Terry Rileys Loops for Ancient Giant Nude Hairy Warriors Racing Down the Slopes of Battle, Michael Gordons Every Stop on the F Train (as performed by the Young Peoples Chorus of New York), Harrison Birtwistles Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum, and, of course, the late and lamentably misunderstood 9/11 commentator Karlheinz Stockhausens transcendent show-closing Stimmung stand out among the 27 works on tap during the 21st annual Bang on a Can Marathon. Over the course of its 12 (free!) hours, the countrys most provocative and consistently entertaining new-music event deftly mixes high modernism and classic minimalism with electronic experimentation and slipstream visitors from the pop fringe (such as Dan Deacons 4 a.m. performance of Ultimate Reality 3). Highlights tend to include anything by BOAC founders Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and David Lang, all of whom are represented by new works, and anything performed by the awesome Bang on a Can All-Stars ensemble.
Sat., May 31, 6 p.m., 2008