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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Bang on a Can Marathon and Biggers at MassMoca

 Yesterday my ears were opened to sound. We attended the 11th annual music marathon and heard an incredible range of innovative musicians and inspiring composers. From the gurgling groans and rhaspy whispers of the soprano opera singer to the sounds of paper sliding across table surfaces (thank heavens my forgotten cell phone didn't ring during that performance!), to the punctuating breath of the clarinetist's intake, and the manila-envelop-altered piano keys for Schnee, Canon 2B, to the percussion flower pots, electric guitars and more... these musicians are culminating a summer of studies in the idealistic persuit to make the music for the world they WANT to live in. It is not called "contemporary" or "modern", but "present" music. Ken Thomson- an incredible saxaphonist improvisational artist...
 and- here- Todd Reynolds, an amazing violinist... I could listen to him all night...
 The Sanford Biggers exhibition next door to the concert hall was a good visual for the experience as well. bI will write more abut that later...
As far as the music, my favorites during the 7 hours... so many... were the 9 minute excerpt of an over hour long composition by Hans Abrahamsen called Schnee, Canon 2B, and Steve Reich's finale called 2x5, and Jeffrey Brooks' After the TreeWatcher and Julia Wolf's Lick. WOW. What a great world we live in. Mass Moca's Bang on a Can summer festival.

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