Feb 15 :: People's Commissioning Fund concert at NYC's Merkin Hall

The Annual Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert on the Ecstatic Music Festival features world premieres by George Lewis and Angélica Negrón, plus a new look at “historic” PCF-commissioned pieces by Pamela Z, Annea Lockwood, Lukas Ligeti and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore.

This concert will be a New Sounds Live co-presentation hosted by WNYC’s John Schaefer & streamed live on Q2 Music.

Bang on a Can’s People’s Commissioning Fund (PCF) is a radical partnership between artists and audiences to commission works from adventurous composers.

February 15, 2018 at Merkin Hall!

Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum present Iva Bittova on Feb 22

Iva Bittová is known foremost as a violinist-vocalist whose distinct music blends styles from many global music cultures – eastern European folk, western classical, Indian, Middle Eastern, and American rock ‘n roll.

In a solo appearance sure to feature her many powers, Bittová’s performance reflects the central themes of cultural exchange and influence present in the exhibition Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress from the Collection of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Anthracite Fields at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC on March 13

The Bang on a Can All-Stars reunite with the Choir of Trinity Wall St, conducted by Julian Wachner, for this performance of Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields in Washington DC!

This event is part of the Kennedy Center's annual new celebration DIRECT CURRENT--an immersive showcase for cutting-edge contemporary arts and culture with a focus on interdisciplinary creations.

projections for Anthracite Fields by Jeff Sugg

David Lang :: "the day" album out now!

Composed by David Lang, "the day" was commissioned in 2016 by cellist Maya Beiser as a “prequel” to world to come (2003), which Lang also wrote for Beiser in response to the tragic events of 9/11. Both pieces are meditations on life, but from very different perspectives.

“'the day' looks at ways we review our lives,” Lang explains, “exploring remembered moments as a chronicle of a life.” Lang sourced the text from the internet by searching for the phrase “I remember the day that I...,” and then cut and compiled lyrics based on his findings. The spoken word accompaniment by actor Kate Valk lends an emotional charge to Beiser’s poignant cello lines, which gradually build in multi-tracked layers to emulate a small string ensemble.

Listen to and buy the album