Tours

Cincinnati Ballet dances to music by David Lang performed by Eighth Blackbird

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 7:30pm

Eighth Blackbird joins the Cincinnati Ballet for five performances as part of the Ballet’s “Bold Moves” series.

Program:

David Lang: learn to fly (2008)
Robert Honstein: Conduit, II. Pulse (2014)
Nico Muhly: Doublespeak (2012)
Missy Mazzoli: Still Life with Avalanche
Jacob Cooper: Cast (2015)
Intermission/set change, (curtain down)
Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades (2013, rev. 2015)
I. Omie Wise
II. Young Emily
III. Dark Holler
IV. Wave the Sea
V. Brushy Fork
VI. Pretty Polly
VII. Tears for Sister Polly

Aronoff Center for the Arts
650 Walnut St
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum present the Tomeka Reid Quartet

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 7:30pm

Performing alongside the exhibition Scenes from the Collection, cellist, composer, and improviser Tomeka Reid brings in her own remarkable collection of leading Chicago and New York based musicians to perform a set of music combining her love for groove along with freer concepts.  

The Tomeka Reid Quartet is: Tomeka Reid, cello; Jason Roebke, bass; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Tomas Fujiwara, drums

The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St
New York, NY 10128

Ensemble Signal performs David Lang's darker

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 7:30pm

Scored for 12 strings, darker is a slow exploration of sound. At times, it gives the ensemble the feel of a giant pipe organ or, with the aid of visual artist Suzanne Bocanegra’s live projections, the feel of splattering rain on an immoveable wall. As much a hypnotic sonic and visual object as it is a piece of music, darker weaves its intricate solo lines into a delicate and subtly emotional fabric.

Lang notes that “darker is in many ways more like an object than a piece of music. It is a long, slow passing from something mostly even and pleasant to something a little less pleasant. My piece, like life, expends a lot of effort to go a very short distance, from beautiful to a little less beautiful, from a little light to something a little darker.”

EMPAC
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180

Ensemble Offspring performs Lang's cheating, lying, stealing

Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 3:00pm

Photo by Peter Serling

Program:

Hikaru Sawai – Rock Garden
Hikaru Sawai – Okoto 
Alice Chance – The Audience Choir (World Premiere)
Liz Jigalin – Sound Parcels (World Premiere)
Michael Smetanin – Ladder of Escape
Christopher Fox – Reeling
Guillime Connessons – Scenes de la vie contemporaine
Erik Griswold – Action Music 2 (Australian Premiere)
Ciaran Frame – Listeners as Spectators
David Lang – Cheating, Lying, Stealing

FREE EVENT

Petersham Bowling Club
77 Brighton St
Petersham, NSW 2049 Australia

Kronos Quartet: Michael Gordon’s Clouded Yellow Album Release

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 7:00pm

Photo by Jay Blakesberg

Over the course of a decade, Bang on a Can founding composer Michael Gordon has collaborated with the world-renowned Kronos Quartet on a series of provocative works that have sought to stretch, bend and otherwise reshape the boundaries of modern classical music. Clouded Yellow assembles these works for the first time, perfectly encapsulating the breadth and complexity of this long-standing creative partnership. On May 5, Kronos and Gordon celebrate the album’s release with an intimate performance at Joe’s Pub.

Clouded Yellow features four pieces written for Kronos by Gordon: the title track (composed in 2010), Exalted (2010), The Sad Park (2006) and Potassium (2000). The title of the first refers to the clouded yellow butterfly, which is known in England for its mass migrations; the word “clouded” is also meant to describe the blurred harmonies and melodies of the piece.

Clouded Yellow will be released on May 4 on Cantaloupe Music.

Joe's Pub
425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003

Icebreaker: Velocity

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 8:00pm

In his 1983 classic, De snelheid, Louis Andriessen demonstrated the acoustic phenomenon of an ever-accelerating woodblock being subsumed into the stubbornly-held slower tempo of another instrumental group. Two works by Bang-on-a-Can composers David Lang and Michael Gordon provide a prelude, Gordon’s witty, electric-guitar-driven Yo Shakespeare and David Lang’s ‘wall of sound’ Slow Movement, once described as ‘perched somewhere between Jimi Hendrix and Iannis Xenakis’. Anna Meredith’s propulsive ‘Nautilus’ from her recent album Varmints and Whitty’s nature is a language… offer contemporary notes.

Anna Meredith – Nautilus

Michael Gordon – Yo Shakespeare

Paul Whitty – nature is a language – can’t you read?

David Lang – Slow Movement

Louis Andriessen – De snelheid (‘Velocity’)

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

Maya Beiser Performs Julia Wolfe's Spinning

Thursday, May 10, 2018 to Sunday, May 13, 2018

Photo by Peter Serling

Spinning performed by Maya Beiser
with cellists Melody Giron and Lavena Johanson
Netta Yerushalmy, choreographer

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe (“Anthracite Fields,” 2015) and “cello goddess” (The New Yorker) Maya Beiser honor the essential labor of spinning thread. “Spinning” celebrates the work once performed by hand by women. Music has long been a vital part of the craft — both as a propelling force and as a distraction. To pay homage to the human dignity of this “women’s work,” Wolfe and Beiser create a sonic universe for three cellos and voice performed by Beiser with Melody Giron and Lavena Johanson featuring multimedia projections imagined by the innovative artist Laurie Olinder. In Beiser’s words, “I found in Julia’s music a rare quality — combining folk, rock and classical elements in a distinct and relentless energy. This collaboration is one that has been in our minds for many years, and we are thrilled to now embark on this journey together.”

Alexander Kasser Theater
One Normal Avenue
Monclair, NJ 07043

Maya Beiser performs Julia Wolfe's Spinning

Thursday, May 10, 2018 to Sunday, May 13, 2018

Photo by Peter Serling

“Spinning” celebrates the work once performed by hand by women. Music has long been a vital part of the craft — both as a propelling force and as a distraction. To pay homage to the human dignity of this “women’s work,” Wolfe and Beiser create a sonic universe for three cellos and voice performed by Beiser with Melody Giron and Lavena Johanson featuring multimedia projections imagined by the innovative artist Laurie Olinder. 

Montclair State University – Alexander Kasser Theater
One Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043

Bang on a Can Marathon 2018

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Bang on a Can returns to downtown Manhattan with its annual incomparable super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the world! The 2018 Bang on a Can Marathon will feature 10 hours of rare performances by some of the most innovative musicians of our time side-by-side with some of today’s most pioneering young artists.

Its FREE!!!

Music By:
Jeffrey Brooks, Tom Chiu, Fjola Evans, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Nicole Lizee, Dylan Mattingly, Jessie Montgomery, Brendon Randall-Myers, Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, Gabriella Smith, Galina Ustvolskaya, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Alex Weiser, Julia Wolfe

Performances by:
Terry Riley, Bang on a Can All-Stars with special guests Eric Berryman, Todd Reynolds, and Gyan Riley, Contemporaneous, David Friend, Ethel, FLUX Quartet, Maya Beiser and Kate Valk, Mazz Swift and Therese Workman, NYU Contemporary Ensemble/Jonathan Haas, Robert Osborne, So Percussion, Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields) and Sam Davol, Val Jeanty and Ravish Momin, Vicky Chow, Xenia Rubinos, and MORE!

NYU Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Pl
New York, NY 10012

Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA

Monday, July 9, 2018 to Sunday, July 29, 2018

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA is a 3-week residency and festival of today's most exciting new music. We invite 40 performers and composers from all over the world to learn from and play alongside our faculty, the world's most accomplished contemporary musicians. Applications for the residency are now online and due Jan 9. The public performances include free performances in the community, recitals in the gallery and a blowout festival finale on July 28. More performance details to be listed in the spring.

Our special guest composer for 2018 is Steve Reich!

 

MASS MoCA
1040 MASS MoCA WAY
North Adams, MA 01247