Bang On A Can celebrated the 25th year of its BOAC marathon on June 17 at the World Financial Center in NYC with some landmark performances. Alvin Lucier recreated his seminal piece “I am sitting in a room” where he feeds his speech back into the room over and over, compounding the room tones until the voice is unintelligible, to a haunting and hypnotic effect. (This technique has been adapted by Jacob Kirkegaard in several of his pieces, and he readily acknowledges Lucier). A rare performance of Steve Reich’s Six Pianos, introduced by the man himself, impeccably played. In her 80th year, Pauline Oliveros' sacred and ethereal Deep Listening meditations. Spectralist Gerard Grisey's piece Le Noir de L’etoile, inspired by pulsar, for six percussionists who were situated around the room creating an explosive 360 degree sonic tableau. Kris Davis' Massive Thread, an intense and enormous piece also for six pianos. Unfortunately despite putting in seven hours of listening I missed pieces by Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, David Lang, Eve Beglarian and many more amazing composers. Looking forward to #26.