Richard Maxwell in The New Yorker Feb 11, 2015

by Erin

The New Yorker Magazine profiled Richard Maxwell in 2014, before the premiere of "Isolde" at the Abrons Art Center:

Richard Maxwell is one of the more adventurous theatre artists that this country has produced in decades. Born in 1967, he was raised in West Fargo, North Dakota. He comes from a theatrical background. His father had a strong interest in the stage; his sister is the Broadway actress Jan Maxwell. Although Maxwell’s work is driven by narrative, it is very different than the musicals that his sister appears in to such acclaim. Maxwell’s work is about distillation. “I never tell people to avoid realism or naturalism or what feels natural,” he has said. “It’s just that I’m saying you’re not obliged to pretend that you feel something.” In...

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Richard Maxwell talks theater, archetypes, and audience with Soho Rep director Sarah Benson Feb 11, 2015

by Erin

Playwrights Richard Maxwell and Sarah Benson talk theater archetypes, death, writing, the creation of "The Evening" and much more on the Walker blog:

Benson:

I know the show has evolved a lot during your process so far. What’s it become?

Maxwell:

It’s become a story about characters, and I’m working with archetypes. We have this bartender character who’s also possibly a prostitute, so we have this “hooker with a golden heart”, and then there’s the fighter, the warrior character, who’s trying to make a comeback, the aging prize-fighter. And then you have Jim playing the corrupt manager. I’m trying to carve out these shapes that we follow. I’m looking at what’s the difference between a person and a character....

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Bang on a Can Marathon: Concert Lineup! Feb 10, 2015

by Erin

This Seattle Marathon Concert is a serious treat for musical aficionados, new music neophytes, and anyone else with curious ears. The concert is bookended by Brian Eno's classic Music for Airports and (the Seattle premiere!) of Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians, with some stellar material in between from BoaC founders David Lang and Julia Wolfe, as well as locals Eyvind Kang, Jessika Kenney, and Shabazz Palaces. 

PROGRAM:
Set Times are Approximate and Subject to Change

4pm
Brian Eno’s Music for Airports – Bang on a Can All-Stars
Eyvind Kang & Jessika Kenney
Michael Gordon’s Light is Calling – Ashley Bathgate, cello

6pm
Wave Piece – Morgan Henderson
David Lang’s Sunray – Bang on a Can All...





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Meet the Bang on a Can All-Stars Feb 10, 2015

by Erin

The aptly named All-Stars are a group of ultra-talented musicians dedicated to furthering the cause of new music. Formed in 1992, this six-person ensemble are recognized around the world for their technical prowess, electrifying live performances, and flawless recordings of contemporary music. The All-Stars easily cross musical boundaries, blurring classical, jazz, world, experimental, and the undefinable. These musicians are constantly redefining the concert experience. 

The core All-Star members are:
Ashley Bathgate, cello
Robert Black, bass
Vicky Chow, piano
...



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Bang on a Can FREE Event at the Henry Art Museum Feb 10, 2015

by Erin

FREE CONCERT!
Henry Art Gallery
February 14, 2015, 2:30 PM — 3:30 PM

Bang on a Can All-Stars percussionist David Cossin plays the "tiger drums" that he made famous on the award-winning soundtrack to the film "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and then Bang on a Can All-Stars bassist Robert Black will play Jim Tenney's elemental and visceral "Beast." The two musicians then join forces for John Cage's monumental "Ryoanji," a transformation into sound of a trip Cage took through a Japanese rock garden. After the performance, the Henry invites you to stay for a discussion with the group.

Read more at the Henry's website.

photos by Stephanie Berger & Katherine C...

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About the Bang on a Can Marathon Feb 10, 2015

by Erin

Bang on a Can Marathon concerts are hours-long transformative musical events featuring players and contemporary composers of the highest caliber. The Bang on a Can founders and players are intensely dedicated to introducing new music of all genres to the world. From the Bang on a Can website:

"Composers Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe created the first Bang on a Can Marathon concert in 1987 in order to break down the   barriers that separate musical communities. Their idea was simple: instead of sorting music by style, genre, or venue it would be more         powerful to group music by innovation, finding the rebels in each musical community, the restless creators not content to leave conventions unchallenged. Putting all of these fresh voices back to back on one...

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Bang on a Can Seattle Marathon Mixtape Feb 10, 2015

by Erin

Get a concert preview and perk up your playlist with a gorgeous mixtape featuring music from the participants of the Seattle Marathon Concert. Shabazz Palaces, Jessika Kenney & Eyvind Kang, Michael Gordon, David Lang, and more. LISTEN NOW. 

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DJ give me life. Feb 9, 2015

by Leah Vendl

I came to Last Night a DJ Gave Me Life: DJ as Revolutionary, Dance as a Tool of Liberation #DanceIn #Ferguson bringing my identities a dancer, a blues dance DJ, and one who believes in liberation through embodiment.

I had hopes of transformation —

"investigate tension and release", "shed layers of injustice" and "instigate healing" the Facebook event said. 

Once there, I had danced with and admired the beautiful black dancers pre-show and I now stood in a circle with the rest of the audience, DJ Manchildblack still spinning, facilitator/dancer Monstah Black asking us what everything I had seen so far—hooded onezie-clad dancers lying on the ground, chalk outlines drawn in salt around them, images of bloody protests and die-ins bombarding the screen above—made me think. I said "appropriation" into the mic. 

I dance at and DJ events and parties whose art form is derived from blues dancing. From black dancing. Grounded...

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