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Bang on a Can takes MASS MoCA by Storm

Get ready for our 11th annual Bang on a Can summer music festival! FREE (with gallery admission) concerts every day except Sundays take place in the galleries at 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM. Plus, a few of the Bang on a Can All-Stars will perform Field Recordings on Saturday, July 21, at 8:00PM. (Buy tickets here.) Then, brace yourself for endless hours of new music at the Bang on a Can Marathon on Saturday, July 28, at 4:00 PM. (Buy tickets here.)

Want to know more about our Bang on a Can friends? Here are some quick stats.

THE ALL-STARS (Photo copyright John Edwin Mason, 2011)

ASHLEY BATHGATE

From: Saratoga Springs, NY

Instrument: Cello

Other projects: Member of Metropolis Ensemble, TwoSense, and Typical Music.

Performed with: American Symphony Orchestra, Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, and Windham Chamber Players.

Fun fact: Yale University master’s grad Ashley has appeared everywhere from Carnegie Hall and Boston Symphony Hall to NPR’s Performance Today.

Ashley Bathgate, Charlottesville, Virginia, 19 February 2011.

 

VICKY CHOW

From: Vancouver, Canada

Instrument: Piano

Other projects: Member of Wordless Music Orchestra, Opera Cabal, Wet Ink Ensemble, ai ensemble, and AXIOM.

Performed with: Bryce Dessner of The National, Glenn Kotche of Wilco, David Longstreth of the Dirty Projectors, Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, and Philip Glass.

Fun fact: Prior to producing the contemporary music series Contagious Sounds, Vicky made her orchestral debut at age 10 with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Vicky Chow, Charlottesville, Virginia, 19 February 2011.

 

DAVID COSSIN

From: Queens, NY

Instrument: Percussion (plus he invents instruments)

Other projects: Percussionist for Sting, member of Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Orchestra Radio France, and Hong Kong Symphony.

Performed with: Steve Reich & Musicians, Philip Glass, Yo-Yo Ma, and Meredith Monk.

Fun fact: When he’s not acting as the percussionist for Blue Man Group, David’s curating Italy’s experimental music festival, Sound Res.

David Cossin, Charlottesville, Virginia, 19 February 2011.

 

 

FRIENDS OF THE ALL-STARS

GREGG AUGUST

From: Schenectady, New York

Instrument: Bass

Other projects: Member of JD Allen Trio, assistant principal bass of Brooklyn Philharmonic, and assistant bassist with Ray Vega and his Latin Jazz Sextet.

Performed with: Lincoln Center’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Mark Morris Dance Group, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Composer’s Orchestra, Ray Barretto, Paquito D’Rivera, and James Moody.

Fun fact: Originally entering college as a drummer, Gregg went on to become a principal bassist at an orchestra in Barcelona, and then a freelancing jazz bassist in Paris.

Gregg August, Charlottesville, Virginia, 19 February 2011.

 

DEREK JOHNSON

From: Boulder, Colorado

Instrument: Electric Guitar

Other Projects: composer and educator, founding member in the virtuoso chamber ensemble BASILICA, assistant professor of Music Theory and Composition at the Ball State University School of Music.

Performed with: Iva Bittova, Don Byron, Bill Frisell, Glenn Kotche (Wilco), Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Steve Reich, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and the goodhands team.

Fun fact: An avid transcriber, Derek is currently working in collaboration with the innovative Swedish band Meshuggah on a series of transcription books encompassing the band’s complete discography.

Derek Johnson, Bordeaux (Photo copyright Christine Southworth)

 

TODD REYNOLDS

From: New York, NY

Instrument: Violin

Other projects: founder of Ethel, Typical Music, and Todd Reynolds String Quartet.

Performed with: Tony Braxton, Steve Reich & Musicians, Yo-Yo Ma, and Joe Jackson.

Fun fact: A master of electric guitar and the looping machine, Todd has created Nuove Uova [new eggs], new works for violin and electricity, a new-music cabaret that finds its home at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan.

Todd Reynolds

 

NICK ZAMMUTO

From: Andover, MA

Instrument: Multiple instruments

Other projects: founder of The Books and Zammuto.

Performed with: Tony Braxton, Steve Reich & Musicians, Yo-Yo Ma, and Joe Jackson.

Fun fact: After a stint in North Adams, MA, Nick and his wife Molly moved to Vermont, where they built their own house (heated entirely from firewood harvest on their own land), music studio (where the Zammuto albums were recorded), and root cellar (where they store all the veggies they grow themselves).

Nick Zammuto

Posted July 10, 2012 by MASS MoCA
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