Bang on a Can festival reimagines Ornette Coleman’s 1959 “Shape of Jazz to Come”

Posted on: April 29, 2022

“Bang on a Can had big plans for 2020 … in New York City: a three-day event called ‘Long Play,’ with acts stretched across multiple venues in Brooklyn” writes Seth Colter Walls in Wednesday’s (4/27) New York Times. “In moving beyond their storied, single-day marathons, Bang on a Can was signaling new ambitions…. Of course, those designs were plowed under…. Now, it’s normal—enough—for another go at it. ‘Long Play’ comes to New York City this weekend at seven venues in Downtown Brooklyn, from Friday afternoon through Sunday evening…. A sparkling highlight comes … on Sunday night: a thorough, multilayered reimagining of the saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman’s 1959 album ‘The Shape of Jazz to Come.’ The performance will feature a band led by Coleman’s son, Denardo, who held the drum chair in his father’s groups over several decades…. This weekend’s take on ‘Shape’ will also include a 20-person ensemble, conducted by Awadagin Pratt and playing new arrangements of all six compositions from the album. These have been written by a dizzyingly varied roster of artists—including the vocalist and electronics virtuoso Pamela Z … and the orchestral and big band composer David Sanford.”