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Music for dance and film by faculty composer David Lang
Works and Process at the Guggenheim presented two different versions of the same music by faculty composer David Lang. Up-and-coming choreographers Jessica Lang and Pontus Lidberg have each made dances to his pieces forced march and the so-called laws of nature, for the dancers of the company Morphoses. After watching rehearsals, Lang said, “I was surprised I was at how differently I heard the music – it feels as if each choreographer shines a light on some aspect of the music that only he or she noticed.”
Lang also wrote music for the New York City Ballet, for a piece called Plainspoken by choreographer Benjamin Millepied. Plainspoken premiered October 7 on the NYCB gala and was performed again the following week.
In addition, Lang wrote music for the comical film ‘(Untitled)‘ starring Adam Goldberg as a composer – shown in the film living in Lang’s building. The soundtrack includes the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Steve Schick, Evan Ziporyn, members of ICE, and So Percussion, with some of the musicians shown on screen. The film is now out on DVD and Blu-Ray, and the soundtrack CD – available on Cantaloupe – includes rarities like the long-out-of-print Sony recording of Steve Schick playing the “Anvil” chorus.