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US premiere of Louis Andriessen's <I>Life</I> performed by Bang on a Can All-Stars

US premiere of Louis Andriessen's Life performed by Bang on a Can All-Stars

April 2, 2010

As part of his 2009 through 2010 residency with Carnegie Hall, composer Louis Andriessen will have several of his works performed throughout April and May 2010. Ticket information can be found here.

The sixth event of the program at Zankel Hall on Saturday, April 17 will include the US premiere of his work Life, performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Life is a collaboration between Louis Andriessen and video artist Marijke van Warmerdam written with the Bang on a Can All-Stars in mind. Louis Andriessen writes about the work:

For more than twenty years I have enjoyed a strong friendship with the Bang on a Can All-Stars and the Bang on a Can composers. Since then, the All-Stars have played the pieces of mine that are more or less suited for their instrumentation, and they have done so with brilliance and with so much commitment that I have walked around at least ten years with the intention to compose especially for them. However, it took a long time to find a solution, because I found the combination of their instruments rather difficult: 19th century strings with contemporary instruments like guitar and percussion. I found a way when I decided to see this instrumentation as an advantage, and I was supported by a plan with the video artist Marijke van Warmerdam. We decided to make a kind of contemporary "Pictures of an Exhibition": short pieces of music to accompany video clips. This resulted in Life -- four short compositions which come from late romantic 'European' music with hip 'American' repetitive music. This combination is stretched by the use of cross-references, parallel with what happens in the four films: every film is completely independent, but contains allusions to the others.

Still from Marijke van Warmerdam's video for Life

For more information about Louis Andriessen:

  • Louis Andriessen's Profile at the Carnegie Hall Website.
  • Hear a clip of Workers Union from Louis Andriessen's Gigantic Dancing Human Machine.

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