Hourly Schedule Announced for Bang on a Can's Marathon of Song on June 6 – Live Online

Sunday, June 6, 2021 from 1pm-5pm Four Hours of LIVE Music at live.bangonacan.org

Bang on a Can announces the hourly schedule for its Bang on a Can Marathon of Song – Live Online – on Sunday, June 6, 2021 from 1-5pm ET featuring 15 performances, including 11 world premieres, streamed from musicians' homes around the country and across the world. For this Marathon all performances will include some type of vocalization – singing, speaking, murmuring, or other use of the voice. The June 6 Marathon of Song marks Bang on a Can’s eighth marathon concert since the start of the pandemic dating back to May 2020 and will bring the tally to over 150 performances, including 70 world premieres of new commissions. Bang on a Can plans to continue these Marathons, streaming online at live.bangonacan.org.

The four-hour live Marathon, featuring Fred Frith, L’Rain, Albert Kuvezin from Yat Kha, Charles Amirkhanian, Matana Roberts, and many more, will be hosted by Bang on a Can Co-Founders and Artistic Directors Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, who say: Humming, speaking, crooning, shouting, praying, tuneful, harmonized or noisy, we have spun songs since the beginning of our existence. These adventurous composers are redefining what it means to make song, and these powerful performers bring it to life with a myriad of colors and sensibilities.

Bang on a Can June 6, 2021 Marathon Performance Schedule Set times are approximate and subject to change. All times EDT.


1pm Mary Kouyoumdjian and there was (world premiere) performed by Arlen Hlusko Peni Candra Rini new work (world premiere) performed by herself Anna Clyne Zero at the Bone (world premiere) performed by Ken Thomson Albert Kuvezin Eremchick (The Spider) (world premiere) performed by himself


2pm Julius Eastman Prelude To The Holy Presence Of Joan D'Arc performed by Julian Otis Fred Frith new work (world premiere) performed by himself Kyle Brenn Still/Exist L’Rain Florent Ghys RYB (world premiere) performed by David Cossin


3pm Matana Roberts witness (world premiere) Trevor Weston new work (world premiere) performed by Mark Stewart Eddy Kwon new work (world premiere) performed by himself Allison Russell


4pm Sophie Cash new work (world premiere) performed by Vicky Chow Charles Amirkhanian Audible Autopsy (world premiere) performed by Robert Black


Bang on a Can Marathon June 6, 2021 featuring:

Albert Kuvezin, Allison Russell, Anna Clyne, Charles Amirkhanian, Eddy Kwon, Florent Ghys, Fred Frith, Julius Eastman, Kyle Brenn, L’Rain, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Matana Roberts, Peni Candra Rini, Sophie Cash, Trevor Weston, Arlen Hlusko, David Cossin, Julian Otis, Ken Thomson, Mark Stewart, Robert Black, Vicky Chow

Marathon Program Info

Albert Kuvezin is an internationally renowned throat singer from the Tuva Republic, Russia. He was one of the founding members of the Tuvan folk ensemble Huun-Huur-Tu and is the leader of the Tuvan folk/rock/electro/post punk band Yat Kha. Albert is known for his singular inimitable blend of Tuvan Kargyraa throat singing and genre-crossing songwriting. He’ll perform a brand-new commissioned song.

Allison Russell is a singer-songwriter, poet, activist, and multi-instrumentalist of extraordinary power and grace. A veteran of the bands Birds of Chicago and Our Native Daughters, Allison has a brand-new solo record and brand-new songs to share on the Marathon.

Anna Clyne writes lush orchestral music as well as sonic electronic landscapes - all vibrant with emotion! In this new work she brings her personal idea of song to renegade All-Star clarinetist Ken Thomson.

Charles Amirkhanian often sculpts his music out of the sounds and rhythms of the words themselves. His pieces exist in some hybrid place between poetry and music, where the texts and the sounds become inseparable - the words are the music, the sounds are the lyrics. In today's premiere of Audible Autopsy (2021) he works bassist Robert Black into this equation.

Eddy Kwon is a composer, performer, singer, violinist. They are also an educator and a collaborator with musicians who cross all musical boundaries. Kwon's songs weave together quirky combinations of delicate word play and fierce fiddling.

Florent Ghys is a composer, bass player and multimedia artist. His witty multi-channel music videos often tell a story from several perspectives at once. Here percussionist David Cossin gets to play all the angles.

The legendary innovator Fred Frith has been making creative noise of one kind or another for almost 50 years. Starting with the iconic rock collective Henry Cow and through many other bands like Art Bears, Skeleton Crew, and the Fred Frith Guitar Quartet, Fred is best known and revered as a pioneering composer, electric guitarist and improviser. Here he’ll be sharing a brand-new commissioned song.

The definition of “ahead of his time,” Julius Eastman was a pioneer of performance art, gay activism and civil rights advocacy. A spellbinding singer and performer, he wrote Prelude To The Holy Presence Of Joan D'Arc for himself, as a kind of meditation on the strength Joan of Arc would need to get through her ordeals. For this performance, rising star tenor Julian Terrell Otis sings.

Composer, drummer, vocalist Kyle Brenn traverses genre boundaries, building obsessively repeating patterns to create a trance-like ecstaticism. On June 6th he reveals Still/Exist, the opening of his multi-media music theater project the shape of a child.

Brooklyn native, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Taja Cheek performs under the mononym L’Rain. Her songs, at once visceral, spiritual, ethereal, and urgent, are equally rooted in R&B, jazz, noise and experimental pop.

There is an element of genealogical discovery to Mary Kouyoumdjian's work. Much of her music is a powerful, personal exploration of the stories of her family, haunted by memories of the Armenian genocide and the Lebanese civil war. For this performance, she teams up with Bang on a Can All-Stars cellist Arlen Hlusko on a brand-new work.

Matana Roberts is a composer, saxophonist and mixed-media artist. Roberts works in many contexts and mediums, including improvisation, dance, poetry, and theater. For this performance she has created a new video work.

Peni Candra Rini is one of few female contemporary composers, songwriters, poets, and vocalists who performs sinden, a soloist-female style of gamelan singing. Streaming from her native East Java Indonesia, Peni will treat us to the world premiere of a brand-new commission.

Sophie Cash's songs come to us in a psychedelic haze, as if we are listening to them in the indistinct static between distant radio stations. They crackle and they hum. Sometimes the static becomes just as poetic as the words. Sometimes more. For this performance, Bang on a Can All-Stars pianist Vicky Chow joins the mix for Sophie’s new work.

Trevor Weston is a composer, writer, educator, and scholar. A few years back, Bang on a Can commissioned his piece Dig It for the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and noticed just how hard the part he wrote for our guitarist Mark Stewart grooved. So the June 6 piece is commissioned just for Mark.

Bang on a Can All-Star Arlen Hlusko, a brilliant cellist with a powerful sound and a deep commitment to community engagement through music, teams up with composer Mary Kouyoumdjian for the world premiere of a new song for cello and voice.

Bang on a Can All-Star percussionist-drummer-producer David Cossin is a superstar specialist in new and experimental music. For this performance, he premieres a new work for percussion and voice by composer Florent Ghys.

Rising star tenor Julian Terrell Otis has hit the contemporary music scene with a seemingly limitless expressive capacity and enthusiasm for song. Here he’ll be singing Julius Eastman’s meditative Prelude To The Holy Presence Of Joan D'Arc.

Bang on a Can All-Star and reed guru Ken Thomson is a passionate performer and also a composer increasingly known for his harmonic and rhythmic complexity and a punk-rock aesthetic. He will be performing a brand-new piece by Anna Clyne.

Bang on a Can All-Star and musical wizard Mark Stewart is a virtuoso guitarist, singer, instrument inventor, who plucks, bows, beats, and breathes life into countless sound-making devices. For this performance he will premiere a new song for guitar and voice by Trevor Weston.

Spectacular founding and current Bang on a Can All-Star, bassist Robert Black tours the world constantly creating unheard of music for the solo double bass. On this Marathon he teams up with legendary composer Charles Amirkhanian.

Vicky Chow, powerhouse pianist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, premieres a brand-new song by Sophie Cash.

For more information about Bang on a Can, please visit www.bangonacan.org.

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