The Bang on a Can Summer Festival has become a meca for curious and powerful young composers from around the world. This concert featuresnine world premieres by this year's composer fellows, written specifically for this concert, and performed by all of this year's performer fellows and most of its faculty.
Past Shows (view list of upcoming shows)
BLOW UP Percussion continue their tour of David Lang's the so-called laws of nature.
In the middle of Teresita Fernández’s dynamic, monumental works, the Bang on a Can Festival String Orchestra plays a monumental work of its own. Conductor Brad Lubman leads the strings in a performance of Julia Wolfe's intense and harrowing Cruel Sister, based on a chilling folk song of two sisters tragically in love with the same man.
Shara Worden keeps singing, now as her indie alter ego My Brightest Diamond. A frequent collaborator with such artists as Sufjan Stevens and David Byrne, My Brightest Diamond plays a special solo late night set.
David Lang's pierced will be performed at the Bang On A Can Summer Institute at Mass MoCA in North Adams, MA.
Over 215 composers from around the world submitted portfolios to participate in the festival and eight were selected. The festival concludes with the world premieres of eight works composed for acclaimed new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound by the festival’s eight resident composers: Ian Dicke, Holly Harrison, Texu Kim, José Guillermo Martínez Rubiano, Nicholas S. Omiccioli, Michael Lee Schachter, Ashley Fu-Tsu Wang, and Christopher Weiss.
Rooms within rooms: artist Izhar Patkin's The Wandering Veil divides Mass MoCA's largest gallery into a maze of smaller spaces. So does Terry Riley's In C, the national anthem of minimal music. Bang on a Can Plays Art kicks off with Riley's landmark work, with musicians spread throughout, among and within Patkin's massive installation in MASS MoCA’s largest gallery.
This exuberant, triple Grammy–winning contemporary classical sextet, eighth blackbird tackles a wide-ranging program, including N.Y. premieres by forward-looking young composers (Dessner of The National/Clogs, steel pan innovator Akiho) and contemporary masters (Bang on a Can’s David Lang, the influential Ligeti).
Erase by Andy Akiho (New York Premiere)
Murder Ballades by Bryce Dessner (New York Premiere)
Counting Duets by Tom Johnson/Études by György Ligeti
these broken wings 3 by David Lang
Following the Alaska-based, 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer’s acclaimed Inuksuit, this site-determined piece flows from John Luther Adams' ongoing engagement with sound in outdoor space. Inspired by the Inuit concept of sila, the spirit that animates the world, 80 leading contemporary musicians are guided by the pace of their own breaths, blending composition and sonic environment into an expansive and immersive listening experience. This performance will be featuring members of Contemporaneous, The Crossing, eighth blackbird, Face the Music, Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, Hotel Elefant, JACK Quartet, Meehan/Perkins Duo, Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, TIGUE, and TILT Brass.
BLOW UP Percussion performs the so-called laws of nature by David Lang at Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte.
This concert is the culmination of a week of intense collaborative workshops through which Alarm Will Sound continues to bring the work of today's most imaginative composers to Columbia, MO. A festival built around the close cooperation of musicians and composers—in some cases, the composers are the musicians—leads to performances that have an unusual degree of artistic insight. The program ranges across many current musical styles, including the music of Beat Furrer, Nico Muhly, John Adams and Tyondai Braxton. Furrer and Muhly, both renowned worldwide for their artistic achievements, are Guest Composers at the Festival, and this opening concert highlights how the Festival has become an important event on an international scale.
BLOW UP Percussion continue their tour of David Lang's the so-called laws of nature.
Conductor, Anne Decker, has mixed her musical tastes to create a unique series of contemporary chamber music performances.
The mission of TURN is threefold: to perform music that is defined by quality - not by genre, to present professional music concerts in relaxed venue, and to offer affordable ticket prices.
Music by Colin J. McCaffrey, Sarah Kirkland Snider, David Biedenbender, Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, Judd Greenstein, Jason Treuting, and Julia Wolfe - BYOB and Food - Post Concert Bonfire
Throughout the series you can expect a wide range of styles. July's program features an acoustic set with chamber music written by singer/songwriters and classical composers. The music will give you the opportunity to groove, reflect, and think.
Asphalt Orchestra performs at the Kickstarter Film Festival in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park.
Glenn Kotche and fellow Wilco bandmate Pat Sansone perform at the Stones Fest in New Orleans.
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.