Eleven utterly unique and highly original musical mash-ups
Imagine what kind of mind-blowing masterpieces might have resulted if Beethoven had jammed with the Beatles or Mahler had made music with Lou Reed. These are the sort of musical mash-ups the founders of the Ecstatic Music Festival are going for at their annual event, which is modeled after the Bang on a Can Marathon. Curated by Judd Greenstein of New Amsterdam Records, this year's series of harmonic collisions spans 11 concerts and features some extraordinary talents. Some of the pairings include Saul Williams and Mivos Quartet; So Percussion and Buke and Gase; and Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche and Victoire, who perform at Carnegie Hall. The Bang on a Can People's Commission Fund return to host another concert, this time featuring Richard Reed Parry, Alan Lucier and Daniel Wohl. The festivities kick-off at the Greene Space with an evening showcasing the musical prowess of Face the Music and Brooklyn-based indie trio Hospitality, who have a new adventurous full-length album to tout, Trouble. Teeming with brilliant musicians and divergent perspectives, this one-of-a-kind musical odyssey is not to be missed.