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FADER TV: Tortoise Live at Bang on a Can Marathon

June 04, 2009


This past Sunday, music freaks of all persuasions gathered in harmony in what was basically a large shopping mall for the annual Bang on a Can Marathon. This is the only all day music event where you are likely to run into your kinda crazy long-grey-haired high school jazz band instructor getting real deep into a piano solo by Ryuichi Sakamoto. We were pretty into Evan Ziporyn’s gamelan progression, Sulvasutra, that he wrote while sequestered in a thatched-roof hut in Bali (performed by Sandeep Das and Wu Man wearing white robes and basking in a single beam of light on stage). FADER TV also got a chance to talk to Tortoise about their set and how it feels to play for a lot of old people who are so over rock and roll! And maybe we are getting older, but we were slightly grateful to not have to witness the sun setting and rising over the towering indoor palm trees of the World Financial Center's Winter Garden, as it had in past all-night excavations into the subconscious of experimental noise rock.

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FADER TV: Tortoise Live at Bang on a Can Marathon