Tours

After Everything performs Julia Wolfe's Stronghold & more

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:00pm

Photo by Peter Serling

Concert for 8 basses, percussion, flute, clarinet, violin, cello

Program:

Anton Bruckner – Mass no 2 in e minor, Kyrie

Angelica Negron – Dust

Preben Antonsen – WORLD PREMIERE, NEW WORK

Reza Vali – Folk Songs from Set 15

Julia Wolfe – Stronghold

UNITY CHURCH OF SAN FRANCISCO
2222 Bush St
San Francisco, CA 94115

Signal Performs Gordon & Wolfe

Friday, March 9, 2018 to Saturday, March 10, 2018

Photo by Ryan Jenkis

Michael Gordon Weather 1 
Julia Wolfe  Cruel Sister

Brad Lubman, Conductor

The season will conclude with a string orchestra performance by Ensemble Signal, led by conductor Brad Lubman. The program will highlight Bang on a Can cofounder Michael Gordon’s Weather, a wild, explosive work that began with his curiosity about how musical instruments might be useful in mapping chaotic weather patterns. Ensemble Signal will also perform MacArthur Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe’s Cruel Sister, a tour de force of story telling in which the music dramatizes the story behind a harrowing and heartbreaking traditional folk song.

All concerts begin at 8 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall on the Institute campus. Tickets will be available to the public approximately one month before each concert.

Princeton University – Institute for Advanced Study
1 Einstein Drive
Princeton, NJ 08540

Ensemble Signal performs Gordon & Wolfe

Friday, March 9, 2018 - 8:00pm

Edward T. Cone Concert Series: Ensemble Signal

The season will conclude with a string orchestra performance by Ensemble Signal, led by conductor Brad Lubman. The program will highlight Bang on a Can cofounder Michael Gordon’s Weather, a wild, explosive work that began with his curiosity about how musical instruments might be useful in mapping chaotic weather patterns. Ensemble Signal will also perform MacArthur Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe’s Cruel Sister, a tour de force of story telling in which the music dramatizes the story behind a harrowing and heartbreaking traditional folk song.

 

Wolfensohn Hall, Institute for Advanced Study
1 Einstein Drive
Princeton, NJ 08540

Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields in Washington DC

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 7:30pm

Photo by Peter Serling

The Bang on a Can All-Stars reunite with the Choir of Trinity Wall St, conducted by Julian Wachner, for this performance of Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields in Washington DC!

This event is part of the Kennedy Center's annual new celebration DIRECT CURRENT--an immersive showcase for cutting-edge contemporary arts and culture with a focus on interdisciplinary creations.

Kennedy Center
2700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20566
Touring in support of: 

The Crossing Performs Michael Gordon's Anonymous Man

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 7:30pm

Program:

Michael Gordon Anonymous Man (Midwest premiere)
Gabriel Jackson Rigwreck (Midwest premiere)

Anonymous Man (premiered July 2017) is a concert-length work from Bang on a Can composer Michael Gordon. The text is drawn from real life—Gordon's experiences living in a changing neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, meeting his future wife (the composer Julia Wolfe), raising a family, and especially his encounters with two homeless men who lived across the street.  The journey includes personal accounts of September 11, the death of one of the homeless men, and the outpouring of sympathy from the community following that loss, finally reaching an epiphany that evokes Lincoln's funeral train arriving on Desbrosses Street, the first stop on its visit to the streets of Manhattan. The interplay of personalities is beautifully rendered in music, springing from Michael’s conversations with the homeless men—serious, funny, mysterious, poetic, and mundane.

For Gabriel Jackson's dramatic setting of Pierre Joris' poem Rigwreck - a study on the power of money - The Crossing is joined by Northwestern's acclaimed vocal ensemble, BCE.

This is the tale of two
One life inside, the other one, outside

Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts
70 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208

Bang on a Can at Big Ears

Thursday, March 22, 2018 to Sunday, March 25, 2018

Bang on a Can goes to Big Ears! 

The Big Ears Festival is an international cultural gathering, and a dynamic, interactive experience that explores connections between musicians and artists, crossing all musical genres while interfacing with film, performance, and the visual arts. 

There are few festivals with line ups quite like this.

The All-Stars will present 3 performances:

-The music of Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe to celebrate 30 years of Bang on a Can. (Michael, David, and Julia are the 2018 composers in residence at Big Ears as well!)

-Anthracite Fields

-Field Recordings

Big Ears Festival
Knoxville, TN

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

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

Save the date! Bang on a Can's 2018 Marathon is May 13 at the NYU Skirball Center in Greenwich Village. 

(more info soon)

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