Michael Gordon's "Rushes" - National Sawdust January 26National Sawdust, 80 North Sixth Street, Brooklyn, NY
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Composed for seven bassoons, Rushes takes its place alongside Michael Gordon’s Timber for expanding the boundaries of a single instrument’s repertoire into unknown (and at times, otherworldly) spaces. Like Timber, which maps new percussive territory for the simantra—a simple two-by-four slab of wood, amplified and played in a group of six to yield trance-like sonic textures—Rushes brings out tonal and timbral aspects of the bassoon that are meant to induce a quasi-meditative, almost ecstatic state, in the listener as well as the performer.
All-Stars at NYU Abu DhabiThe Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 8:00pm - Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 8:00pm
For our UAE debut, the All-Stars will perform music from the Field Recordings project as well as a world premiere piece, commissioned by The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi and the Abu Dhabi Festival, by celebrated Emirati-American composer Mohammed Fairouz.
The All-Stars will also be in residence for an intensive weekend workshop for contemporary musicians from the region (open by invitation only.)
Steel Hammer at NYU Abu DhabiThe Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 8:00pm - Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 8:00pm
Bang on on a Can and the Jewish Museum present - BonjourThe Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave, New York, NY
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 7:30pm
Bonjour is a low string band with drums/percussion founded in 2012 by bassist and composer Florent Ghys whose performance corresponds to the Museum’s exhibition Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design. Chareau, originally from Bordeaux, rose to become one of Paris’s most fashionable designers of the early 20th Century. Ghys, also originally from Bordeaux, is one of New York’s most creative composer-performers of the early 21st Century. Combining basses, cello, guitars, percussion, and voices, Ghys has assembled a sizzling group of some of New York’s top young musicians and Bang on a Can regulars to create an unusual sound world that’s equal parts groove, melody and meditation. From jazz-laced indie-pop to ambient chamber music, Bonjour shimmers with influences that push it beyond the safety net of “new classical” music to something altogether edgy, adventurous, and even slightly art-damaged.
Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields at Cal Performances - UC BerkeleyCal Performances, Berkeley, CA
Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 7:00pm
Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields at the Krannert CenterThe Krannert Center at U of Illinois, Champaign
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 7:30pm
Julia Wolfe's Pulitzer Prize winning oratorio Anthracite Fields for the Bang on a Can All-Stars and choir, with the UI Chamber Singers.
Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields performance in Coal Country - Penn StatePenn State - Eisenhower Auditorium, University Park, PA
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 7:30pm
Bang on a Can All-Stars and the Penn State choir perform Julia Wolfe's Pulitzer Prize winning oratorio Anthracite Fields.
Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields performance in Coal Country - Bucknell UniversityBucknell University - Weis Center , Lewisburg, PA
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 7:30pm
Bang on a Can All-Stars and the Bucknell Camerata perform Julia Wolfe's Pulitzer Prize winning oratorio Anthracite Fields
The music of Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe - "Three Generartions" with Steve Reich at Carnegie HallCarnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, New York, NY
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 7:30pm
The Bang on a Can All-Stars and special guests perform the music of Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, as part of the project curated by Steve Reich - Three Generations - celebrating his 80th birthday.
Bang on a Can All-Stars
Todd Reynolds, Violin
Kelli Kathman, Flute
Peter Hess, Saxophones
David Friend, Keyboard
Michael Gordon, Keyboard
Nathan Koci, Accordion
Additional artists to be announced
DAVID LANG cheating, lying, stealing
JULIA WOLFE Lick
JULIA WOLFE Early That Summer
MICHAEL GORDON Yo Shakespeare
Performance includes a discussion with Steve Reich, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Michael Gordon
Anthracite Fields with Westiminster Choir at Rider UniversityRoebling Wire Works, 675 South Clinton Avenue, Trenton, NJ
Friday, April 21, 2017 - 8:00pm - Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 8:00pm
Julia Wolfe's Pulitzer prize winning oratorio Anthracite Fields, with the Westminster choir and presented by Rider University
Bang on a Can All-Stars and Julia Wolfe at Drew University - Residency and Steel HammerDrew University, Madison, NJ
Monday, April 24, 2017 - Wednesday, April 26, 2017
The Bang on a Can All-Stars and Julia Wolfe will be in residence at Drew University April 24-26!
Monday 24 April
7-9PM Steel Hammer – An Inside Look: A Discussion with Julia Wolfe and the Bang on a Can All-Stars on the Making of Steel Hammer
In this lecture demonstration Julia Wolfe and the Bang on a Can All-Stars will perform music and discuss the building of this new work which explores the quintessential American worker ballad John Henry, and its implication for labor history then and now. Q&A following the talk.
Tuesday 25 April
1:15-3:45PM Open Reading of Student Works (For the class: Special Topics in Documentary Expression, co-taught by Julia Wolfe and Associate Professor of Art Rebecca Soderholm) and Q&A with the musicians.
Wednesday 26 April
3:30-6:30PM Open rehearsal for 8PM concert, plus Q&A with the musicians
8PM: The Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer
All events are free and open to the public!
Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum present Vicky Chow and Tristan PerichThe Jewish Museum,
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 7:30pm
Pianist and Bang on a Can All Stars member Vicky Chow performs Tristan Perich’s Surface Image for solo piano, a monumental performance-installation with 40-channel 1-bit electronics, echoing the shimmering quality of Paris’ 19th century arcades and inspired by Walter Benjamin’s renowned essay "Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction."
Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA - Public PerformancesMASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - Saturday, August 5, 2017
The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) is a musical utopia for innovative musicians in the beautiful Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts. The residency portion of the project is dedicated entirely to adventurous contemporary music and runs from July 17-Aug 6. The cornerstone of the residency are the public performances which run from July 19- Aug 5. The performances include daily recitals by faculty and fellows of the residency in the MASS MoCA galleries (free with museum admission), additional free performances in the community, and a festival finale blow-out concert - a 6 hour performance in the Hunter Center on Aug 5! More information coming soon.