Since they began in New York almost thirty years ago, the “Bang on a Can All-Stars” have become one of the world’s most renowned groups in the area of contemporary music. They are known for masterfully walking the line between classic and jazz, rock, world and experimental music. In fact, they are credited with creating their own genre based on their dynamic live performances and numerous self-composed works in their specific style. The group has collaborated with numerous artists, among whom include Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, Philip Glass, Don Byron, Ornette Coleman, the Sonic Youth musicians Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo.
For their project “Bang on a Can @ Villa Musica”, the All-Stars have been cooperating with the Stiftung Villa Musica, which is dedicated to promoting young talent especially in the area of chamber music. As part of a one-week festival, the New York-based ensemble has performed together with a group of young classical musicians and soloists from Germany. All of the musicians have performed together in twelve concerts in various arrangements at the Frankfurter Hof in Mainz and the Baroque Castle Engers in Neuwied. The festival also included two commissioned works and concluded with a several-hour-long concert marathon.
Artistic director: Alexander Hülshoff
Musicians: Ashley Bathgate (US), Robert Black (US), Vicky Chow (US), David Cossin (US), Mark Stewart (US), Ken Thomson (US), Kai Schumacher, Jonathan Shapiro, Nora Krahl
Composer: Michael Gordon (US)