Bang on a Can Summer Festival at MASS MoCA: July 15 - August 1

From July 15-August 1, we return to the Berkshires for the annual blockbuster Summer Festival @ MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. Music happens all day every day, with dozens of special concerts museum-goers and the general public. The final eight days comprise a festival within a festival that we call BANG ON A CAN PLAYS ART. Throughout the entire festival, we've programmed stellar concerts and gallery recitals at 1:30 and 4:30 daily. Below is a list of 4:30 shows thru July 24, not to be missed! And be sure to visit BANG ON A CAN PLAYS ART for more info on the final week's programming.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 15 - 4:30pm: Nick Photinos, cello, performs a new work by brilliant bassist/composer Florent Ghys.

THURSDAY, JULY 16 - 4:30pm Vicky Chow, piano, performs music by ‪#‎bangalums‬ Andy Akiho, Jakub CiupinskiJacob Cooper, Molly Joyce,and Daniel Wohl.

FRIDAY, JULY 17 - 4:30pm: Mark Stewart & Friends! Music for Glass Musical Instruments (with members of the MIT Glass Lab Band) plus Gabe Gomez's new film "Moving Sand, Moving Sound."
SATURDAY, JULY 18 - 4:30pm: Bearthoven (piano, percussion, bass) performs music by Nik Bartsch, Fjola Evans, Brooks Frederickson, Brian Petuch and Ken Thomson.
MONDAY, JULY 20 - 4:30pm: Vicki Ray, piano, performing The Exquisite Corps(e) - a project with music by the composition faculty at CalArts.

TUESDAY, JULY 21 - 4:30pm: Bang on a Can honors Ornette Coleman - "Stories and music from our time with Ornette."

WEDNESDAY, JULY 22 - 4:30pm: Todd Reynolds (violin) and friends. With special guest composer Tom Nazziola.
THURSDAY, JULY 23 - 4:30pm: Festival faculty performing works TBA

THURSDAY, JULY 23 - Late Show at 10pm: Sarah Goldfeather Band performs in the Chalet.

FRIDAY, JULY 24 - 4:30pm: The Music of Julia Wolfe, performed by festival ensembles. Program includes Lick, Four Marys, Earring and With a Blue Dress On.

FRIDAY, JULY 24 - Late Show at 10pm: Latin music big band at the American Legion Bar in North Adams. Featuring Gregg August, Joe Gonzales, Ben Lapidus and festival fellows.

For the final 8 days of the Festival, we've programmed concerts that pair the works of contemporary composers with the contemporary visual artists in the Galleries. For a more in-depth description of the Festival and the below programs:

SATURDAY, JULY 25 - 4:30pm: Bang on a Can Plays Francesco Clemente, featuring Terry Riley's Tread on the Trail. More Info.

SATURDAY, JULY 25 - 8pm: A Michael Gordon Oratorio - Van Gogh wherein brilliant theater director David Herskovits directs a work exploring the life and restless soul of Dutch master Vincent Van Gogh. Joining the Bang on a Can All-Stars will be violinist-singers Charles Yang and Eliza Bagg. More Info.

SUNDAY, JULY 26 - 4:30pm: Bang on a Can Plays Clifford Ross featuring John Cage's Ryoanji More Info.

MONDAY, JULY 27 - 4:30pm: World Premieres Concert featuring 9 fresh new works by Festival composers. More Info.

TUESDAY, JULY 28 - 4:30pm: David Lang & Suzanne Bocanegra featuring Lang's darker and Bocanegra's projections. More Info.
 
WEDNESDAY, JULY 29 - 4:30pm: Bang on a Can Plays Toy Pianos & Jim Shaw featuring Hocket, Vicky Chow and Matt Evans playing works by John Cage, David Lang and more, written for toy pianos. More Info.
 
WEDNESDAY, JULY 29 - 7pm: Bang on a Can Plays Windsor Lake is a free outdoor concert for all ages at the North Adams town park and lake. More Info.
 
THURSDAY, JULY 30 - 4:30pm: Alvin Lucier & Clifford Ross featuring intimate works by the legendary composer and Festival guest composer Alvin Lucier. On the program will be Canon (1996), Broken Line (2006) and Fidelio Trio (1987). More Info.
 
THURSDAY, JULY 30 - 8pm: Bang on a Can Plays Sol LeWitt & Saylor/Morris featuring classic works by Alvin Lucier including I am sitting in a room More info.
 
FRIDAY, JULY 31 - 4:30pm: Kate Moore's Stories For Ocean Shells features Bang on a Can All-Star Ashley Bathgate on the cello, performing this lilting, gorgeous piece by Australian composer Moore interacting with the Clifford Ross gallery. More Info.
 
SATURDAY, AUGUST 1 - 4pm - 10pm: The Bang on a Can Marathon, a smorgasbord of outstanding performances of a diverse and challenging program of works by (mostly!) living composers. Not to be missed! More Info.
 

The Bang on a Can Summer Marathon - August 1

Saturday, Aug 1, 4pm-10pm: 2015 Summer Marathon

Bang on a Can Marathon: $15 to $24

The Bang on a Can Marathon is a 6-hour day-night boundary-busting festival finale featuring 50+ musicians and composers from around the world and has become one of the most diverse, open and exciting summer music events in the Berkshires. This year’s highlights include excerpts from Philip Glass’s legendary Einstein on the Beach, music/video by Christian Marclay, songs by Meredith Monk, the forceful Singing in the Dead of Night by this year’s Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Wolfe, an ambitious world premiere by the brilliant Minneapolis based composer Jeffrey Brooks, and more.

Actually, why be coy? Here's what we've programmed so far, not in program order yet:

Andy Akiho - NO one To kNOW
Anna Clyne, A wonderful Day
Chris Cerrone, High Windows
Christian Marclay, Fade to Slide
Claude Vivier, Et je reverrai cette cille etrange
David Lang: How To Pray
Jeffrey Brooks, Capriccio on the Departure of a Beloved Brother
Julia Wolfe, Singing in the Dead of Night
Kyle Gann: Snake Dance 3
Maura Bosch, About the Night
Meredith Monk, Double Fiesta
Michael Gordon, Tree-Oh
Orchestra of Original Instruments, led by Mark Stewart
Oscar Bettison, Gauze Vespers
Paul Dolden, Rave
Paula Matthusen, ontology of an echo
Pere Gudmonsen-Holmgreen, Din Tavshed 
Philip Glass, Bed - from Einstein on the Beach
Philip Glass, Knee play 4 - from Einstein on the Beach

Bang on a Can & The Noguchi Museum: JG THIRWELL: August 9

For the fifth year in a row, Bang on a Can partners with the Noguchi Museum to present an innovative performance series.

JG Thirlwell is a composer/producer/performer based in Brooklyn, who also works under many pseudonyms including Manorexia, Foetus, Steroid Maximus, Baby Zizanie, Hydroze Plus and Wiseblood. He has released over thirty albums, composed commissions for Bang On A Can and Kronos Quartet among others, and creates the musical score for the show Venture Bros on Cartoon Network. Thirlwell will be presenting a program of works for string quartet, including a world premiere and a NY premiere. He will join the quartet for the last piece, which will be for string quartet with electronic treatments.

photo of JG Thirlwell: Marylene Mey