Just as a little child holds out its hands to catch the sunbeams, to feel and to grasp what, so its eyes tell it, is actually there, so, down through the ages, men have stretched out their hands in eager endeavour to know their God.
As one-third of the composer-collective Bang on a Can, David Lang is something of a genial father figure of the indie-classical scene. Talk to any of the world's main players and you're likely to hear them tell you about their life-changing stint in Bang on a Can's summer festival, which has acted as a sort of feeder school and incubator for the group's try-anything mentality. Lang's music has undergone many stylistic shifts over the years: In the 80s, he wrote bristlier stuff, but in the last decade or so, he's shifted quietly into a more pensive register. The Little Match Girl Passion, his 2008 work that won him a Pulitzer, was written for only four voices and some hand bells. This Was Written By Hand, his most recent recording, is a collection of short solo piano works played by the British pianist Andrew Zolinsky. The album holds the same, sustained melancholy mood: thoughtful, searching, elegiac, minimalist. Lang's way with repetitive phrasing doesn't feel like that of minimalists like Glass or Reich's, though.
Go behind the scenes with guitar sensation John 5! The popular guitarist for Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson is spilling his secrets with new footage, including instructions on how to play Let it All Bleed Out and Lords of Salem, both by Rob Zombie. Drummer Tommy Clufetos makes a special guest appearance to complete a DVD filled with tips, tricks, and more! John 5 has played with Marilyn Manson, K.D. Lang, Rob Halford, David Lee Roth and currently Rob Zombie. His virtuoso talents span many styles, from bluegrass to metal.
We are very excited and honored to be able to offer a DVD by one of America's most important and distinctive musical voices. In a far ranging conversation with noted record producer and Saturday Night Live musical director Hal Willner, Mac Rebennack (a.k.a. Dr John) performs his remarkable music, discusses his influences, and shares early musical memories and intriguing stories of a life in the music business.
A unique mixture of desperation and serenity that has always been present in his music; the title track and "Emma" are the first ones to get to your head, but then comes the time also for "Desperate Times", "The Last Thing on my Mind" and almost all the others…