Tours

Anthracite Fields performed by Bang on a Can All-Stars with the Choir of Trinity Wall Street

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 8:00pm

The electric Bang on a Can All-Stars team with the transcendent voices of Choir of Trinity Wall Street for Julia Wolfe’s haunting, poignant, and relentlessly physical Anthracite Fields, an examination of the coal-mining industry so musically and socially provocative that it netted the 2015 Pulitzer. With visually stunning projections, Anthracite Fields draws on oral histories, interviews, speeches, geography, local rhymes, and coal advertisements to create a work honoring the region’s people who persevered, endured, and fueled a nation.

Hunter Center at MASS MoCA
North Adams, MA

'i want to live' and 'i live in pain' performed by PNME

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 8:00pm

With doses of peculiarity and humor sprinkled throughout the night, PNME soprano Lindsay Kesselman strikes a chord of universal resonance as she takes the audience from triumph to tragedy. With music by David Lang, Amy Beth Kirsten, William Bolcom, Lee Kesselman, John Bucchino, Jeff Nytch, and Kieren MacMillan, this powerful emotional journey illuminates the edges of our most essential human need: to love and be loved. Come ready to laugh, cry, hope, and ultimately know yourself fully once again.

City Theatre
Pittsburgh, PA

'i want to live' and 'i live in pain' performed by PNME

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 8:00pm

With doses of peculiarity and humor sprinkled throughout the night, PNME soprano Lindsay Kesselman strikes a chord of universal resonance as she takes the audience from triumph to tragedy. With music by David Lang, Amy Beth Kirsten, William Bolcom, Lee Kesselman, John Bucchino, Jeff Nytch, and Kieren MacMillan, this powerful emotional journey illuminates the edges of our most essential human need: to love and be loved. Come ready to laugh, cry, hope, and ultimately know yourself fully once again.

City Theatre
Pittsburgh, PA

Quartet & Piano Phase

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 8:00pm
Orli Shaham, piano & ensemble, Aspen Music Festival and School Harris Concert Hall
Aspen , CO

Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA

Monday, July 9, 2018 to Sunday, July 29, 2018

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA is a 3-week residency and festival of today's most exciting new music. We invite 40 performers and composers from all over the world to learn from and play alongside our faculty, the world's most accomplished contemporary musicians. Applications for the residency are now online and due Jan 9. The public performances include free performances in the community, recitals in the gallery and a blowout festival finale on July 28. More performance details to be listed in the spring.

Our special guest composer for 2018 is Steve Reich!

 

MASS MoCA
1040 MASS MoCA WAY
North Adams, MA 01247

The Vermeer Room performed by Tokyo Sinfonietta

Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 10:00pm

Tokyo Symphonyetta The 43rd Regular Concert 
Music From Japan Japan in TOKYO 
Encounter with Music Japan · USA · Canada
Date and time: Saturday, July 7, 2018 18 
: 00 Opening venue: Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Small Hall 【Program】 New Shin virtue In the Deep Sea II (2006) Zosha di Castri (1985-) "Cortège" (2010) Julia (1947-) "Piano Quintet - Soul Shape" (2018) Naoko Hishinuma · Wolf (1958 -): "The Vermeer Room" (1989) Anthony Chan (1982 -) "vis-à-vis" (2010) Conductor: Yasuaki Itakura Performance: Tokyo Sinfonietta Admission: JPY 4,000 / student 2,000 yen (All seats free) Ticket reservation: Tokyo Concerts 03-3200-9755 (Monday - Friday 10: 00 ~ 18: 00)        (booked at HP, payable / received at Seven Eleven) Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Ticket Service

The Vermeer Room
Japan

Inuksuit

Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 4:00pm

Caramoor throws open its gates and invites you to discover John Luther Adams’s Inuksuit, an epic outdoor piece performed by more than 60 percussionists and other instrumentalists, directed by Doug Perkins. Inuksuit calls for the audience to wander outside among musicians playing an incredible array of instruments including conch shells, sirens, gongs, bells, drums, cymbals, and glockenspiels, dispersed throughout the landscape.

Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
Katonah, NY

'cheating, lying, stealing' performed by Ensemble MidVest

Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 10:00pm

A late night concert, where we focus on music by the Danish composer Bent Sørensen, who will fill 60 years in 2018.

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For the 16th year in a row, the beautiful old manor house forms the framework of the Nørre Vosborg Chamber Music Festival. As always, it is Ensemble MidtVest, which draws the artistic content of the festival and presents the audience for the absolute best chamber music spiced with exciting, internationally international guests. This year's festival guest is the young German percussionist Johannes Fischer, who can be experienced in self-composited works based on the Renaissance and Baroque times as well as brand new tones of, among others, the American composer David Lang. As always, there are some intense days of classical music from the sun rising until the sun sets.

Nørre Vosborg Chamber Music Festival
Nørre Vosborg, Denmark

'death speaks' performed by City Music Foundation

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 8:00pm

Premiered alongside his acclaimed the little match girl passion, this haunting song cycle continues its moving comparison between the worlds of the living and the dead. With lyrics drawn solely from the songs of Franz Schubert, who personified Death numerous times, Lang "connects the dots between Romantic morbidity and emo rock" (The New York Times). death speaks is paired with songs and instrumental numbers by Dowland, Ravel, JS Bach, Kurtág and Jonny Greenwood, as well as by Schubert himself.

The performers include two City Music Foundation Artists: Lotte Betts-Dean (mezzo-soprano) and Andrey Lebedev (guitar). Not often open to the public, Barts Pathology Museum is a Victorian gallery hidden at the top of St Bartholomew’s Hospital; it houses over 5000 medical specimens displayed over 3 mezzanine levels.

St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Barts Pathology Museum
London, United Kingdom

'the little match girl passion' for chorus performed by Ensemble L’Homme Armé

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 9:00pm

On the occasion of the 1000th anniversary of the construction of the Church

PresentationBiographiesGuillaume Dufay was the most influential composer in Europe in the mid-fifteenth century. Like many other musicians of the time, he used to travel to the continent following princes and popes. In his wanderings he worked for the most important musical chapels, in particular for the papal chapel in Rome. His music had a great diffusion and was transcribed, distributed and played wherever the polyphony had taken root. Among the successive generations, few composers have not absorbed elements of his style. The hymn Ave maris stella was sung during the Vespers of the Virgin . In the modern liturgy the Alma redemptorisit is sung at the end of Compline, from the Saturday before the first Sunday of Advent, until the second vespers of the Purification (2 February). The motand Mirandas parit urbs was probably composed while Dufay was in Florence, at the service of the papal chapel, during the Council which was held in Florence thanks to the influence of the Medici. As for the Supremum est mortalibus , the occasion was the ceremony for the signing of a peace treaty. 
The American composer David Lang was born in 1957. In 2008 he won the Pulitzer Prize for the opera The little match girl passion, and in 2013 he was named Composer of the Year by the magazine Musical America. His music is influenced, in a very special blend, influences of modernism, minimalism and rock.

LXXXI FESTIVAL OF THE MAGGIO MUSICALE FIORENTINO Abbey of San Miniato al Monte
Florence, Italy

'where you go' performed by LA Master Chorale (west coast premiere)

Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 7:00pm

Life, love, and loss are the momentous themes addressed by Brahms in his lush, romantic, and heartfelt Requiem. The composer himself said an equally relevant title for this work would be the “Human Requiem,” and this remarkable music of consolation and contemplation puts the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s strengths on full display, ready to sweep you away. The program opens with two equally touching and reflective works imbued with friendship and love by Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Caroline Shaw and David Lang.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
Los Angeles, CA

'where you go' performed by LA Master Chorale (west coast premiere)

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 2:00pm

Life, love, and loss are the momentous themes addressed by Brahms in his lush, romantic, and heartfelt Requiem. The composer himself said an equally relevant title for this work would be the “Human Requiem,” and this remarkable music of consolation and contemplation puts the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s strengths on full display, ready to sweep you away. The program opens with two equally touching and reflective works imbued with friendship and love by Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Caroline Shaw and David Lang.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
Los Angeles, CA

MUTED performed by Monica Germino (world premiere)

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 8:00pm
monica germino

monica germino

Inspired by Germino’s courage and determination, four of the world’s leading composers - Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe and David Lang (co-founders of Bang on a Can)  - have embarked on a collaborative composition, joining forces to create “the quietest violin piece ever written.” Shortly after making this commitment to Germino, they invited Louis Andriessen to join in the experiment, fulfilling a long-held wish to collaborate. Gordon is fascinated by a quieter world, as are Wolfe and Lang. Their collective composition, MUTED, features what Germino calls ‘whisperviolin’ (fluisterviool), and will skirt the limits of audibility for solo violin and voice.  MUTED also includes a part for Monica’s singing voice (in settings of texts from the 1930’s New York Post cult column Archy and Mehitabel.)

Museum Belvédère
Oranjewoud, Netherlands

'the little match girl passion' performed by Soundstreams

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 8:00pm to Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 8:00pm

“What drew me to The Little Match Girl,” explained Lang, “is that the strength of the story lies not in its plot but in the fact that all its parts – the horror and the beauty – are constantly suffused with their opposites. The girl’s bitter present is locked together with the sweetness of her memories, her poverty is always suffused with her hopefulness. There is a kind of naive equilibrium between suffering and hope.”

Crow's Theatre
Toronto, Canada

'light moving' performed by Da Capo Chamber Players

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 8:00pm

Tapping into the many currents in the New York new-music scene, Da Capo offers a smorgasbord of minimalism, maximalism, jazz-influenced chamber music, timbrel explorations, eminent established composers and budding young hotshots -- a daunting task but well-suited to Da Capo’s diversity!

 

Kaufman Center Merkin Hall
New York , NY

'ark luggage', 'simple song #3', 'where the bee sucks' performed by Soundstreams Canada

Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 3:30pm

David Lang was the one-time enfant terrible of the new music community, beginning his career as a founding member of the ground-breaking Bang on a Can, (“the country’s most important vehicle for contemporary music,” San Francisco Chronicle) and is still its artistic director. Lang is also one of the mentors for the Soundstreams’ 2018 Emerging Composer Workshop. He joins us, days ahead of the opening of his The Little Match Girl Passion at Crow’s Theatre, for a late afternoon discussion, Q&A and musical interlude.

Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar
Toronto, Canada

'the little match girl passion' performed by the Macadam Ensemble

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 8:00pm

With "The Little Match Girl", Macadam Ensemble makes an original show based on Hans-Christian Andersen's famous tale. From the descriptive elements of the tale and its symbolism, the music of David Lang, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Michael Gordon and Arvo Pärt participate in the construction of a magnificent choral painting, supported by the video creation of Nathalie Guimbretière. Around the composer David Lang's masterpiece "The Little Match Girl Passion", the works of this concert contribute to the construction of an incredible soundscape, from the streets of Copenhagen to the most intimate corners of the psychology of the little girl matches. The 12 solo voices of Macadam Ensemble, directed by Étienne Ferchaud, and the images of Nathalie Guimbretière,

Saint-Martin Collegiate Church
Angers, France

Bang on a Can Marathon 2018

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Bang on a Can returns to downtown Manhattan with its annual incomparable super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the world! The 2018 Bang on a Can Marathon will feature 10 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.

Its FREE!!!

Music By:
Jeffrey Brooks, Tom Chiu, Fjola Evans, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Nicole Lizee, Dylan Mattingly, Jessie Montgomery, Brendon Randall-Myers, Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, Gabriella Smith, Galina Ustvolskaya, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Alex Weiser, Julia Wolfe

Performances by:
Terry Riley, Bang on a Can All-Stars with special guests Eric Berryman, Todd Reynolds, and Gyan Riley, Contemporaneous, David Friend, Ethel, FLUX Quartet, Maya Beiser and Kate Valk, Mazz Swift and Therese Workman, NYU Contemporary Ensemble/Jonathan Haas, Robert Osborne, So Percussion, Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields) and Sam Davol, Val Jeanty and Ravish Momin, Vicky Chow, Xenia Rubinos, and MORE!

NYU Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Pl
New York, NY 10012

Maya Beiser performs Julia Wolfe's Spinning

Thursday, May 10, 2018 to Sunday, May 13, 2018

Photo by Peter Serling

Composer Julia Wolfe and cellist Maya Beiser honor the essential labor of spinning thread. “Spinning” celebrates the work once performed by hand. Music has long been a vital part of the craft — both as a propelling force and as a distraction. To pay homage to the human dignity of this work, Wolfe and Beiser create a sonic universe for three cellos and voice performed by Beiser with Melody Giron and Lavena Johanson featuring multimedia projections imagined by the innovative artist Laurie Olinder. In Beiser’s words, “I found in Julia’s music a rare quality — combining folk, rock and classical elements in a distinct and relentless energy. This collaboration is one that has been in our minds for many years, and we are thrilled to now embark on this journey together.”

Montclair State University – Alexander Kasser Theater
One Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043

Maya Beiser Performs Julia Wolfe's Spinning

Thursday, May 10, 2018 to Sunday, May 13, 2018

Photo by Peter Serling

Spinning performed by Maya Beiser
with cellists Melody Giron and Lavena Johanson
Laurie Olinder, projection art and design
Netta Yerushalmy, choreographer
Aaron Copp, lighting


Composer Julia Wolfe and cellist Maya Beiser honor the essential labor of spinning thread. “Spinning” celebrates the work once performed by hand. Music has long been a vital part of the craft — both as a propelling force and as a distraction. To pay homage to the human dignity of this work, Wolfe and Beiser create a sonic universe for three cellos and voice performed by Beiser with Melody Giron and Lavena Johanson featuring multimedia projections imagined by the innovative artist Laurie Olinder. In Beiser’s words, “I found in Julia’s music a rare quality — combining folk, rock and classical elements in a distinct and relentless energy. This collaboration is one that has been in our minds for many years, and we are thrilled to now embark on this journey together.”

Alexander Kasser Theater
One Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043

Icebreaker: Velocity

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 8:00pm

In his 1983 classic, De snelheid, Louis Andriessen demonstrated the acoustic phenomenon of an ever-accelerating woodblock being subsumed into the stubbornly-held slower tempo of another instrumental group. Two works by Bang-on-a-Can composers David Lang and Michael Gordon provide a prelude, Gordon’s witty, electric-guitar-driven Yo Shakespeare and David Lang’s ‘wall of sound’ Slow Movement, once described as ‘perched somewhere between Jimi Hendrix and Iannis Xenakis’. Anna Meredith’s propulsive ‘Nautilus’ from her recent album Varmints and Whitty’s nature is a language… offer contemporary notes.

Anna Meredith – Nautilus

Michael Gordon – Yo Shakespeare

Paul Whitty – nature is a language – can’t you read?

David Lang – Slow Movement

Louis Andriessen – De snelheid (‘Velocity’)

Kings Place – Hall One
90 York Way
London , N1 9AG United Kingdom

Kronos Quartet: Michael Gordon’s Clouded Yellow Album Release

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 7:00pm

Photo by Jay Blakesberg

Over the course of a decade, Bang on a Can founding composer Michael Gordon has collaborated with the world-renowned Kronos Quartet on a series of provocative works that have sought to stretch, bend and otherwise reshape the boundaries of modern classical music. Clouded Yellow assembles these works for the first time, perfectly encapsulating the breadth and complexity of this long-standing creative partnership. On May 5, Kronos and Gordon celebrate the album’s release with an intimate performance at Joe’s Pub.

Clouded Yellow features four pieces written for Kronos by Gordon: the title track (composed in 2010), Exalted (2010), The Sad Park (2006) and Potassium (2000). The title of the first refers to the clouded yellow butterfly, which is known in England for its mass migrations; the word “clouded” is also meant to describe the blurred harmonies and melodies of the piece.

Clouded Yellow will be released on May 4 on Cantaloupe Music.

Joe's Pub
425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003

Ensemble Offspring performs Lang's cheating, lying, stealing

Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 3:00pm

Photo by Peter Serling

Program:

Hikaru Sawai – Rock Garden
Hikaru Sawai – Okoto 
Alice Chance – The Audience Choir (World Premiere)
Liz Jigalin – Sound Parcels (World Premiere)
Michael Smetanin – Ladder of Escape
Christopher Fox – Reeling
Guillime Connessons – Scenes de la vie contemporaine
Erik Griswold – Action Music 2 (Australian Premiere)
Ciaran Frame – Listeners as Spectators
David Lang – Cheating, Lying, Stealing

FREE EVENT

Petersham Bowling Club
77 Brighton St
Petersham, NSW 2049 Australia

Ensemble Signal performs David Lang's darker

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 7:30pm

Scored for 12 strings, darker is a slow exploration of sound. At times, it gives the ensemble the feel of a giant pipe organ or, with the aid of visual artist Suzanne Bocanegra’s live projections, the feel of splattering rain on an immoveable wall. As much a hypnotic sonic and visual object as it is a piece of music, darker weaves its intricate solo lines into a delicate and subtly emotional fabric.

Lang notes that “darker is in many ways more like an object than a piece of music. It is a long, slow passing from something mostly even and pleasant to something a little less pleasant. My piece, like life, expends a lot of effort to go a very short distance, from beautiful to a little less beautiful, from a little light to something a little darker.”

EMPAC
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180

Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum present the Tomeka Reid Quartet

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 7:30pm

Performing alongside the exhibition Scenes from the Collection, cellist, composer, and improviser Tomeka Reid brings in her own remarkable collection of leading Chicago and New York based musicians to perform a set of music combining her love for groove along with freer concepts.  

The Tomeka Reid Quartet is: Tomeka Reid, cello; Jason Roebke, bass; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Tomas Fujiwara, drums

The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St
New York, NY 10128

Cincinnati Ballet dances to music by David Lang performed by Eighth Blackbird

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 7:30pm

Eighth Blackbird joins the Cincinnati Ballet for five performances as part of the Ballet’s “Bold Moves” series.

Program:

David Lang: learn to fly (2008)
Robert Honstein: Conduit, II. Pulse (2014)
Nico Muhly: Doublespeak (2012)
Missy Mazzoli: Still Life with Avalanche
Jacob Cooper: Cast (2015)
Intermission/set change, (curtain down)
Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades (2013, rev. 2015)
I. Omie Wise
II. Young Emily
III. Dark Holler
IV. Wave the Sea
V. Brushy Fork
VI. Pretty Polly
VII. Tears for Sister Polly

Aronoff Center for the Arts
650 Walnut St
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Dublin Guitar Quartet performs Michael Gordon's Amplified

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 4:00pm

Photo by Peter Serling

Ensemble Klang & Dublin Guitar Quartet
Michael Gordon, Pete Harden, Louis Andriessen

m.mv guitarists from Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA), Tilburg
Dublin Guitar Quartet
Brian Bolger guitar
Patrick Brunnock guitar
Tomas O'Durcain guitar
Chien Buggle guitar

16.00-17.00: Part I: Dublin Guitar Quartet
Michael Gordon Amplified (2015)
18.00-19.30: Red Sofa Table music: dinner in Stadsbrasserie with the musicians (€ 32.50)
8.00 pm: Part II: Ensemble Klang & guitarists AMPA
Pete Harden Forgiveness
Louis Andriessen Hoketus
Spatial pieces for 15 guitarists (world premieres) of Maya Verlaak, Marina Poleukhina and Barbara Ellison

Jurriaanse Zaal
Rotterdam, Netherlands

The Jacksonville Symphony Performs Become Ocean

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 3:00pm

Photo by Pete Woodhead

“Life on this earth first emerged from the sea. As the polar ice melts and sea levels rise, we humans find ourselves facing the prospect that once again we may quite literally become ocean.” John Luther Adams’ words convey his inspiration in composing this luscious score, performed by the Symphony to commemorate Earth Day 2018.

Dr. Quinton White, Professor of Biology and Marine Science at Jacksonville University, will give a presentation before the concert on the history of human impact on the Florida environment and especially on the St. Johns River.

 

Jacoby Symphony Hall
300 Water St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202

John Luther Adams' Become Ocean at the AMNH

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 2:00pm

Photo by Pete Woodhead

The Chelsea Symphony presents the Pulitzer and Grammy Award-winning piece Become Ocean by American composer John Luther Adams in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History.

In conjunction with this special performance, TCS will perform Alan Hovhaness’ And God Created Great Whales and the world premiere of TCS composer Michael Boyman’s world premiere piece, The Howling Wilderness.

FREE WITH MUSEUM ADMISSION

Milstein Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024
Touring in support of: 

Photon Vocal Ensemble Peforms David Lang's oh graveyard

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 8:15pm

Photo by Peter Serling

Photon Vocal Ensemble performs "Songs from the New World," a varied a cappella program with music from the USA. In addition to compositions by Copland and Barber, listeners can look forward to work by contemporary composers such as Whitacre, Lang, and Gjeilo, and some spirituals.

De Waalse Kerk
Walenpleintje 159
Amsterdam, 1012 JZ Netherlands

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