Dark Waves (two piano version)

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 8:00pm

Maarten van Veen and Ralph van Raat, piano


Bernd Alois Zimmermann Monologue
John Luther Adams Dark Waves (version for 2 pianos)
Claude Debussy Jeux

At 7.15 pm introduction by Maarten van Veen

De Doelen
Rotterdam, Netherlands

'she is called' performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus (world premiere)

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 7:00pm

The annual FERUS Festival is a showcase of untamed voices. The world’s most innovative artists perform their newest work in music, multimedia, and beyond.

For the fifth night of the 2019 FERUS Festival, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus seeks out the voices of the composers whose work is often marginalized and puts them front and center in their show Amplify.

Featuring works by a wide array of young and contemporary composers, the BYC’s Concert and Men’s Ensembles perform music that speaks directly to the most urgent themes of today, furthering vital conversations within and beyond the arts. The concert includes music by Composer, Co-Founder, and Artistic Director of National Sawdust Paola Prestini, Artist-in-Residence Angélica Negrón, National Sawdust Curator Daniel Bernard Roumain, David Lang, Olga Bell, and many more. Through the voices of those who are seldom heard, Amplify moves us towards a more inclusive and compassionate vision of the future.

National Sawdust
Brooklyn, NY

'make peace' performed by The Cathedral Choir of the Church of St. John the Divine

Monday, December 31, 2018 - 7:00pm

Founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1984, the annual New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace is a signature Cathedral event. Led by Kent Tritle, Director of Cathedral Music, this year’s concert includes William Boyce’s Symphony No. 1 in B-flat; soloist Sidney Outlaw joins the choir for Robert Convery’s powerful setting of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I have a dream; and the choir performs make peace by David Lang and offers up the New York premiere of Wayne Oquin’s Alleluia. There is also music by Mozart, J.S. Bach, and special guests throughout the evening. And of course, the Cathedral Choir’s own Jamet Pittman leads the audience and invites them to join in with This little light of mine as we light candles to welcome the new year with hope, joy, and affirmation.

General admission seats are free and open to the public on the night of the show. Reserved seats are on sale now.

Church of St. John the Divine
New York, NY

'the little match girl passion' performed by Ensemble Alter Ratio

Friday, December 21, 2018 - 7:00pm

David Len's program "The little match girl passion" by 
Sviatoslav Lunov "The Noel Consort"

"The little match girl passion" by the fairy tale of G.K. Andersen, texts by H.P. Powell (the first interpreter of the English tale in 1872), Pikander (the librettist of Passion for Matthew, JS Bach) and the Gospel of Matthew.

House of education and culture
Kiev, Ukraine

'the little match girl passion' performed by Silbersee

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 8:15pm

The end of the year is a time of reflection, to reflect on the events around us. Together with writer Anna Enquist Silbersee brings a winter evening with stories and reflections, words and music. The musical heart of this evening is David Langs the little match girl passion . This gripping winter passion, to the fairytale about the girl with the sulfur sticks, was crowned in 2008 with the Pulitzer Prize.

In the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, composer David Lang saw a contemporary passion story that offers both believers and atheists a moment of reflection. The words of Anna Enquist express in their own way themes such as hope, doubt and comfort. Music plays an important role in her poetry and novels. Together with the music of Jörg Brinkmann and Arvo Pärt, this promises to be a musical evening of stillness and inspiration.

Muziekgebouw Grote Zaal
Amsterdam, Netherlands

'the little match girl passion' for chorus performed by Pro Coro Canada ConSept

Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 7:00pm

The Little Match Girl Passion has become Pro Coro Canada’s annual Christmas concert. Providing a contrast to the abundance of the season, this one hour candlelit performance will take you on the heart wrenching but hopeful journey of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic tale. The Passion will be performed by Pro Coro Canada ConSept: Jolaine Kerley, Adrienne Sitko, Caleb Nelson and Michael Kurschat.

Holy Trinity Anglican Church
Edmonton, Canada

'the little match girl passion' for chorus performed by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street

Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 7:00pm

The Grammy-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street—"blazing with vigour…a choir from heaven" (The Times, London)— returns to The Met with a stunning double bill. Dixit Dominus(The Lord Said), Handel's powerful setting of Psalm 110, is paired with David Lang's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Little Match Girl Passion, a "tender and mysterious" (The New York Times) contemporary choral work based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.

Metropolitan Museum of Art The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
New York , NY

So Percussion premieres new Princeton works on PSK

Monday, December 10, 2018 to Wednesday, December 12, 2018

new works for the Edward T. Cone Artists-in-Residence by Gemma Peacocke, Tom Morrison, Cleek Schrey, Connor Way, Anna Meadors, Molly Herron, Alyssa Weinberg, Jenny Beck, Annika Socolofsky, Pascal Le Bouef, Christopher Douthitt, Florent Ghys, Kendall Williams, and Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade

Monday, December 10, 2018, 8pm
Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 8pm


Taplin Auditorium
Princeton, NJ

'the little match girl passion' performed by Verdigris and the Avant Chamber Ballet

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 7:30pm to Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 7:30pm

Hans Christian Andersen's children's classic is being brought to life through David Lang's interpretation of the bittersweet story. Verdigris joins the Avant Chamber Ballet for a fully staged production of this story. This is the first time that a contemporary choral work will be staged with a ballet company in Dallas.

Moody Performance Hall
Dallas, TX

'the day' and 'world to come' performed by Maya Beiser to choreography by Lucinda Childs, with dancer Wendy Whelan

Friday, December 7, 2018 to Saturday, December 8, 2018

Dancer Wendy Whelan and cellist Maya Beiser join forces with the seminal modern dance choreographer Lucinda Childs to create THE DAY – an evening-length work, with evocative music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. THE DAY is a new work being developed at LUMBERYARD over a two-week production and technical residency, and will have its world premiere at Jacob's Pillow in summer 2019 and its New York premiere at The Joyce Theater in fall 2019, before touring the U.S. and abroad. Audiences are invited to see the work in progress at LUMBERYARD in showings on December 7 and 8.

Featuring both Beiser and Whelan onstage for the duration of the performance, THE DAY is a meditation on two journeys – the mortal passage, followed by the eternal, post-mortal voyage of the soul. This bold, highly collaborative work explores universal themes not easily grappled with – memory, aging, death, the survival of the soul – through the shared language of music and dance.

New York, NY

'just (after song of songs)' performed by Sidney Krum Young Artists

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 7:00pm

SWEET IS THY VOICE: THE SONG OF SONGS IN CONCERTThursday Dec 6, 2018 7:00pmSidney Krum Young Artists
Concert Series

The Sidney Krum Young Artists Concert Series is made possible by a generous gift from the Estate of Sidney Krum.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Admission: $15
YIVO members & students: $10



Shir hashirim, “The Song of Songs,” is the ur-love poem. An ecstatic erotic book found in ketuvim (writings) in the Hebrew bible, it has been a source of inspiration for generation after generation of Hebrew love poems, and has inspired musical settings in a variety of languages, and from a variety of Jewish and non-Jewish perspectives. This concert will feature a selection of songs that set to music excerpts of “The Song of Songs” or texts inspired by it, in languages ranging from Hebrew and Yiddish to English, Russian, German, and Latin. Composers include Claudio Monteverdi, J. S. Bach, David Lang, Joseph Rumshinsky, Sholem Pearlmutter and Herman Wohl, Mikhail Gnesin, Lazare Saminsky, and Lyubov Streicher. The concert will also include new works commissioned by Loren Loiacono and Na’ama Zisser engaging with "The Song of Songs" from contemporary perspectives. 

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
New York, NY

Anthracite Fields performed by Bang on a Can All-Stars and Trinity Wall Street @ Carnegie Hall

Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 9:00pm

The music compels without overstatement,” wrote the Los Angeles Times of Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Anthracite Fields. “This is a major, profound work.” Inspired by miners living in the Pennsylvania coal region, Wolfe uses oral histories, interviews with miners and their families, speeches, children’s rhymes, and other sources to create a powerful cantata that speaks of the American worker’s experience. With music that is at times elegiac, hard-driving, and tender, Wolfe creates a soundscape that is deeply moving.

Zankel Hall
New York , NY

Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields at Carnegie Hall

Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 9:00pm

Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields, performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars and The Trinity Choir of Wall St, Julian Wachner conductor, at Zankel Hall!

"[Anthracite Fields] captures not only the sadness of hard lives lost…but also of the sweetness and passion of a way of daily life now also lost. The music compels without overstatement. This is a major, profound work." - Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times.

Carnegie Hall Zankel Hall
881 7th Ave
New York City, NY

Sō Percussion at the Zemlika Festival (Latvia)

Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 7:00pm

On November 24, in the theater house "Jūras vārti" in Ventspils, the first and only concert in Latvia will be presented by the outstanding and one of the world's most well-known percussion ensembles - the quartet "Sō Percussion" from the United States.

With its innovative and originally designed genres of concert programs, amazing interpretations of modern classics and, as the New Yorker wrote, "A mixture of exhilarating anarchy and precision, with rigor and clutter," Sō Percussion has rewrote the percussion ensemble rules and role in contemporary music. . It will not be exaggerated, saying that the quartet is one of the most striking phenomena in 21st century music in general.

Teātra nams Jūras vārti
Ventspils, Latvia

So Percussion at Saffron Hall

Friday, November 23, 2018 - 7:30pm

Sō Percussion: the name is Japanese, the performers are American but their music is universal. At the cutting edge of contemporary percussion, they are at home in minimalism, jazz, world music and dance, always pushing the boundaries with electrifying and innovative music-making. This concert’s programme will include music by two of their favourite composers – Steve Reich and Bryce Dessner – as well as a special performance in collaboration with students from Saffron Walden County High School.

Saffron Hall
Essex, United Kingdom

So Percussion at the Royal Northern College of Music

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 7:30pm

Steve Reich Music for Pieces of Wood
Caroline Shaw Taxidermy
Bryce Dessner Music for Wood and Strings
Jason Treuting Amid the Noise

Sō Percussion’s manifesto: ‘to create a new model of egalitarian artistic collaboration that respects history, champions innovation and curiosity, and creates an essential social bond through service to our audiences and our communities.’

This American quartet is all about innovation and re-invention. Performing pieces by Steve Reich, the National’s Bryce Dessner and Caroline Shaw – watch out for some very strange instruments indeed – they also present to the world the chord stick (*a brand new instrument that’s a cross between a dulcimer and an electric guitar.) And to finish the show, RNCM percussion students join the group on stage to perform a hypnotic suite of pieces by the quartet’s very own Jason Treuting, blending Reich, Brian Eno and Aphex Twin.

Royal Northern College of Music
Manchester, United Kingdom

'thorn' performed by Isabel Lepanto Gleicher

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 6:00pm

Flutist Isabel Lepanto Gleicher is a rising talent and standout performer in the new music scene. A core member of new music sinfonietta Ensemble Échappé, founding member of SoundMind, and teaching artist with the New York Philharmonic, she is equally at home performing new music and more traditional repertoire and will be performing with ICE for Proving Up at Miller Theatre in September. For her solo debut at Miller, she has curated a program of flute works—some of which hover at the border of inaudibility—that are perfect for the intimate setting of a Pop-Up concert.

All concerts start at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets required. Come early to guarantee your seats onstage.

Miller Theatre at Columbia University
58 16th Street
New York , NY 11215


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

Friday Night Live! Grand Band in Detroit DIA

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 7:00pm

Grand Band is a new piano sextet from New York City, featuring what the New York Times called “the Traveling Wilburys of NY’s new-music piano scene.”  The pianists are Vicky Chow, David Friend, Paul Karekes, Blair McMillen, Lisa Moore, and Isabelle O’Connell. The band will perform music Ben Wallace, Julius Eastman and Missy Mazzoli along with new compositions by Paul Kerekes and Detroit composer Harriet Steinke.

Detroit Institute of Arts - Rivera Court
Detroit, MI

'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


Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 8:00pm
Funkhaus, Studio 1
München, Germany

Cha performed by the Prism Sax Quartet

Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 4:00pm

In the tradition of Philip Glass @80 and John Corigliano @80 concerts, National Sawdust will celebrate Joan Tower in honor of her 80th Birthday. “One of the most successful women composers of all time” (The New Yorker) and one of the most important American composers alive today, Joan Tower has made lasting contributions to musical life for the past half century. With her iconic Silver Ladders, she was the first woman to win the prestigious Grawemeyer Award, and the recording of her Made In America won three different Grammy awards. In honor of her 80th birthday, National Sawdust is hosting an exclusive celebration, featuring an afternoon of music curated by Tower herself and featuring music written by Tower and friends Jennifer Higdon, Tania León, and Julia Wolfe.

Joan Tower: String Quartet
Jennifer Higdon: Piano Trio
Tania León: Ethos
Julia Wolfe: Cha

PRISM Quartet
Jasper Quartet
Lysander Trio

National Sawdust
Brooklyn, NY

'Dark Waves' performed by Johnstown Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 7:30pm

The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra takes you on a symphonic journey with Mendelssohn's famous exploration of Scotland, American composer John Luther Adams's visionary musical painting of water, Dark Waves, and the ultimate dream-voyage in Strauss's Don Quixote, featuring cellist Andrew Yee.

Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture
John Luther Adams Dark Waves
Strauss Don Quixote

Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center
Johnstown, PA

'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

New Brunswick, NJ—Night Peace

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 7:30pm

Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir: American Scenes: From East to West

Charles Ives’s “General William Booth Enters Into Heaven” accompanied by the Rutgers Saxophone Ensemble, directed by Paul Cohen, Janice Giteck’s “Far North Beast Ghosts the Clearing,” and “Night Peace” for percussion, harp, and double chorus by John Luther Adams.

Kirkpatrick Chapel
New Brunswick, NJ

Ken Thomson Sextet in Amsterdam

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 8:30pm

The energetic, forward driving compositions of Ken Thomson hold you in their grip, whether they’re played by a string quartet, an ensemble or a jazz band. His new sextet plays presents them as an impressive sort of chamber music with improvised solos. The band consists of renowned New York jazz musicians, including drummer Daniel Dor (Avishai Cohen Trio).

Alto sax and (bass) clarinet player Ken Thomson made name in the punk/jazz combo Gutbucket and in the internationally renowned ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars. He made an album with the JACK Quartet and founded the 12-piece avant-garde marching band Asphalt Orchestra, that plays everything from Björk to Mingus and metal. With the ensemble Slow/Fast he released two critically acclaimed albums.


Amsterdam, 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

Ken Thomson Sextet in Dresden, Germany

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 8:00pm

Time Out / New York called him the "hardest-working saxophonist in new-music show business". Not without reason: KEN THOMSON , co-founder of the successful band Gutbucket - which has existed for almost 20 years - and musicians in several other bands, also writes numerous compositions, including for Bang On A Can, the American Composers Orchestra, the Asphalt Orchestra, the Jack Quartet.

He was also successful with his own band Slow / Fast. Well then (s) a KEN THOMSON SEXTET .

"21st Century Third Stream" Ken Thomson calls his concept that actually often sounds like a classical chamber ensemble, but also includes sounds and melodies that fit into our century. Thomson, known for being able to switch from one genre to another within fractions of a second, can quickly bring the energy level from 0 to 100, knows how to blend stop-and-go passages into his pieces in the most astonishing ways for music full of high tension, intensity and exquisite goodness.

Jazz Club Tonne/Dresden Jazztage
Dresden, Germany

So Percussion: Brooklyn Bound

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 to Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Now in its fifth year, Brooklyn Boundis a popular series of concerts at Sō’s working studio in the Navy Yard section of Brooklyn. Casual and intimate, the concerts feature us and emerging ensembles from our local scene. The groups are encouraged to try out new material, premiere new commissions, completely experiment, or just get another performance under their belt.

When Sō Percussion first started performing in New York City, there were many venues – Galapagos, The Stone, 285 Kent, The Tank – where artists could play for small groups and experiment. We’d try new music and get feedback from other artists and avid fans of our scene. In recent years these venues moved away or closed as rents skyrocketed. We want to keep some of that spirit alive in our own studio, both for ourselves and for younger artists who need to play those gigs as well.

Doors at 7:45pm
First come first served
$10 suggested donation

November 6, 2018 – Empyrean Atlas, Charmaine Lee, and Kaoru Watanabe
November 7, 2018 – Anna Meadors, Evan Chapman, and Go Placidly with Haste

Sō Percussion studio
20 Grand Ave, #205
Brooklyn, NY

Ken Thomson Sextet in Aachen, Germany

Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 8:30pm

Guided by a desire to create music in which composition and improvisation are equally important and codependent, this project is the latest in a series of recordings the composer has made unifying these traditions. Most clearly indicating Thomson’s creative road to Sextet are the two albums with his cross-genre ensemble Slow/Fast. The most recent of these, Settle, was praised by the New York Times for its “intricate long-form compositions,” and garnered a five-star review in All About Jazz.
For Sextet, The Bang on a Can All-Star reedist expands his ensemble to include alto and tenor saxophones (Thomson and Anna Webber), trumpet (Russ Johnson) and trombone (Alan Ferber), and dropped the chordal instrument, leaving bass (Adam Armstrong) and drums (Daniel Dor). With four horns, the palette is bigger, broader, and more dynamic.

Sextet is an homage to Thelonious Monk’s Monk’s Music LP, where Monk focuses on his originals but begins with a chorale from the church, “Abide with Me.” Here, Thomson takes a similar approach, drawing a parallel between his music and its influences – using a György Ligeti harpsichord passacaglia from 1978 as the opening statement, which he arranged for four wind instruments, as a prelude. The Ligeti provides a foundation for the album, with Thomson’s music fusing the intensity, complexity, and thematic cohesiveness of modern composition with the spontaneity and openness of jazz.

Aachen, Germany

Julia Wolfe: Thirst

Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 7:00pm

JUHO LAITINEN (cello, Finland)

Phill Niblock. #9.7 (Number Nine point Seven) 
Magnus Lindberg. Away 
Julia Wolfe. Thirst

Contemporary Art Centre
Vilnius, Lithuania

'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