Photo: Souki Mehdaoui
photo by Peter Serling
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30 years ago, three young composers started a journey together, and they called that journey "Bang on a Can." After hundreds of thousands of miles and hundreds of new pieces, records, productions, marathons and summer festivals, they're still best of friends - still on the road together, still sharing the journey.
To mark this moment, Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe have together written a piece that celebrates the freedom and mystery of the open road. Dirt road, country road, two lane blacktop, superhighway. Destination unknown. Maybe even unknowable.
Played and sung by the unstoppable, sexy and loud Bang on a Can All-Stars, Road Trip is directed by the visionary Michael Counts with gorgeous scenic design by by CandyStations, and lit by the brilliant Ben Stanton. Come with us!
The tank is full, the top is down, and three composers have their collective hand on the dial in this euphoric musical road trip celebrating 30 years of downtown music collective Bang on a Can. Returning to the collaborative spirit of the group’s origins, founders Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe flood the waves with an original mash-up of wind-in-your-hair tunes that capture the sublime exhilaration of freedom and possibility. Performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, with stunning scenic design by projection artist CandyStations (Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent) and stage direction by Michael Counts, Road Trip is a tribute to journeys of all sorts, and the people who make them. There is a road, but it is no simple highway.
Tickets for the NY premiere as part of the BAM Next Wave Festival are available now! Performances Oct 27 and 28.
Here they are! The OneBeat Fellows for 2017, from all over the world. Brilliant players and composers, each with a social justice connection to her or his homeland. For our sixth iteration of the OneBeat program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State, we’ve selected adventurous artists from over 1200 applicants worldwide, comprising 17 countries, from Brazil to Jordan to Kazakhstan to Zimbabwe.
Follow the Fellows at 1beat.org.The Fellows will convene September 20th and spend two weeks at the Pacific Northwest’s Caldera Arts Center near Sisters, Oregon. After an intensive residency spent creating original music and developing exciting new global projects, the Fellows will embark on a socially-engaged performing and educational tour across the Mountain West and Great Plains, stopping in Boise, Idaho, Jackson, Wyoming, and Fort Collins, Colorado. More details about our tour schedule and events coming soon!
Natallia Kunitskaya Producer, Singer-Songwriter Belarus
Rayhan Sudrajat Composer, Vocalist Indonesia
Aisaana Omorova Multi-Instrumentalist Kyrgyzstan
Paulo Sartori Composer, Multi-Instrumentalist Brazil
Munyaradzi Nyamarebvu Mbira Player, Singer-Songwriter Zimbabwe
Livia Mattos Accordion Player, Vocalist Brazil
Omma DJ, Producer Russia
Asma Ghanem Electronic Musician, Sound Artist Palestinian Territories
Mandla Mlangeni Composer, Trumpet Player South Africa
Johanna Amaya Conejo Composer, Percussionist Colombia
Courtney Anne Hartman Guitarist, Singer United States
Abbay Misganaw Rapper, Singer United States
Lama Zakharia Composer, Vocalist Jordan
Tokzhan Karatai Kobyz Player Kazakhstan
Mehdi Nassouli Composer, Guembri Player, Singer Morocco
Yu Hsin Chang Percussionist Taiwan
Elijah Jamal Producer United States
Yasmine El Baramawy Composer, Oud Player Egypt
Rapasa Otieno Nyatiti Player, Vocalist Kenya
Christopher Yepez Producer, Rapper United States
Hannah Fidler Bassist, Composer United States
Jan Kruzliak Violinist Slovak Republic
Mehdi Qamoum Composer, Guembri Player Morocco
Sergey Balashov Drummer, Percussionist Russia
Nonku Phiri Songwriter, Vocalist South Africa
Do you think we're excited about this one? You bet! 30 years is old, but not TOO old to party. We have an outstanding event planned, this time at BAM's Lepercq Space (BAM Cafe) for September 26th, 2017. Please click here for more info on the event and our terrific honoree and friend to new music - Francisco J. Núñez.
Bang on a Can plaed a show at the storied BBC proms, and it was a blast...literally! Lots of horns and percussion from Michael Gordon's new piece was a thrill to hear on the radio. Click here to hear!
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