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

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

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: 


Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 7:30pm

This Louisville Orchestra concert celebrates American Music with a concert that features new works by American women.


NOAH SOROTA The Bluegrass
JULIA WOLFE Big Beautiful Dark and Scary
TJ COLE Death of The Poet
RENE ORTH Run for the Roses
RACHEL GRIMES "My Dear Companion," "The Corner Room" and "Mossgrove" from Book of Leaves
JOAN TOWER Island Rhythms
ANNE CLYNE Masquerade

The Temple
5101 US HWY 42
Louisville, KY 40241

The music of Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe - "Three Generartions" with Steve Reich at Carnegie Hall

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 7:30pm

Photo by Ivan Singer

The Bang on a Can All-Stars and special guests perform the music of Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, as part of the project curated by Steve Reich - Three Generations - celebrating his 80th birthday.

Bang on a Can All-Stars with:
Todd Reynolds, Violin
Kelli Kathman, Flute
Peter Hess, Saxophones
David Friend, Keyboard
Michael Gordon, Keyboard
Nathan Koci, Accordion
JACK Quartet
Additional artists to be announced

DAVID LANG cheating, lying, stealing
JULIA WOLFE Early That Summer

Performance includes a discussion with Steve Reich, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Michael Gordon

Carnegie Hall - Zankel Hall
881 7th Ave
New York, NY 10019

Bearthoven "Trios" Album Release with special guest Fjóla Evans

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 7:15pm

Bearthoven brings their unique brand of investigative new music for piano, percussion, and bass to LPR on April 18th to kick off the release of their debut album, Trios (out on Cantaloupe Music, May 5th). Over three years in the making, the record celebrates a community built around performers who play new music and the composers who write for them.

For this release, Bearthoven will perform three highlighted works from Trios: Adrian Knight’s The Ringing World, Fjóla Evans Shoaling, and Brooks Frederickson’s Undertoad.
The night also includes the premiere of a newly commissioned work, American Dream, from Brooklyn’s timelessly lyrical and occasionally dystopian composer Scott Wollschleger.

The show begins with a solo set by Fjóla Evans performing her original music for solo cello and electronics. Based on her love of Icelandic folk-song and drones, the music explores looping white-noise, archival and field recordings to build twitching minimal soundscapes. She will be performing pieces inspired by her study of Icelandic Rímur, a type of intonement of skaldic poetry.

(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10012
Touring in support of: 

Bearthoven X Steinhardt Graduate Composers

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 7:45pm

The culminating event of Bearthoven's residency at NYU Steinhardt. Bearthoven will be premiering seven pieces by the Steinhardt Graduate Composers collective. 


New York University
35 w 4th St. - Room 303
New York, NY 10012

Ted Hearne // Roomful of Teeth: Coloring Book (Midwest premiere)

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 3:00pm

Roomful of Teeth (“hypnotic and intensely moving” – is a GRAMMY-winning vocal project dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice. Their Chicago debut program is built around a white composer’s setting of texts by Zora Neal Hurston, Claudia Rankine, and James Baldwin, reflecting on their blackness.

Chicago debut

Performance Hall, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
915 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Kompas Kollektiv performs Andriessen, Gordon, Lang, & more

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 8:00pm

Design by James Black

Kompas Kollektiv is a Copenhagen based collective of musicians performing new music and interested in creating a dialogue between composers in Denmark and the UK, and eventually between Denmark and other countries.

With Kompas Kollektiv we want to bring together different instrumentalists and ensembles within the same programmes. We are interested in programming that is able to directly engage audiences, exploring the relationship between compositions, and the varying audience reactions they create.

This concert will be the launch concert of Kompas Kollektiv.

Blågards Plads 6A
Copenhagen, 2200 København N Denmark

Ted Hearne Residency at WELD Nashville

Friday, March 31, 2017 to Saturday, April 1, 2017

chatterbird hosts award-winning composer Ted Hearne for a weekend of his music, including the stunning, thought-provoking Katrina Ballads (4/1, 7:30 PM) as well as an intimate set of his songs (3/31, 7 PM).

MARCH 31, 2017: RSVP for the Outlanders performance, and purchase tickets here. 7 PM, WELD NASHVILLE. Featuring an opening set by cellist Leah Coloff.

APRIL 1, 2017: RSVP for the Katrina Ballads performance, and purchase tickets here. 7:30 PM, WELD NASHVILLE. Featuring original film by Bill Morrison.

90 Oceanside Drive
Nashville, TN 37204

Glass, Gordon, & Wolfechoreographed by Doug Varone at BAM

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 to Saturday, April 1, 2017

ReComposed. Photo: Nikki Carrara

Doug Varone and Dancers celebrate 30 years of impassioned choreography with three works representing the past, present, and future of this peerless company. Their major revival of the Philip Glass-scored Possession (1994), inspired by A.S. Byatt’s century-spanning novel of the same name, is an entwined portrait of solitude and desire. Varone’s latest work Folded, set to music by MacArthur fellow Julia Wolfe, renders the intimate interplay between two dancers falling in and out of sync. And in ReComposed, inspired by abstract expressionist Joan Mitchell’s pastel drawings, dancers careen across a paper-white stage to the crescendos of Michael Gordon’s Dystopia.

30 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Field Recordings at University of Pittsburg

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 8:00pm

Photo by Peter Serling

Bang on a Can All-Stars perform music from the Field Recordings project!

Location: The Warhol at the Carnegie Music Hall
Copresented with The Andy Warhol Museum


University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
Touring in support of: 

Grand Band performs Reich, Lang, Glass, & more at Vale of Glamorgan Festival

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 8:00pm

Six grand pianos and six virtuoso pianists from New York bestride St David’s Hall’s stage. Described as “awesome” (Sequenza 21) and “inventive” (New York Magazine), Grand Band champion new music from today’s composers, ranging through classical and pop-crossover to post minimal.  There are classics by Reich, Lang and Glass, a world premiere from Ben Wallace and music from Wales by John Metcalf.


Paul Kerekes - wither and bloom

Philip Glass - Closing

Ben Wallace - New work - World premiere

David Lang - face so pale

John Metcalf - Never Odd or Even

Steve Reich - Six Pianos

St David’s Hall
The Hayes
Cardiff, CF10 1AH United Kingdom

Ted Hearne: New Songs at National Sawdust

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 7:00pm

Singer-composer Ted Hearne premieres an intimate and ecstatic collection of vocal music, accompanied by a band of longtime friends and new collaborators.

Vocalists Peabody Southwell, fresh from season appearances with LA Opera, and Allison Semmes, having just stepped out of the role of Diana Ross on Broadway, give rare recital performances. Solo instrumentalists Mariel Roberts, Taylor Levine and Philip White, staples of New York’s contemporary music community, join The Nouveau Classical Project and San Francisco’s eclectic and bold duo The Living Earth Show as the evening’s dynamic ensemble. R WE WHO R WE, the vocal/electronics duo of Ted Hearne and Philip White, also perform selections of their upcoming sophomore release.

National Sawdust
Brooklyn 11249

The McGill Percussion Ensemble presents: Timber

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 9:00pm

Photo by Peter Serling

The McGill Percussion Ensemble presents:

Timber (2009) by Michael Gordon

Directors: Aiyun Huang and Fabrice Marandola

Players: Olivier Tremblay-Noel, Peter White, Robert Cosgrove, Alexander Haupt, Nicole Joshi, Jessica Tsang

Concert presented as a part of the Montreal New Musics Festival


Strathcona Music Building - Pollack Hall
555 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montreal, QC H3A 1E3 Canada
Touring in support of: 

Quince performs David Lang's 'love fail' in Ohio

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 to Monday, February 27, 2017

LOVE FAIL IN COLUMBUS - February 22, 2017

Quince gives a performance of David Lang's love fail. Sponsored by the Johnstone Fund for New Music. 


Concert is FREE

The Garden Theater

Columbus, OH



Quince returns to Kent State University for a performance of David Lang's love fail.

3:00PM Workshop on Entrepreneurship in Ludwig Recital Hall

FREE and open to the public


Ludwig Recital Hall

FREE and open to the public

Kent State University

Kent, OH



Alia Musica presents Quince singing David Lang and Kaija Saariaho.

Pittsburgh, PA

Chatham University

James Laughlin Music Hall


Buy tickets here!



Quince travels to BGSU to perform David Lang's love fail.


Bryan Recital Hall

Bowling Green, OH

Touring in support of: 

Lang's 'the so-called laws of nature' performed by Architek Percussion

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 7:30pm

Architek Percussion is celebrating five years as an ensemble by presenting a concert of new and old works that have characterized our activities over the past half-decade. Joining us are former Architek members Noam Bierstone and Ryan Packard. Four different iterations of Architek Percussion bring you five great pieces!


Quartet (mvt. 1) - John Cage
-Architek 2.0 (Duinker, Morton, Packard, Valiante)

Horizontal and Vertical Forces II - Anthony Tan (world premiere / création mondiale)
Bit Canon - Eliot Britton
-Architek 3.0 (Duinker, Morton, Reimer, Valiante)

the so-called laws of nature (mvt. 3) - David Lang
-Architek 1.0 (Biertsone, Morton, Packard, Valiante)

Six Changes (excerpts / extraits) - Architek Percussion
-Architek "ensemble cast" / Architek « distribution d'ensemble 


La Sala Rossa
4848 boul. St-Laurent
Monteal , QC H2T 2R6 Canada

Bang on on a Can and the Jewish Museum present: Bonjour

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 7:30pm

Bonjour is a low string band with drums/percussion founded in 2012 by bassist and composer Florent Ghys whose performance corresponds to the Museum's exhibition Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design. Chareau, originally from Bordeaux, rose to become one of Paris's most fashionable designers of the early 20th Century. Ghys, also originally from Bordeaux, is one of New York's most creative composer-performers of the early 21st Century. Combining basses, cello, guitars, percussion, and voices, Ghys has assembled a sizzling group of some of New York's top young musicians and Bang on a Can regulars to create an unusual sound world that's equal parts groove, melody and meditation. From jazz-laced indie-pop to ambient chamber music, Bonjour shimmers with influences that push it beyond the safety net of "new classical" music to something altogether edgy, adventurous, and even slightly art-damaged.

The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Ave
New York, NY 10128
Touring in support of: 

Julia Wolfe's 'on seven-star-shoes' performed by Sylvan Winds

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 7:30pm

The Sylvan Winds are thrilled to make their first appearance at The Cell honoring Elliott Schwartz' 80th birthday with his witty tribute to the 2nd Viennese School and also featuring new works by talented and exciting composers, from Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Wolfe of Bang on a Can, to Robert Paterson of the American Music Ensemble. Join us after the concert to meet the artists!

The Cell
338 W 23rd St
New York, NY 10011

The Crossing performs at Colgate University

Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 3:30pm

"We take the ethereal sounds and introspective music of our December concert to Colgate University for our first residency there, with the Colgate Chamber Singers joining us on a few works." - The Crossing

Area premieres of David Lang, Toivo Tulev, Aaron Helgeson, and Kevin Puts' choral cantata, To Touch the Sky.


The Colgate Memorial Chapel - Colgate University
13 Oak Dr.
Hamilton, NY 13346

Maya Beiser: New York Cello

Friday, February 10, 2017 - 7:30pm

Photo by ioulex

American cellist and producer Maya Beiser has spent twenty years pioneering a new music for the instrument with contemporary composers, using amplification, pre-recorded tracks, voice and film. In this bespoke recital she performs works written for her, including Steve Reich’s scintillating Cello Counterpoint, and Golijov’s urgent, multi-layered Mariel. A founder member of Bang-on-a-Can All Stars, she’ll present luminous works by David Lang and Michael Gordon, and the UK premiere by of Julia Wolfe’s new piece Emunah.

Kings Place
90 York Way
London, N1 9AG United Kingdom

Steel Hammer at NYU Abu Dhabi

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 to Thursday, February 9, 2017

Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer performed by SITI Company and the Bang on a Can All-Stars with singers Emily Eagen, Katie Geissinger, Molly Quinn
Directed by Anne Bogart

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 8:00pm

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 8:00pm

The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Touring in support of: 

Bang on a Can All-Stars UAE Debut

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 8:00pm

Photo by Peter Serling

For their UAE debut, the All-Stars play a program including signature works by Bang on a Can founders Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, plus multi-media works from the All-Stars’ Field Recordings initiative by Steve Reich, Anna Clyne, Bryce Dessner, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Christian Marclay, and more. At the center is a world premiere piece commissioned by The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi and the Abu Dhabi Festival by celebrated Emirati-American composer Mohammed Fairouz. Their UAE debut will include a world premiere piece written for them by Emirati-American composer Mohammed Fairouz, commissioned by The Arts Center and the Abu Dhabi Festival.

The NYUAD Arts Center, East Plaza
Saadiyat Island
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Piano Spheres Presents Vicki Ray: Dream Teams

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 8:30pm

Continuing the Piano Spheres 2016–17 season, this program led by virtuoso keyboardist Vicki Ray includes the world premiere of Dylan Mattingly’s Dreams and False Alarms, for 2 microtonal keyboards; Brad Lubman’s Tangents, for 2 pianos and 2 percussion instruments; and Erik Griswold’s A the Wolfe in the Mangroves (Concerto for Prepared Piano and Percussion Quartet). It also features the world premiere of a suite of compositions by the founders of Bang on a Can: On Desbrosses Street by Michael Gordon; a new version of East Broadway by Julia Wolfe; and spring and green by David Lang. 

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Michael Gordon's Rushes at National Sawdust

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 7:00pm

Rushes Ensemble

The seven members of the Rushes Ensemble bring Rushes, Michael Gordon's inspiring piece for seven bassoons, to National Sawdust in Brooklyn on Thursday, January 26.

Rushes takes its place alongside Gordon’s Timber for expanding the boundaries of a single instrument’s repertoire into unknown (and at times, otherworldly) spaces. Like Timber, which maps new percussive territory for the simantra—a simple two-by-four slab of wood, amplified and played in a group of six to yield trance-like sonic textures—Rushes brings out tonal and timbral aspects of the bassoon that are meant to induce a quasi-meditative, almost ecstatic state, in the listener as well as the performer.

National Sawdust
80 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY
Touring in support of: 

People's Commissioning Fund concert

Monday, January 9, 2017 - 7:30pm

Photo by Peter Serling

People's Commissioning Fund Concert

PLUS Bang on a Can 30 Years Kick-off Party!

New works by Nico Muhly, Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Juan Felipe Waller, an excerpt from Michael Gordon's chamber opera Van Gogh, music by Philip Glass and more. The concert is part of the Ecstatic Music Festival, and will be hosted by John Schaefer and broadcast on WNYC-FM's pioneering show New Sounds Live.

The Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund (PCF) concert is one of the most anticipated and reliable launching pads for emerging composers in New York and beyond. Founded in 1997, long before crowd-funding became the norm through Kickstarter and the like, Bang on a Can's PCF has pooled contributions of all sizes from hundreds of friends and fans and since its inception has commissioned over 40 works of music. Bang on a Can celebrates 30 Years in 2017! Come join the party!

Merkin Concert Hall
129 W 67th St
New York, NY 10023

'the little match girl passion' staged by R. B. Schlather at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 7:00pm

From the haunting Hans Christian Anderson story comes this Pulitzer Prize-winning parable. Composed by David Lang, it's influenced by Bach's St. Matthew Passion, and described as "poignant...and consoling" (New York Times). This performance is staged by R. B. Schlather whose directorial vision was hailed by the New York Times as "intriguing" and "inventive" in The Met's magical Medieval Sculpture Hall.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Mediaeval Hall
1000 5th Ave
New York, NY 10028
Touring in support of: 

'the little match girl passion' performed by Pro Coro Canada ConSept

Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 7:00pm

Pro Coro Canada ConSept provides a late evening meditation during the busy season of Advent, with David Lang’s spare yet incredibly fulfilling Little Match Girl Passion.  Introduced by the Dean of All Saints’ Cathedral, the Very Rev. Neil Gordon, this one hour candlelight performance showcases a quartet of singers who also play the glockenspiel and other percussion instruments.

All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral
10035 103 St NW
Edmonton, AB Canada
Touring in support of: 

'last spring' and 'where you go' performed by The Crossing Choir

Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 7:00pm

Photo by Peter Serling

Don’t make me go. Don’t make me turn away from you.

"We look at the role of the mother, at the Nativity and far beyond - in our inner and outer lives, in the world, and in time. Music that asks questions - from David Lang's hauntingly beautiful where you go(after the Book of Ruth, 2015), to Toivo Tulev's soaring And then in silence there with Me be only You (2002). With a world premiere of Aaron Helgeson based on Kazim Ali’s translation of Marguerite Duras’ L’Amour. The centerpiece of the program is Kevin Puts' choral cycle To Touch the Sky (2012), on writings of Sappho, Mother Teresa, Mirabai, Amy Lowell, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Christina Rosetti, and Hildegard of Bingen. A contemplative, rich program also featuring the U.S. premiere of David’s last spring, written in memory of Marion Boulton "Kippy" Stroud, founder of Philadelphia’s Fabric Workshop."

Christ Church Christiana Hundred
505 E. Buck Road
Wilmington, DE 19807

'last spring' and 'where you go' performed by The Crossing Choir

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 8:00pm

Photo by Peter Serling

Don’t make me go. Don’t make me turn away from you.

"We look at the role of the mother, at the Nativity and far beyond - in our inner and outer lives, in the world, and in time. Music that asks questions - from David Lang's hauntingly beautiful where you go(after the Book of Ruth, 2015), to Toivo Tulev's soaring And then in silence there with Me be only You (2002). With a world premiere of Aaron Helgeson based on Kazim Ali’s translation of Marguerite Duras’ L’Amour. The centerpiece of the program is Kevin Puts' choral cycle To Touch the Sky (2012), on writings of Sappho, Mother Teresa, Mirabai, Amy Lowell, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Christina Rosetti, and Hildegard of Bingen. A contemplative, rich program also featuring the U.S. premiere of David’s last spring, written in memory of Marion Boulton "Kippy" Stroud, founder of Philadelphia’s Fabric Workshop."

Church of the Holy Trinity
1904 Walnut St.
Philadelphia , PA 19103


Friday, December 9, 2016 - 4:00pm

Cantaloupe artist pianist Lisa Moore and new music maverick violinist Kate Stenberg unite for a concert on December 18 at the innovative San Francisco Center for New Music, presenting three works by Cantaloupe artists Martin Bresnick (celebrating his 70th birthday) Kate Moore (the west coast premiere of her Sliabh Beagh for a singing pianist) and Michael Gordon. Time Flies also presents music by Philip Glass, Somei Satoh, Bay Area's own Amy X Neuburg.

Center for New Music
55 Taylor St
San Francisco, CA 94102

'Early that summer' performed by the Jack Quartet

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 2:30pm

Photo by Peter Serling

The JACK Quartet

Violinists Christopher Otto and Austin Wulliman
violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Jay Campbell

JACK is joined by their former violinist Ari Streisfeld and cellist Kevin McFarland together with UI Bass Professor Volkan Orhon in featuring John Adams's "Shaker Loops"


Julia Wolfe - Early That Summer

Iannis Xenakis - Tetora

Erin Gee - Mouthpiece XXII

John Adams - Shaker Loops

The University of Iowa, School of Music Concert Hall
93 E Burlington St
Iowa City, IA 52240

Contemporary Directions Ensemble perform Beecher, Lang, Mazzoli, Shaw, and Rzewski.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 8:00pm

Musical compositions inspired by written and spoken words comprise this concert. The Contemporary Directions Ensemble, a vibrant and diverse group dedicated to performing repertoire from the 20th and the 21st centuries from a wide range of styles in a variety of instrumentations, will perform works by Lembit Beecher, David Lang, Missy Mazzoli, Caroline Shaw and Frederic Rzewski.



Mazzoli - Set that on Fire 

Brantley- The Royal Revolver

Lang- increase

Beecher- The art of Remembering

Shaw- Taxidermy

Rzewski- Coming Together

UM - Earl V. Moore Building, Hankinson Rehearsal Hall
1100 Baits Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

'darker' performed by St. Paul Chamber Orchestra at Liquid Music with film by Suzanne Bocanegra

Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 8:00pm

David Lang, one of America’s preeminent living composers and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for music, brings his contemplative work darker to Saint Paul for its Midwest premiere. Scored for 12 strings, darker is more of an object than a piece of music, weaving together intricate solo lines into a delicate and subtly emotional fabric. “My piece, like life, expends a lot of effort to go a very short distance,” says Lang. “From beautiful to a little less beautiful, from a little light to something a little darker.” The score to darker invites performers to add a live visual or lighting design to their performance, choosing from elements created by New York based visual artist Suzanne Bocanegra.

Ordway Concert Hall
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102