Tours

John Luther Adams: Qilyaun in London, UK

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 8:00pm

A thunderous bass drum takes us to other worlds as Joby Burgess headlines this night of percussion and electronics. He performs John Luther Adams’s Qilyaun, written for bass drum and electronic delay. The piece takes its name from the Iñupiaq (Indigenous people of north-western Alaska) word for the shaman’s drum. Translated literally, it means ‘device of power’ – the shaman’s ‘vehicle’ for their journeys, riding the sound of the drum to and from the spirit world. Elsewhere he performs some of Gabriel Prokofiev’s Voyages – taken from their nonclassical release Import/Export.

Kicking off the evening is Reylon, who returns after winning nonclassical’s Battle of the Bands in January 2019. He presents Leaves, an original electroacoustic folk set that integrates augmented yangqin (Chinese hammer dulcimer), found sound, and voice. Stylistically, it synthesizes traditional and contemporary yangqin playing, soundscape composition, and alternative folk singing. The work stems from a contemplation of how transcultural experience fragments identity and the ways we attempt to weave ourselves back together.

DJ sets in between acts come from nonclassical Associate Composer Lola de la Mata.

The Victoria
London, United Kingdom

Ecstatic Music: Alarm Will Sound & Eartheater - "The Hunger"

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:30pm

Donnacha Dennehy's The Hunger concerns itself with the Great Irish Famine of 1845–52, which transformed Irish society irrevocably, resulting in the loss of approximately one million people to death and another million to emigration. Asenath Nicholson, an American so moved by the waves of immigrants arriving in New York that she travelled to Ireland to bear witness. Her astonishing first-hand, published account, “Annals of the Famine in Ireland,” is The Hunger’s main narrative thread. Featuring vocialists Katherine Manley and Iarla O'Lionáird.

The Hunger will be presented alongside Eartheater's When Fire is Allowed to Finish by Queens-based artist Alexandra Drewchin (A.K.A. Eartheater), creating an evening of music centered around historical accounts of personal loss. Eartheater distills foley-filled digital production and classical composition into works suspended between reckless romanticism and precisely detailed sonic tapestries. When Fire is Allowed to Finish is comprised of six emotionally charged movements arranged by composers Aaron Parker, Steve Snowden and Conrad Winslow.

Merkin Hall, Kaufman Music Center
New York, NY

John Luther Adams: Become River (New Zealand Premiere)

Monday, September 30, 2019 - 7:30pm

SHED SERIES – UNWOUND
Hamish McKeich Conductor
Russel Walder Oboe

Tchaikovsky/Ellington The Nutcracker Suite (Selection)
John Luther Adams Become River (New Zealand premiere)
Milhaud Saudades do Brasil, Op. 67 (Selection)
Derek Bermel Canzonas Americanas: Mvts. 1-3 (New Zealand premiere)
Russel Walder arr. Psathas Untitled new work (World premiere)

The finale of the 2019 Shed Series presents a programme of light, relaxing music to entertain as we head towards the end of the year.

Grammy Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams’ Become River is a beautiful and meditative piece of music inspired by the natural world and is part of a trilogy of works including Become Ocean and Become Desert.

Shed 6
Wellington, New Zealand

John Luther Adams: Dream in White on White in NYC

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 7:30pm

Sound and stimulation are set to “on” at this new-music series at The Appel Room, overlooking Central Park. The season kicks off with a contemporary complement to the New York Philharmonic’s staged production of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Schoenberg’s Erwartung, asking how music can tell stories. Hosted and curated by Nadia Sirota, Creative Partner, and featuring Philharmonic musicians.

Tickets to the 2019-20 Sound ON concerts will be available at a later date.

Jazz at Lincoln Center
New York, NY

'slow movement' performed by Ensemble Muzzix

Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 3:15pm

After the Round The World Of Sound projects - Moondog Madrigals (2014) and IN motion - Music With Changing Parts by Philip Glass (2016) who brought them together, the Dedalus and Muzzix ensembles come together to showcase two major works from the post- modernism. On the one hand, David Lang's play , Slow Movement (1993) and on the other, the iconic work of Louis Andriessen , Hoketus (1976).

Riverrun Festival
Albi, France

'the day' and 'world to come' performed by Maya Beiser with choreography by Lucinda Childs and danced by Wendy Whelan

Monday, October 14, 2019 to Tuesday, October 15, 2019

THE DAY is a new music/dance work by cellist Maya Beiser, dancer Wendy Whelan, choreographer Lucinda Childs, with music by David Lang. A collaboration among legends, THE DAY is an evening-long sensory exploration of two journeys—life and the eternal, post-mortal voyage of the soul. This bold, highly collaborative work explores universal themes through the shared language of music and dance.

Carolina Performing Arts
Chapel Hill, NC

'the day' and 'world to come' performed by Maya Beiser with choreography by Lucinda Childs and danced by Wendy Whelan

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 8:00pm to Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 8:00pm

THE DAY is a new music/dance work by cellist Maya Beiser, dancer Wendy Whelan, choreographer Lucinda Childs, with music by David Lang. A collaboration among legends, THE DAY is an evening-long sensory exploration of two journeys—life and the eternal, post-mortal voyage of the soul. This bold, highly collaborative work explores universal themes through the shared language of music and dance.

UCLA Center for the Art of Performance
Los Angeles, CA

'wed' performed by Trillium Piano Trio

Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 2:30pm

Program 
Joaquín Turina: “Circulo”, Fantasy for Piano Trio Op. 91 
David Lang: Wed (2018) 
Beethoven: Piano Trio, Op. 1, No. 1 
Bedřich Smetana: Piano Trio, Op. 15

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Delray Beach, FL

John Luther Adams: Lines Made by Walking (NY Premiere)

Monday, October 21, 2019 - 7:00pm

If The New York Times calls you “the nation’s most important quartet,” then you must be doing something right… in the case of the JACK Quartet, they’ve established themselves as one of the leaders in new music, giving voice to countless composers, while creating a new body of works that prove classical music has a future far beyond powdered wigs and dusty scores.

For their Crypt Sessions debut, the JACK will give the New York premiere of Lines Made by Walking, a piece by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams that channels nature in all of its magnificence and fragility.

Church of the Intercession
New York, NY

the day' and 'world to come' performed by Maya Beiser with choreography by Lucinda Childs and danced by Wendy Whelan [New York premiere]

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 to Sunday, October 27, 2019

A collaboration among legends, THE DAY is a new work by cellist Maya Beiser, beloved dancer Wendy Whelan, iconoclastic choreographer Lucinda Childs, and Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang. A New York premiere, this momentous melding of multi-genre creative genius comes in an evening-long sensory exploration of two journeys—life and the eternal, post-mortal voyage of the soul. THE DAY is a bold and highly collaborative work that explores universal themes through the shared language of music and dance.

 

The Joyce Theater
New York, NY

Caleb Burhans with BalletCollective and The Knights

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 to Saturday, October 26, 2019

BalletCollective returns to NYC with two world premieres and repertory featuring an inspiring roster of artistic contributors: artists Zaria Forman and Trevor Paglen, photojournalist George Steinmetz, science fiction writer Ken Liu, composers Judd Greenstein, Paul Moravec, Julianna Barwick, and Caleb Burhans, choreographers Troy Schumacher, Julianna Barwick, and Preston Chamblee, an ensemble of dancers from New York City Ballet, and orchestral collective The Knights. Evening shows on Wednesday, October 23; Friday, October 25; and Saturday, October 26. Matinee on Saturday, October 26.

Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center
New York, NY

John Luther Adams: Canticles of the Sky in London, UK

Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 3:30pm

DEEP MINIMALISM 2.0 Sunday
Part of Classical Season 2019/20
The second day of a weekend dedicated to meditative listening and deep concentration.

What can you expect from this weekend?

The soft strains of Malibu’s spoken voice with swells of 16 live cellos and cut-up sound Foley. The entombing chorales of Nivhek, featuring shimmering vibraphone.

The slowly layering canons of John Luther Adams’ Canticles of the Sky, 16 individual cello lines evoking the movement of sun and moon in a fantasy sky.

The dark underworld chromaticism of Morton Feldman’s Triadic Memories, where the flow of piano tones become an unspoken mantra to infinity.

Laura Cannell’s long-drawn studies of medieval folk fiddle and double pipe music, riffing on melodies which feel both close at hand and buried by stages of modernity.

Southbank Centre
London, United Kingdom

The Day at Williams Center for the Arts

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 8:00pm

THE DAY is a new music/dance work by cellist Maya Beiser, dancer Wendy Whelan, choreographer Lucinda Childs, with music by David Lang. A collaboration among legends, THE DAY is an evening-long sensory exploration of two journeys—life and the eternal, post-mortal voyage of the soul. This bold, highly collaborative work explores universal themes through the shared language of music and dance.

Williams Center for the Arts, Lafayette College
Easton, PA

"Voice as Practice" Workshop with Meredith Monk & Ellen Fisher

Friday, November 8, 2019 to Sunday, November 10, 2019

The voice, the original human instrument, expresses an eloquent language of the heart that delineates energy for which we don’t have words.

With careful instruction and supportive guidance from Meredith Monk—celebrated internationally for the last 50 years and hailed as “a magician of the voice”—together with Ellen Fisher an interdisciplinary artist, you will tap into landscapes of sound. Together, in this workshop you will unearth feelings, energies, and memories that could not otherwise be expressed.

This is a rare opportunity to uncover your unique voice with methods developed by a pioneering composer who is also a longtime Buddhist practitioner.

1440 Multiversity
Scotts Valley, CA

Bang on a Can and The Jewish Museum present Theo Bleckmann

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 7:30pm

Grammy nominated jazz singer and new music composer Theo Bleckmann takes on the mysterious songbook of British pop icon Kate Bush in a project that goes beyond re-creating her music to further realms of sound and interpretation. Joining him in this venture are long-time collaborator percussionist Ben Wittman, bassist Skuli Sverrisson, and keyboardist Henry Hey, along with special guest, multi-instrumentalist Caleb Burhans on viola, guitar, and laptop. This season’s Bang on a Can performances celebrate the power of artists voices, which resonates with themes in the Museum’s fall exhibitions.

The Jewish Museum
New York, NY

John Luther Adams: Purgatorio in Dortmund, Germany

Friday, November 15, 2019 to Saturday, February 15, 2020

Ballet by Xin Peng Wang after Dante Alighieri
Music by John Luther Adams and Kate Moore

A man, confused by the circumstances of his time and embittered by his life, gets lost in a seemingly hopeless forest. He believes he has come to an end when a mysterious stranger invites him on a fantastic journey. It leads into the fiery chasms of hell and over the steep heights of the Purification Mountain finally into paradise.

Xin Peng Wang’s dance-like Sphere Show spans three seasons. 2021 – in the 700th year of Dante’s death – all three parts will be united in a single evening in the Ruhr metropolis.

With Purgatorio now the ascent to the dizzying heights of the Refining Mountain is imminent. Many dangers lurk, some hard testing must be passed before we are allowed to pass through the huge flame wall of purgatory. Will we have the strength?

 

Show Dates:

November 2, 2019
November 15, 2019
November 17, 2019
November 28, 2019
December 13, 2019
January 11, 2020
January 25, 2020
January 31, 2020
February 15, 2020

Opera House Dortmund
Dortmund, Germany

Donnacha Dennehy's The Last Hotel at Cambridge University

Saturday, November 30, 2019 to Tuesday, December 3, 2019

"And still this need to be watched, to be awed, to be loved in each second, and feel my throat close with that need, my heart ache with that need, my stomach sour, my brain tear with that need".

A silent caretaker stands alone in a hotel. This is the location an English couple have chosen to meet with an Irish Woman, offering her an unnamed service. Over the course of the night, each of them must face what they fear. As the music envelopes all, not everyone will live through the night.

A show combining theatre and opera, Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh's 'The Last Hotel' is a poignant and visceral exploration of love and death in modern day capitalist society. Two of Ireland's leading artists, Walsh (multi-award winning playwright, screenwriter and Tony Award winner in 2012 for the book of the musical 'Once' ) and Dennehy (founder of the Crash ensemble and renowned composer) create a truly breathtaking work that reaches the heights of what modern opera can achieve.

"And death falls to the floor - and with new skin - take to the stars. Rise above and float. Disappear into the ether. Past withers. Space eases me to rest. No eyes on me, no words to hear - just this floating. This forgetting. This beginning. This new".

Cambridge University Opera Society
Queen's College
Cambridge, United Kingdom

"Voice as Practice" Workshop with Meredith Monk & Ellen Fisher

Friday, December 6, 2019 to Sunday, December 8, 2019

The voice, the original human instrument, is an eloquent language of the heart that delineates energy for which we don’t have words. This workshop offers a place where voice, movement, and image intersect to create an opportunity for participants to discover their own personal richness. A basic instruction in meditation is to follow the breath. We will explore how the outbreath expands into sound, tone, and resonance and work with exercises to deepen our listening and awareness of the inspiration of our environment and voices coming through us. 

The playful aspect of creation and the joy of discovering our unique vocal qualities will be emphasized as a way of connecting us to the healing power of the voice. During the workshop, Meredith will also give a talk on the relationship she has crafted between her Buddhist practice and her art. 

Garrison Institute
Garrison, NY

THE DAY at The Kennedy Center

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 8:00pm to Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 8:00pm

THE DAY is a new music/dance work by cellist Maya Beiser, dancer Wendy Whelan, choreographer Lucinda Childs, with music by David Lang. A collaboration among legends, THE DAY is an evening-long sensory exploration of two journeys—life and the eternal, post-mortal voyage of the soul. This bold, highly collaborative work explores universal themes through the shared language of music and dance.

The Kennedy Center
Washington, D.C.

Sō Percussion and Friends at Carnegie Hall (NY Premiere of Forbidden Love by Julia Wolfe)

Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 7:30pm

Wolfe's Forbidden Love is the newest work on a program that articulates the influence of percussion on the language and execution of new music from the 20th century into the 21st. Whether you know and love this repertoire, or you are listening with totally fresh ears, this program, in this gorgeous venue, is going to be something special.

Program:

VARÈSE Ionisation

CHÁVEZ Largo from Toccata for Percussion Instruments

BEYER March for 30 Percussion Instruments

CAGE Third Construction

STEVE REICH Music for Pieces of Wood

XENAKIS "Peaux" from Pléïades

DAVID LANG Part 3 from the so-called laws of nature

DAN TRUEMAN 120bpm

JULIA WOLFE Forbidden Love (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)

Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall
New York, NY

Julia Wolfe: Flower Power (world premiere)

Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 8:00pm to Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 2:00pm

The Los Angeles Philharmonic and New York’s electric Bang on a Can All-Stars join forces for Julia Wolfe’s new Flower Power, in which she addresses the radical societal upheaval of the 1960s, presented with suitably psychedelic visuals. John Adams also leads the Grammy®-nominated symphonic work he composed for the LA Phil in 1998, when Esa-Pekka led the premiere.

LA Philharmonic
Los Angeles, CA

Julia Wolfe: Flower Power (UK Premiere)

Friday, February 28, 2020 - 7:30pm

The Bang on a Can All-Stars join the BBC Concert Orchestra and Principal Conductor Bramwell Tovey for the UK premiere of Flower Power, a new work from Pulitzer prize-winning American composer Julia Wolfe.

In her new work, Wolfe draws on the energy generated by a radical revolutionary moment - the late 1960s - a time when experimental ideas and questions permeated all parts of the political, social and artistic landscapes. This shift brought new spiritual and intellectual explorations, a breakdown of social norms, psychedelic visions, artistic explosion, and a greater and more open expression of love and peace.

The programme also includes English and American minimalism in orchestral form by Steve Martland, John Adams and Philip Glass.

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre
London, United Kingdom

Julia Wolfe: Flower Power (Scandanavia Premiere)

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 7:30pm

Danish Music Conservatory's PULSAR Festival featuring a new work by American composer Julia Wolfe.

The work is commissioned jointly by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the DR Symphony Orchestra and features one of the festival's main names, the dynamic NewYorker ensemble Bang on a Can All Stars as soloists. Also experience the premier performances of the Conservatory's young composers, who give their widely different suggestions on how orchestral music should sound in the 21st century.

The event is free and requires no registration.

Pulsar Festival
Copenhagen, Denmark

Anthracite Fields at Pulsar Festival

Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 8:00pm

The Bang on a Can All-Stars and Chorus Pro Musica present: A Pulitzer Prize–winning oratorio about coal miners at the turn of the 20th century, Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields combines folk, rock, and classical genres in what the Los Angeles Times called “an unforgettably haunting, harrowing evocation of the plight of Pennsylvania’s coal miners, incorporating many musical styles and effectively shadowy visuals.”

Berklee Performance Center
Boston, MA

Michael Gordon’s A Travel Guide to Nicaragua (World Premiere)

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 7:00pm

Hailed as “superb” (The New York Times) and “ardently angelic,” (The Los Angeles Times) The Crossing is a multiple Grammy® Award-winning, Philadelphia-based new music choir conducted by Donald Nally. Known for its commitment to thought-provoking new works, The Crossing brings the “reigning queen of the avant-garde cello” (The Washington Post) Maya Beiser to Philadelphia for the world premiere of Michael Gordon’s A Travel Guide to Nicaragua. Gordon spent his childhood living in Nicaragua, and the piece reflects his memories and musings on the culture, as well as insights from Mark Twain’s writings of a trip through the small, beautiful country.

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Philadelphia, PA

Michael Gordon’s A Travel Guide to Nicaragua (NY Premiere)

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 7:30pm

Hearing a new work from Michael Gordon, one of the founders of Bang on a Can, is always an eagerly anticipated event. Hearing it performed by a cutting-edge cellist and a “luminous and acute” (The New York Times) chorus makes it a concert you won’t want to miss. The rhythmic innovations of Gordon’s music are merged with what The New Yorker describes as “the fury of punk rock, the nervous brilliance of free jazz, and the intransigence of classical modernism.” Experience something new and adventurous from Gordon, who spent part of his childhood living outside of Nicaragua’s capital city.

Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall
New York, NY

Bang on a Can All-Stars at Stanford University

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 7:30pm

Bang on a Can started by imagining a kind of utopia for music—and then they started to build it. Building a utopia is a political act that pushes people to change, but it can also keep them apart. Now more than ever, Bang on a Can is committed to growing a worldwide community dedicated to innovation through music. This concert at the Bing seeks to demonstrate an open, welcoming, and inclusive space for music and ideas from a wide variety of styles. It features work from co-founders Julia Wolfe, David Lang, and Michael Gordon alongside compositions by jazz giant Ornette Coleman, young pioneer Anna Clyne, and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore.

Bing Studio, Stanford University
Stanford, CA

Gong Linna and the Bang on a Can All-Stars: Cloud River Mountain

Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 7:30pm

Superstar Chinese fusion singer Gong Linna sets new lyrics to centuries-old Chinese melodies backed by the musicians of Bang on a Can. Gong’s husband, German composer Robert Zollitsch (Lao Luo), composes many of the brilliantly staged pieces. In 2010, Linna’s performance of the song "Tan Te" on Chinese national television to billions of viewers made her an overnight sensation, vaulting her to celebrity status. In recent years she has starred on television in China but she remains virtually unknown to the Western world. We are thrilled to have her as part of Stanford Live’s 2019–20 season.

Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University
Stanford, CT

Bang on a Can All-Stars in Portland

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 7:30pm

The Bang on a Can All-Stars are recognized worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music. Freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world, and experimental music, this eclectic six-member ensemble has consistently forged a distinct category-defying identity, taking music into uncharted territories for the last 30+ years.

Kaul Auditorium, Friends of Chamber Music
Portland, OR

Bang on a Can All-Stars: Field Recordings

Friday, April 17, 2020 - 8:00pm

Bang on a Can brings new music from its provocative, wide-ranging multi-media project Field Recordings to the Coolidge. Seeking “inquisitive and unconventional” musical thinkers, BoaC founders Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon and David Lang conceived a project they describe as “rooted in mystery and experimentation.” “We asked composers from different parts of the music world to find a recording of something that already exists,” Lang says, “a voice, a sound, a faded scrap of melody—and then write a new piece around it.” Archival audio, found sound and video have inspired this interesting program of recent pieces by ten imaginative composers—with Julia Wolfe’s Mink Stole, a 1997 Library of Congress commission, as an opener.

Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress
Washington, D.C.

So Percussion at University of Pennsylvania

Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 7:30pm

With an expansive sonic imagination and “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam,” (The New Yorker) So Percussion has redefined the scope of the percussion ensemble. Making its Annenberg Center debut, the group offers innovative interpretations of modern works by Dessner, Lansky and Cage as well as new compositions by Penn students. “Through a mix of consummate skill and quirky charm, this mercurial quartet has helped to ignite an explosive new enthusiasm for percussion music old and new.” (The New York Times)

Harold Prince Theatre
Philadelphia, PA

Julia Wolfe: Anthracite Fields

Friday, May 8, 2020 - 8:00pm

The Bang on a Can All-Stars and Houston Chamber Choir present: Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields is a lovingly detailed oratorio with original video about turn-of-the-20th-century Pennsylvania coal miners, awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Music. This haunting, timely work draws on oral histories, interviews, speeches, geographic descriptions, children’s rhymes, and coal advertisements to provide an intimate look at a particular slice of American life. The always-adventurous Bang on a Can All-Stars join Da Camera’s frequent artistic collaborators from Houston Chamber Choir.

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center
Houston, TX