TALK NORMAL TO BANG ON CAN [Artist Spotlight]

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Talk Normal will be playing at this year's Bang On A Can Marathon

Bang On A Can started as a one day Marathon concert in 1987, and has grown into a performing arts organization with a wide range of year-round international activities.

New York Times: “the current universe of do-it-yourself concert series, genre-flouting festivals, composer-owned record labels and amplified, electric-guitar-driven compositional idioms would probably not exist without their pioneering example. The Bang On A Can Marathon, the organization’s sprawling, exuberant annual mixture love letter to its many admirers, has been widely emulated.”

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This year, the annual marathon features nine hours of performances by some artists who are already established & more or less acknowledged as some the most innovative, pioneering musicians of our time & then there will also be some up-and-comers.

And most importantly–did we mention?–Talk Normal is playing.

Highlights this year (most of whom we included in the playlist up top):

* Bang On A Can All-Stars joined by Shara Worden, epic vocalist of My Brightest Diamond premiere a new arrangement of Bang On A Can co-founder David Lang’s Schubertgaze song cycle death speaks.

*The All-Stars will also be performing Annea Lockwood’s Vortex

* Talk Normal is playing.

* A new arrangement of Bang On A Can co-founder Michael Gordon’s 1992 classic Yo Shakespeare.

* Talk Normal is playing.

* Asphalt Orchestra performs Tatsuya Yoshida, Tom Ze + other stuff.

*Cellist Maya Beiser and the Provenance Project Band perform Tamar Muskal’s Mar de Leche (trans. Sea of Milk).

*Talk Normal is playing.

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The Marathon kicks off at 1 PM, June 16th and goes until 10 PM. It’s taking place at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University in New York City (3 Spruce Street, near City Hall), and admission is free.

For the full festival line-up, check out the official River to River website.