May Day Concert at Town Hall

Inspired by the new-music marathons of NYC echt-downtowny ensemble Bang on a Can, Paul Taub has gathered a few dozen local musicians for 12 hours of contemporary music. And for once, the cliché “everyone who’s anyone” might be close to true. Performers include Stuart Dempster, Wayne Horvitz, Robin Holcomb, Gamelan Pacifica, the Esoterics, and, to close the event, Taub’s own Seattle Chamber Players. Repertory includes music by John Cage, Henry Cowell, Louis Andriessen, Steve Reich (Tehillim), and much more. Sorted into 24-minute slots, the musicians are playing whatever they want; to tie the programming together, and in honor of the date, they were encouraged to ponder the three meanings of May Day: spring festival, workers’ holiday, and help, I’m drowning! Tag-teaming as hosts are KUOW’s Dave Beck, The Gathering Note’s Zach Carstensen, and yours truly. GAVIN BORCHERT

Sat., May 1, 1 p.m.-1 a.m., 2010

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