyrgyzstan performing Janglyk by Nurlanbek Nyshanov and traditional songs from Kyrgyzstan: Bek Tash, Kukuk, and Erke Kyz
Florent Ghys performing Simplement by Florent Ghys
Moritz Eggert performing Hammerklavier III: One Man Band by Moritz Eggert

Face the Music performing Mesh by Graham Fitkin
Jessica Schmitz, Eric Lamb, and Claire Chase performing Halftone (for 3 floutes and 3-channel 1-bit electronics)* by Tristan Perich
Steve Coleman, Jonathan Finlayson, and David Millares performing Formation - Lunar Eclipse by Steve Coleman
Slagwerk Den Haag performing DaDeRimGil*** by Seung-Ah Oh and Ludica by Marco Momi

JACK Quartet performing Tetras by Iannis Xenakis
Gamelan Galak Tika performing Tire Fire by Evan Ziporyn
Quartet New Generation w/ Moritz Eggert performing Oh, I am sorry, did I break your concentration? by Michiel Mensingh and Mortal Flesh by Paul Moravec
Bang on a Can All-Stars performing Snakes and Ladders by Fred Frith

Talea Ensemble performing Professor Bad Trip** by Fausto Romitelli
A performance by Buke and Gass
Moritz Eggert performing Hammerklavier V: Study in Fall** and Hammerklavier XX: One Man Band 2 by Moritz Eggert
Slagwerk Den Haag performing I Delayed People's Flights By Walking Slowly In Narrow Hallways** by Mayke Nas & Wouter Snoei

Vernon Reid, Mazz Swift, and Leon Gruenbaum performing Ghost Narratives by Vernon Reid
Bang on a Can All-Stars performing Ridgeway by Kate Moore A performance by Mira Calix
Bang on a Can All-Stars & Mira Calix performing spring falls back* by Mira Calix
Tim Brady performing Switch (Seconds / Liquid / Leaps / Singularity / Melismatic)** and Strumming (Hommage a John Lennon)** by Tim Brady with Video by Martin Messier

Kambar Kalendarov & Kutman Sultanbekov from Kyrgyzstan performing Chyibyldyn Kyzynyn Koshogu by Asanbai Karimov, traditional song Tagyldyr Too, Mash Botoi by Atai Ogonbaev and Ala Too Jazy by Nurlanbek Nyshanov
Florent Ghys performing 4 by Florent Ghys
A performance by Burkina Electric
SIGNAL conducted by Brad Lubman performing Shelter by Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe

* World premiere
** US premiere
*** NY Premiere

Music by: Tim Brady, Mira Calix, Mary Ellen Childs, Steve Coleman, Moritz Eggert, Graham Fitkin, Fred Frith, Florent Ghys, Michael Gordon, Dorothe Hahne, John Hollenbeck, David Lang, Lukas Ligeti, Michiel Mensingh, Kate Moore, Paul Moravec, Mayke Nass, Seung-Ah Oh, Tristan Perich, Vernon Reid, Fausto Romitelli, Wouter Snoei, Julia Wolfe, Iannis Xenakis, & Evan Ziporyn, AND MORE

Performances by: Bang on a Can All-Stars, Tim Brady (Canada), Buke and Gass, Moritz Eggert (Germany), Burkina Electric (Africa), Face the Music, Florent Ghys (France), Gamelan Galak Tika, JACK Quartet, John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, Kambar Kalendarov & Kutman Sultanbekov (Kyrgyzstan), Mira Calix (UK), Slagwerk Den Haag (Holland), Steve Coleman Trio, Talea Ensemble, Quartet New Generation (Germany), Vernon Reid, flutists Jessica Schmitz, Eric Lamb & Claire Chase, Signal, AND MORE

About Bang on a Can: Formed in 1987 by composers Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe, Bang on a Can is dedicated to commissioning, performing, creating, presenting and recording contemporary music. With an ear for the new, the unknown and the unconventional, Bang on a Can strives to expose exciting and innovative music as broadly and accessibly as possible to new audiences worldwide. And through its Summer Festival, Bang on a Can hopes to bring this energy and passion for innovation to a younger generation of composers and players.

The San Francisco Chronicle has called Bang on a Can “the country's most important vehicle for contemporary music." Over the years, Bang on a Can has grown from a one-day festival to a multi-faceted organization. Projects include festival concerts and the annual Bang on a Can Marathon; The People's Commissioning Fund, a membership program to commission emerging composers; theBang on a Can All-Stars, who tour to major festivals and concert venues around the world every year; recording projects; the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival & Institute - a professional development program for young composers and performers; and cross-disciplinary collaborations and projects with DJs, visual artists, choreographers, filmmakers and more. Bang on a Can's innovative and aggressive approach to programming and presentation has created a large and vibrant international audience made up of people of all ages who are rediscovering the value of contemporary music.

About the River To River Festival: The River To River Festival is presented by a collaboration of Lower Manhattan's major cultural event producers including the Alliance for Downtown New York, Arts World Financial Center, Battery Park City Authority, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and The Seaport. Co-presenters for the 2010 season are the Joyce Theater and IMG Artists. All partners are firmly committed to using the arts as a tool for economic revitalization and the development of new audiences for the arts.

Free admission to River To River events is underwritten by a wide range of funders led by the Festival's Founding Sponsor, American Express.

Major support is provided by the Festival's Producing Partners, including NBC Local Media New York and WNYC New York Public Radio. Vital support comes from our Supporting Funders, including Century 21 Department Stores, EmblemHealth, JetBlue Airways, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Target, and The Village Voice. Participating Funders are CB Richard Ellis, The Moody's Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Marriott Downtown, New York State Council on the Arts, New York Stock Exchange Foundation, Pace University, and TKTS Seaport.

About Arts World Financial Center: Arts World Financial Center serves as the leading showcase in Lower Manhattan for visual and performing arts - from the intimate to the spectacular - by artists either emerging or established. With its waterfront Winter Garden as a focal point, the artistic process is made accessible in a free, open and interactive manner to workers, residents and the broader public of cultural consumers. Since 1988, year-round and free to the public, Arts World Financial Center has presented interdisciplinary arts programming with an emphasis on commissioned works, site-specific installations and premieres.

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