DAVID LANG (b.1957): Pierced for Percussion, Cello, Piano/Synthesizer and Orchestra (Real Quiet, Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Gil Rose), Heroin for Voice (Theo Bleckmann), Cheating, Lying, Stealing for Percussion, Piano/Synthesizer and Bass Clarinet (Real Quiet, Evan Ziporyn [bass clarinet]), Wed for Piano/Synthsizer.
Catalogue Number: 12K123
Description: The co-founder of 'Bang on a Can' writes music that, in his own words, tries 'to take classical music someplace it doesn't usually go'. The aggressive, percussive, in-your-face jazzy post-minimalism of Pierced and Cheating sets the tone; the resetting of the Velvet Undergound's Heroin with Lou Reed's lyrics accompanied by solo cello, and the simple, insistent throb of 'how to pray' pay different kinds of homage to rock music. Blurring the boundaries between contemporary concert music and non-classical idioms has become a preoccupation of some modern composers, and Lang is a particularly successful pioneer of the movement.