Ecstatic Music Festival at 10 Reviewed

Source: I Care If You Listen.

On January 28, 2020, the Ecstatic Music Festival continued it’s 10-year run at the Kaufman Music Center with the annual Bang on a Can People’s Commissioning Fund concert, an annual performance of world premieres by adventurous composers commissioned by audiences from around the world. The Bang on a Can All-Stars took the form of an amplified sextet (or septet if you include their ever-important sound engineer), and performed works written with a simple prompt: create dance music. The performance was also co-presented and broadcasted on WNYC’s New Sounds Live. After WNYC nearly cancelled the show this past fall, only to reverse the decision after public outcry, host John Schaefer was welcomed to the stage with thunderous applause from the loving audience.