On Wednesday, August 17th, Bang on a Can All-Star Ashley Bathgate presents an evening of music for solo cello called Bach Unwound that pairs J.S. Bach's cello suites with a new work written for Bathgate by Sleeping Giant - a young, stylistically diverse composer-collective “rapidly gaining notice for their daring innovations, stylistic range and acute attention to instrumental nuance” (WQXR) . Their new work, entitled ASH is interspersed with movements of the Bach suite. Bach Unwound will incorporate extended performance techniques, live electronics, and external media resulting in a radical deconstruction and re-imagination of the original music.
Bathgate has been described as an “eloquent new music interpreter” (New York Times) and “a glorious cellist” (The Washington Post) who combines “bittersweet lyricism along with ferocious chops” (New York Magazine). Her “impish ferocity”, “rich tone” and “imaginative phrasing” (New York Times) have made her one of the most sought after performers of her time. The desire to create a dynamic energy exchange with her audience and build upon the ensuing chemistry is a pillar of Bathgate’s philosophy as a performer.
Originally from Saratoga Springs, NY, Bathgate began her cello studies with the late Rudolf Doblin, principal cellist and assistant music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic in the 1950’s. After his passing, she resumed her tutelage with Ann Alton at Skidmore College. From there she continued on to study at Bard College with Luis Garcia-Renart (B.M.) and then at the Yale University School of Music with renowned cellist, Aldo Parisot (M.M. & A.D).
The evening program will be as follows:
Gigue from Suite No. 3 in C Major - J.S. Bach
Small Wonder - Timo Andres
On Being Wrong - Chris Cerrone
Gavotte #2 from Suite No. 6 in D Major - J.S. Bach
For Ashley - Andrew Norman
Courante from Suite No. 2 in D Minor - J.S. Bach
DaVZ23HzMH0- Ted Hearne
Ley Line - Jacob Cooper
Sarabande from Suite No. 5 in C minor - J.S. Bach
Orison - Robert Honstein
This performance begins at 7pm. $15. Cash bar thanks to JC's Tavern.