The tank is full, the top is down, and three composers have their collective hand on the dial in this euphoric musical road trip celebrating 30 years of downtown music collective Bang on a Can. Returning to the collaborative spirit of the group’s origins, founders Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe flood the waves with an original mash-up of wind-in-your-hair tunes that capture the sublime exhilaration of freedom and possibility. Performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, with stunning scenic design by projection artist CandyStations (Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent) and stage direction by Michael Counts, Road Trip is a tribute to journeys of all sorts, and the people who make them. There is a road, but it is no simple highway.

Tickets for the NY premiere as part of the BAM Next Wave Festival are available now! Performances Oct 27 and 28.

Do you think we're excited about this one? You bet! 30 years is old, but not TOO old to party. We have an outstanding event planned, this time at BAM's Lepercq Space (BAM Cafe) for September 26th, 2017. Please click here for more info on the event and our terrific honoree and friend to new music - Francisco J. Núñez.

 

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Bang on a Can continues our 30th year celebration with a concert at the BBC Proms, including a world premiere of Big Space by Michael Gordon written for the All-Stars and the Proms Youth Ensemble!

The performance will be streamed live on BBC3 radio!! Performance is at 10:15pm BST, which is 5:15pm EST in the US.

It's almost here. Come spend the day with us on the beautiful grounds and in the extraordinary galleries of the country's greatest and biggest contemporary art museum! Tickets and Info.

Marathon Schedule: A
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4:00pm
György Ligeti Chamber Concerto
Fjola Evans Shoaling
Dmitri Tymoczko  i cannot follow...
Lois V Vierk  Red Shift 4
Nicole Lizée Hitchcock Variations

6:00pm
Judd Greenstein  Clearing, Dawn, Dance
Mary Jane Leach  Wolff Tones E-tudes
Julia Wolfe  Lick
Louis Andriessen Life
Vanessa Lann Dancing to an orange drummer

8:00pm
David Lang i want to live
Jeffrey Brooks  The Passion (world premiere)
Michael Gordon Dry
Louis Andriessen The New Math(s)
Steve Reich  Tehillim

 

Alsarah is a Sudanese-born singer, songwriter and ethnomusicologist. Residing in Brooklyn, NY she is a self-proclaimed practitioner of East-African Retro-Pop working on various projects. She has toured both nationally and internationally with critically acclaimed groups such as the Nile Project, where she was featured on their debut CD, Aswan (named in the top 5 must hear international albums by NPR). She has also released 1 full-length album with French producer Débruit titled Aljawal (Soundways Recordings), as well as 2 full-length albums with her current band, Alsarah & the Nubatones, Silt (2014) and Manara (2016) (Wonderwheel Recordings). 

Performances are free with Noguchi Museum admission, and seating is available on garden benches and floor mats on a first-come, first-served basis.

Get in the car...it's gonna be a trip!

Saturday 8pm. At MASS MoCA

We call it Road Trip. The tank is full, the top is down, and we have our collective hand on the dial for a euphoric musical journey celebrating 30 years of Bang on a Can. Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe flood the waves with an original mash-up of wind-in-your-hair tunes that capture the sublime exhilaration of freedom and possibility. Performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, with stunning scenic design by projection artist CandyStations (Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent) and stage direction by Michael Counts, "Road Trip" is a tribute to journeys of all sorts, and the people who make them. There is a road, but it is no simple highway.


Scenic design by CandyStations
Lighting design by Ben Stanton
Stage Direction by Michael Counts

Commissioned by BAM for the 2017 Next Wave Festival and by Stephen A. Block, Robert Braun & Joan Friedman, Leslie Lassiter, Raulee Marcus, Maria & Robert A. Skirnick, Jane and Richard Stewart, with additional support from Jerry Eberhardt and Phil Hettema, plus the many individual donors to the Bang on a Can 30th Anniversary “Road Trip” Fund.

 

If you're visiting MASS MoCA during the Bang on a Can Summer Festival don't forget to check in with MASS MoCA's listings of daily recitals and all the amazing events in and around the galleries. Don't miss out on a single show!

Today MASS MoCA - recitals at 1:30 and 4:30 in the galleries. Free with Museum admission.

Friday, August 4 at the Summer Festival at MASS MoCA


1:30 pm

Work Title: Parallel
Composer: Connor D’Netto
Instrumentation: Flute and Viola
Performers: Naomi Johnson and Josh Wareham
Gallery: Lewitt 3rd Floor

Work Title: Ali
Composer: Alex Mincek
Instrumentation: Alto Saxophone
Performer: Tim Bachman
Gallery: Lewitt 3rd Floor

Work Title: Untitled
Composer: Cassie Wieland
Instrumentation: Solo Clarinet
Performer: Ford Fourqurean
Gallery: In the Abstract

Work Title: Ammil
Composer: Ross Wightman
Instrumentation: Bass
Performer: Ross Wightman
Gallery: In the Abstract

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4:30
The Music of Meredith Monk, Katherine Balch, David Lang, and Mark Stewart

Paris - Meredith Monk (Georgia Mills, piano)
Railroad Song - Meredith Monk (Vicki Ray, piano)
St. Petersburg Waltz - Meredith Monk (Nadezda Filippova, piano)

Phrases 7 - Katherine Balch (Molly Netter, soprano and Evan Runyon, double bass)

i want to live - David Lang (Molly Netter, Danielle Buonaiuto, and Kirsten Sollek, voice)

Trummings/To Whom It May Concern: Thank You - Mark Stewart (1990--revised 2002) (Mark Stewart, electric guitar)
 

Don't miss the singular guitar universe created by indie-sensation Kaki King at The Jewish Museum this Thursday, an accompaniment to their stellar Florine Stettheimer show. 7:30 pm. Tickets going fast!