Photo: Pascal Perich & Julien Jourdes
Photo: Pascal Perich & Julien Jourdes

The New York City based contemporary music collective Bang on a Can has been crossing musical frontiers for a quarter of a century, restlessly pioneering new work whilst stubbornly resisting categorisation. As part of a programme of special events running throughout 2012 in North America and Europe, Bang on a Can has devised an intriguing new evening-length performance called Field Recordings, which was performed by the Bang on a Can All Stars (with guest artists) for the first time at the Barbican Centre on March 20th. With contributions from some of the world’s freest musical thinkers, from experimental classical (David Lang, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, Evan Ziporyn) indie pop (Nick Zammuto from The Books and ex-Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton), art (Christian Marclay) and electronica (Mira Calix), Field Recordings is in some respects a ghost story. The “ghosts” are of sounds, images, ideas and voices, with each composer finding and interacting with something recorded before.

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