• Todd Reynolds: Repetition and Difference
    Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm

    The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Avenue, New York, NY [map]

    A forerunner in the expansion of the violin beyond its classical and “wood-bound” tradition, Todd Reynolds electrifies in concert, weaving together composed and improvised segments, and making use of computer technology and digital loops to sculpt his sounds in real time, seamlessly integrating minimalist, pop, Jazz, Indian, African, Celtic and indigenous folk music into his own sonic blend. The violinist of choice for a generation of New York composers, particularly those who trace their influences to the minimalists of downtown New York, this program explores repetition and difference in music for violin and electronics by Bang on a Can co-founders Michael Gordon and David Lang, expressivist/post-minimalist Ingram Marshall, and by Todd Reynolds himself.


    The performance corresponds to the Museum’s exhibition Repetition and Difference

    $18 General | $15 Students and Seniors | $12 Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can List Members (That Means You!)

  • Artists at Noguchi - Bang on a Can Music Series with Florent Ghys
    Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

    Noguchi Museum, Long Island City

    The Bang on a Can Music Series, now in its fifth year at the Noguchi Museum, presents a series of monthly performances held in the Museum’s indoor galleries.

    On July 12, Bassist Florent Ghys plays a set of intimate pop-laced tunes from his new record Télévision — an epic foray into classical forms, musique concrète, samples and sci-fi.

  • Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival @ MASS MoCA
    Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - Saturday, August 1, 2015

    MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA

    Bang on a Can returns to MASS MoCA for the annual Summer Festival featuring 40 fellows from around the globe and special guests.

    Performances at the Bang on a Can Festival at MASS MoCA begin July 15 and include daily recitals in the galleries (1:30pm M-F; 4:30 M-Sat.), all free with museum admission. 

    The festival culminates with "Bang on a Can Plays Art," a jam-packed new music extravaganza featuring 13 concerts in 8 days, from July 25 - Aug 1. Bang on a Can Plays Art draws inspiration from the visual art on display in the galleries at MASS MoCA. Each concert showcases music that interacts with the art on various levels – stylistically, thematically, and whimsically – performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Festival Artists and Fellows, and special guest Alvin Lucier.

    More information about Bang on a Can Plays Art from July 25 and the blow-out festival finale - the Marathon - on Aug 1.

    And here's a complete listing of gallery recitals for the first part of the festval, from July 15 - July 24:

    Weds July 15 - Nick Photinos, cello, performs a new work by Florent Ghys

    Thurs July 16 - Vicky Chow, piano, performs music by ‪Andy Akiho, Jacob Cooper, and Daniel Wohl, and Jakub Ciupinski and a new commissioned work by Molly Joyce, a 2105 summer festival composer

    Fri July 17 - Mark Stewart & Friends! Music for Glass Musical Instruments (with members of the MIT Glass Lab Band and "Moving Sand, Moving Sound" a new film by Gabe Gomez)

    Sat July 18 - Bearthoven (Karl Larson, piano; Matt Evans, percussion; Pat Swoboda, bass) performs music by Nik Baertsch, Fjola Evans, Brooks Frederickson, Brian Petuch, and Ken Thomson

    Mon July 20 - Vicki Ray, piano, performing The Exquisite Corps(e) - a project with music by the composition faculty at CalArts

    Tues July 21- tba

    Weds July 22- Todd Reynolds, violin, and friends

    Thurs July 23- Gregg August, bass, and friends

    Fri July 24 - the music of Julia Wolfe, performed by festival ensembles. Program includes Lick, Four Marys, and Girl with a Blue Dress On.

  • Artists at Noguchi - Bang on a Can Music Series with JG Thirlwell
    Sunday, August 9, 2015 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

    Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City, NY [map]

    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

  • Steel Hammer in Los Angeles
    Friday, October 23, 2015 - 8:00pm - Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 8:00pm

    Royce Hall - Center for the Art of Performance, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA [map]

    STEEL HAMMER at Royce Hall, Los Angeles

    Julia Wolfe and SITI Company
    Bang on a Can All-Stars
    Directed by Anne Bogart

    The legend of John Henry, deeply rooted in Appalachian folklore surrounding the construction of the American railroad, has existed in many variations and forms – from illustration to tall tale, political polemic to popular song. Steel Hammer, the latest collabora¬tion from composer Julia Wolfe, SITI Company, and Bang on a Can All-Stars, creatively explores the subject of human vs. machine and the cost of hard labor on the human body and soul. Culling from the vibrant oral traditions of Appalachia, Steel Hammer incorporates lyrics by Julia Wolfe and text from four remarkable American playwrights—Kia Corthron, Will Power, Carl Hancock Rux, and Regina Taylor—based on hearsay, recollection, and tall tales. Directed by Anne Bogart, performers take on wooden bones, mountain dulcimer, step dancing, and more as they explore the human impulse to tell stories and this quintessential American tale.

    Directed by Anne Bogart
    Original text by Kia Corthron, Will Power, Carl Hancock Rux, and Regina Taylor
    music performed by Bang on a Can All-Stars
    play performed and created by SITI Company
    Lighting Design by Brian Scott
    Scenic & Costume Design by James Schuette
    Choreography by Barney O’Hanlon
    Sound Design by Andrew Cotton and Christian Frederickson

    Steel Hammer the score was commissioned by Bang on a Can with generous support from Maria and Robert A. Skirnick and Carnegie Hall. The play Steel Hammer premiered at Actors Theatre of Louisville in the 2014 Humana Festival of New American Plays with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The dramatized stage production of Steel Hammer featuring SITI Company and Bang on a Can All Stars was developed and premiered at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was commissioned by the Krannert Center and by BAM for the 2015 Next Wave Festival.

  • FIELD RECORDINGS in L.A. on October 25
    Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

    Royce Hall of UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA [map]

    We're thrilled to bring the dynamic music from our latest record Field Recordings to the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, a chance-taking program and presenter headed by longtime artist champion Kristy Edmunds.

    For 135 years recorded sound has permeated every corner of our lives, changing music along with everything else. Our world-renowned Bang on a Can All-Stars perform selections from our latest album, Field Recordings, a collection of commissioned works from some of today’s most innovative composers who were asked to go into the field of recorded sound itself – to find something old or record something new, and to respond with their own music, in dialogue with what they found.

    Using archival audio, found sound and video, Field Recordings builds a bridge between the seen and the unseen, the present and absent, the past and the future, channeled through the “unstoppable, sexy and loud” Bang on a Can All-Stars. Field Recordings features the West Coast premieres of new music by Tyondai Braxton, Anna Clyne, Bryce Dessner, Florent Ghys, Michael Gordon, Jóhann Jóhannsson, David Lang, Christian Marclay, Todd Reynolds, Steve Reich, and Julia Wolfe.

    PROGRAM

    Julia Wolfe Reeling
    Florent Ghys An Open Cage
    Michael Gordon Gene Takes a Drink with film by Bill Morrison
    Christian Marclay Fade to Slide with film
    David Lang unused swan
    Tyondai Braxton Casino Trem
    Jóhann Jóhannsson Hz with film
    Todd Reynolds Seven Sundays
    Steve Reich The Cave of Machpelah (excerpt from The Cave) (arr. Michael Gordon)
    Bryce Dessner Maximus to Gloucester, Letter 27 [withheld] with film
    Anna Clyne A Wonderful Day 

  • Steel Hammer at BAM's Next Wave Festival - Dec 2-6
    Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 7:30pm - Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 7:30pm

    BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY [map]

    STEEL HAMMER

    Julia Wolfe and SITI Company
    Bang on a Can All-Stars
    Directed by Anne Bogart

    The legend of John Henry, deeply rooted in Appalachian folklore surrounding the construction of the American railroad, has existed in many variations and forms – from illustration to tall tale, political polemic to popular song. Steel Hammer, the latest collabora¬tion from composer Julia Wolfe, SITI Company, and Bang on a Can All-Stars, creatively explores the subject of human vs. machine and the cost of hard labor on the human body and soul. Culling from the vibrant oral traditions of Appalachia, Steel Hammer incorporates lyrics by Julia Wolfe and text from four remarkable American playwrights—Kia Corthron, Will Power, Carl Hancock Rux, and Regina Taylor—based on hearsay, recollection, and tall tales. Directed by Anne Bogart, performers take on wooden bones, mountain dulcimer, step dancing, and more as they explore the human impulse to tell stories and this quintessential American tale.

    Directed by Anne Bogart
    Original text by Kia Corthron, Will Power, Carl Hancock Rux, and Regina Taylor
    music performed by Bang on a Can All-Stars
    play performed and created by SITI Company
    Lighting Design by Brian Scott
    Scenic & Costume Design by James Schuette
    Choreography by Barney O’Hanlon
    Sound Design by Andrew Cotton and Christian Frederickson

    Steel Hammer the score was commissioned by Bang on a Can with generous support from Maria and Robert A. Skirnick and Carnegie Hall. The play Steel Hammer premiered at Actors Theatre of Louisville in the 2014 Humana Festival of New American Plays with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The dramatized stage production of Steel Hammer featuring SITI Company and Bang on a Can All Stars was developed and premiered at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was commissioned by the Krannert Center and by BAM for the 2015 Next Wave Festival.