• Bang on a Can All-Stars
    Saturday, June 6, 2015

    Miami Light Project, Miami, FL

    The Bang on a Can All-Stars make their Miami debut at Miami Light Project with a full day of activities starting with an Orchestra of Original Instruments workshop led by Bang on a Can All-Stars guitarist and instrument inventor Mark Stewart. The program concludes with a blockbuster concert featuring the All-Stars playing music by Bang on a Can co-founders Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe, Philip Glass and Louis Andriessen, plus performances by Miami-based Nu Deco Ensemble and the Spam All-Stars.

    Program:

    Julia Wolfe: Believing
    Michael Gordon: Yo Shakepeare
    Louis Andriessen: Workers Union
    Philip Glass: Closing

     

  • Bang on a Can Marathon
    Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 12:00pm - 10:00pm

    The Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, NYC

    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.

    Lead support for the 2015 Bang on a Can Marathon is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation and by ASCAP - protecting, supporting, and fostering the work of composer worldwide.

    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.

    Premiere percussionist and world music/jazz master Cyro Baptista and Friends will make their first Marathon performance, plus the incomparable Glenn Branca Ensemble in the US premiere of Branca’s epic new work Ascension III, premiered in Europe last fall. 

    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; 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!

    View our youtube playlist for a sampling of the 2015 Marathon artists

  • 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]

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


    Who was John Henry? According to Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe, Pete Seeger, and Bruce Springsteen, he was a steel-driving railroad man who outperformed a steam drill before dying with his hammer in hand. But versions of the indelible American myth vary.

    In this staged incarnation of her work Steel Hammer, 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe teams with director Anne Bogart and SITI Company to distill the discrepancies of over 200 variants of the classic ballad and legend into a theatrical post-minimalist mountain-music hybrid. Playwrights Kia Corthron, Will Power, Carl Hancock Rux, and Regina Taylor provide additional texts as three singers and the Bang on a Can All-Stars—fortified with banjo, bones, jaw harp, and other Appalachian instruments—give the folk hero a newfangled song for a new century.

    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 Jody Elff and Christian Frederickson
    Original text by Kia Corthron, Will Power, Carl Hancock Rux, and Regina Taylor
    Scenic & Costume Design by James Schuette
    Lighting by Brian Scott
    Sound design by Andrew Cotton and Christian Frederickson
    Choreography by Barney O’Hanlon

    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 with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The dramatized stage production of Steel Hammer was commissioned by the Krannert Center and by BAM for the 2015 Next Wave Festival.