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Contemporary Music

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Bang on a Can Partnership (2005-2012)

March- May 2013
Across Russia

Second Traditional American Music Festival
The Second Traditional American Music Festival brought groups The Quebe Sisters, The Modern Blues Masters, and Los Texmaniacs to 9 cities across Ruissia.

November 30-December 7, 2012
Bishkek,  Kyrgyzstan
For one week, Tashkent-based contemporary music ensemble Omnibus leads workshops and seminars with young performers and composers at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Bishkek. Working side-by-side with Bishkek’s performance group Ustatsshakirt Plus, with support from Aga Khan Music Initiative and CEC ArtsLink, this collaborative initiative is the first of its kind for students at the Academy.

Spring 2012
Across Russia
Traditional American Music Festival
 CEC Artslink, in collaboration with the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress, brought 5 American performing groupsto Russia on a series of tours as part of the Traditional American Music Festival. With support from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, the exciting concert series Festival of Traditional American Music as part of the "American Seasons in Russia" program will present a view of American cultural life that makes a distinct statement about the diversity of our artists and the vitality of our communities. 

November 24 - December 18, 2010
Petrozavodsk & St. Petersburg, Russia
Percussion duo Meehan/Perkins, the cello duo Dyophonie and electronic music duo Fol Chen performed in St. Petersburg and Petrozavodsk as part of the 2+2+2 Festival of New American Music. 
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September 25 - 30, 2010
Petrozavodsk, Kaliningrad, Moscow & St. Petersburg, Russia
Contemporary music ensemble ETHEL performed in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Petrozavodsk and Kaliningrad.
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September 25 - October 8, 2009
Petrozavodsk & Perm, Russia
New York Musicians Dok Gregory and Peter Principle of Tuxedomoon performed with Russian musicians at the Apositsia Music Forum (St. Petersburg), the Long Arms Festival (Moscow) and at venues in Petrozavodsk and Perm.

November 7-14, 2008
Petrozavodsk & St. Petersburg, Russia
Contemporary music ensemble So Percussion and composer Mark Applebaum performed and conducted master classes in St. Petersburg and Petrozavodsk as part of the American Seasons Festival organized by the Institute Pro Arte.

October 1-9, 2008
Nizhny Novgorod, Yaroslavl, Moscow & St. Petersburg, Russia
US musicians Rhys Chatham and Charles Amirkanian performed and conducted workshops in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Yaroslavl in conjunction with the Long Arms Festival and Aposistsia Music Forum.

Moscow & St. Petersburg, Russia
San-Francisco based Beth Custer Ensemble traveled to Russia performed their original soundtrack to the 1929 Georgian film My Grandmother as part of the Apositsia Music Forum in St. Petersburg and the Long Arms Festival in Moscow.

September 29 – October 1, 2006
Moscow & St. Petersburg, Russia
Pamela ZJG Thirlwell, and Real Quiet Trio, David Cossin, Andy Russo, Felix Fan) performed in Moscow at Long Arms Music Festival and in St. Petersburg at Apositsia Music Festival. Composer and musician James Fei performed and conducted master classes at the Pro Arte Institute in St. Petersburg.

May 17-20, 2006
Moscow & St. Petersburg, Russia
The contemporary music group So Percussion played two concerts in St. Petersburg and participated in the Pekarsky Percussion Festival in Moscow. 

April 23-29, 2006
St. Petersburg, Russia
Composer and musician James Fei performed and conducted master classes at the Pro Arte Institute in St. Petersburg. 

Moscow & St. Petersburg, Russia
US musicians Terry RileyPauline OliverosShelly Hirsch,Charles Gayle, Mark Stewart and David Moss traveled to Moscow and St. Petersburg to participate in the Long Arms (Dlinnyi Ruki) Festival in memory of Nikolai Dmitriev, the Director of DOM, who passed away in April 2004. 

In his first appearance in Russia, US composer and musician Philip Glass performed live with his ensemble to accompany the film Koyaanisqatsi.

St. Petersburg, Russia
Los Cubanos Postizos, a project of guitarist Mark Ribot plays a concert at Red Club

Moscow & St. Petersburg, Russia
Banjo and guitar player Eugene Chadbourne improvised with Russian musicians on stages in Moscow and St. Petersburg as part of SKIF-6

St. Petersburg, Russia
Meredith Monk, the avant-garde composer and musician, performed and discussed her work at the Hermitage Theatre

St. Petersburg, Russia

Jazz musicians Frank London and Borah Bergman participated in SKIF-5

Moscow & St. Petersburg, Russia
US composer and pianist Terry Riley performed at SKIF-4 and conducted master classes at the St. Petersburg and Moscow Conservatories. 


Bang on a Can Exchange, 2005 - 2012

Bang on a Can Summer Festival

Alibek Kabdurakhmanov (Uzbekistan) - percussion
Lemara Yakubova (Uzbekistan) - violin

Mansur Saparbaev (Uzbekistan) - dutar, rubab, tar, doira and sings
Nodirjon Ibragimov (Uzbekistan) - Uzbek rubab and rubab prima
Juma Radjabov (Uzbekistan) - gizhzhak

Batir Dosimbetov (Uzbekistan) - Uzbek flute nay
Kakhramon Bazarov (Uzbekistan) - stringed rubab
Ravshan Tukhtamishev - Uzbek chang

Kambar Kalendarov (Kyrgyzstan)
Kutmanaaly Sultanbekov (Kyrgyzstan)
Feruza Ochilova (Uzbekistan)

Farruh Akramov (Uzbekistan) – composer

Husniddin Atoev (Uzbekistan) – stringed rubob and uod, and Uzbek mouth organ, the chang-qobuz
Abror Mansurov (Uzbekistan) – Uzbek and European percussion instruments

Sharofiddin Akhrorov (Uzbekistan) – traditional Uzbek and European percussion instruments
Shavkat Matyakulov (Uzbekistan) – Uzbek flutes, the sunray and kornay
Jakhongir Shukurov (Uzbekistan) – composer

Bang on a Can Collaborations

March 12-21, 2009
Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Moscow & St. Petersburg, Russia
Bang on a Can bass player Robert Black performed and conducted master classes in Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Kaliningrad, and St. Petersburg.

July 7-30, 2008
North Adams, MA, USA
Violinist Mikhail Krutik (St. Petersburg, Russia) participated in the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA. 

November 2007
Tashkent & Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Bang on a Can musicians – Robert Black, Evan Zyporyn, David Cossin, Mark Stewart and Kenny Savelson – performed and conducted master classes.

June 2007

New York, NY, USA
MASHRIQ, a new music ensemble from Uzbekistan, traveled to New York to perform at Bang on a Can’s annual live Marathon concert. Founded in 2002, MASHRIQ combines traditional Uzbek folk melodies with contemporary music from around the world. While in New York, they played a concert of “Uzbek Bluegrass” with young US musicians from BoaC’s Summer Institute.

Tashkent, Uzbekistan & Almaty, Kazakhstan

Bang on a Can musicians – Robert Black, David Cosin, Kenny Savelson,Mark Stewart, Phillipa Thompson and Evan Ziporyn – traveled to Tashkent, Uzbekistan and Almaty, Kazakhtan. A highlight of the trip was a joint performance that capped off a day-long workshop in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Led by Bang on a Can musicians, 20 young seminar attendees joined in a performance of “In C,” a composition by presenter Terry Riley. In Bishkek, students at the seminar were thrilled to learn that BoaC’s musical style, which local organizers had billed simply as “jazz”, is something altogether different from the classical jazz that they were familiar with.

In addition to events mentioned above, CEC has helped to bring the following exciting ensembles and musicians to Russia: 
Paul Dresher Ensemble (2002), Paul Winter with the Pokrovsky Ensemble(2003), Seattle Chamber Players (2003), Hamid Drake and William Parker(2004), Henry Kaiser (2004) and Ned Rothenberg (2004).