Tours

Gordon's 'Timber' and 'Dry' performed at Neif-Norf Summer Festival

Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 2:00pm

Photo by Peter Serling

MINIMALISM DAY FIVE:

Marathon Concert, FEATURING MUSIC BY: Marc Mellits, Pauline Oliveros, Steve Gisby, Michael Gordon, Janice Giteck, Louis Andriessen, Molly Joyce, Philip Glass, Michael Pisaro, Mary Jane Leach (Guest Composer), Steve Reich (featuring Russell Hartenberger), Christopher Adler (nnSF Composition Director), and Brooks Frederickson (Call for Scores Winner)

Minimalism Marathon Tickets: $35

Mill & Mine
227 W Depot Ave
Knoxville, TN 37917

JLA at Greencastle Summer Music Festival

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 7:30pm

Photo by Pete Woodhead

Pianist Taka Kigawa performs a program that includes JLA’s NunataksAmong Red Mountains, and Tukiliit as part of the Greencastle Summer Music Festival held in Greencastle, IN.

FREE EVENT

Gobin United Methodist Church
307 Simpson
Greencastle, IN 46135

softLOUD at East Neuk Festival - Lang's 'killer' and Wolfe's 'LAD'

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 7:30pm

softLoud (guitarist Sean Shibe) performs at East Neuk Festival.

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

Dreel Hall
High St W
Anstruther, KY10 3DG United Kingdom

Michael Gordon's 'Anonymous Man' performed by The Crossing (world premiere)

Saturday, July 1, 2017 - 8:00pm

Photo by Peter Serling

Anonymous Man is a concert-length work from Bang on a Can composer Michael Gordon. The text is drawn from real life—Gordon's experiences living in a changing neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, meeting his future wife (the composer Julia Wolfe), raising a family, and especially encounters with two homeless men who lived across the street. The piece reaches a surprising epiphany—after the bombing of the neighboring World Trade Center, and a few years later when one of the homeless men dies and Gordon watches the outpouring of sympathy from the community—that evokes Lincoln's funeral train going through the streets of Manhattan, including Desbrosses. The interplay of personalities is beautifully rendered in music, springing from Michael’s conversations with the homeless men—serious, funny, mysterious, poetic, and mundane.

Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill
8855 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118

'the little match girl passion' performed by Dutch Chamber Choir with live dance

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 8:15pm

Photo by Peter Serling

Program:

William Byrd - Mass to 4: Kyrie, Gloria 
Arvo Pärt - Most Holy Mother of God 
William Byrd - Mass to 4: Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus dei 
David Lang - Little Match Girl Passion

Dutch Chamber Choir 
Peter Dijkstra conductor 
Neel Verdoorn choreography 
Ralitza Malehounova,  Roisin Verheul dance

Muziekgebouw - Grote Zaal
Piet Heinkade 1
Amsterdam, 1019 BR Netherlands

Cloud River Mountain - All-Stars and Gong Linna

Friday, July 14, 2017 to Saturday, July 15, 2017

Enter the world of the gods, spirits, and shamans of ancient Chinese myths and poetry in this evening-length work co-composed by Lao Luo and Bang on a Can Co-Artistic Directors Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe.

Your guide is the extraordinary Chinese vocalist Gong Linna, whose dynamic voice travels across vast terrains of sonic colors. Her adventurous artistic range that embraces Chinese folk, pop, and avant-garde art music has drawn comparisons to Björk. Singing in both Mandarin and English, she joins the ever-intrepid Bang on a Can All-Stars for a thrilling cross-cultural voyage through dramatic musical landscapes, from groove-driven melodies and lyrical meditations to punk back beats and stratospheric vocalizations.

 

Lincoln Center Festival, Gerald W. Lynch Theater
10 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA - Public Performances

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 to Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) is a musical utopia for innovative musicians in the beautiful Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts. The residency portion of the project is dedicated entirely to adventurous contemporary music and runs from July 17-Aug 6.  The cornerstone of the residency are the public performances which run from July 19- Aug 5. The performances include daily recitals by faculty and fellows of the residency in the MASS MoCA galleries (free with museum admission), additional free performances in the community, and a festival finale blow-out concert - a 6 hour performance in the Hunter Center on Aug 5! More information coming soon.

MASS MoCA
1040 Mass MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247

Eric Jacobs (Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble) performs Lang's 'Press Release'

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 7:30pm

Eric Jacobs — a master of all things clarinet. The multi-talented Jacobs not only plays with a sensitivity and connection rarely experienced, but he sings! The concert includes two world premieres written for him by Andrew Tholl ("takes all the breath out of me") and Gabriella Smith ("Apocalyptic Wavelengths") and established works - Nico Muhly’s “It Goes Without Saying” and even David Lang's infamous "Press Release". Come and experience the artistry of PNME’s newest addition to the lime green dream team! 

City Theatre, Mainstage
1300 Bingham Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Mozart to Lang: Instrumental Opera

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 7:30pm

Chamber Music Northwest gives a nod to the Opera with instrumental operatic works including Mozart’s overture to Cosí fan Tutte and three pieces by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang including his Academy Award nominated Simple Song #3.

Kaul Auditorium, Reed College
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
Prtland, OR 97202

JACK Quartet: Music of JLA

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 7:30pm

Photo by Pete Woodhead

On this first night of the John Luther Adams Festival, JACK Quartet performs music from the album The Wind in High Places, including the pastoral 2011 title piece as well as the 2015 quartets Canticles of the Sky and untouched, and Dream of the Canyon Wren (2013), a work composed specifically for the JACK Quartet.

SFJAZZ Center
201 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

New@Noon: Lang & Coleman

Friday, July 28, 2017 - 12:00pm

Join us in this last New@Noon of the summer with works by David Lang and Imani Winds flutist and composer Valerie Coleman. These beautiful works will both inspire and move you

Lincoln Recital Hall-PSU
1620 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97201

John Luther Adams: Inuksuit

Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 1:00pm

Named for the iconic human-shaped stone monuments erected by indigenous peoples of the Arctic to mark important locations, Inuksuit is intended to create a harmonious marriage of music and geography that allows the audience to create their own experience as they move within the vast performance area. As listeners’ walk, the balance between various musicians located within the space changes, mixed with the natural sounds of the environment – a primary aspect of the concept JLA calls “sonic geography.” The recording of the work won the 2015 GRAMMY Award for “Best Contemporary Classical Composition,” and filmmaker Len Kamerling’s feature-length film Strange and Sacred Noise includes footage of the piece performed on the tundra in Alaska. Percussionist and composer Doug Perkins directs this event held in a public location to be named soon.

FREE EVENT 

Location TBA
San Francisco, CA
Touring in support of: 

JLA's Inuksuit at Land’s End Sutro Baths

Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 1:00pm

Photo by Pete Woodhead

Named for the iconic human-shaped stone monuments erected by indigenous peoples of the Arctic to mark important locations, Inuksuit is intended to create a harmonious marriage of music and geography that allows the audience to create their own experience as they move within the vast performance area. As listeners’ walk, the balance between various musicians located within the space changes, mixed with the natural sounds of the environment – a primary aspect of the concept JLA calls “sonic geography.” Percussionist and composer Doug Perkins directs this event.

FREE EVENT

Land’s End Sutro Baths
1004 Point Lobos Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94121
Touring in support of: 

John Luther Adams: Veils and Vesper

Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 4:00pm

Photo by Pete Woodhead

Composed in 2005, Veils and Vesper is a four-part electronic soundscape that evolves slowly and organically over its six-hour duration in the hallowed confines of Grace Cathedral. Presented as an audio installation, the piece, and the audience’s experience of it, constantly shifts and changes as listeners move around the space. Like few other musical experiences presented at Grace, Veils and Vesper will take full advantage of the cathedral’s unique acoustic properties and natural 7-second delay.

Grace Cathedral
1100 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94108

JLA's 'Everything That Rises' New York Premiere

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 8:00pm

Photo by Pete Woodhead

The JACK Quartet gives the New York premiere of Everything That Rises as part of the multi-day TIME SPANS 2017 contemporary music festival.

Scheduled from August 1 to 5, 2017, the festival is produced and presented by the Earle Brown Music Foundation and will include five concerts performed by three North American specialized groups for new repertoire: Talea Ensemble (NYC), JACK Quartet (NYC), and Bozzini Quartet (Montreal). TIME SPANS is dedicated exclusively to the presentation of 21st-century music and will take place at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in Manhattan.

Mary Flagler Cary Hall, DiMenna Center for Classical Music
450 W 37th St
New York, NY 10018

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

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

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

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