Bang on a Can All-Stars Ensemble - the brainchild of the iconic New York composer Bang on a Can, the most famous brand of modern academic music. The composition of the instruments in the ensemble is unique: strings from academic music, clarinets, saxophones from jazz, electric guitars, synthesizers, drums from rock. This range allows musicians to be absolutely universal, easily cross the boundaries of genres, combine styles, creating new music.
It all started in 1987 when young composers, graduates of Yale University: Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolf, organized the Bang on a Can Marathon, where non-stop music sounded in which minimalism, world music, rock, Terry Riley mixed ... None intermissions, programs, entertainers, but the bar worked, and the audience moved freely around the hall. The task of composers Bang on a Can was to create a lively, but smart music for young people, which usually bypasses the conservatory.
The marathon eventually grew into an international summer festival. Bang on a Can has its own foundation for supporting young composers, educational programs, the street orchestra of extreme music Asphalt Orchestra and the band Bang on a Can All-Stars, which tours around the world. Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolf became real stars. The last two were awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
Road Trip is a dedication of Gordon, Lang and Wolf to the 30th anniversary of Bang on a Can. Modern multimedia project, which reflected all the years of exciting trips of the ensemble to the cities and villages.