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

'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

'true pearl' and 'the little match girl passion' performed by Roomful of Teeth with the Callithumpian Consort

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 7:00pm

Performed by Roomful of Teeth and the Callithumpian Consort, Stephen Drury, conductor.

true pearl is an opera made specifically to be seen and heard in the Tapestry Room of the Gardner Museum. The opera comprises five scenes—one for each tapestry in the Gardner's spectacular 16th century Flemish series based on the life of King Cyrus of Persia—and each tapestry serves as set and scenery for the opera. Lang and Kempson's true pearl is not meant to be performed live, but is recorded on special headsets, so patrons of the Museum can listen individually, as they move from tapestry to tapestry, from scene to scene.

This concert will be the first (and only) live performance of the complete score in Calderwood Hall. Hereafter, true pearl will be available to visitors as an "in-ear" opera in the Tapestry Room from Thursday, October 4, 2018 to Sunday, January 13, 2019.

Rounding out the program will be Lang's moving 2008 work, the little match girl passion, a dramatic retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's haunting story, fashioned in the manner of a Bach passion. Lang made this special version of the work in 2018 especially for Roomful of Teeth.

Calderwood Hall
Boston, MA

'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

MUTED: Monica Germino, Violin, & Voice

Monday, October 8, 2018 - 8:30pm

Dubbed “the quietest violin piece ever written,” MUTEDwas composed by Louis Andriessen, Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe for Monica Germino after she was diagnosed with high sensitivity to sound. Experience this work for violin, “whisperviolin,” voice, and light design as it was meant to be heard — by small groups of listeners in an intimate space. Limited availability. 

Co-presented with the New York Philharmonic

Part of the New York Philharmonic’s The Art of Andriessen, a series celebrating Louis Andriessen’s rich musical contributions, and explores a multitude of his works and influences.

Photo credit: Anne Reinke

National Sawdust
Brooklyn, NY

'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

Meredith Monk: Cellular Songs Concert at (le) poisson rouge

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 7:00pm to Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 7:00pm

Recognized as one of the most unique and influential artists of our time, composer/performer Meredith Monk presents a concert of music from her newest work, Cellular Songswith the women of her acclaimed Vocal Ensemble. A “deeply affecting meditation on the nature of the biological cell as a metaphor for human society” (Financial Times), Cellular Songs features some of Monk’s most adventurous and daring music for the voice to date, paired with violin, piano and keyboard. Over the course of the evening, shimmering, multi-dimensional musical forms evoke such biological processes as layering, replication, division, and mutation. Cellular Songs premiered to sold-out audiences at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in March 2018.

(le) poisson rouge
New York City, NY

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

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

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

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

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

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

'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

'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: '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.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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


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


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