Long Play
making new music is a utopian act
Long Play
Long Play
Bang on a Can
Art Ensemble of Chicago
Steve Reich
Dither Big Band
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“the most original musical thinker of our time”
The New Yorker on Steve Reich
Two musical forces unite. Although he dislikes the term minimalism, Steve Reich is credited with helping to invent it, and his remarkable career includes the Pulitzer Prize, two Grammy Awards, and the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale. The Art Ensemble of Chicago was born out of the uncompromising and ambitious vision of members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Making good on its motto, “Great Black Music—Ancient to the Future,” the group’s experimental works and extended improvisations redefined ideas of what jazz could be—and its place within the musical landscape. Bang on a Can’s Long Play festival offers a rare chance to experience these musical forces side by side, at the center of a celebration of new music that has been shaped by their influences.
Great Black Music—Ancient to the Future
Bang on a Can began as a way to bring together the most innovative voices in music. The beloved tradition continues this year with Long Play, taking over spaces across Brooklyn. At BAM, the Art Ensemble of Chicago celebrates 50 years at the cutting edge of experimental music with a tribute to its original members. Bang on a Can presents rare, all-live performances of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint, featuring 14 electric guitarists from the Brooklyn-based ensemble Dither, and the propulsive 2x5, scored for two rock bands and performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars and friends.

Long Play includes a series of free concerts at BAMcafé on May 3, showcasing some of today’s rising musical stars. For a full listing of concerts and festival and ticket information, visit longplayfestival.org.
To be announced
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Long Play
“50 Years On, the Art Ensemble of Chicago Is Still Transforming” (The New York Times)
The group “always demanded that its work be treated as a form of art music,” and they are passing their ethos onto the next generation of experimental musicians.