New Music Marathon a Great Success!

Kronos Quartet, Bang-on-a-Can, Wu Man, Gamelan Galak Tika, MIT Chamber Chorus

Friday, April 15
7:00 pm – Midnight
MIT Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue (Building W16)
Tickets: Tickets for this concert were available online.  Additional ticketing information found below.
Parking: Beginning at 6 PM, event parking was available at MIT West Garage (W45), located on Vassar Street.  MIT also encourages use of public transit. The Kendall Square T-stop is nearby, as is the Massachusetts Ave. No. 1 bus stop.  Additional, limited on-street or public parking may be available.
View the evening’s program
Press Release: March 14, 2011
News: Boston Globe: At MIT, a new music marathon, bracing and eclectic

See also: Saturday’s program for the FAST FUTURE Forum on the Arts, April 16, 2011

World-renowned new music powerhouses Kronos QuartetBang on a Can All-Stars and Chinese pipa virtuoso Wu Man teamed up with MIT’s own Gamelan Galak Tika and MIT Chamber Chorus for a 5-hour marathon concert featuring works by MIT’s Evan ZiporynTod Machover, alum Christine Southworth, as well as Brian Eno and minimalist gurus Steve Reich Terry Riley.

Curated by Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music Evan Ziporyn, the evening brought together, for the first time ever, two trailblazing ensembles of the contemporary classical world.  The Kronos Quartet, for more than 30 years, has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to expanding the range and context of the string quartet. In the process, the Grammy-winning Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 45 recordings of extraordinary breadth and creativity, commissioning more than 650 new works and arrangements for string quartet, and collaborating with renowned artists of myriad disciplines and styles from around the globe.  The Bang on a Can All-Stars, with their unparalleled musicality, their international touring, award-winning CDs and far ranging commissioning programs, have become one of the most powerful ambassadors for contemporary music in the world, called by the New York Times “A fiercely aggressive group, combining the power and punch of a rock band with the precision and clarity of a chamber ensemble.”

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Bang on a Can
Kronos Quartet

Wu Man
Gamelan Galak Tika
Super Collider

The following tickets were available

MIT Students, limit 1 free ticket; MIT ID required with ticket at the door
MIT Faculty and Staff, limit 2 free tickets; MIT ID required with tickets at the door
Non-MIT Students, limit 2 tickets at $10.00 each; valid college/university ID required with tickets at the door
General Admission, unlimited quantities at a cost of $30.00 per ticket

FAST FUTURE + New Music Marathon

Friday, April 15, 2011, 7:00 pm to 12:00 Midnight

MIT Kresge Auditorium, Cambridge, MA

Times listed below are approximate--come and go as you please!
Terry RILEY • Three movements from The Cusp of Magic (2004)
I. The Cusp of Magic
III. The Nursery
IV. Royal Wedding (w/ WU Man)
Tod MACHOVER • Chomsky Suite (world premiere, 2011) with NOAM CHOMSKY
brief pause
Christine SOUTHWORTH • SuperCollider (2010)
WANG Huiran • Dance of Yi People (1960), solo pipa
Evan ZIPORYN • Aradhana (2004), pipa & Balinese gamlan
David LANG • Sun Ray (2006)
Michael GORDON • for Madeline (2009)
Julia WOLFE • Big Beautiful Dark and Scary (2002)
Steve MARTLAND • Horses of Instruction (1995)
Brian ENO • Music for Airports (1978)
arr. M. Gordon, D. Lang, J. Wolfe, E. Ziporyn (1998)
Kronos Quartet, Bang on a Can, Wu Man & MIT Chamber Chorus

Tod Machover

Tod Machover, Chair of the FAST Steering Committee
Co-curator of the FAST Music | MACHINES Exploration and Celebration
February 5, 2011
Coordinator, FAST Future
April 16, 2011

Professor of Music and Media at MIT Media Lab since its founding in 1985, Tod Machover has been described as "America's Most Wired Composer" by the Los Angeles Times. His music, which includes several operas in addition to Death and the Powers, has been acclaimed for breaking traditional artistic and cultural boundaries, offering a unique and innovative synthesis of acoustic and electronic sound. Machover is the inventor of many new technologies for music, most notably his hyperinstruments, which use smart computers to augment musical expression and creativity. He has designed these instruments for some of the world's greatest musicians, from Yo-Yo Ma to Prince, as well as for the general public and for children. His latest opera, Death and the Powers, will receive its U.S. premiere March 18 – 25 at Boston’s Cutler Majestic Theater, presented by the American Repertory Theater.

Wu Man

Wu Man
FAST Future: New Music
April 16, 2011

Renowned internationally as a virtuosic pipa performer, Wu Man has also carved out a career creating and collaborating on projects that give this ancient Chinese instrument a new role in today’s music world, not only introducing the instrument to new audiences, but greatly enhancing and growing the core repertoire. Cited by the Los Angeles Times as “the artist most responsible for bringing the pipa to the Western World”, Wu Man continually collaborates with some of the most distinguished musicians and conductors performing today. She is a principal member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project and performs internationally as part of the Project’s Silk Road Ensemble. Wu Man also frequently performs and records with the groundbreaking Kronos Quartet.

Evan Ziporyn

Evan Ziporyn, Professor of Music and Theater Arts
Composer for Language of Music Concert
March 5, 2011
Curator of the FAST Future New Music Marathon
April 15, 2011

Evan Ziporyn, award-winning composer and clarinetist, is Professor of Music at MIT. His compositions and performances have been described as a crossroads between genre and culture, high and low, east and west. From concert halls to Balinese temples, from loft spaces to international festivals, he has traveled the globe in search of new musical possibilities. He performed at the first Bang On a Can Marathon in New York City in 1987, and went on to co-found the Bang on a Can All-Stars, with whom he has toured the globe and performed over 100 commissioned works. He is also founder and artistic director of Boston's Gamelan Galak Tika, based at MIT, a group dedicated to new music for Balinese gamelan, which he has studied for almost 30 years. His most recent opera, A House in Bali, is a spectacular multi-media performance including the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Balinese gamelan, shadow puppets and dancers. Premiered in Bali, it has been performed in New York and Boston under the theatrical direction of his MIT colleague Jay Scheib.