Tours

BBC Proms: Bang on a Can at 30

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 10:15pm

Photo by Peter Serling

Bang on a Can represents all that is most gleefully non-conformist and boundary-breaking in new music. Celebrating its 30th birthday this year, this pioneering American artistic collective and its three composer-directors, Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe, bring their signature energy to this Late Night Prom, together with their six-piece amplified ensemble.

The All-Stars perform classic works by Wolfe, Lang and Louis Andriessen alongside an 80th-birthday tribute to Philip Glass and a world premiere by Michael Gordon, performed by the Proms Youth Ensemble. Expect propulsive rhythms and plenty of big grooves.

Program:

Michael Gordon: Big Space
David Lang: sunray
Julia Wolfe: Big Beautiful Dark & Scary
Philip Glass: Closing
Louis Andriessen: Workers Union

ROYAL ALBERT HALL
Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2AP United Kingdom

softLOUD at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Monday, August 21, 2017 to Saturday, August 26, 2017

softLoud (guitarist Sean Shibe) performs at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Program:

James Oswald - Divertimentis
Excerpts from Scottish lute manuscripts including the Rowallan, Wemyss, Straloch, Skene and Balcarres
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies - Farewell to Stromness
Steve Reich - Electric Counterpoint
Julia Wolfe - LAD
David Lang - Killer

The Space @ Niddry Street (Lower)
Niddry Street
Edinburgh, EH1 1TH United Kingdom

Dublin Guitar Quartet | Amplified - Michael Gordon

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 8:00pm

Photo by Peter Serling

Michael Gordon on four electric guitars
Would the minimal music of Philip Glass or Steve Reich sound good on guitar too? That must have been what the men of the Dublin Guitar Quartet were asking themselves when they founded their quartet in 2001. They vowed to each other to forego the standard guitar repertoire and to devote themselves to contemporary classical music. Armed with four classical guitars and degrees from the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama, they tackle the well-nigh impossible works of contemporary composers. Take the piece Amplified (2015) by the New York composer (and founder of Bang on a Can) Michael Gordon, which will have its Dutch premiere at Noorderzon. The quartet will be playing electric guitars for the occasion. They will be exploring the limits of their instruments with Gordon's hypnotic soundscapes. And the entire performance will be amplified by the divine ambiance of the Lutheran Church .... Be sure not to miss it! Noorderzon is presenting this concert in collaboration with Soundsofmusic.

Lutherse Kerk
Groningen, Netherlands

JLA's 'songbirdsongs' - London

Saturday, September 2, 2017 - 3:00pm

Photo by Pete Woodhead

Proms at … Wilton’s Music Hall
Performances of John Luther Adams at BBC Proms

Dating from the mid-19th century, Wilton’s is the world’s oldest surviving music hall. With its tumbledown beauty and colourful history, it’s the perfect space for a staged performance of Peter Maxwell Davies’s Eight Songs for a Mad King – a dramatic monologue exploring the crazed fantasies and crumbling visions of George III.

The fluttering and chattering of the king’s pet bullfinches which run through the work find an echo in bird-inspired pieces by Messiaen and Handel, as well as Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer John Luther Adams.

Sian Edwards conducts the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, with exciting young British soloists Jennifer France and Marcus Farnsworth.

There will be no interval

Wilton’s Music Hall
1 Graces Alley
London, E1 8JB United Kingdom

Dublin: 'the little match girl passion' performed by Sestina Music

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 7:30pm

Photo by Peter Serling

For the first time, Sestina will explore music of the 21st century, with a fascinating programme of contemporary choral masterpieces. Each of the works chosen have a link with early music, the period with which the ensemble is most strongly associated. The programme will include David Lang's The Little Match Girl Passion, along with works by Sir James Macmillan, Jan Sandstrom, Philip Moore and Roderick Williams.

St Ann's Church of Ireland
19 Dawson Street #Academy House
Dublin, Ireland
Touring in support of: 

Belfast: 'the little match girl passion' performed by Sestina Music

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 7:30pm

Photo by Peter Serling

For the first time, Sestina will explore music of the 21st century, with a fascinating programme of contemporary choral masterpieces. Each of the works chosen have a link with early music, the period with which the ensemble is most strongly associated. The programme will include David Lang's The Little Match Girl Passion, along with works by Sir James Macmillan, Jan Sandstrom, Philip Moore and Roderick Williams.

Ulster Museum
Botanic Gardens
Belfast , BT9 5AB United Kingdom
Touring in support of: 

JLA's 'there is no one, not even the wind...' - Seattle, WA

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 8:00pm

Photo by Pete Woodhead

Kicking off the season-long celebration of the centennial of composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein, the centerpiece of the evening is the world premiere of a new work by John Luther Adams.

Program:

BERNSTEIN America!, for Violin and Piano
NORMAN Light Screens
ADAMS “there is no one, not even the wind…”
REICH Nagoya Marimbas, for two marimbas
DVORÁK Piano Quartet in E-flat Major

415 Westlake
415 Westlake
Seattle, WA 98109

JLA's 'there is no one, not even the wind...' - Olympia, WA

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 8:00pm

Photo by Pete Woodhead

Kicking off the season-long celebration of the centennial of composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein, the centerpiece of the evening is the world premiere of a new work by John Luther Adams.

Program:

BERNSTEIN America!, for Violin and Piano
NORMAN Light Screens
ADAMS “there is no one, not even the wind…”
REICH Nagoya Marimbas, for two marimbas
DVORÁK Piano Quartet in E-flat Major

The Washington Center
512 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Lithuania: Choral music by David Lang

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 6:00pm

Photo by Peter Serling

FOR LOVE IS STRONG
The New Music Choir 
Artistic director Vaclovas Augustinas

The Grand Opening of the Season 

Choral music by David Lang

Again 
Just 
For Love Is Strong 
This Was Written By The Hand 
The Little Match Girl Passion: 
When It Is Time for Me to Go 
- In The Dawn of Morning 
- We Sit and Cry 

Vaidil Theater
A. Jakšto g. 9
Vilnius, Lithuania

Sō Percussion at the Eastman Theatre

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 8:00pm

Photo by Evan Monroe Chapman 2016

Praised by the New Yorker for their “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam,” Sō’s adventurous spirit is written into the DNA passed down from composers like John Cage and Steve Reich.

Program:

TBA

Eastman School of Music – Kilbourn Hall
26 Gibbs St.
Rochester, NY 14604

Julia Wolfe's 'Retrieve' performed at Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC premiere)

Thursday, October 5, 2017 to Friday, October 6, 2017

Photo by Peter Serling

An intimate evening of music ranging from baroque to post-minimalism features the New York Premiere of a work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe, commissioned through BAC’s inaugural Cage Cunningham Fellowship. The eclectic program also includes solo works by Telemann and Suzanne Farrin, and Prokofiev’s playful score inspired by circus life, a masterwork of modernism.

OCT 5 + 6
THU + FRI at 7:30PM

Baryshnikov Arts Center – John Cage & Merce Cunningham Studio
450 West 37th Street, Suite 501
New York, NY 10018

Bang on a Can at the Jewish Museum - Kaki King

Saturday, October 7, 2017 to Sunday, October 8, 2017

We call it Road Trip. The tank is full, the top is down, and we have our collective hand on the dial for a euphoric musical journey celebrating 30 years of Bang on a Can. Michael GordonDavid Lang, and Julia Wolfe flood the waves with an original mash-up of wind-in-your-hair tunes that capture the sublime exhilaration of freedom and possibility. Performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, with stunning scenic design by projection artist CandyStations (Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent) and stage direction by Michael Counts, "Road Trip" is a tribute to journeys of all sorts, and the people who make them. There is a road, but it is no simple highway.

Scenic design by CandyStations
Lighting design by Ben Stanton
Stage Direction by Michael Counts

BAM: Howard Gilman Opera House
30 Lafayette Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217