Gordon: "Weather One" choreographed by Joffrey Ballet

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 to Sunday, May 7, 2017

Photo by Peter Serling


World Premiere

Choreographer: Alexander Ekman

Music: TBA

The Miraculous Mandarin

Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov

Music: Béla Bartók


Choreographer: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Music: Michael Gordon

Joffrey Ballet
10 E Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601

Steel Hammer: An Inside Look

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 7:00pm

Photo by Peter Serling

Featuring Julia Wolfe, Drew’s 2017 Mellon Artist-in-Residence and the Bang on a Can All-Stars

This lecture demonstration with Julia Wolfe and the Bang on a Can All-Stars focuses on the making of Steel Hammer, previewing the composition’s April 26 performance. The artists perform and discuss this work, which explores the American-worker ballad “John Henry” and its connections with labor history. A Q&A with the artists follows the talk.


Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall
Lancaster Road
Madison, NJ 07940
Touring in support of: 

BOAC & the Jewish Museum present Vicky Chow & Tristan Perich

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 7:30pm

Pianist and Bang on a Can All Stars member Vicky Chow performs Tristan Perich’s Surface Image for solo piano. This monumental performance-installation with 40-channel 1-bit electronics echoes the shimmering quality of Paris’ 19th century arcades and is presented in conjunction with Walter Benjamin’s renowned essay "Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction." 

The Jewish Museum - Scheuer Auditorium
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St
New York, NY 10128

Gordon's "Natural History" performed at CLASSICS: FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN MUSIC II

Friday, April 28, 2017 to Saturday, April 29, 2017

Photo by Peter Serling


SAMUEL BARBER - Overture to The School for Scandal
SARAH KIRKLAND SNIDER - Four Selections from Penelope
1. The stranger with the face of a man I loved
4. The lotus eater
9. Dead Friend
13. Baby teeth, bones, and bullets
HERBIE HANCOCK - Cantaloupe Island
LOU HARRISON - Suite for Symphonic Strings (3 movements)
I. Estampie
II. Et in Arcadio Ego
III. In Honor of Heracles
TEDDY ABRAMS - Selections from The Greatest: Muhammad Ali
MICHAEL GORDON - Natural History

Susan Narucki, soprano
Jecorey Arthur (1200)
Teddy Abrams, conductor

Kentucky Center
501 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202

Bang on a Can Marathon 30th anniversary - Brooklyn Museum

Saturday, May 6, 2017 -
2:00pm to 10:00pm

30th Anniversary BANG ON A CAN MARATHON
8 hours of Live Music!

part of Target First Saturday at Brooklyn Museum
Admission: FREE with Museum admission

Suggested donation $16 before 5pm; free after 5pm courtesy of Target First Saturdays.

Bang on a Can comes to Brooklyn with its annual incomparable super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the world! The 2017 Bang on a Can Marathon will feature 8 hours of rare performances by some of the most innovative musicians of our time side-by-side with some of today’s most pioneering young artists.

Composers: Louis Andriessen, Kim Deal, Amir El Saffar, Merril Garbus, Michael Gordon, Joan La Barbara, Carla Kihlstedt, Kaki King, Laaraji, Oliver Lake, David Lang, Meredith Monk, Caroline Shaw, Kendall Williams, Julia Wolfe, and MORE.

Performers: Asphalt Orchestra, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Crossfire Steel Orchestra, Amir El Saffar’s Two Rivers Ensemble, Laaraji, Oliver Lake Crash Bang Trio with Bill McClellan and Reggie Nicholson, Just Ensemble, Innov Gnawa, Carla Kihlstedt, Kaki King, Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, Caroline Shaw, and MORE.

PLUS Bang on a Can’s social engagement wing Found Sound Nation hosts its Street Studio - a mobile recording studio equipped for passersby and Marathon musicians alike to spontaneously create and record original music!

Stay tuned for more details!

Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY

Steinway Salon: Lisa Moore

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 7:00pm

Photo by Nina Roberts

Lisa Moore performs a special program, The Pleasures of Being Lost, curated by John Luther Adams. The program features piano works by composers who have influenced and informed his work. Composers include Peter Garland, Lois V Vierk, Jim Fox, Michael Byron, David Mahler, and Adams himself.

Part of the John Luther Adams Residency

Program: The Pleasures of Being Lost

Tukiliit (2012) by John Luther Adams (b. 1953)

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah (1990) by Lois V Vierk (b. 1951)

The pleasure of being lost (2011-12) by Jim Fox (b. 1953)

Bright Angel/Hermetic Bird, I and II (1997) by Peter Garland (b. 1952)

World Premiere (2017) by Michael Byron (b. 1953), commissioned by Symphony Space

Martin Bartlett at the Claremont Hotel (2011) by David Mahler (b. 1944)

Among Red Mountains (2001) by John Luther Adams

Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York, NY 10025

Gordon: "Timber" performed by Elbtonal Percussion

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:30pm

The Hamburg drums ensemble, ElbtonalPercussion is famous for its breathtaking virtuoso drumming. With Timber by Michael Gordon they present a fascinating meditation on rhythm and sound, played on a highly unusual instrument.

Hamburg, Germany
Touring in support of: 

Become Ocean // The Unchanging Sea performed Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra + pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 8:30pm

Michael Gordon’s music ‘feels fundamental at first, then reveals a beguiling complexity and nuance on closer examination’, according to the New York Times. Gordon drew his inspiration for The Unchanging Sea, written for Tomoko Mukaiyama, from the eponymous 1910 film drama. It is followed by Become Ocean by John Luther Adams – ‘it presents a gorgeous surface, yet conveys overwhelming force’, wrote The New Yorker.

Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest
Kruisstraat 2
Rotterdam, 3012 CT Netherlands

Bang on a Can All-Stars - Field Recordings in Toronto

Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 8:00pm

The Bang on a Can All-Stars will perform a specially devised Koerner Hall program “Bang on a Canada" that features selections from Field Recordings, most of which will be Canadian premieres. Works by Canadian composers Richard Reed Parry and René Lussier will be anchored by a world premiere from John Oswald, commissioned by The Royal Conservatory/Koerner Hall. The concert opens with Vicky Chow performing a solo piano piece by Eliot Britton and also features works by Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, as well as Steve Reich, Christian Marclay, Allison Cameron, and Anna Clyne.   


Eliot Britton: Cuneiform and Glide (1st movement)                                     
Julia Wolfe: Reeling                                                                        
Michael Gordon: Gene Takes a Drink with film by Bill Morrison 
Christian Marclay: Fade to Slide with film by Christian Marclay 
David Lang: unused swan      
John Oswald: title TBD 
Allison Cameron: 3rds, 4ths, 5ths                                                                           
Richard Reed Parry: Never Ending Blur       
Caroline Shaw: Really Craft When You                                  
René Lussier: Nocturne                                                      
Steve Reich: The Cave of Machpelah                                        
Anna Clyne: A Wonderful Day


Royal Conservatory, Koerner Hall
273 Bloor St W
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6 Canada