All-Stars CD release party and performance of "Field Recordings"The Greene Space (and Q2), NYC
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 7:00pm
On May 13, the trailblazing Bang on a Can All-Stars celebrate the release of their latest recording, a 12-track CD and DVD package of Field Recordings, with a live performance of the complete album at The Greene Space at WQXR in downtown NYC. The concert begins at 7pm and will stream live via Q2 Music online. The Greene Space is an intimate concert venue, so tickets ($20) are limited.
Field Recordings features commissioned works by Tyondai Braxton, Mira Calix, Anna Clyne, Bryce Dessner, Florent Ghys, Michael Gordon, Jóhann Jóhannsson, David Lang, Christian Marclay, Steve Reich, Todd Reynolds, Julia Wolfe and Nick Zammuto. The bonus DVD features five collage-style, archival and “found footage” videos that have accompanied recent live performances by the All-Stars.
As David Lang describes it: "Field Recordings is a kind of ghost story. We asked composers from different parts of the music world to find a recording of something that already exists — a voice, a sound, a faded scrap of melody — and then write a new piece around it.” Field Recordings builds a bridge between the seen and the unseen, the present and absent, the future and the past, all channeled through the virtuosity and force of the electric Bang on a Can All-Stars.
Hosted by Q2 Music's Helga Davis, the evening includes on-stage conversation with performers and composers. We hope to see you there!
Bang on a Can All-Stars: Revolution of the EyeThe Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 7:30pm
Bang on a Can All-Stars take the stage to conclude our season-long partnership with The Jewish Museum! The concert highlights the relationship between music and image and the All-Stars will perform music by clarinetist-composer Don Byron along with a screening of Eugene, an early television show by pioneering American comedian Ernie Kovacs. The concert will also include Fade to Slide, a music and video piece from Bang on a Can’s brand new CD Field Recordings and works from the All-Stars’ core repertoire by Bang on a Can co-founders David Lang and Julia Wolfe.
The performance corresponds to the Museum’s exhibition Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television.
Don Byron: Eugene with film of Ernie Kovacs
Don Byron: Basquiat
Christian Marclay: Fade to Slide with film
David Lang: sunray
Julia Wolfe: Lick
Bang on a Can All-Stars on the CODES Festival in Lublin, PolandCODES Festival , Lublin, Poland
Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 8:00pm
The Bang on a Can All-Stars will perform Field Recordings, featuring music by Julia Wolfe, Florent Ghys, Christian Marclay, Todd Reynolds, Bryce Dessner, Anna Clyne, Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Tyondai Braxton, as well as 3 world premieres by Polish composers Jarosław Śliwiński, Krzysztof Wołek, and Artur Zagajewski!
The CODES Festival is an international event devoted to the idea of combining the archaic and the new in music. The mixture of two distinctive canons of aesthetics forms a completely unique listening experience where magic and beauty co-exist. The festival gives excellent contemporary music composers and the representatives of the avant-garde jazz an opportunity to meet traditional musicians and artists reconstructing old music. The offer of the Festival includes concerts and the premieres of music projects by recognized artists, as well as young and talented musicians and composers.
Bang on a Can All-StarsMiami Light Project, Miami, FL
Friday, June 5, 2015 - Sunday, June 7, 2015
The Bang on a Can All-Stars make their Miami debut at Miami Light Project, a presenter of live performances by innovative dance, music and theater artists from around the world. Miami Light Project is a cultural forum to explore some of the issues that define contemporary society.
Julia Wolfe: Believing
Michael Gordon: Yo Shakepeare
Louis Andriessen: Workers Union
Philip Glass: Closing
Bang on a Can MarathonThe Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, NYC
Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 12:00pm - 10:00pm
On Sunday, June 21, from 12pm to 10pm, Bang on a Can returns to downtown Manhattan for its annual Bang on a Can Marathon, FREE for the public at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place (230 Vesey Street), co-presented by Arts Brookfield and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as part of the River To River Festival. This annual incomparable super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the world features ten hours of rare performances by some of the most innovative musicians of our time side-by-side with some of today’s most pioneering young artists.
Highlights of the 2015 Bang on a Can Marathon include a world premiere collaboration between the electric Bang on a Can All-Stars and the art-pop-star “fusion” vocalist Gong Linna from China, featuring brand new music by Lao Luo and Bang on a Can co-founders Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, commissioned by Arts Brookfield for the 2015 Marathon.
In addition, the All-Stars perform an intoxicating set of works from their brand new record Field Recordings (available May 12, 2015 on Cantaloupe Music) including Anna Clyne’s haunting A Wonderful Day, Golden Globe-winner Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Hz inspired by a hydroelectric power station from the 1920s in Iceland, Todd Reynolds’s Seven Sundays sampling southern Baptist preachers’ sermons from the 1930s-1950s, and Julia Wolfe’s Reeling based around a beautiful clip of French Canadian singer Benoit Benoit.
So Percussion teams up with drummer-composer extraordinaire Bobby Previte and guitar wizard Nels Cline (Wilco) for a rare performance of selections from their monumental collaboration Terminals, a luminous meeting of the classical and the improvised world consisting of five concertos for percussion ensemble and soloists, each inspired by the schematic-like terminal maps that Previte has noticed in airports around the world.
Grand Band, the monumental six-piano ensemble of New York’s most virtuosic players, will perform works for six pianos including Michael Gordon’s 2014 work Ode to La Bruja, Hanon, Czerny, Van Cliburn and little gold stars... (or, To Everyone Who Made My Life Miserable, Thank You.), Paul Kerekes’s wither from 2014 including the world premiere of a new second movement, plus David Lang’s reverberant face so pale from 1992.
Bang on a Can’s mobile street band Asphalt Orchestra will perform selections from its latest Cantaloupe Music album, Asphalt Orchestra Plays Pixies: Surfer Rosa, plus brand new arrangements of tunes by the renowned and furious Bulgarian clarinetist-composer Ivo Papasov. In addition, All-Star pianist Vicky Chow performs Tristan Perich’s epic journey Surface Image for solo piano and 40-channel 1-bit electronics.
Other highlights include Crossfire Steel Orchestra Inc., an orchestra of steel pan drums, playing music by Kendall Williams; Somei Satoh’s radiant and mesmerizing Incarnations performed by pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama; and bassist/composer Florent Ghys playing a set of intimate pop-laced tunes from his new record Télévision — an epic foray into classical forms, musique concrète, samples and sci-fi.
In addition, the eclectic and electric Dither guitar quartet performs Lainie Fefferman’s rumbling and raucous Tongue of Thorns, a tribute to The Velvet Underground; Portland, Oregon phenomenons Third Angle New Music bring new reverberations from young innovators including the New York premiere of Quartz by Australian composer Julian Day and a world premiere by LJ White; composer and lyricist Corey Dargel performs his own smart and irreverent electronic art songs; and more.
PLUS Bang on a Can’s social engagement wing Found Sound Nation hosts its Street Studio – a mobile recording studio equipped for passersby and Marathon musicians alike to spontaneously create and record original music!
Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival @ MASS MoCAMASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - Saturday, August 1, 2015
Bang on a Can returns to MASS MoCA for the annual Summer Festival featuring 40 fellows from around the globe and special guests. We perform daily recitals in the museum galleries, and a 6 hour blow-out festival finale on August 1 - The Marathon! Stay tuned for more information coming soon.