• Bang on a Can at the Noguchi Museum - Theo Bleckmann
    Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 3:00pm

    Noguchi Museum, Long Island City, NY

    Opening this summer’s series of concerts at the Noguchi Museum on June 12, jazz singer and new music composer Theo Bleckmann makes music that is accessibly sophisticated, unsentimentally emotional, and seriously playful. His work has been described as “from another planet” (New York Times), as “magical, futuristic,” (AllAboutJazz), “transcendent” (Village Voice) and “brilliant” (New York Magazine). The program will include Bleckmann as a vocalist in his own songs for voice, toys, electronic processing, piano.

    Concerts at the Noguchi are free with museum admission and take place in the garden, weather permitting, or in the galleries, with some mats and limited bench seating available. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Photo: John Labbe

  • Steel Hammer on the Arts and Ideas Festival - New Haven, CT
    Thursday, June 16, 2016 - Saturday, June 18, 2016

    Arts and Ideas Festival, New Haven, CT

    The Bang on a Can All-Stars and SITI Company perform Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer on the Arts and Ideas Festival in New Haven, CT

    Directed by Anne Bogart
    Music & Lyrics by Julia Wolfe
    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 H Scott
    Scenic & Costume Design by James Schuette
    Choreography by Barney O’Hanlon
    Sound Design by Andrew Cotton and Christian Frederickson

    photo: Richard Termine
  • Bang on a Can All-Stars "Off the Charts"
    Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 3:15pm - 5:00pm

    Arts and Ideas Festival, University Theater - 222 York St, New Haven, CT [map]

    2 Parts Music + 1 Part Food = an afternoon not to be missed.

    The Bang on a Can All-Stars are joined by three of the hottest ensembles of the Polish jazz scene for the International Festival of Arts & Ideas Music Marathon.
    Coming from the JAZZTOPAD Festival the Marcin Wasilewski Trio, Obara International Quartet, and Piotr Damasiewicz Quintet make their American Premiere blending tradition with contemporary sound. 

    The program for the All-Stars set is:

    David Lang, sunray
    Julia Wolfe,  Lick
    Michael Gordon,  For Madeline
    Steve Martland,  Horses of Instruction
    Philip Glass,  Closing (from Glassworks)

     

    photo: Peter Serling
  • Bang on a Can at the Noguchi Museum - Iva Bittová
    Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 3:00pm

    Noguchi Museum, Long Island City, NY

    Unparalleled Czech violinist/singer/composer Iva Bittová is recognized worldwide for her unique solo style, displaying a musical worldview and visionary creativity unlike any other. New York Magazine describes, "Her sound is invigorating, urgent, and also soothing; it is a fusion of Old World and new-music sensibilities."

    Concerts at the Noguchi are free with museum admission and take place in the garden, weather permitting, or in the galleries, with some mats and limited bench seating available. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA
    Monday, July 11, 2016 - Sunday, July 31, 2016

    MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA

    The 15th Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA a musical utopia for composers and performers, takes place July 11-31 (with performances July 13-30)!

    Our special guest composer for 2016 is John Luther Adams.

  • Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum present Don Byron
    Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 7:30pm

    The Jewish Museum, New York, NY

    Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum present a concert by clarinetist-composer Don Byron. A long-time collaborator of Bang on a Can, Byron has always found exhilarating and unexpected musical avenues to explore, interpreting a wildly diverse range of styles and artists from funk-drenched R&B to klezmer, from gospel legend Thomas A. Dorsey to Mickey Katz, Duke Ellington to Junior Walker. Don Byron is renowned for his dedication to and innovation in quintessential American traditional music genres from klezmer to blues to bluegrass to gospel to jazz.

    photo: Dave Weiland

  • Bang on a Can at the Noguchi Museum - ACME
    Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 3:00pm

    Noguchi Museum, Long Island City, NY

    American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), praised by The New York Times for its "tight, viscerally powerful performances" plays Philip Glass' luminous String Quartet No. 5 from 1991 and Meredith Monk's only string quartet Stringsongs from 2005, which they recently recorded for Q2 Music's Meet the Composer Series. ACME Artistic Director Clarice Jensen gives the world premiere of ACME violinist/violist and composer Caleb Burhans' brand new solo cello piece, written for her.

    Concerts at the Noguchi are free with museum admission and take place in the garden, weather permitting, or in the galleries, with some mats and limited bench seating available. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

    photo: Mark Shelby Perry

  • David Lang - the loser - BAM Next Wave Festival
    Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 7:30pm - Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 4:00pm

    BAM, Brooklyn, NY

    He appears to float in the nothingness. Confined to a tall tower 20 feet above the seats, he is alone, broken, and has a story to tell.

    In this daringly staged one-act opera from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang— featuring mezzanine-only seating and based on the novel by Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard— a failed piano student (baritone Rod Gilfry, Anna Nicole, 2013 Next Wave) recounts a life lived in the shadows of his famous friend Glenn Gould. As virtuoso pianist Conrad Tao and a chamber ensemble conducted by Karina Cannelakis accompany from far in the distance, the cavernous space engulfs the singer, as he sings of the distance that separates beauty from perfection.

    Libretto, music, and stage direction by David Lang
    Adapted from the novel by Thomas Bernhard
    Translated from German by Jack Dawson
    Conducted by Karina Canellakis
    Lighting design by Jennifer Tipton
    Set design by Jim Findlay
    Sound design by Jody Elff
    Costume design by Suzanne Bocanegra

    Commissioned by BAM
    Produced by Bang on a Can

    Tickets for the BAM Next Wave Festival go on sale June 6.

  • Bang on a Can at the Noguchi Museum - Martin Bresnick and Argus Quartet
    Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 3:00pm

    Noguchi Museum, Long Island City, NY

    the Argus String Quartet & Friends perform a concert featuring the music of Martin Bresnick, in honor of the composer’s 70th birthday. Bresnick’s expressive and direct music has influenced a generation of composers, including many Bang on a Can regulars. The program is fancifully titled "Homeward bound with a lawyer-horse, mice, and a worker who reads" and will include his Going Home, String Quartet #2 (Bucephalus), Josephine the Singer, and Songs of the Mouse People.

    Concerts at the Noguchi are free with museum admission and take place in the garden, weather permitting, or in the galleries, with some mats and limited bench seating available. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

    photo: Mark Ostow