Tours

So Percussion with Cincinnati Symphony

Friday, April 3, 2020 to Saturday, April 4, 2020

So Percussion performs David Lang’s man made concerto with the Cincinatti Symphony! Also, we reprise our improvised decorations on Lully’s Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, which we first performed with the Mostly Mozart festival orchestra.

Program
LULLY: Le Bourgeois gentilhomme Suite
DAVID LANG: man made
SEBASTIAN CURRIER: New Work [World Premiere, CSO Commission]
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8

Cincinnati, OH

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

So Percussion: “Forbidden Noise” on the Dallas Symphony’s Soluna Festival

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 7:30pm

JULIA WOLFE Forbidden Love
JASON TREUTING Amid the Noise

Powerhouse new-music ensemble Sō Percussion makes their Dallas debut performing the Texas premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Forbidden Love and joins students from across Dallas to perform the signature piece Amid the Noise by the ensemble’s own Jason Treuting. Wolfe’s composition brings the string quartet into the percussion realm, and the final work is a communal music-making project, featuring musicians of the DSO Young Strings Program, which maintains its identity and integrity through wildly different realizations. 

Amid the Noise is “a remarkably beautiful and atmospheric work for an ensemble based around instruments that are, almost by definition, more visceral than ethereal. “ – All About Jazz

Dallas, TX

Rebirth of a Nation: DJ Spooky featuring Catalyst Quartet

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 7:30pm

"Whatever you want to call this kind of music, whatever genre you feel that it fits most appropriately, time will remember it as a quietly dazzling companion piece to a bold reimagining of historical cinema."—PopMatters

Paul D. Miller, also known as DJ Spooky, has taken his talents remixing sound and music for the club scene, and applied them to a new medium: film.

Inspired by D.W. Griffith’s 1915 silent film The Birth of a Nation—a breakthrough in the early days of cinema that earned Griffith much scorn due to its racist subject matter and crude stereotyping—Miller's recasting and remixing of this cinematic work has toured the world. Rebirth of a Nation was originally written for the acclaimed Kronos Quartet, and will be brought to life on the Bing stage by the Catalyst Quartet. Born out of the Sphinx Ensemble in Detroit, the Catalyst are committed to playing new works by composers of color.

Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University
Stanford, CA

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

BANG ON A CAN'S LONG PLAY

Friday, May 1, 2020 to Monday, May 4, 2020

Bang on a Can announces the launch of LONG PLAY, a new, three-day destination music festival, presented for the first time from Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 3, 2020. Featuring dozens of concerts, LONG PLAY also showcases a dense network of pioneering music venues in Brooklyn – with performances at BAM, Roulette, Public Records, ShapeShifter Lab, Littlefield, Brooklyn Music School, BAM Lepercq Space, outdoor events at The Plaza at 300 Ashland, and more. Festival passes and special early bird offers will be available starting on December 16, 2019 at longplayfestival.org.

Bang on a Can’s Co-Founders and Artistic Directors Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, say:

“For over 30 years, Bang on a Can has dedicated itself to working the frontier – bringing together the most innovative voices in music and building new audiences for new work. Right now – this minute – is an amazing time to be a musician. Musicians from every corner of the music world are pushing beyond their boundaries, questioning their roots, searching and stretching for the new. There has never been a time when music contained so much innovation and diversity, so much audacity and so much courage. And we want to show you all of it. With the creation of LONG PLAY we are presenting more kinds of musicians, playing more kinds of music, bending more kinds of minds. LONG PLAY expands and enlarges our scope and our reach, and puts more new faces on stages than ever before. It's a lot of music!”

Fueled by more than three decades of Marathon concerts, LOUD Weekend at Mass MoCA, countless world tours and staged productions, Bang on a Can’s LONG PLAY is a supercharged ride through right now – for musicians and audiences alike.

Brooklyn, NY

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