An incredible lineup of pianists including Lisa Moore, Anthony de Mare, Conrad Tao, Ursula Oppens, Vicki Ray and Mikael Darmaine, join forces to celebrate the remarkable work of pianist-composer Frederic Rzewski in a marathon day of three concerts.
An incredible lineup of pianists including Lisa Moore, Anthony de Mare, Conrad Tao, Ursula Oppens, Vicki Ray and Mikael Darmaine, join forces to celebrate the remarkable work of pianist-composer Frederic Rzewski in a marathon day of three concerts.
The New York-based Australian ‘avant-garde visionary pianist’ (New Yorker) Lisa Moore will perform an illuminating and virtuosic sixty-minute recital featuring works from her recent albums – composed by three of America’s leading composers. The concert opens with sonorous and mesmerizing works by Oscar-nominated Philip Glass – before moving to the sublime and lyrical lilt of Martin Bresnick’s Ishi’s Song – and concluding with the bullet-pulsing pyrotechnics of music by maverick composer-pianist Frederic Rzewski.
Chamber quartet Sandbox Percussion will perform composer and violinist Matt McBane’s Bathymetry in its entirety in this world premiere performance featuring an opening set by Matt McBane.
Bathymetry – a reference to how bass synthesizers affect percussive sounds, mimicking how the ocean floor shapes the waves above–draws from western classical minimalism and incorporates modern electronic music production. McBane first became interested in the ocean floor as a teen surfer, and this album sees him recreate that mysterious underwater world. Created for analog synthesizer and percussion, Bathymetry also utilizes a mix of found instruments like mixing bowls, ping-pong balls, and glass bottles in a nod to Youtube ASMR videos. McBane’s use of a singular synthesizer acts as a unifying line throughout Bathymetry, shaping each movement like the tide on sea glass.
Journey through Earth's final frontier with Sandbox Percussion and Matt McBane as they explore the various ways sound can shape and move us.
Bathymetry is available everywhere on November 4, 2022 (CD and LP).
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland presents the world premiere of Love Always, co-commissioned by The Clarice and the Matt Marks Impact Fund, along with Alyssa Piper’s Cradle.
Alyssa Pyper initially created Cradle as a solo work for violin, loop pedal and voice as part of a symbolic journey into the trauma of growing up queer, classically trained and Mormon. In equal part, the composition of the piece emerged through the composer’s dissonance with not only fundamentalist religion, but a pedagogy of classical violin dispersed through the frame of a perfectionist religious culture. Through a close mentorship, members of Alarm Will Sound co-created with Pyper a version of Cradle that allows for members of an ensemble to tap into its arc and participate in its call.
Cutting-edge cellist Maya Beiser and “America’s most astonishing choir” (The New York Times), The Crossing, form a fearless partnership in this multimedia performance of Travel Guide to Nicaragua, a New York premiere by Bang on a Can co-founder Michael Gordon.
The evening-length work, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall, tells the story of Gordon’s family’s journey from Poland to Nicaragua, beginning with his grandfather and concluding with Gordon’s childhood in the jungle on the outskirts of Managua. New and adventurous musical fusions await as his rhythmic innovations merge with what The New Yorker describes as “the fury of punk rock, the nervous brilliance of free jazz, and the intransigence of classical modernism.”
Alarm Will Sound returns to St. Louis for the first of three concerts in Missouri during the 2022-2023 season.
Alarm Will Sound and the WashU Department of Music present music by Detroit electronic music legend Jeff Mills (WORLD PREMIERE), Chinese-American composer Fang Man (WORLD PREMIERE), and Gary, Indiana native Jlin.
Jlin, arr. Kim and Thompson, Black Origami
Jlin, arr. Santos Back Against the Wall (premiere)
Fang Man, composer; Jie Guo, librettist, “Golden Lily” (premiere)
Jeff Mills, Metropolis movements
Saturday, October 15, 2022 • 8:00pm
MEMORY GAME is both a look back at a pivotal point in Meredith Monk’s storied career, and a richly layered portrait of how vocal music, under the guidance of an indefatigable master, can play with our expectations in poignant and compelling ways. What emerges is a suite of songs that flows with a remarkable narrative cohesion, stemming in large part from the composer’s willingness to revisit the past with an insatiably curious eye.
In celebration of Philip Glass’s 85th birthday, Hong Kong/Canadian pianist Vicky Chow releases Book 1 of his piano Etudes on Cantaloupe Music, the record label created and launched in March 2001 by the three founders of New York’s legendary Bang on a Can organization—composers Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe—with Bang on a Can managing director Kenny Savelson.
Since joining the Bang on a Can All-Stars in 2009, Chow has collaborated and worked with Tania León, Meredith Monk, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Terry Riley, George Lewis, Pamela Z, Tomeka Reid, Trevor Dunn, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Sasha Waltz Dance Company, Doug Varone Dance Company, BBC Orchestra, LA Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Symphonietta Riga, International Contemporary Ensemble, The Knights, Tyshawn Sorey, Andy Akiho, John Zorn, Gong Linna, Kronos Quartet, Longleash Trio, Trinity Choir, Wet Ink Ensemble, Yarn/Wire, and Momenta Quartet.
In MODERN YESTERDAYS, Kaki King continues to refine her now signature instrument-centered projection mapping performance, using audiovisual technical wizardry, carefully choreographed guitar and drum playing, as well as colorful visual curation, to send us on a journey --arriving at the emotional place we yearn to visit. Music from Kaki King's current release, "Modern Yesterdays" (Cantaloupe Music, 2020).
World Premiere Film Screening with Live Performance
Saturday, October 1, 9pm
Sunday, October 2, 8pm
Part of Festival O22 and the 2022 Philadelphia Fringe Festival
What does it take to face ourselves? Enter the darkness in search of something beautiful, transcendent. But be very careful what you need to know…
Set in a nightmarish Bardo, a place between death and rebirth, a tormented writer faces down demons of his own making. Forced to confront the darkest moment in his life, he mines fractured and repressed memories for a way out. A woman is at the center of all the writer’s afterlife encounters. She is the subject of his life’s greatest regret, and she materializes everywhere in this Otherworld. The writer cannot detach any thoughts of his life from her.
Part film screening and part industrial rock opera concert, this world premiere event features glam opera band Timur & the Dime Museum alongside musicians from the Opera Philadelphia Orchestra.
Forbidden Love, 2019
Forbidden Love was co-commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Carnegie Hall, and written for Sō Percussion. The world premiere was performed by Sō Percussion at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on June 1, 2019.
Bang on a Can and MASS MoCA present LOUD Weekend, a fully loaded eclectic super-mix of minimal, experimental, and electronic music over three days throughout the museum’s expansive campus. Featuring Jim Jarmusch & Phil Kline, L’Rain, Bang on a Can All-Stars’ Can Dance world premiere preview, Yuka Honda, and many more—explore the full lineup below.
March 13 to May 9: "loved" will be on in the Cherry Esplanade. Composer Michael Gordon created the installation for BBG to honor those we've lost in the pandemic. Performed by percussionist David Cossin, the meditative composition for seven vibraphones plays hourly on Cherry Esplanade and runs 5 minutes, 28 seconds. It was originally presented in August and is being reprised to mark the one-year anniversary of New York City’s pandemic shutdown.
“Like the ringing of fractured bells, loved. marks the memory of those just recently lost. As we walk down the tree-lined path that will soon once again explode with blossoms, the music moves into the natural space in waves of resonating metals, silences, and an acceleration of harmony.” —Michael Gordon
Cantaloupe Music will be releasing "loved" digitally on all services on March 12, 2021.
On March 7 at 3PM EDT, Bang on a Can presents the video premiere of All-Star Vicky Chow’s performance of Michael Gordon’s Sonatra as a Watch Party. The program will include a Q & A about the work with Chow and Gordon, moderated by Ethan Iverson, also a pianist, composer, and critic best known for his work with the Bad Plus. Aside from Chow’s album release of the work (released February 23, 2018 on Cantaloupe Music – get it here!), this new video made by Denver-based director, writer, and cinematographer Souki Mehdaoui, is the only other recording of the piece.
“It’s by far the most challenging piece of music I’ve worked on,” says Vicky. “When I first looked at the score, I knew immediately that I’ll live with it for the rest of my life. Every few months, I slowly worked up each section, like chipping away at a slab of marble. I had to pace myself, push myself, and be sharp at every twist and turn, or else I’d trip and fall flat on my face.”
The Watch Party will include demonstrations of the work’s difficulty by way of brief excerpts performed by Chow in her home, alongside a display of the score.
In his original program notes for Sonatra, Michael Gordon writes that he conceived of the piece for solo piano as a sideways tribute to Frank Sinatra, but with the sonata form as an equal and opposite force that tugs at the music from within.
“I grew up playing, or mis-playing, the piano,” he notes. “When I started writing Sonatra, I decided that since I would probably only ever write one piano piece in my entire life, I wanted to use all the keys on the piano, and use them often. I constructed long chains or links of major and minor thirds that ceaselessly wind their way up and down the piano. Eventually they start cascading and intersperse with glissandos half the length of the keyboard, sounding to me like the performer has at least four hands.”
Celebrating the tenth year of collaboration, on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 8 pm ET, Bang on a Can and The Noguchi Museum present excerpts from Duet Behavior 2020 by Meredith Monk and John Hollenbeck, a first-time performance of Monk’s music as it has never been experienced.
Through a conversational approach, long-time friends and colleagues Monk and Hollenbeck will expand and improvise on pieces from across Monk’s 50+ year catalogue, combining her pioneering vocal magic with his inventive and masterful percussion to generate new arrangements of Monk’s iconic compositions.
The duets are performed together but from separate locations—Hollenbeck in Montreal and Monk in upstate New York—using Zoom for the visuals and Jamulus, a tool which enables musicians to perform in real-time over the internet, for the sound. The resulting video presentation is produced by The House Foundation for the Arts.
Noguchi Museum Director Brett Littman joins Monk and Hollenbeck for a Q&A via Zoom after the performance. Free and available for all to watch at noguchi.org/bangonacan; no advance registration needed.
Show alert: Celebrate the release of Kaki King's newest album, "Modern Yesterdays," with a FREE streamed concert! Join Georgia Tech Arts on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 8 p.m. EST as it streams the world premiere concert of "Modern Yesterdays," the newest album from celebrated composer and guitarist Kaki King, recorded at the Ferst Center for the Arts.
Register now to receive more details as they are announced! https://gatech.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6F15S2P1R6Gx55j
So Percussion and Caroline Shaw perform two new projects together: the song cycle "Narrow Sea," and a selection of new collaborative songs.
Theater Freiburg presents the German premiere of Donnacha Dennehy's The Last Hotel.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
"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.
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
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.
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.
LULLY: Le Bourgeois gentilhomme Suite
DAVID LANG: man made
SEBASTIAN CURRIER: New Work [World Premiere, CSO Commission]
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8
Bang on a Can started by imagining a kind of utopia for music—and then they started to build it. Building a utopia is a political act that pushes people to change, but it can also keep them apart. Now more than ever, Bang on a Can is committed to growing a worldwide community dedicated to innovation through music. This concert at the Bing seeks to demonstrate an open, welcoming, and inclusive space for music and ideas from a wide variety of styles. It features work from co-founders Julia Wolfe, David Lang, and Michael Gordon alongside compositions by jazz giant Ornette Coleman, young pioneer Anna Clyne, and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore.
Hearing a new work from Michael Gordon, one of the founders of Bang on a Can, is always an eagerly anticipated event. Hearing it performed by a cutting-edge cellist and a “luminous and acute” (The New York Times) chorus makes it a concert you won’t want to miss. The rhythmic innovations of Gordon’s music are merged with what The New Yorker describes as “the fury of punk rock, the nervous brilliance of free jazz, and the intransigence of classical modernism.” Experience something new and adventurous from Gordon, who spent part of his childhood living outside of Nicaragua’s capital city.
Hailed as “superb” (The New York Times) and “ardently angelic,” (The Los Angeles Times) The Crossing is a multiple Grammy® Award-winning, Philadelphia-based new music choir conducted by Donald Nally. Known for its commitment to thought-provoking new works, The Crossing brings the “reigning queen of the avant-garde cello” (The Washington Post) Maya Beiser to Philadelphia for the world premiere of Michael Gordon’s A Travel Guide to Nicaragua. Gordon spent his childhood living in Nicaragua, and the piece reflects his memories and musings on the culture, as well as insights from Mark Twain’s writings of a trip through the small, beautiful country.
Lisa Moore, formidable pianist who has linked her name to the main exponents of the new music of our times, will make us know in a spectacular and engaging way, with a surprising and completely out of the ordinary recital, the constant and stimulating combination of music and images , between music and theatrical happening, which has characterized a lot of contemporary production with its inventions. Through pages of Philip Glass, John Adams, György Ligeti, Frederic Rzewski and the young but already well-known Missy Mazzoli we will witness the enchanting fusion of sounds, gestures, colors, movements.
The Bang on a Can All-Stars and Chorus Pro Musica present: A Pulitzer Prize–winning oratorio about coal miners at the turn of the 20th century, Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields combines folk, rock, and classical genres in what the Los Angeles Times called “an unforgettably haunting, harrowing evocation of the plight of Pennsylvania’s coal miners, incorporating many musical styles and effectively shadowy visuals.”
The most American of French choreographers returns to pay tribute to the music of Bach in a piece carried by twelve exceptional dancers.
Benjamin Millepied sails with a disconcerting inspiration between classic and contemporary and explores these two genres with glee. He overturns the codes in a dance with a charming singularity, all in elegance and fluidity, punctuated by group choreographies of crazy power and served by the unfailing commitment of all his magnificent company.
An evening of Steve Reich and Bryce Dessner in Paris!
The adventurous and highly celebrated New York quartet So Percussion presents three pieces by Steve Reich alongside a unique piece by Bryce Dessner that features an instrument specially invented for the composition.
The Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Field Recordings at the Walled City Music Festival in Derry UK!
The Bang on a Can All-Stars perform on the 2020 Pulsar Festival in Copenhagen Denmark.
Danish Music Conservatory's PULSAR Festival featuring a new work by American composer Julia Wolfe.
The work is commissioned jointly by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the DR Symphony Orchestra and features one of the festival's main names, the dynamic NewYorker ensemble Bang on a Can All Stars as soloists. Also experience the premier performances of the Conservatory's young composers, who give their widely different suggestions on how orchestral music should sound in the 21st century.
The event is free and requires no registration.
“Monk may loom even larger as the new century unfolds, and later generations will envy those who got to see her live.”
–Alex Ross, The New Yorker
In this concert version of revolutionary American artist Meredith Monk’s latest music-theater work, she shares her genius in discovery and innovation. Cellular Songs turns to the very fabric of life itself, exploring our interdependent relationship with nature and looking to its underlying systems as inspiration for human behavior in our tumultuous world. Performed by Monk with the women of her acclaimed Vocal Ensemble, this concert features some of Monk’s most adventurous and daring music for the voice to date, paired with violin, piano and keyboard.
Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble consists of some of the finest and most adventurous performers active in new music. Founded in 1978 to further expand Monk’s groundbreaking exploration of the human voice, the Ensemble has received multiple awards and critical acclaim.
Meredith Monk, voice and keyboard
Ellen Fisher, voice
Katie Geissinger, voice
Allison Sniffin, voice, violin and keyboard
Jo Stewart, voice
Bearthoven joins the musicians and composers of Experiments in Opera in a workshop featuring a first look at the new opera being generated by the Experiments in Opera Writers’ Room (Title TBD). The Untitled Writers’ Room Opera (Part One) includes the first three episodes of a longer ten-episode piece that will receive its full premiere in the spring of 2021 as part of EiO’s 10th Anniversary Celebration. The new opera is about an aspiring artist who grapples first with her father’s suicide and then with the unexpected fame of his paintings which become celebrated as “outsider art.” The three episodes included in Part One of this opera will be composed by Jason Cady, Pauline Kim and Phil Kline, based on librettos by Jason Cady, Jerome Parker and Lauren D’Errico.
An additional opera (TBD) will be workshopped on the final two days of this weeklong project.
New York City Master Chorale presents the second concert of its 2019/20 season.
Dusty Francis, Artistic Director
Program features a cappella octavos anchored by David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning titular composition.
An extraordinary work, David Lang’s the little match girl passion explores the Hans Christian Andersen story of the same name. As a community, we experience this story in a narrative form modeled on J.S. Bach’s passions. The suffering of the ‘match girl’ is transfigured; is elevated and transformed into hope. It asks both singers and audience to reflect on the suffering of all those who are vulnerable in our society. It encourages us to come face to face with the sorrow and suffering of others, and to consider how we might respond. We perform this masterpiece of the 21st century in support of Care for Real, which serves the Edgewater neighborhood.
So Percussion at Williams College - The Quartet Reimagined. Works by Reich, Wolfe, Dessner, Viet Cuong, and Susan Marshall.
Bang on a Can All-Stars perform on the New Music Dublin festival!
Julia Wolfe: Believing
David Lang: sunray
Philip Glass: Closing
Steve Martland: Horses of Instruction
More info coming soon
The Bang on a Can All-Stars join the BBC Concert Orchestra and Principal Conductor Bramwell Tovey for the UK premiere of Flower Power, a new work from Pulitzer prize-winning American composer Julia Wolfe.
In her new work, Wolfe draws on the energy generated by a radical revolutionary moment - the late 1960s - a time when experimental ideas and questions permeated all parts of the political, social and artistic landscapes. This shift brought new spiritual and intellectual explorations, a breakdown of social norms, psychedelic visions, artistic explosion, and a greater and more open expression of love and peace.
The programme also includes English and American minimalism in orchestral form by Steve Martland, John Adams and Philip Glass.