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Richard Faria

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Bang on a Can All-Stars to Perform at Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY--The Bang on a Can All-Stars, a dynamic ensemble of six musicians with a sound derived from rock, jazz, and classical music, will perform at Ithaca College on Monday, April 3. This performance will be the third and final one in the Ithaca College Concerts 1999-2000 series, titled "MMusic" (MM--the Roman numerals for 2,000--are the inspiration for the title). The Bang on a Can All-Stars concert will begin at 8:15 p.m. in Ford Hall in the James J. Whalen Center for Music. A pre-concert lecture by assistant professor of clarinet Richard Faria will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Iger Lecture Hall.

Tickets for the concert will be available beginning March 17 and can be purchased at the Clinton House Ticket Center (607-273-4497) or at Rebop Records, Tapes, and Compact Discs in Collegetown (607-273-0737). Tickets will also be sold at the door if seats are available. Call (607) 274-3171 for more information.

Prices are:
  • $9.00-children, senior citizens, and Ithaca College students
  • $15.00-Ithaca College alumni, faculty, staff, and administrators; Friends of Ithaca College; other students
  • $18.00-general public
The Bang on a Can All-Stars first collaborated in 1989 at the annual Bang on a Can Festival, held every year in New York City to showcase contemporary musicians. The success of that collaboration led to the creation of a performance series separate from the festival, and the six All-Stars--Maya Beiser, cello; Robert Black, bass; Lisa Moore, piano; Steven Schick, percussion; Mark Stewart, electric guitar; and Evan Ziporyn, clarinets and saxophones--have been performing together ever since.

Featured appearances on CNN, MTV, and NPR's "All Things Considered" have increased the exposure of this unique ensemble, and they received international acclaim through their Lincoln Center debut in the Great Performers series in the 1993-1994 season. As champions of new music, the group has been increasingly active in commissioning new works from established and emerging artists.

"The Bang on a Can All-Stars don't do the kind of contemporary academic, conventionally structured music that alienated at least a couple of generations," notes the "San Franciso Examiner." "Nor has the group embraced the tenets of minimalism or neo-romanticism. And sheer anarchy isn't the idea either."

The group's performance at Ithaca College will feature the world premiere of Edward Ruchalski's "Another Infinity," which is based on Michael Burkard's poem of the same name. Ruchalski, a Syracuse-based composer, creates sound installations, motorized string and percussion instruments, and playable percussive sculptures. This is his second collaboration with the All-Stars; in 1997 they performed his composition "Burnt Umbrage" for bowed electric guitar and percussion in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Ruchalski has also been the recipient of two Individual Artists Grants from the Cultural Resources Council in Syracuse for his compositions "Private Harmonies," a series written for his motorized string and percussion instruments, and "Kafka Resolution," written for speaker and percussion.

"Through repetition I wanted the music to resonate by sometimes slowly changing, and at other times taking leaps, but not by developing," says Ruchalski. "I wanted to keep it simple and to let it breathe."

The program also features "The Manufacture of Tangled Ivory" by Annie Gosfield, "Don't Stop" by James Sellars, "5 Machines" by Marc Mellits, "ProMotion" by Elena Kats-Chernin, and "Music for Airport 1/1" by Brian Eno, arranged by Michael Gordon.

For more information on the performers visit their Web site at

Originally published in News Releases: Bang on a Can All-Stars to Perform at Ithaca College.

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