Support the Revolution 2016!
Greetings from Bang on a Can!
This year's People's Commissions are going to four outstanding composers with four very different musical worldviews. Their homes are in San Francisco, rural Quebec, New York City, Beijing. Their music ranges from subtle to challenging to rich and gorgeous. What they all have in common is that we think they're pretty darn cool. Really, really cool, and brimming with brilliance.
Gabriella Smith's something of a musical naturalist, drawing on the earth's sounds and energies to create swirling soundscapes. René Lussier is a virtuosic guitarist who creates utterly unique pieces via collage and musique concrète to trippy pastiche and improvisation. Caroline Shaw has emerged as a major force in new music, gaining praise from both the Pulitzer committee and Kanye West (a first?) while relentlessly touring the globe with her own phenomenal group Roomful of Teeth. And Zhang Shouwang has led a post-punk revolution in China with his group Carsick Cars, and now he's scratching his experimental itch with extended works for less familiar ensembles.
And so with great enthusiasm we commissioned them to write for our Bang on a Can All-Stars. The All-Stars are our ambassadors to the world, and they make it possible for us all to imagine the unimaginable. To be honest we don't sing the praises of our Bang on a Can All-Stars enough. They're so incredible! Year after year they travel the world and bring the best music of our time to the far reaches of the globe. They're wildly talented, dizzyingly versatile, incredibly brave and impossible to outwit.
In one year they've wowed audiences in Istanbul and Los Angeles & Nashville & San Diego & London & Virginia & Coal Country PA & Queens & Oberlin & Seattle & Paris & Miami & Amsterdam & Basingstoke & Dublin & Poland and even New York City! And more & more. And this year they're heading back to Turkey & China & Korea & Hungary & Denmark & yes, even Ohio during Presidential primary season. They've made more than a dozen records and they've worked with and premiered works by more than 150 composers. Since the inception of the People Commissions, they've played 60 World Premieres at the PCF Concert. Many of those pieces have gone on to become mainstays of our repertoire. And each and every score contains the names of all the donors who made the pieces possible. That's you!
There are so many terrific and dedicated people who make up the greater Bang on a Can family that it would be impossible to highlight them all. But today, and for this year-end ask for support, we want to highlight the work of our Bang on a Can All-Stars: Ashley Bathgate, Robert Black, Vicky Chow, David Cossin, Mark Stewart & Ken Thomson. They've inspired us and they've surprised us too many times to count.
If you can this year, please support the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the People's Commissioning Fund and all the work we do towards our mission bring radical creativity to an open-eared world. PCF is how we'll make four new pieces happen, with gifts large and small adding up to a world-class world-premiers concert. This year's PCF concert is on Saturday, February 6, and a gift of any size earns your an invitation to our pre-concert reception with the composers.
And for the first time ever, we'd like to offer a one-of-a-kind premium incentive to send us your money! For every gift of $125 or more, you get a free 12-ounce bag of our very special Bang on a Can whole bean coffee - Dark Full Roast - a nod to the classic Julia Wolfe piece Dark Full Ride. Grown in Italy and roasted in Portland, our Bang on a Can Coffee might just become your go-to label for sophisticated sipping. After trying our special brew, you can come back to the Bang on a Can Store for more, and every pot of coffee will mean more support for our mission. Plus, you can stay up later listening to our records!
Okay. Enough with the hard sell. You've been there with us through the years. And we hope you share our enthusiasm for our brilliant ensemble, and we hope to see you on February 6, when we'll all get together to experience the thrill of brand new music, performed as only the All-Stars can.
Warmest and most sincere thanks,
Michael Gordon, David Lang & Julia Wolfe
P.S. For some fun highlights from last year, click below!
Please be sure to note in the comment field on the donation page if you would like your gift to go to a specific program. Just write "marathon" or "peoples commissioning fund" or "banglewood" or "found sound nation" or...well, you get the idea!
Gifts up to $100
First, we send you all our love and appreciation! Then you receive credit on the People's Commissioning Fund & marathon concert programs and an invitation to the PCF concert's pre-show reception.
Gifts from $125 - $499
Receive the above plus a CD of the 2015 PCF Concert and a batch of Bang's special blend of coffee - DARK FULL ROAST!
$500 - $999
Receive all of the above and TWO free CD's of your choice from sister label Cantaloupe Music!
$1,000 or more
Receive all of the above and free VIP tickets to any and ALL 2016 Bang on a Can concerts and events.