Bang on a Can presents Michael Gordon’s House Music performed by Cellist Ashley Bathgate – Online!
On Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 8pm ET, Bang on a Can will present a special one-hour live, online event featuring cellist Ashley Bathgate performing Michael Gordon’s House Music. Gordon composed House Music for Bathgate, which was written to be performed only in intimate spaces, such as a living room, for a small audience. Gordon explains his intentions behind the music: "House Music remembers the time when radio, stadium concerts and CDs did not yet exist. Music was something to enjoy in a homey atmosphere."
House Music is an hour-long concert of virtuosic cello songs, premiered by Bathgate in The Tiny Cello House on the IJ waterfront in Amsterdam as part of the 2018 Cello Biennale Amsterdam.
For this upcoming special live-stream event, she will broadcast directly from her home to yours, speaking informally, recreating the experience of being together in a living room. Tickets ($25) for this event will be limited to maintain the intimacy of a house concert and are available for purchase at live.bangonacan.org.
This performance is a continuation of Bang on a Can’s online offerings during the Coronavirus pandemic shutdown. On its three six-hour live online Marathons so far this year (May 3, June 14, and August 16), Bang on a Can has presented over 75 performances including 24 new commissions and dozens of composers and performers. Hosted by Bang on a Can Co-Founders and Artistic Directors Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, the Marathons feature interviews with the composers in between each performance, offering insights into their music, work, and life during this time. Bang on a Can will present two more six-hour Marathons in 2020 (October 18 and December 13) streaming online at marathon2020.bangonacan.org, until performances for live audiences can fully resume.
For more information about Bang on a Can, please visit www.bangonacan.org.
Photo of Michael Gordon by Peter Serling.
Photo of Ashely Bathgate by Bill Wadman.