Wherein Bang on a Can brings you a bunch of über-cool artists and pieces we’ve programmed over the past year for further consumption. In previous times we’d have packed up and hauled it all to Deutschland, but now we all can enjoy the Festival for Time Issues in, well, real time, all around the world.
“I love the way Bang on a Can has been dealing with the challenges of this pandemic, taking initiative and responsibility for their community. The marathon format is filled with new purpose and life. Presented live online, it reminds us of the irreplaceability of live art in a soothing way. This crisis situation can be an opportunity to team up and make something transatlantic happen that would not happen otherwise – connecting music lovers and communities from all around the world.”– Berno Odo Polzer, Artistic Director of Maerz Musik Festival
To find out more about the wonderful Maerz Musik Festival for Time Issues, their website has all you need to know, in English und German natürlich,
[Set times are approximate and subject to change.]
3PM NEW YORK | 8PM BERLIN
Daniel Bernard RoumainWhy Did They Kill Sandra Bland? performed by Arlen Hlusko
Rohan Chander△ or THE TRAGEDY OF HIKKOMORI LOVELESS from FINAL//FANTASY performed by Vicky Chow
4PM NEW YORK | 9PM BERLIN
Kristina WolfeListening to the Wind performed by Molly Barth
Aeryn Santillandisconnect. performed by Ken Thomson
5PM NEW YORK | 10PM BERLIN
Ken ThomsonBirds and Ambulances performed by Robert Black
Tomeka ReidLamenting G.F., A.A., B.T., T.M. performed by Vicky Chow
Steve ReichVermont Counterpoint performed by Claire Chase
Spearheaded by Grammy-winning flutist Molly Barth, the star-studded recording titled ‘Vanderbilt Virtuosi’ showcases the performers and composers of Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music, and includes tour-de-force performance of such staple of flute repertoire as Samuel Zyman’s magnificent Flute Sonata, as well as world-premiere recordings of newly commissioned works by Michael Rose and Sean Calhoun, newly adapted piece by Michael Slayton, and works by Blair alumni Alyssa Weinberg and Peter Dayton. ‘Vanderbilt Virtousi’ – flutist Molly Barth, oboist Jared Hauser, bassoonist Peter Kolkay, hornist Leslie Norton, violist Daniel Reinker, guitarist Richard Todd, pianists Heather Conner and Megan Gale – offers an invaluable addition to chamber music repertoire for wind instruments and will delight the listener with dazzling performances of these captivating works
Mark your calendars! I am playing the ORIGINAL 1936 manuscript of Density 21.5 (very different from the piece you all know!) on a beautiful BURKART PLATINUM FLUTE for this FREE online performance/discussion on November 5 at 7:30pm Eastern Time! This original version of the piece has not been performed since Georges Barrère performed it over 70 years ago!
The Evolution of Edgard Varèse’s Density 21.5
A comparative analysis of the 1936 (original) and 1946 (now-standard) edition of Edgard Varèse’s Density 21.5. With flutist Molly Barth and Sacher Foundation scholar Felix Meyer. Moderated by Nancy Toff.
What a winter, and now spring is in the earth in Nashville! Tulips and daffodils are in bloom, and the sun feels warm.
Returning for a brief 3-month period to the post I held for a decade as the flutist with Eighth Blackbird is a joy. What fun new repertoire for me to perform, and with incredible musicians with whom I started working while we were Oberlin students 27 years ago!
And after each performance, I am always eager to return to the Blair School of Music. The students at Blair are some of the most creative, entrepreneurial, and collegial people in the world, and I have the incredible privilege of working with them!
Molly Barth, the group’s founding flutist, will perform for concerts in 2020, when Nathalie Joachim completes her tenure. Five of the sextet’s founding members, along with Zach Good on clarinet, will play Jennifer Higdon’s On a Wire in March at the Oregon Music Festival!