November 25, 2008
Bang on a Can All Stars featuring Terry Riley
Live @ Le Poisson Rouge; New York, NY
November 8, 2008
Collectively, BOAC could claim to have the finger strength equivalent to an independent nation whose main industry is making Chinese fingertraps, (ultra-nimble fingers, my friends!). Fronted by Evan Ziporyn on baritone sax and clarinets, Bang on a Can All-Stars hatcheted out sounds choppy, abrupt, lush, opulent, and at times “new agey.” Without Terry Riley for the first half of the program, the jazz sextet that is Bang on a Can All-Stars bolted through wild aural orgies, and then conveyor-belted through a gentler tracks, such as, a number off of Brian Eno’s Music for Airports.
BOAC’s music often could have accompanied a Lynchian scene where elderly people on the West coast are overzealously smiling in the back of a large town car a la the bright and foreboding opening scenes of Mulholland Drive. Robert Black, card-carrying member of the International Society of Bassists (ISB), stood redwood-strong in the center of the BOAC ensemble, wielding a stand-up bass, and Ning Yu, pianist, frenetically made sonic mincemeat under demure shades of red and blue.
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