Tours

Road Trip at the Ford Theater, Los Angeles

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 8:00pm

Photo by Souki Mehdaoui

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 Gordon, David 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.

World premiere!!

Ford Theater
2580 Cahuenga Blvd East
Hollywood, CA 90068

David Lang's 'child' performed by earspace

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 7:30pm

In the debut performance of earspace, the ensemble will present the music of Christopher Cerrone, Kaija Saariaho, and David Lang in collaboration with CAM Raleigh. Cerrone’s South Catalina, Sarriaho's Tocar, and  Lang’s child are equal parts epic, energizing, and mesmerizing. Staged in the galleries at CAM, this performance explores the spatialization of this unique venue.

CAM Raleigh
409 W Martin St
Raleigh, NC 27603
Touring in support of: 

death speaks at Spectrum NYC

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 7:00pm

unbridled presents:

Icli Zitella – Signs of the Apocalypse 
Ashkan Behzadi – Az hoosh mi 
Meredith Monk – Hocket and Gotham Lullaby 
David Lang – death speaks

with readings from Max Porter’s novel “Grief is the Thing with Feathers”

$15 admission

Spectrum NYC
70 Flushing Ave
70 Flushing Avenue, NY 11205
Touring in support of: 

All-Stars - Classics and Selections from Road Trip

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 6:30pm

Photo by Lisa Bauso

The All-Stars perform selections from the new collaboration between Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe - Road Trip! As well as classics from their repertoire  - sunray, cheating lying stealing, and Lick.  Klaipeda Festival in Lithuania

Klaipėdos koncertų salė
Šaulių g. 36
Klaipėda, Lithuania
Touring in support of: 

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

Timber performed by Rest/Noise

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 7:00pm

Timber is an hour-long work by NYC-based composer/member of the Bang On a Can Collective, Michael Gordon, written for 6 percussionists each playing their own piece of amplified wood (2x4, 2x6, etc.).  The conglomerate experience is a hauntingly beautiful, ethereal cave of mellow bass and complex overtones.

 

First Church in Cambridge
11 Garden St
Cambridge, MA 02138
Touring in support of: 

Timber performed by Rest/Noise

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 4:00pm

Timber is an hour-long work by NYC-based composer/member of the Bang On a Can Collective, Michael Gordon, written for 6 percussionists each playing their own piece of amplified wood (2x4, 2x6, etc.).  The conglomerate experience is a hauntingly beautiful, ethereal cave of mellow bass and complex overtones.

St. John's Church
1 Roanoke Ave.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Touring in support of: 

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

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

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

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

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: 

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: 

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 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

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

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

Lisa Moore at Norfolk New Music Workshop in Spain

Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 6:30pm

Photo by Peter Hislop

Lisa Moore performs in the Yale-Norfolk New Music Workshop in Oviedo, Spain!

Program:

Hannah Lash - Piano Etudes
Chris Theofanides - Flow My Tears
Fernando Buide - new work
Martin Bresnick - My 20th Century
David Lang - Cheating Lying Stealing
Charles Ives - Unanswered Question (arr:Bresnick)

FREE EVENT

Asturias Belle Arts Museum
Calle Sta. Ana, 1-3
Oviedo, Asturias, Spain, 33003 Spain

Bang on a Can Marathon 2017

Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 5:30pm

More musical “happening” than concert, the Bang on a Can Marathon is an audacious festival closer. The eclectic program includes works from our 2017 guest artist Louis Andriessen, as well as Steve Reich, Jeffrey Brooks, Michael Gordon, Judd Greenstein, David Lang, Vanessa Lann, Mary Jane Leach, Gyorgi Ligeti, Nicole Lizee, Dmitri Tymoczko, Lois V Vierk, and Julia Wolfe. Share the experience with hundreds of adventurous listeners, dozens of brilliant performers, great food and drink, and the expanded galleries at MASS MoCA.

MASS MoCA - Hunter Center
1040 MASS MoCA WAY
North Adams 01247

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

A Little Night Music: Sō Percussion

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 10:00pm

Photo by Evan Monroe Chapman 2016

The musical and theatrical possibilities of percussion are infinite at this late-night performance by the “astonishing and entrancing” Sō Percussion (Billboard) in the intimate Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. Household objects are transformed into vehicles of virtuosity in works by John Cage, Viet Cuong, and Caroline Shaw. 

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
165 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023

The Music of Phillip Glass at MASS MoCA

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 4:30pm

Festival fellows perform the chamber music version of Glass’ monumental Symphony #3 and his minimalist classic Music in Similar Motion.

Free with gallery admission

MASS MoCA
1040 MASS MoCA WAY
North Adams, MA 01247

Music from Central Asia

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 4:30pm

Musicians from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan perform on traditional instruments from their countries, including the chopo choor, rubab, and dombra.

MASS MoCA
1040 MASS MoCA WAY
North Adams, MA 01247

Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and Sō Percussion

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 to Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Photo by Evan Monroe Chapman 2016

Sō Percussion displays its “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy” (New Yorker) during a colorful journey from Istanbul to Paris. Mozart’s Turkish-tinged overture paves the way to David Lang’s virtuosic percussion concerto, crafted from found objects. Ottoman flavors return in Lully’s music for Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, tucked into the French pomp and elegance that is echoed by Mozart in the sensational symphony that marked his Parisian debut.

Performances August 1, 7:30PM & August 2, 7:30PM.

Lincoln Center - David Geffen Hall
10 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

BOAC Summer Festival World Premier Composer Concert

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 4:30pm

Forty young composers and performers from around the world debut nine new works written especially for the festival. The 2017 composition fellows are Connor D’Netto (Australia), Aaron Garcia (NYC), Susanna Hancock (Florida), Valentin Jost, (France), Visnja Krzic (NYC/Serbia), Robert Andrew Scott (Kentucky), Liza Sobel (New Jersey), Shelley Washington (NYC), Cassie Wieland (Illinois).

MASS MoCA
1040 MASS MoCA WAY
North Adams, MA 01247

Mark Stewart and Festival Fellows Perform Gunnar Schonbeck

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 4:30pm

Mark Stewart and festival fellows present new works created especially for this concert, performed on the spectacular musical instruments of Gunnar Schonbeck.

Free with gallery admission

MASS MoCA
1040 MASS MoCA WAY
North Adams, MA 01247

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 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: 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: 

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

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
Portland, 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

Nick Photinos at MASS MoCA

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 4:30pm

Cellist Nick Photinos will be joined by bassist/composer Florent Ghys in presenting works of Florent’s and others from Petits Artéfacts, Nick’s upcoming debut album release on New Amsterdam this fall. Fun fact — Nick has won four Grammys!

MASS MoCA
1040 MASS MoCA WAY
North Adams, MA 01247

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