Photo: Souki Mehdaoui

photo by Peter Serling

World Premiere of ROAD TRIP - At L.A.'s Ford Theatre Oct 14

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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! 

Tickets for Road Trip at BAM Oct 27-28 available now!

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.

OneBeat 2017 - Meet the Fellows!

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!

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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

30th Anniversary BIG BANG BENEFIT - Honoring Francisco J. Núñez

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.

 

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Massive Wall of Sound! Listen to the World Premiere of Michael Gordon's "Big Space" at BBC proms

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!