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Stream It Here: Asphalt Orchestra

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Urban marching band Asphalt Orchestra plays a wide range of music, including Swedish metal.

Its repertoire doesn’t encompass Sousa marches or school fight songs but rather charts by Bjork, Charles Mingus, and Frank Zappa. Aphalt Orchestra is a bombastic marching band / street music troupe with moves choreographed by MacArthur Genius Award-winning Susan Marshall. It's the latest project hatched by the contemporary ensemble Bang On A Can which was formed by Yale School of Music alums Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolf as a way to rethink musical categories.

Bang On A Can mission statement:

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.

They opened alongside post punks Liquid Liquid for Rhys Chatham's A Crimson Grail for 200 Electric Guitars at Lincoln Center over the summer. Here's their rendition of Swedish metal pioneer Meshuggah's Electric Red.

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