• David Lang - the loser - BAM Next Wave Festival
    Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 7:30pm - Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 3:00pm

    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

  • 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

  • All-Stars at the Venice Biennale
    Monday, October 10, 2016 - 8:00pm

    Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

    The Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Field Recordings at the Teatro alle Tese as part of the Venice Biennale!

    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 by Christian Marclay
    David Lang: unused swan
    Tyondai Braxton: Casino Trem
    Jóhann Jóhannsson: Hz with film
    Todd Reynolds: Seven Sundays
    Steve Reich: The Cave of Machpelah
    Bryce Dessner: Letter 27 with film
    Anna Clyne: A Wonderful Day 

     

  • Bang on a Can at the Jewish Museum - Pauline Oliveros
    Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 7:30pm

    The Jewish Museum, New York, NY

    As part of Bang on a Can's on-going partnership with the Jewish Museum, we present composer/performer Pauline Oliveros, to accompany the exhibit Take Me (I’m Yours). Oliveros will perform The Sound of Meditation on her V-Accordion, an instrument that produces both accordion and orchestral sounds. The concert blurs the boundary between the performer and the audience by asking the listener to participate in the making of music.

  • All-Stars at Kampnagel, Hamburg
    Friday, November 18, 2016

    Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany

    The All-Stars perform Field Recordings at Kampnagel in Hamburg, Germany!

    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
    Caroline Shaw, Really Craft When You
    Todd Reynolds, Seven Sundays
    Steve Reich, The Cave of Machpelah
    Bryce Dessner, Letter 27 with film
    Anna Clyne, A Wonderful Day

     

  • All-Stars at Les Halles de Schaerbeek, Belgium
    Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 8:00pm

    Les Halles de Schaerbeek, Brussels, Belgium

    Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Field Recordings at Les Halles de Schaerbeek in Brussels, Belgium.

    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
    Akiko Ushijima, Distorting Melody
    Tyondai Braxton, Casino Trem
    Johann Johannson, Hz with film
    Todd Reynolds, Seven Sundays
    Steve Reich, The Cave of Machpelah
    Bryce Dessner, Letter 27 with film
    Anna Clyne, A Wonderful Day

     

  • Bang on a Can @ Villa Musica, Germany
    Sunday, November 20, 2016 - Saturday, November 26, 2016

    Mainz and Neuwied, Germany

    For our project “Bang on a Can @ Villa Musica”, the All-Stars will be cooperating with the Stiftung Villa Musica, which is dedicated to promoting young talent especially in the area of chamber music.

    As part of a one-week festival, we will gather, rehearse and perform together with a group of young musicians from Germany. All of the musicians will appear in twelve concerts in various arrangements at the Frankfurter Hof in Mainz (Nov 19 and 26) and the Baroque Castle Engers in Neuwied (Nov 20-25). The festival also includes two commissioned works and will conclude with a several-hour-long concert marathon.

    Nov 20 at Frankfurter Hof
    Bang on a Can All-Stars program:
    Steve Reich: Electric Counterpoint
    David Lang: sunray
    Julia Wolfe: Believing
    Michael Gordon: For Madeleine
    Louis Andriessen: Workers Union
    Philip Glass: Closing

    Nov 21-25 at Castle Engers
    daily performances by residency fellows and the All-Stars. Repertoire TBA

    Nov 26  at Frankfurter Hof 
    Residency finale Marathon concert! Performance will include two world premieres by composers Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Felipe Waller.