Tours

Timber with choreography by Martin Lawrence, performed by the Richard Alston Dance Company

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 to Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Richard Alston has been making dance for 50 years. He will celebrate his half-century with a programme full of his trademark lyrical choreography performed by undoubtedly one of the world’s best dance ensembles.

The evening centres around exciting World Premieres by Richard Alston and associate choreographer Martin Lawrance. Alston’s Brahms Hungarian is set to the hugely popular Brahms pieces, featuring live solo pianist Jason Ridgway, where the dancers are carried along by fast steps and an abandoned fervour.

Detour, Lawrance’s new work, set to Michael Gordon’s pulsing Timber, will be a companion piece to a celebratory revival of the beautiful Proverb, one of Alston’s most telling choreographies set to the vocals of Steve Reich. The programme also includes Mid Century Modern, a journey through each decade of Alston’s career, featuring sections from Nowhere Slowly (1970), Rainbow Bandit (1977) and the joyous Signal of a Shake (2000).

There is a free pre-show talk ahead of the performance on Tue 16 October at 6.30pm.

Royal Derngate
Northampton

Terry Riley & Gyan Riley

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 8:00pm

This larger-than-life character created, in the early 1960s, an unconventional minimalist musical style that inspired many: Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Brian Eno, John Cale and The Who's Pete Townshend. It is accompanied by Tracy Silverman and his son Gyan Riley that he comes to present us Terry Riley : Live at 85! This concert brings together all the complexity of his work, elements of minimalism, jazz, ragtime and Indian raga, whose combination defines Riley's diverse and prolific career. On the program, Tracy Silverman and his electric violin will offer excerpts from the album The Palmian Chord Ryddle . Terry Riley, accompanied by his son Gyan, will then present some key works from his repertoire, including Salome Dances for Peace and Emerald Runner. A dream project, enhanced by this unique complicity between father and son.

Palais Montcalm
Quebec City , Canada

Bang on a Can All-Stars in Argentina

Friday, October 19, 2018 - 8:00pm

The collective of musicians and artists Bang on a Can, founded and directed by David Lang, Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon, celebrates its 30th anniversary with a world tour in charge of its iconic All-Stars ensemble. Considered one of the coolest, most active and influential groups of the contemporary scene, the group has created an international community dedicated to innovative music, which continues to build an environment in which new and powerful musical ideas flow transcending genres and borders. In his presentation at the Teatro Colón they will perform works by David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon, Ornette Coleman, Steve Martland and Philip Glass.

Teatro Colón
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Carducci Quartet plays Donnacha Dennehy's 'Pushpulling' and Philip Glass Quartet No. 3

Friday, October 19, 2018 - 8:00pm

An internationally renowned Anglo-Irish string quartet based in the UK, the versatile and award-winning Carducci String Quartet has performed everything from brand new quartets, classic works by Haydn, complete Shostakovich cycles, and even partnered with folk-rock icon Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. Founded in 1997 around the talents of Matthew Denton (violin), Michelle Fleming (violin), Eoin Schmidt-Martin (viola), and Emma Denton (cello), the quartet has won numerous international competitions, including Concert Artists Guild International Competition 2007 and First Prize at Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition 2004.  Their Naxos recordings of Philip Glass Quartets have had over six million plays on Spotify.

Tonight their programme includes Beethoven Quartet Op.18/4; Donnacha Dennehy 'Pushpulling'; Philip Glass Quartet No.3 and Mendelssohn’s Quartet Op. 80.

The Source Arts Centre
Thurles, Ireland

Michael Gordon: '8' for Cello Octet Amsterdam (world premiere)//'House Music' for Ashley Bathgate (world premiere)

Saturday, October 20, 2018

For New York composer Michael Gordon, minimal music holds no secrets. Over the course of 30 years, he turned the minimal idiom completely inside out and found his own composing language. Gordon’s language could still be called ‘minimal music’ but sounds nothing like Reich, Glass, or Louis Andriessen, the foremost inspirer of the three Bang on a Can composers. The composer wants this new work – which lasts an hour – to be performed in an intimate setting ‘with the audience seated around it.’ The Muziekgebouw’s Grote Zaal will be specially adapted for this performance.

Cello Biennale Amsterdam Muziekgebouw
Amsterdam, Netherlands

So Percussion at the Howland Chamber Music Festival

Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 4:00pm

Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times describes Sō Percussion as “exceptionally inventive” and that they “have technique galore on traditional instruments”.  Sō's repertoire ranges from “classics” of the 20th century, by John Cage, Steve Reich, and Iannis Xenakis, to composing and performing their own works. They will appear in our series for the first time with a program they call “Living Room Music”.

 

Howland Cultural Center
Beacon, NY

Bang on a Can All-Stars in Amsterdam

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 5:00pm

The Bang on a Can All-Stars, starring member and cellist Ashley Bathgate, play three brilliant pieces by the Bang on a Can composer trio Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, and a few Field Recordings, from their recent large-scale multimedia project.
David Lang: ‘It’s a kind of ghost story. We asked composers from different parts of the music world to find a recording of something that already exists — a voice, a sound, a faded scrap of melody — and then write a new piece around it.” The All-Stars will perform Field Recordings by Julia Wolfe, Steve Reich, Anna Clyne, and by the young Dutch composer Aart Strootman.

 

Muziekgebouw
Amsterdam, Netherlands

'Surface Tension' at BAM Next Wave

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 7:30pm to Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 7:30pm

From his roots in Irish step dance to a four-year run as an original member of STOMP, Seán Curran comes alive to the beat of a drum. In celebration of their 20th anniversary, the choreographer and his company collaborate with Grammy Award-winning, Chicago-based ensemble Third Coast Percussion for a landmark evening of new and classic work inspired by the primordial nature of percussion.

First, Curran reimagines his hallmark 2000 piece Abstract Concrete, a spirited study of pairing and partnership set to a loose, kinetic rhythm. Then, the company presents the New York premiere of Everywhere All the Time, set to celebrated composer Donnacha Dennehy’s Surface Tension, a “magnificently energetic” (The New York Times) percussion piece inspired by the Irish bodhran drum, with set design by the late landscape architect Diana Balmori.

BAM Harvey Theater
New York City, NY

Bang on a Can All-Stars in Moscow

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 7:00pm

Bang on a Can All-Stars Ensemble - the brainchild of the iconic New York composer Bang on a Can, the most famous brand of modern academic music. The composition of the instruments in the ensemble is unique: strings from academic music, clarinets, saxophones from jazz, electric guitars, synthesizers, drums from rock. This range allows musicians to be absolutely universal, easily cross the boundaries of genres, combine styles, creating new music.
It all started in 1987 when young composers, graduates of Yale University: Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolf, organized the Bang on a Can Marathon, where non-stop music sounded in which minimalism, world music, rock, Terry Riley mixed ... None intermissions, programs, entertainers, but the bar worked, and the audience moved freely around the hall. The task of composers Bang on a Can was to create a lively, but smart music for young people, which usually bypasses the conservatory.
The marathon eventually grew into an international summer festival. Bang on a Can has its own foundation for supporting young composers, educational programs, the street orchestra of extreme music Asphalt Orchestra and the band Bang on a Can All-Stars, which tours around the world. Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolf became real stars. The last two were awarded the Pulitzer Prize. 
Road Trip is a dedication of Gordon, Lang and Wolf to the 30th anniversary of Bang on a Can. Modern multimedia project, which reflected all the years of exciting trips of the ensemble to the cities and villages.

Concert Hall Zaryadye
Moscow, Russia

'the day' and 'world to come' performed by Maya Beiser at Cello Biennale

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 8:00pm to Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 8:00pm

In the spotlights this Cello Biennale: Bang on a Can! The famous composers trio from New York, with Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe, who never see their music as separate from what’s happening in society. Thirty years ago, still very unknown, they started a marathon for new music in a small stage in Downtown New York, now they are all three world famous. Music of all three composers will be performed in various concerts and settings throughout the Biennale.

Cello Biennale Bimhuis
Amsterdam, Netherlands

'Inuksuit' performed by Sandbox Percussion

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 1:00pm

String Theory in the Parks
A day of outdoor performances in Coolidge and Miller Parks

Hailed by the Washington Post as a group that is “revitalizing the world of contemporary music”, Sandbox Percussion will join String Theory for a week of outreach and performances. Following their mainstage performance at the Hunter Museum on Tuesday, October 23, Sandbox Percussion’s residency will culminate in a performance of the groundbreaking work Inuksuit by the Pulitzer-winning composer John Luther Adams. Described by the New York Times as “the ultimate environmental piece,” this outdoor concert experience will take place on Saturday, October 27 at Coolidge Park with musicians performing throughout the park. Listeners are invited to wander, each creating their own unique experience during this hour-long monumental work.

This event will be preceded by a special 10:00 a.m. children’s concert at the newly renovated Miller Park featuring the Trash Can Band from the Arnold Elementary School (Cleveland, TN), groups from Hamilton County Schools, and the String Theory Youth Internship. Come and celebrate this family-friendly day of music, food trucks, and more!

Coolidge Park
Cleveland, TN

David Lang: 'prayers for night and sleep' performed by Amsterdam Sinfonietta (world premiere)

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 4:30pm

The last one of all the new works by the three Bang on a Can composers at this Cello Biennale is by David Lang: a new concerto for Harriet Krijgh, Claron McFadden, and Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Bang on a Can is an inspiration to young composers all over the world. They have a close bond with Australian-born, Netherlands-based Kate Moore. Kate is rapidly building a name – she won the Matthijs Vermeulen Award 2017 – and at this Biennale, two of her works are performed, including a new composition for the four cellists from Amsterdam Sinfonietta. A highlight of Bang on a Can would be incomplete without music by Louis Andriessen, who has been their major inspirer since the 80s.

At the Cello Biennale in 2008, Kristina Blaumane performed the new cello concerto written by Bulgarian-British composer Dobrinka Tabakova. After 10 years of being performed and recorded, this piece deserves a reprise.

Muziekgebouw
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Bang on a Can All-Stars in Latvia

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 6:00pm

With great honour, Liepāja Concert Hall 'Great Amber' invites you to the 3-year anniversary concert together with the New York ensemble “Bang on a Can All-Stars”!
The Bang on a Can All-Stars, with their unparalleled musicality, their international touring, award-winning CDs and far ranging commissioning programs, have become one of the most powerful ambassadors for contemporary music in the world.
Formed in 1992, 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 six-member amplified ensemble has consistently forged a distinct category-defying identity, taking music into uncharted territories. The All-Stars record on Cantaloupe Music and have released past recordings on Sony, Universal and Nonesuch.
Together, the All-Stars have worked in unprecedented close collaboration with some of the most important and inspiring musicians of our time, including Steve Reich, Ornette Coleman, Brian Eno and others. Recent project highlights include Field Recordings, a major new multi media project featuring up to 18 commissioned works by composers from all over the world. With great ovations this project has been recieved all over the world and this year it will be presented at the 3-year Anniversary Concert of Liepaja Concert Hall Great Amber.

Liepaja Concert Hall
Liepaja, Latvia

Bang on a Can All-Stars in Tilburg, Netherlands

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 8:30pm to Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 8:30pm

A unique concert with the prominent New York ensemble Bang On A Can All-Stars, together with the seven members of FC Jongbloed and the musicians of TEMKO. In a program in which they enter the stage both together and individually.

First of all FC Jongbloed and TEMKO, they bring music from Kraftwerk, the group that inspired their electronic pop music, the techno and house scene. You will hear numbers from the first Kraftwerk 1 album . Then the three ensembles play together, with 16 musicians, the piece Slow Birthday by Louis Andriessen. The music of Andriessen has been strongly influenced by the minimalist music of composers such as Terry Riley and Steve Reich. The third part of the evening is only for Bang On A Can All-Stars. They play David Lang: sunray, Brian Eno: Music for Airports and Julia Wolfe: Big Beautiful Dark & ​​Scary.

Bang On A Can All-Stars is a New York collective of 6 musicians. They are known for their dynamic live performances, of new, innovative music. Among their successful projects include recordings of Brian Eno's' ambient classic " Music for Airports and Terry Riley's In C . They also play a lot of work by Steve Reich and Philip Glass. 

Tilburg, Netherlands

'Become Ocean' performed by London Contemporary Orchestra

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 7:30pm

Experience the self-destruction of an ancient civilisation and our planet engulfed by the vastness of the ocean in two massive audio-visual portrayals of a dark past – and still-avoidable future.

These two modern masterpieces share a single unignorable message. John Luther Adam’s Become Ocean imagines our planet succumbing to the rising sea in music of startling, bottomless beauty in what Alex Ross declared ‘may be the loveliest apocalypse in musical history’. And Giacinto Scelsi’s Uaxuctum is equally ravishing in its own way; a vast orchestra creating a fierce, haunting atmosphere through sounds as strange as they are prophetic, building to a point of no return as the ancient Mayan city implodes.

London Contemporary Orchestra & Choir
Robert Ames (conductor)

Barbican Centre
London, United Kingdom

'just (after song of songs)' danced by Zenon Dance Company

Friday, November 2, 2018 to Sunday, November 11, 2018

Zenon Dance Company takes the stage this November in their Fall Season Performance to celebrate 36 years of groundbreaking dance performance.

Zenon will feature exciting new works by emerging New York choreographers Alex Springer & Xan Burley and Sam Kim, as well as a work by prominent Minnesota choreographer Wynn Fricke. In addition to the premieres, Zenon will perform signature repertory works by New York Choreographer Greg Dolbashian’s “Eternal Reveal” that showcases fierce intimacy and physicality, and Mariusz Olszewski’s “Pink Martini” – a scintillating tribute to the mambo, cha-cha, and salsa.

Please join us for this evening of innovative modern and jazz dance as we celebrate our accomplishments over 36 years.

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts
Minneapolis, MN

Three Tales

Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 8:00pm to Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 8:00pm
Scottish Rite Temple
Long Beach , CA

'evening morning day', 'where you go', 'solitary', 'again (after ecclesiastes)' performed by Cappella Amsterdam

Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 3:00pm

'People come and go, and the earth keeps on spinning... This is the theme of Again and again, in which the old master Josquin des Prez (ca. 1450/55-1521) and contemporary American composer David Lang (et al.) celebrate the cycle of life then and now: from beginning to end, from sorrow and punishment to love, reconciliation and resignation.An a capella programme full of reflection.

Obviously, there are huge differences between the music by Josquin des Prez and David Lang, but there is also a significant similarity that effortlessly bridges the gap of five centuries of history. In the works of either composer time, or rather the abolishment of time, is crucial. The awareness of being a whirling leaf in eternity blows throughout the works of either composer.

Grote Kerk, Lochem
Lochem, Netherlands

'illumination rounds' performed by Gemini Duo

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 8:00pm

Made in Belgium is a journey to the heart of contemporary Belgian creation. It is the meeting of a violin-piano duet known for its complicity and energy with the composers of our time. An invitation to discover multiple scripts, decompartmentalizing styles, reconciling genres. Works by Claude Ledoux, Marcel Cominotto (Tetra), Jean-Paul Dessy (The call of the scale), Michel Lysight (Interiora Terrae) and David Lang (Illumination Rounds), performed in the presence of composers.

Mons, Belgium

'for love is strong' performed by Vancouver Chamber Choir

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 8:00pm

"Our audiences are fully aware of Kathleen Allan’s multiple talents as conductor-singer-composer and her long association with the Vancouver Chamber Choir. This concert — her official audition — will feature a performance of the famous Mass for Double Choir by Frank Martin, the most renowned Swiss composer of the 20th century. Between those Mass movements, though, Ms. Allan will introduce a great variety of music — both secular and sacred — by Arcadelt, Lassus, O’Regan, Lang, Sharman, Shaw, Braden, Hawley, and… Allan." -Vancouver Chamber Choir

Pacific Spirit United Church
Vancouver, Canada

'Dark Waves' performed by Johnstown Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 7:30pm

The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra takes you on a symphonic journey with Mendelssohn's famous exploration of Scotland, American composer John Luther Adams's visionary musical painting of water, Dark Waves, and the ultimate dream-voyage in Strauss's Don Quixote, featuring cellist Andrew Yee.

Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture
John Luther Adams Dark Waves
Strauss Don Quixote

Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center
Johnstown, PA

Cha performed by the Prism Sax Quartet

Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 4:00pm

In the tradition of Philip Glass @80 and John Corigliano @80 concerts, National Sawdust will celebrate Joan Tower in honor of her 80th Birthday. “One of the most successful women composers of all time” (The New Yorker) and one of the most important American composers alive today, Joan Tower has made lasting contributions to musical life for the past half century. With her iconic Silver Ladders, she was the first woman to win the prestigious Grawemeyer Award, and the recording of her Made In America won three different Grammy awards. In honor of her 80th birthday, National Sawdust is hosting an exclusive celebration, featuring an afternoon of music curated by Tower herself and featuring music written by Tower and friends Jennifer Higdon, Tania León, and Julia Wolfe.

Program:
Joan Tower: String Quartet
Jennifer Higdon: Piano Trio
Tania León: Ethos
Julia Wolfe: Cha

Performers:
PRISM Quartet
Jasper Quartet
Lysander Trio

National Sawdust
Brooklyn, NY

Quartet

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 8:00pm
Funkhaus, Studio 1
München, Germany

'the little match girl passion' performed by Holy Cross Chamber Singers and Figures of Speech Theater (with live puppetry)

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 7:30pm to Friday, November 16, 2018 - 7:30pm

In a brilliant theatrical adaptation with haunting shadow projections, masked dance, and puppetry, Maine-based Figures of Speech Theatre brings contemporary composer David Lang's little match girl passion to the stage in collaboration with the Holy Cross Chamber Singers.

Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Music, Lang's exquisite score recasts the H.C. Andersen classic about the suffering and death of a child in the tradition of Bach's Passion music, elevating her sorrow to a higher plane.

Fenwick Theatre, College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, MA

Drumming

Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 8:00pm
Cité de la Musique, salle des concerts
Paris, France

'thorn' performed by Isabel Lepanto Gleicher

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 6:00pm

Flutist Isabel Lepanto Gleicher is a rising talent and standout performer in the new music scene. A core member of new music sinfonietta Ensemble Échappé, founding member of SoundMind, and teaching artist with the New York Philharmonic, she is equally at home performing new music and more traditional repertoire and will be performing with ICE for Proving Up at Miller Theatre in September. For her solo debut at Miller, she has curated a program of flute works—some of which hover at the border of inaudibility—that are perfect for the intimate setting of a Pop-Up concert.

All concerts start at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets required. Come early to guarantee your seats onstage.

Miller Theatre at Columbia University
58 16th Street
New York , NY 11215

So Percussion at the Royal Northern College of Music

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 7:30pm

Steve Reich Music for Pieces of Wood
Caroline Shaw Taxidermy
Bryce Dessner Music for Wood and Strings
Jason Treuting Amid the Noise

Sō Percussion’s manifesto: ‘to create a new model of egalitarian artistic collaboration that respects history, champions innovation and curiosity, and creates an essential social bond through service to our audiences and our communities.’

This American quartet is all about innovation and re-invention. Performing pieces by Steve Reich, the National’s Bryce Dessner and Caroline Shaw – watch out for some very strange instruments indeed – they also present to the world the chord stick (*a brand new instrument that’s a cross between a dulcimer and an electric guitar.) And to finish the show, RNCM percussion students join the group on stage to perform a hypnotic suite of pieces by the quartet’s very own Jason Treuting, blending Reich, Brian Eno and Aphex Twin.

Royal Northern College of Music
Manchester, United Kingdom

So Percussion at Saffron Hall

Friday, November 23, 2018 - 7:30pm

Sō Percussion: the name is Japanese, the performers are American but their music is universal. At the cutting edge of contemporary percussion, they are at home in minimalism, jazz, world music and dance, always pushing the boundaries with electrifying and innovative music-making. This concert’s programme will include music by two of their favourite composers – Steve Reich and Bryce Dessner – as well as a special performance in collaboration with students from Saffron Walden County High School.

Saffron Hall
Essex, United Kingdom

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