CME Bangs on a Can

By Madison Warren

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Thirty years ago we started dreaming of the world we wanted to live in. It would be a kind of utopia for music: all the boundaries between composers would come down, all the boundaries between genres would come down, all the boundaries between musicians and audience would come down. Then we started trying to build it. Building a utopia is a political act — it pushes people to change. It is also an act of resistance to the things that keep us apart.  — Gordon/Lang/Wolfe

Thirty years ago on Mother’s Day in a SoHo art gallery, a one-day marathon concert spurred the development of a performing arts organization that now hosts a variety of year-round international activities. Bang on a Can, co-founded by minimalist composers David Lang, Michael Gordon, and Julia Wolfe (above, photo by Peter Serling), has been dedicated to cultivating innovative music regardless of its origin. Continue reading “CME Bangs on a Can”

CME Welcomes Audiences with Accessible Performance

By Madison Warren

 

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It’s no April fools’ joke — anyone really can come to love contemporary music! On Saturday evening, April 1, Oberlin’s Contemporary Music Ensemble made their debut at a new, laid-back venue, the Birenbaum. CME invited every audience member to open their minds and ears to what many consider the least accessible of all classical music periods, with a program consisting of pieces written by composers who are still alive. And as CME trombonist Alex Melzer so aptly stated, the musicians really “played the heck out of it.” Continue reading “CME Welcomes Audiences with Accessible Performance”