The Who and Why of Bang On A Can

The Who and Why of Bang On A Can

11. Free Time

FRANK J. OTERI: You say you design this program for people like you. What kinds of events do you all go to? What do you go see? What turns you on? What records do you buy? What records have you bought recently, what concerts have you gone to?

DAVID LANG: Records?

FRANK J. OTERI: Yeah, let’s start with records.

JULIA WOLFE: So much has been the stuff for the festival, like for festival planning…

DAVID LANG: I’ve been listening to Bob Dylan. But he’s never been on the festival.

FRANK J. OTERI: Would he ever be on the festival?

DAVID LANG: I think that’s more for him to decide. [laughs]

FRANK J. OTERI: Okay, but if he said, “Okay, I want to be on the Bang On A Can festival.”

DAVID LANG: I could imagine something he could do that would fit

FRANK J. OTERI: He’s definitely redefined genres. . .

JULIA WOLFE: I’ve had very little else in my head, because I’m putting together this concert Saturday night. I’m re-orchestrating this piece, and I’m performing in it.

FRANK J. OTERI: And you’re singing a piece by Meredith Monk.

JULIA WOLFE: Well, yeah. I’m clapping and dancing. I’ve been really immersed in it…

FRANK J. OTERI: That sounds so exciting to me…

MICHAEL GORDON: He [points at David] just had his third kid, we have two kids…

FRAN RICHARD: Do these kids all like each other?

DAVID LANG: Our daughters are best friends.

JULIA WOLFE: They play together every day. We share a babysitter.

FRANK J. OTERI: How old are they?

DAVID LANG: Mine are 4, 3 and 3 months.

JULIA WOLFE: 3 and 1.

DAVID LANG: Five kids are being babysat together at this very moment.

FRAN RICHARD: Where would you go, if you had a night out?

DAVID LANG: The New Jersey Nets!

MICHAEL GORDON: We go to a lot of concerts.

JULIA WOLFE: We do go to a lot of concerts.

FRANK J. OTERI: Would you go to a concert of Brahms symphonies?

MICHAEL GORDON: No. [laughs]

DAVID LANG: I would. Michael says NO. I say yeah.

JULIA WOLFE: Brahms, yeah.

FRANK J. OTERI: Without naming names, Orchestra X concert that plays overture, concerto with a soloist, and a standard rep symphony – that program. Would you go to that concert?

JULIA WOLFE: Probably not.

DAVID LANG: You didn’t make it sound very good.

FRANK J. OTERI: I’m sorry.

DAVID LANG: You didn’t sell it.

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