'cheating, lying, stealing', 'gravity', and 'just (after song of songs)' performed live with Houston Ballet

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 8:00pm to Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 8:00pm

Houston Ballet returns to Jacob’s Pillow for the first time in almost 40 years. Australian Artistic Director Stanton Welch has led the respected company since 2003, marking its evolution into a world-class troupe of 60 dancers that calls the largest professional dance facility in the United States home.

Celebrating a wide range of classic and contemporary ballet, Houston Ballet brings a program featuring Welch’s Clear, an abstract work for seven men and one woman set to music composed by Bach; In Dreams by former Choreographic Associate Trey McIntyre; excerpts from Welch’s Sons de L’ame set to piano pieces by Frédéric Chopin, and Just a world premiere by Welch, commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow, with a music score by one of America’s most-performed contemporary composers and co-founder of Bang on a Can, David Lang.

Ted Shawn Theatre
Lenox, MA

Memorial for Matt Marks

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 6:30pm

Come join us in remembering and celebrating our beloved Matt Marks with music and food and hugs.

Performances by Alarm Will Sound and others. Full lineup TBA shortly.

Pot luck: if you're able and want to bring some food to share, that would be lovely. Please bring something that can be eaten easily by standing/walking folks (sandwiches, baby carrots, cookies, etc.). We'll provide personal plates and napkins and cups, but we will NOT be providing serving platters or utensils, so bring that stuff if you need it.

No reservations required - no cover charge for entrance. Just come join us.

Roulette Intermedium
New York City, NY

All-Stars on the "Extended Play" festival in Sydney!

Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 8:30pm

Bang on a Can All-Stars play the Marathon-style extravaganza "Extended Play" in Sydney!  Extended Play is a 12 hour micro-festival that explores and celebrates new music in every format imaginable. From noon to midnight, music in all shapes and sizes will transform multiple spaces within City Recital Hall. Be prepared to challenge your preconceived ideas of how music can be created, performed and consumed.

This isn’t a festival where you sit and listen to music with your hands neatly folded on your lap. At Extended Play they want you to hear music, and also to see it, feel it, move with it and move around it.

City Recital Hall
Sydney, Australia

Sō Percussion @ The Ravinia Festival with Dawn Upshaw (IL)

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 7:30pm

Dawn Upshaw, Gilbert Kalish and Sō Percussion perform a program focusing on the expansive limits of song, including Narrow Sea, a new work by young American Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, and George Crumb’s Winds of Destiny, based on Civil War folk songs. Both ground-breaking composers expanded vocal techniques and forms to create a dynamic space between traditional European classical vocal music, and the worlds of avant-garde or pop music.

Martin Theatre
Highland Park, IL

'mystery sonatas' performed by David Felberg

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 5:00pm

Chatter weaves together traditional and contemporary chamber music.

David Lang Mystery Sonata; JS Bach Suite No. 6 in D major for Cello (arr. Bass Clarinet, J. Shields); James Shields bass clarinet; David Felberg violin

SITE Santa Fe
Santa Fe, NM

Lisa Moore at Tyalgum Music Festival 2018

Friday, September 7, 2018 - 8:00pm to Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 5:00pm

Concert 1 Fri 7th Sept @ 7pm
Sliabh Beagh by Kate Moore opening Gala

Concert 2 Sat 8th @ 10.30am
Piano Music by Leos Janacek
On An Overgrown Path (1901-11)
Selections from the First Series
• Our Evenings
• A Blown Away Leaf
• The Madonna of Frydek
• They Chattered Like Swallows
• The Barn Owl Has Not Flown Away

From The Street 1.x.1905 (1905)
– The Presentiment
– The Death

In The Mist (1912)
1. Andante
2. Molto Adagio/Presto
3. Andantino
4. Presto/Meno mosso

Concert 5 Sat 8th Sept @ 7pm
Sonata for cello and piano by Alfred Schnittke
with Trish O’Brien cello

Quartet for the End of Time by Olivier Messiaen

Paul Dean clarinet
Anne McMichael violin
Trish O’Brien cello

Tyalgum Community Hall
Tyalgum, Australia

Bard Conservatory Celebrates Joan Tower’s 80th Birthday

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 4:00pm

In celebration of Joan Tower's 80th birthday, Bard Conservatory faculty members perform works by the composer.
Performers include:
Laurie Smukler, violin
Raman Ramakrishnan, cello 
Blair McMillen, piano
Anthony McGill, clarinet
So Percussion
Dawn Upshaw, soprano 
Kayo Iwama, piano
Da Capo Chamber Players
Benjamin Hochman, piano

Dimmena Center for Classical Music
New York City, NY

So Percussion at Princeton

Friday, September 14, 2018 - 7:30pm

Sō Percussion, Princeton University’s Edward T. Cone Artists-in-Residence, perform a FREE concert that explores the incredible range of percussion instruments.

Richardson Auditorium
Princeton, NJ

'depart' performed by The Crossing at the Park Avenue Armory

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 7:30pm to Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 7:30pm

*NYC Premiere

Having “made a name for itself in recent years as a champion of new music” (The New York Times), The Crossing comes to the Armory to perform an ambulatory concert that utilizes the corridors and historic rooms to create a unique kind of seamless music with fluidity of movement from room to room. The program includes world and New York premieres by David Lang, Louis Andriessen, and a new work by Ted Hearne, co-commissioned by the Armory. The new music champions are dedicated to expanding the contemporary choral music experience through commissions, collaborations, community, and performances that are characterized by a distinctive unity of sound and spirit.

Park Avenue Armory
New York City, NY

Lang works featured in Huang Yi's "Under the Horizon" with Nederlands Kamerkoor

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 8:15pm to Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 8:15pm

What do you do when encounters become possible on the border of life and death? Follow the dancers of Huang Yi Studio + (Taiwan) and audiovisual artist Ryoichi Kurokawa (Japan) on a journey to the hereafter. Step into a shady area where the dearest memories come to life. A bittersweet performance with beautiful vocal music by David Lang, Veljo Tormis and Arvo Pärt, among others. For anyone with experiences of love, loss or desire.

Under the Horizon is the breathtaking result of a three-year collaboration between choreographer Huang Yi, who astonished the world by dancing with a robot; the audiovisual genius Ryoichi Kurokawa; and the sixteen singers of the Nederlands Kamerkoor, who completely integrate the purity of the human voice into the performance. 

September 19, 2018: The Flint - Amersfoort

September 21, 2018: Stadsschouwburg - Utrecht

September 23, 2018: Theaters Tilburg - Tilburg

September 26, 2018: Theater Kerkrade - Kerkrade

September 28, 2018: Music Building Eindhoven - Eindhoven

September 30, 2018: Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ - Amsterdam

October 3, 2018: Zuiderstrandtheater - The Hague

October 6, 2018: Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie - Leeuwarden
tickets available soon

'manifesto' performed by Opera National du Rhin

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 8:00pm

Philippe Arlaud invites you to join forces with conductor Claire Levacher at the head of the Linea ensemble at an unexpected event with unexpected surprises and unusual complicities. In a setting where lights and video will have the share and will transform the Opera House, events will not fail with the world premiere of Francesco Alvarado (1984), the French creations of Singing Garden by Toshio Hosokawa (1955 °) and Rhondda Rips It Up!(excerpts) by Elena Langer (1974) and the performance by a men's choir of a work by David Lang (1957). In the second part of this show with which Musica and L'Ososphère are associated, dancers of the Ballet of the Opéra national du Rhin directed by young choreographers and accompanied by DJs will invest a surprise and convince you that the title of this evening is not usurped ...

Opera House
Strasbourg, France

'wed' arranged for piano trio performed by Fidelio Trio

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 8:00pm

Glass recently invited Fidelio Trio to New York to record two works for release on his Orange Mountain Label. Pendulum, with its classic undulating Glass-isms is the result of one of these recordings, and here receives its European Premiere.

Kevin Volans composed his plaintive and evocative Third Piano Trio Le Tombeau des Regrets for Fidelio Trio in 2017 and this marks its London premiere. Bang on a Can founder David Lang has made a new version of his 1995 still song wed for piano trio. And lastly, three new trios by cult esoteric musical figure John Zorn receive their UK premieres.

King's Place Hall One
London, United Kingdom

'manifesto' performed by Opera National du Rhin

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 8:00pm

Philippe Arlaud invites you to join forces with conductor Claire Levacher at the head of the Linea ensemble at an unexpected event with unexpected surprises and unusual complicities. In a setting where lights and video will have the share and will transform the Opera House, events will not fail with the world premiere of Francesco Alvarado (1984), the French creations of Singing Garden by Toshio Hosokawa (1955 °) and Rhondda Rips It Up!(excerpts) by Elena Langer (1974) and the performance by a men's choir of a work by David Lang (1957). In the second part of this show with which Musica and L'Ososphère are associated, dancers of the Ballet of the Opéra national du Rhin directed by young choreographers and accompanied by DJs will invest a surprise and convince you that the title of this evening is not usurped ...

Opera House
Strasbourg, France

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

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 8:15pm

An a cappella program full of reflection 

People come, people go and the world always exists. That is the theme of Again and again , in which the old master Josquin des Prez (c.1450 / 55-1521) and the contemporary American composer David Lang (and others) sing the cycle of life then and now: from beginning to end from grief and punishment to love, reconciliation and resignation. An a cappella program full of reflection.

Of course there are huge differences between the music of Josquin des Prez and David Lang, but there is also an important similarity, which effortlessly bridges five centuries of history. Time, or rather the elimination of time, plays a crucial role in the works of both composers. The idea of ​​being a whirling leaf in eternity blows through the works of both composers.

Muziekgebouw Grote Zaal
Amsterdam, Netherlands

'the mile long opera' performed at The High Line (world premiere)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 7:00pm to Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 7:00pm

For five consecutive nights, October 3-7, 2018, 1,000 singers from across New York will come together on the High Line for the first-ever performances of The Mile-Long Opera: a biography of 7 o’clock – an ambitious, collective, free choral work that shares personal stories from hundreds of New Yorkers about life in our rapidly changing city. 

The stories sung in the The Mile-Long Opera have been gathered through first-hand interviews with residents throughout the city, asking what 7:00 pm means to them. They reveal a vast spectrum of feelings and perspectives—and, by extension, represent the diverse character of the city’s inhabitants and their individual experiences. 
Set in one of the most dynamic public spaces for observing New York City and its multitude of intersecting lives, The Mile-Long Opera invites audiences to move in and out of groups of singers as they walk along the High Line. 

At the heart of the work is an extensive community engagement initiative that activates non-profit cultural organizations across all five boroughs. Six Anchor Partners serve as a hub for engaging local audiences—from recruiting singers, to holding and welcoming the public for open rehearsals and workshops, to hosting social and cultural events in the lead-up to the October performances.


The High Line
New York , NY

Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble: Cellular Songs

Thursday, October 4, 2018 to Saturday, October 6, 2018

“As [Meredith Monk] sang, there was a palpable sense of love and joy between her and the audience that spoke volumes. An antidote to the troubled times we live in.” —Financial Times

When Meredith Monk sings, her voice transports listeners out of time and into a dimension where sound is the currency of communication. In this elaborate music-theater piece, the legendary interdisciplinary artist and the women of her Vocal Ensemble weave some of Monk’s most adventurous vocal music to date with movement, light, instrumental music, and film to evoke a world where cellular activity can serve as a template for human behavior. Playful and humanistic, Cellular Songs is an exploration of the interconnected relationship between people and the natural world, between the basic unit of life and the universe.

Presented in association with Minnesota Opera.

McGuire Theatre, Walker Art Center
Minneapolis, MN

'the little match girl passion' for chorus performed by The Singers-MCA

Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 8:00pm to Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 8:00pm

The Singers begin the season with two striking works – David Lang’s little match girl passion, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Music. This stark setting of Hans Christian Andersen’s lonely tale combines with texts from Picander’s libretto for Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion to highlight the suffering and lonliness of the young child. Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, performed with chamber orchestra, is a soaring reflection on the light in times of darkness.

Minneapolis, MN

'the little match girl passion' performed by FolkOperan

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 7:00pm

The girl with the sulfur sticks is Hans Christian Andersen's most tragic saga. It's the story of the girl who, on New Year's Eve, is getting barefoot in the snow, in vain to sell sulfur sticks nobody wants to buy. For fear, she dares not go home to her father without selling some. With frozen fingers she turns the sulfur sticks one by one. They turn on and off. Delivered to her destiny in a world of absent adults, the girl is found deadless, frozen to death, on New Year's Day.

Those who had been able to give the girl food and shelter, bought her sulfur sticks and maybe saved her life, now singing with sadness and sadness, her painful story on the stage of Folkoperan. The work is performed in a processed version of David Lang's passion story  The Little Match Girl Passion . The performance is influenced by improvised elements, audience interaction, music by Latvian composer Uģis Prauliņš and choreographed movements, signed by internationally-performing choreographer Örjan Andersson.  

In collaboration with Ersta Sköndal Bräcke College, Martin Åsander, composer and vocalist in VoNo, writes new compositional music about children's rights and vulnerability based on seven professors' reflections and scientific texts on the history of HC Andersen.

Vokalensemblen VoNo (formerly Voces Nordicae) was formed in 1999 and consists of twelve singers and the artistic director and conductor Lone Larsen. With Stockholm as a base, they have been touring around the country and internationally, and received great attention for their innovative performances. By constantly challenging traditional driving standards, VoNo creates a unique stage platform where classical a cappella, folk music, improvisation and poetry are united in musical euphoria.

Stockholm, Sweden

Terry Riley & Gyan Riley

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 8:00pm

It’s possibly hard to do justice in words to the influence of Terry Riley on so much adventurous music that has emerged over the past half century. Take his legendary In C, a simple piece of musical genius that still resonates as loudly in impact today and perhaps achieving more widespread influence than ever currently since its first recorded appearance in 1968. Add in his sublime minimalist keyboard recordings such as Shri Camel and A Rainbow In Curved Air, his early tape work, his collaborations with Pandit Pran Nath, John Cale, La Monte Young – a huge favourite on the TUSK team, a huge influence on our listening and so much of the music we love and bring to the festival.

So it is fitting, in the year that TUSK makes the move to expand its reach into Sage’s Hall One, that it is Terry Riley that takes us there. Terry will perform in a duo with his son Gyan, who has a growing discography of his own that includes releases on labels such as John Zorn’s Tzadik and has worked with Zakir Hussian, Dawn Upshaw and many others.

Tusk Festival
London, United Kingdom

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

Michael Gordon: new work for Cello Octet Amsterdam (world premiere)//new work 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

'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

David Lang: new work for Cello Biennale Amsterdam 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.

Amsterdam, Netherlands