photo of Don Byron by Dave Weiland
Bang on a Can and the Noguchi Museum present: Iva Bittova!
Unparalleled Czech violinist/singer/composer Iva Bittová is recognized worldwide for her unique solo style, displaying a musical worldview and visionary creativity unlike any other. New York Magazine describes, "Her sound is invigorating, urgent, and also soothing; it is a fusion of Old World and new-music sensibilities."
Concerts at the Noguchi are free with museum admission and take place in the garden, weather permitting, or in the galleries, with some mats and limited bench seating available. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum present a concert by clarinetist-composer Don Byron. A long-time collaborator of Bang on a Can, Byron has always found exhilarating and unexpected musical avenues to explore, interpreting a wildly diverse range of styles and artists from funk-drenched R&B to klezmer, from gospel legend Thomas A. Dorsey to Mickey Katz, Duke Ellington to Junior Walker. Don Byron is renowned for his dedication to and innovation in quintessential American traditional music genres from klezmer to blues to bluegrass to gospel to jazz.
The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s recording of David Lang’s the national anthems is paired with the premiere recording for full chorus of his 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning work the little match girl passion.
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From July 13-30, 2016, we return to the Berkshires for the annual blockbuster Bang on a Can Summer Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. Music happens all day every day, with dozens of special concerts for museum-goers and the general public, including recitals in the galleries at 1:30 and 4:30pm, larger events in the Hunter Center, and free concerts in the North Adams community. This year's festival includes our special guest artist John Luther Adams!
Wednesday, July 13, 4:30pm - Ken Thomson "40 Years Recital" - Featuring recently-composed music performed by Ken and colleagues, and classics by Steve Reich and Louis Andriessen; special guests include master percussionist Doug Perkins.
Thursday July 14, 4:30pm - Mark Stewart and friends
Friday, July 15, 1:30pm - Festival fellows and our African Drumming Master, Nani Agbeli, perform outdoors in the MASS MoCA courtyard
Friday, July 15, 4:30pm - David Cossin performs Alvin Lucier's atmospheric Still and Moving Lines in Silence in Families of Hyperbolas
Saturday, July 16, 11:30am - KIDS CAN TOO! performance for families
Saturday, July 16, 4:30pm - gallery recital tba
Monday July 18, 4:30pm - Gregg August and friends perform music by Ornette Coleman, a new piece by Gregg for double bass and cello, and more.
Tuesday July 19, 4:30pm - Bang on a Can celebrates our many years of partnering with CECArtslink and the talented musicians from Central Asia with our presentation of the "Bandistan Ensemble". The performance will include musicians from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikstan, and Uzbekistan performing traditional music as well as new collaboratively composed works on instruments such as the Kyl-kobyz, Komuz, Temir, Zhygach ooz, Tanbur, Rubab, and Dutar.
Wednesday July 20, 4:30pm - Cellist Nick Photinos, of the new music ensemble Eighth Blackbird, presents a recital with friends featuring the works of two young jazz giants, pianist Pascal LeBoeuf and bassist Matt Ulery.
Thursday July 21, 4:30pm - The music of Bang on a Can co-founders and co-artistic directors Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe performed by festival fellows and faculty
Friday July 22, 4:30pm - Todd Reynolds gathers faculty and fellows to present a variety of music for piano quintet, including music composed and arranged by Pascal LeBoeuf, Gregg August, and Ken Thomson - everything from brand new work to Latin to Prog Rock.
Friday July 22, 10pm - Free concert in downtown North Adams: Gregg August with special guests Joe Gonzalez and Ben Lapidus lead a Latin Music Big Band consisting of festival fellows and guests. At the American Legion bar. Bring your dancing shoes!
Saturday, July 23, 4:30pm Pianist Vicky Chow plays compositions by Bang on a Can founders Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe, plus a world premiere by composer Christopher Cerrone.
Saturday, July 23, 8pm - BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS: BRIAN ENO - MUSIC FOR AIRPORTS. The All-Stars bring Eno’s pioneering ambient work from the 1970s to life in an expanded performance that includes an orchestra of festival fellows. The concert will also feature new entries in the All-Stars’ Field Recordings project, - new music interwoven around archival recordings - including works by Roomful of Teeth’s Caroline Shaw, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Gabriella Smith, René Lussier, and more.
Sunday, July 24, 4:30pm - Fellows and faculty perform John Cage’s monumentally ethereal Atlas Elipticalis.
Monday, July 25, 4:30pm - WORLD PREMIERE COMPOSER CONCERT! Over 30 young performers from around the world debut festival work by this year's exciting nine composition fellows: Albert Behar, D. Edward Davis, Natalie Dietterich, Brechtje van Dijk, Brian Mark, Anna Meadors, Kyle Tieman-Strauss, Kristina Wolfe, and James Young.
Tuesday, July 26, 4:30pm - Martin Bresnick's expressive and direct music has influenced a generation of composers, including many Bang on a Can regulars. Come celebrate his 70th birthday with us.
Wednesday, July 27, 4:30pm - Born in Macau and now splitting her time between Paris and Poestenkill - composer Bun-Ching Lam spins an East / West fusion of the delicate and the virtuosic.
Wednesday, July 27, 7pm - CONCERT AT THE LAKE Our annual blow-out avant-variety show!! Bring a blanket! Free!
Thursday, July 28, 4:30pm - Ashley Bathgate performs ASH, an energetic piece for solo cello, written by the Sleeping Giant collective.
Thursday, July 28, 7:30pm - A special outdoor performance of Ten Thousand Birds, by the renowned new music master, John Luther Adams.
July 28 & 29, 10pm - AFTER HOURS AT THE CHALET Spontaneous music with the fellows in our summer beer garden, which careens wildly from bluegrass to jazz to salsa to avant-ballads.
Friday, July 29, 4:30pm - Music for percussion by John Luther Adams.
Saturday, July 30, 4–10pm - BANG ON A CAN MARATHON - 6-hour festival finale featuring music by our special guest composer, Eco-Revolutionary John Luther Adams - including In a Treeless Place, Only Snow and The Light Within - plus a rare performance of Steve Reich’s early classic Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ, Julia Wolfe's raucous Tell Me Everything, a world premiere by Bang on a Can All-Star and festival favorite, Ken Thomson, and much more!
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