Road Trip: 30 Years In the Making
Thank you so, so, SO much to all of the donors to this historic project! Lead Commissioners include Maria and Robert A. Skirnick, Leslie Lassiter, Stephen A. Block and Raulee Marcus. Co-Commissioners to date include: John Allis, Amanda Ameer, Beverly & Richard Anderson, Nick & Maura Balaban, Kate Baldus, Daniel Baldini, Astrid & John Baumgardner, Eve Beglarian, Stephanie Berger, Ian Berry, David Bither & Elizabeth Bailey, Roslyn Biskin, Robert Black, Judith Blau, Stephen Block, Linda & Steven Blotner, David Blythe, Rocio Bolanos, Bill Bragin & Lisa Philp, Martin Bresnick & Lisa Moore, Robert Browne, Charlie Campbell, Christopher Cerrone, Adele Chatfield-Taylor & John Guare, Alissa Cheung, Laura Christensen, Prue Clarke, Hilary & Michael Cohen, Contemporaneous, Paula Cooper, Kathleen Coughlin, Karen Curlee & Mark Stewart, Andrew & Ellen Dannenberg, Michael Daugherty, Gilles Debelut, Werner Defoe, Paul Dellevigne, Elizabeth Desjardins, Pam Drexel, Larry & Arlene Dunn, Rachael Elliott, Rachel Elson, ETHEL, Kim Evans, Randy Ezratty & Jo Ann Corkran, Susan Feder & Todd Gordon, Lainie Fefferman, Janet Fink, Richard Frank, Kevin Frey, Katie Geissinger, Daniel Glidden, Carol & Andrew Golden, Michael Gordon, Claudia Gould, Nick Grabar & Jennfier Sage, Dana Grajauskas, Judd Greenstein, Susan Griffiths, Lisa Guido, Harry Hagendorf, Rachel Hands, Michael Harrison, Luming Hao, Jane Heirich, Liv Hempel, Michael Hill, Andrew Hipius, Justin Hower, Molly Joyce, Aaron Kernis & Evelyne Luest, Wendy & Michael Kirst, Jonathan Kohrs, Richard Kuczkowski & Mia Leo, Dorothy Lawson, James Lampe, David Lang, Vanessa Lann & Neil Wallace, Maryanne Larson Spradling, Sheva Lazaros, Pascal Le Boeuf, Thomas Leonard, Herb Leventer, Cynthia Ligenza, Scott Lindroth, Jane Lombard, Liz & Greg Lutz, Soo Yeon Lyuh, Robert & Kerry Macdonald, Christine Maurus & Steven P. Marsh, Diane & Adam E. Max, James McElwee, Joseph McHugh, George McNeely, Craig McNutt, Carl & Ruth Meier, Ellen Mezzera, Jeremy Mindich & Amy Smith, Stephen Moldof & Michael Noble, Peggy Monastra, Miles Morgan, Meredith Monk, Miles Morgan, Mark Movic, Gert Mulder, Karl Mullen, Jascha Narveson, Marilyn Neimark, Edward Nersessian, Yuka Nishino, Bonnie Nowakowski, Rita Ormsby, Jennifer Ortega, Jenna Osman, Jules Painchaud, Annie-B Parson, Anne Patterson, Pamela Z, Tristan Perich & Lesley Flanigan, Vivian Perlis, Roger Phillips, Alan Pierson, Edward Pierson, Scott Pollard, Rebecca Purdum & Thomas Moran, Lauren Radnofsky, Patricia Raley, Wayne Ransier, Ann Rauch & Michael Goldblum, Vicki Ray, Joel Reed, Steve Reich & Beryl Korot, Bonnie & Ken Resinski, Laura & Mark Rosenthal, Mary Rowell, Bill Ryan, David Saltonstall, Elissa Sampson, Robert Savelson & Susan Bianchi, Christina Schenker, Karl Schnaitter, Henry Schwartz & Beverly Semmes, Ric Scofidio & Liz Diller, Peter Serling, Elaine Sherr, Yoko Shioya, Rich & Jackie Shulman, Ruth Shuman, Milan Simich, Matthew Sirovich, Joseph Simonetti, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Mark Solomon, Frederick Spielberg, Jack & Sash Seaver Spielberg, Maria & Robert A. Skirnick, Maryanne Larson Spradling, Alanna Stang, Axel Stawski, Tom Steenland, Jane & Richard Stewart, Michael & Diana Sworakowski, Sandy Tait & Hal Foster, Irene Talbott, Karen & Billy Tanzer, Philippa Thompson, Tim Thomas, Torin & Patricia Thurston, Jill Tieman, David Tochen, Ann Tsubota, Philip Trimble & Val Vasilevski, Jack & Libby Vees/Van Cleve, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Andrew Wallach, Elizabeth Weitzman, David Weller, Lawrence Weschler, Scott Wollschleger, Bonnie Wright, Julia Wolfe, Theodore Yanow, Cynthia Young & George Eberstadt, Peter Zirnite.
To celebrate 30 years of Bang on a Can, and one of the most unique, influential, and still-current artistic collaborations today, co-artistic directors Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe will compose Road Trip – evening-length ‘concert spectacular’ for the electric Bang on a Can All-Stars featuring visually stunning stage and lighting design by CandyStations.
The piece is about journeys and people who make them. Physical journeys, geographical journeys, emotional journeys, spiritual journeys. Road Trip imagines an almost mythological journey across the United States, driving leisurely from place to place - the radio on, in a convertible with the top down, on the most beautiful day of the year. The upbeat celebratory music is through-composed from start to finish. Radio signals fade in and out, would-be pop ballads and surf instrumentals blend into and out of mariachi music and country and talk radio. There will be songs. The members of the ensemble will play and sing. The journey is narrated by the voice on our GPS, ever recalculating. There is a road, but it is no simple highway.
David Lang had this to say:
"One of the amazing things about Bang on a Can is that we have been traveling together, for years, all around the world. When I think of the All-Stars I think, of course, of the great musicians and the great music, but I also have vivid memories of trying to eat late at night in Fayetteville, Arkansas, trying to be a vegetarian in Hong Kong, trying to get an espresso in Bratislava, in the mid 1990's! To be honest, I can't remember all the incredible the concerts but I remember every hotel that had a swimming pool, every used book store and every art museum in every city we ever visited. When I think of going on the road with the band I think of the excitement, the spirit of adventure. I think of the great audiences. Most of all I think of the camaraderie among us, how happy we have been to take the show on the road. For me that is what our piece 'Road Trip' is all about."
How and where it all started:
Please consider sharing this journey with us. We haven't gotten here alone, and we surely can't refuel without your support. Gifts at various levels come with fun thank-yous, but anyone who's shared the road with us thus far deserves our utmost thanks.
To the Road Trip!
- Michael, David & Julia
Pledge under $30
Receive a big thank-you credit on Bang on a Can's 30th Anniversary website.
$30 or more
Receive the above plus a credit on the program of the World Premiere of Road Trip!
$100 or more
Receive the above plus a signed reprint by Michael, David & Julia of the poster from the VERY FIRST Bang on a Can Marathon in 1987!!
$500 or more
Receive the above plus a signed limited edition copy of the score and a signed package of all Michael Gordon, David Lang & Julia Wolfe recordings on Cantaloupe Music!!!
$1,000 or more
Receive the above plus an invitation to the World Premiere AND a special private reception at the home of Michael Gordon & Julia Wolfe!!!!
$5,000 or more
Receive the above plus credit as a LEAD COMMISSIONER of Road Trip on all materials for the World Premiere at BAM and all concerts going forward worldwide!!!!!