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Caramoor presents a free outdoor performance of Michael Gordon’s Field of Vision with Bang on a Can

The world premiere of Michael Gordon’s Field of Vision, a site-specific work for Caramoor's Sunken Garden, features 40+ percussionists.


Michael Gordon’s Field of Vision is a large-scale, site-specific work for Caramoor’s Sunken Garden and the surrounding field. The work features 48 percussionists; 24 in a spatial chain of moving sound in dialogue with 24 percussionists who come in and out of view. The percussionists, led by Doug Perkins and featuring the Bang on a Can Percussion Ensemble, will perform on newly created instruments made from recycled metal and wood. This immersive outdoor concert experience is free and suitable for all ages.

Due to the Covid-19 crisis, the world premiere of Field of Vision has been postponed until July 24, 2022.

Other free events associated with the concert include a talk by Michael Gordon and a sound artist “gathering” at which the audience can discover our new permanent installation by Trimpin, in “C,” and explore other Sonic Innovations works with curator Stephan Moore and artists including Trimpin, Taylor Deupree, Miya Masaoka, and others.

Michael Gordon is a co-founder of Bang on a Can, a multi-faceted performing arts organization with a broad range of year-round international activities.  The group, founded in 1987, is committed to building a worldwide community dedicated to innovation through music.

This concert at Caramoor seeks to demonstrate an open, welcoming, and inclusive space for music and ideas from a wide variety of styles. It features a new work created by Michael Gordon, composed specifically for Caramoor with an eclectic mix of minimal, experimental, and electronic music.  Gordon’s strikingly diverse body of work ranges from major orchestral commissions to site-specific works in the wilderness, to works conceived specifically for the recording studio. Transcending categorization, his music tells stories about place and memory.

Since its first marathon concert in 1987, Bang on a Can has been creating an international community dedicated to innovative music, wherever it is found. The group, which was founded by Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe as a one-day concert, has evolved into a multi-faceted performing arts organization that is dedicated to making music new.

Michael Gordon’s music merges subtle rhythmic invention with incredible power, embodying, in the words of The New Yorker’s Alex Ross, “the fury of punk rock, the nervous brilliance of free jazz, and the intransigence of classical modernism.” Over the past 25 years, Gordon has produced a strikingly diverse body of work, ranging from large-scale pieces for high-energy ensembles to major orchestral commissions to works conceived specifically for the recording studio. Transcending categorization, this music represents the collision of mysterious introspection and brutal directness.

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Natural History
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The weaving of musical worlds and a shared love of the natural wonder inspired the writing of “Natural History,” which premiered on July 29, 2016 at Crater Lake in Chiloquin, Oregon. A collaboration with members of the Klamath Tribe’s Steiger Butte Drummers, the piece, which was performed at the rim of the lake, features an orchestra, a chorus, 30 brass players, and percussionists, who were stationed out on the cliffs.

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Michael Gordon’s “Timber” performed by So Percussion

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Katonah, New York

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Katonah, New York
Located on a 90-acre campus in Katonah, New York, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit arts center that has been in continuous operation since 1946. As an organization, Caramoor is adept at curating, marketing, and producing excellent and diverse music programs for the public. It presents approximately 55 concerts…

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