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David Lang
Co-Founder of Bang on a Can

Formed in 1987 by composers Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe, Bang on a Can is dedicated to commissioning, performing, creating, presenting and recording contemporary music. With an ear for the new, the unknown and the unconventional, Bang on a Can strives to expose exciting and innovative music as broadly and accessibly as possible to new audiences worldwide. And through its Summer Festival, Bang on a Can hopes to bring this energy and passion for innovation to a younger generation of composers and players.

"There is no name yet for this kind of music," writes Los Angeles Times music critic Mark Swed, but audiences around the globe are hearing more and more of David Lang's work: in performances by such organizations as the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Santa Fe Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Kronos Quartet; at Tanglewood, the BBC Proms, The Munich Biennale, the Settembre Musica Festival, the Sidney 2000 Olympic Arts Festival and the Almeida, Holland, Berlin and Strasbourg Festivals; and in the choreography of Edouard Lock and La La La Human Steps, Twyla Tharp, the Paris Opera Ballet, The Nederlands Dans Theater and the Royal Ballet.

Recent projects include monumental musical environments like the dark and meditative amplified orchestra piece The Passing Measures; Writing on Water for the London Sinfonietta, with visuals by English filmmaker Peter Greenaway; Shelter for trio medaeival and musikFabrik, with co-composers Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe; The Difficulty of Crossing a Field - an opera for the Kronos Quartet; Grind to a Halt for the San Francisco Symphony; World to Come, a commission for cellist Maya Beiser from Carnegie Hall, and loud love songs, a concerto for the percussionist Evelyn Glennie and orchestra. Upcoming works include a collaboration with visual artist Mark Dion and Ridge Theater Company on an opera, entitled Anatomy Theater, and an opera with Paul Hiller and Theater of Voices that will premiere in Carnegie Hall in the fall of 2007.