Bang on a can - music for airports

Such collective projects are almost inevitably uneven, but Field Recordings has no total duds. In Reeling, by Wolfe, a recording of a French-Canadian singer pulls all of the instrumentalists one by one into a tumbling, whirling dance. Lang's Unused Swan unravels a mysterious, beautiful, hymn-like melody over the sounds of rattling chains and knives being sharpened. Florent Ghys 's An Open Cage creates Steve Reich-style speech melodies from John Cage reading his own writings. Later, Evan Ziporyn uses a Balinese singer recorded in 1928 as his point of departure, while Mira Calix employs cabin and cockpit recordings made during air flights as the backdrop for some gentle, ruminative instrumental solos.

The annual festival includes daily performances in the museum galleries (free with museum admission), a concert with the Bang on a Can All-Stars , and concludes with a six-hour blow-out Marathon Concert performed by the festival ensembles and special guests. The festival also features African and Latin music workshops, late-night concerts, free events in North Adams, and more. This year features special festival guest composer Louis Andriessen.

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