Past Shows (view list of upcoming shows)
From July 14 - August 3, 2014 we will head to the Berkshire mountains of MA for a three-week utopian residency for innovative composers and performers of contemporary music at one of the foremost US contemporary art museums, MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art).
Bang on a Can and The Noguchi Museum partner for the fourth summer in presenting Music in the Garden, an innovative performance series held in the Museum's celebrated sculpture garden
On July 13, Music in the Garden will present Bang on Ja-pan, a concert specially curated by Bang on Can including music by Japanese composer Dai Fujikura alongside two contemporary Japanese masters, Toru Takemitsu and Somei Satoh. The music will be performed by flutists Kelli Kathmann and Jessica Schmitz, and singer Daisy Press, all alumni of the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA.
Free with museum admission.
David Lang's percussion quartet, the so-called laws of nature, is performed by BLOW UP Percussion at the Half-Die Festival in Italy.
Bang on a Can and The Jewish Museum continue their season-long partnership in presenting Other Primary Structures featuring performances by Bang on a Can All-Stars Vicky Chow and David Cossin with Dither Quartet’sTaylor Levine and James Moore. This concert of music by Louis Andriessen, Philip Glass, Michael Gordon, and John Zorn is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Other Primary Structures.
TURNmusic performs Julia Wolfe's Reeling at Arts Riot.
David Lang's Pulitzer Prize winning piece, the little match girl passion, will be performed at the Spoleto Festival in Italy.
Man Forever is an exploratory percussion project helmed by John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions), one of New York’s most versitile and critically lauded collaborators and a founding member of Oneida. Since its inception in 2010, Man Forever has hosted an impressive list of guest performers, but few have been as specially qualified to perform Colpitts’ technically challenging meditative workouts as Sō Percussion, the United States’ premiere contemporary percussion ensemble. Following a collaborative performance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in June of 2013, So and Colpitts entered the studio together to record Ryonen, two pieces that combine the former’s precision and ingenuity with the latter’s restless punk spirit. While previous Man Forever records were inspired by blissful, overwhelming confusion, Ryonen derives its power from its clarity and immediacy.
July 6th - New London, CT - Hygenic Art Park - tickets
July 7th - Boston, MA - Middle East Upstairs - tickets
July 8th - Montreal, QC - Casa del Popolo - tickets
July 9th - Harrisburg, PA - Second City Sanctuary - tickets
July 10th - Chicago, IL - Constellation - tickets
July 11th - Kalamazoo, MI - Louie's Trophy House - tickets
July 12th - Detroit, MI - Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit - tickets
July 13th - Toronto, CA - The Jam Factory - tickets
BLOW UP Percussion play the so-called laws of nature by David Lang at Festival Composit
Bang on a Can returns to the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place with its annual incomparable super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the world! The 2014 Bang on a Can Marathon will feature eight 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.
PLUS Bang on a Can’s social engagement wing Found Sound Nation hosts its Street Studio — a mobile recording studio equipped for passersby and Marathon musicians alike to spontaneously create and record original music!
The Voodoo Orchestra began in 1999 in the Tap Bar of the Knitting Factory in New York City. Every Tuesday night, Bobby Previte would assemble some of New York’s great improvisers to play the entirety of BITCHES BREW, the seminal 1970 recording by Miles Davis. Begun just for the sheer joy of playing this groundbreaking electric music, a buzz about the band soon started and they were recruited for the Vancouver and Saalfelden festivals, and opened the “Wall to Wall Miles” festival at Symphony Space in New York.
Previte continues this band today as a workshop for teaching students and local musicians. Armed with the charts that he transcribed from the records, he travels to locations around the world, rehearses the musicians for two days and directs them in a concert performance. The musicians who experience this are transformed overnight; many remark that playing this music is cathartic and life-changing. Previte’s Bitches Brew Project is the perfect vehicle for teaching musicians patience, thoughtfulness, deep listening, and above of all, how to banish fear from their playing.
The workshop band can be any size from six musicians onward, as the instrumentation is open ended. A perfect workshop or artist residency project.
The Voodoo Orchestra North wil be performing Bitches Brew on:
August 25, 2014
The Bang on a Can All-Stars & The Choir of Trinity Wall Street conducted by Julian Wachner join forces for the NY Premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields, part of the NY Phil Biennial, a Musical Playground of the Here and Now.