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Music for dance and film by faculty composer David Lang

October 26, 2010

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.