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Gigantic Dancing Human Machine - Andriessen / Bang On A Can


Release Date: 03/11/2003 
Label:  Cantaloupe   Catalog #: 21012   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Louis Andriessen
Performer:  James PokeRobert BlackDamian LeGassickLisa Moore,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Icebreaker (Classical)Bang on a Can
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Dutch composer Louis Andriessen turned minimalism upside down in the 1970’s with his radical musical responses to American experimentalists Reich, Riley and Glass. He challenged these composers’ trance-like states with a European sense of edginess and angularity, and the results are exciting and overpoweringly aggressive. Hoketus - the landmark of European minimalism - takes its name from the medieval art of hocketing, splitting a single melody between two groups of instruments separated in space. Earth-shattering and tribal in its elemental power, Andriessen described this piece as a 'Gigantic Dancing Human Machine.' Its recording is an international collaboration of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, members of London’s Icebreaker ensemble, and Read more musicians from Andriessen’s own group. Workers Union and Hout both generate high-voltage energy out of wild unison melodies and rhythms. The Bang on a Can All-Stars have worked closely with Andriessen over the past 10 years, bringing to these works their intense dedication and extreme musicality, and performing them all over the world. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Hoketus by Louis Andriessen
Performer:  James Poke (Pan Flute), Robert Black (Bass Guitar), Damian LeGassick (Keyboard),
Lisa Moore (Keyboard), Amy Knoles (Conga Drum), Steven Schick (Conga Drum),
Richard Craig (Alto Saxophone), Evan Ziporyn (Alto Saxophone), Cees Vanzeeland (Piano),
Gerard Bouwhuis (Piano), Katherine Pendry (Pan Flute), Mark Stewart (Bass Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Icebreaker (Classical)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; Netherlands (Holland 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 23 Minutes 53 Secs. 
2. Worker's Union by Louis Andriessen
Performer:  Mark Stewart (Electric Guitar), Evan Ziporyn (Bass Clarinet), Robert Black (Double Bass),
Lisa Moore (Piano), Wendy Sutter (Cello), David Cossin (Vibraphone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975; Netherlands (Holland 
Date of Recording: 05/02/2002 
Venue:  Live  Miller Theatre, Columbia U., New York 
Length: 16 Minutes 13 Secs. 
3. Hout by Louis Andriessen
Performer:  Evan Ziporyn (Tenor Saxophone), Mark Stewart (Electric Guitar), Steven Schick (Marimba),
Lisa Moore (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Icebreaker (Classical)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; Netherlands (Holland 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 43 Secs. 

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