BACH TO THE FUTURE VII the all night BACH-A-THON @ Brown University’s Manning Hall is happening ONCE MORE on Friday night/ early Saturday morning (118 -11/9). Vic Rawlings. Keith Fullerton Whitman. Glockabelle. The Providence Research Ensemble. Jacob Berendes. Thighs & a ton of other no doubt greats are playing music inspired by truly the greatest of all time JS Bach!!! What’s up with such an amazing event anyway?? We asked one of the organizers, artist and musician Sakiko Mori a few questions…
Dan Shea: Hi Sakiko, so can you give some background on the Bach To The Future event, its genesis tale and the like?
Sakiko Mori: Bach To The Future started in 2012. Our friend Casey Coleman told us about the long-running Bach Around the Clock event in New Orleans. I was inspired and wanted to do a Bach marathon in Providence. I had an idea of combining traditional and non-traditional way of performances of Bach, and I think it comes from the unique music scene in Providence, and my own musical background (classically trained then moved towards non-traditional, experimental). Then, there is this non-profit in Providence called Community MusicWorks- they offer string lessons and other amazing musical education/experience to kids in town (for free), building community through music. I’ve been very fortunate to know them for years, so when I had this idea of Bach Marathon, I talked to Sebastian Ruth & Heath Marlow from CMW (Heath is at NEC now), and they were immediately excited. That’s the beginning of BTTF.
DS: Who is Bach to you?
SM: I only know him through his music..
I never seem to get tired of his music. His music feels like a complete universe but gives infinite possibilities for new inspiration.
We’ve had so many experimental performances of Bach at the marathon – there are about 20-25 experimental musicians (and 20-25 classical musicians) per marathon, and this year is the 7th- and every single performance has been so unique.
DS: Can you tell us about a favorite moment or two from past Bach To The Futuires??
SM: I really can’t pick, there are too many great moments!
I love seeing the diversity at the marathon. In so many ways.
One memorable moment was in 2016. A couple of days after the Presidential election, the marathon happened in such crazy mood. A youth string ensemble from CMW played Air on the G string, it was a beautiful emotional moment. Some of my favorite moments of the marathon are when performers reflect on each other- a brilliant classical violinist followed by a passionate noise musician, and you feel like they both have the same inspiration.
DS: So who organizes this event besides you, and what is the goal?
SM: Community MusicWorks (they present this event), and this year Evan Raczynski joined the organizing team. It’s great to have them.
The goal is to keep going!
DS: What can we expect from the event this friday and saturday besides 12 straight over night hours of Bach inspired music (as if that isn’t enough)?!
SM: Lots of great performances of J.S.Bach, in both traditional & non-traditional way, all mixed in. Coffee brewing all-night (thanks to the generous donation from Coffee Exchange), and a great crowd of people, some of whom might be asleep!
Friday, November 8, 7pm – Saturday, November 9, 7am
Manning Chapel, Brown University
Admission is free
Performer Timeline (subject to change!):
7:00 PM Introduction
7:15 PM Sara Stalnaker
7:20 PM Jesse Holstein & Andrei Baumann
7:35 PM Enigmatica
7:45 PM Lara Madden
7:50 PM Ashley Frith & Eric Peterson
7:55 PM Heath Marlow & Juliana Katzenstein
8:15 PM Joe DeGeorge
8:35 PM Youth Alliance
8:40 PM Andrei Baumann
9:00 PM Zan Berry & Armand Aromin
9:15 PM Kelly Reed & Kristen Watson
9:20 PM Minna Choi
9:30 PM Assembly of Light
9:40 PM Adrienne Taylor
9:50 PM Laurie Amat
10:10 PM Holly Dyer
10:20 PM Bob Asprinio & Matt McLaren
10:35 PM Holly Dyer & Malcolm Dyer
10:45 PM Keith Fullerton Whitman
11:10 PM Sebastian Ruth
11:25 PM House Red
11:40 PM Thighs
11:55 PM Naomi Morey & Sarah Kim
12:00 AM Florence Wallis & Orion Dommisse
12:15 AM Sarah Kim
12:40 AM Vic Rawlings
1:05 AM Zoe Cute
1:15 AM Roseminna Watson
1:25 AM Glockabelle
1:45 AM Hanging Out is Spending Money
1:55 AM Desmond Bratton
2:15 AM The Providence Research Ensemble
2:45 AM Ashley Frith
3:05 AM visibilities
3:20 AM David Rubin
3:50 AM Mariko Tamegai
4:10 AM domestique
4:25 AM Rebecca Miller
4:55 AM Shane Bray Kerr
5:10 AM Hank Mason
5:25 AM Holly Waxwing
5:45 AM Laura Gully & Sakiko Mori
5:55 AM family money
6:10 AM Jacob Berendes
6:25 AM Anne Athema
6:40 AM Jeff Louie
6:55 AM Evan Raczynski