We are exceptionally excited to pay tribute to a great friend and colleague, Mary Lou Aleskie, at this year's annual benefit. Executive Director of the renowned International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut, Mary Lou’s continued support for our work and her dedication to so many other remarkable artists and arts professionals and the field as a whole is truly visionary!
This spring, Julia Wolfe's newest work Anthracite Fields receives its World Premiere in Philadelphia (April 26 & 27) and its New York Premiere at the NY Phil Biennial (May 30 & 31)!
Anthracite Fields explores coal-mining life and the fields of central Pennsylvania near Wolfe's hometown. She draws from oral histories, interviews, speeches, geographic descriptions, local rhymes, and coal advertisements in creating a unique oratorio that provides an intimate look at a particular slice of American life. Jeff Sugg is creating scenography and projections for the work.
Anthracite Fields receives its world premiere on April 26 when the Bang on a Can All-Stars join forces with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, and its NY Premiere at the NY Phil Biennial on May 30 with the All-Stars and Trinity Choir.
On April 18, the Bang on a Can All-Stars perform new and recently commissioned works from their impressive collaborations with leading Japanese composers plus celebrated core selections from their innovative American and Asian repertoire.
The program at Stony Brook's Charles B. Wang Center Theatre features works by Mamoru Fujieda, Akiko Ushijima, Somei Satoh, Tan Dun, Julia Wolfe, and Steve Martland.
It's party time again. And YOU'RE invited! Michael Gordon wants to tell you all about it here.
Join us for the Second Annual "Banglewood Benefit" this April 30 from 8pm- midnight at JACK, a performance space in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Last year's party was a raging success, with a live karaoke band of Banglewood Alums and dozens of high-energy singers who will not be quitting their day jobs. And we raised $10,000 towards the Festival!
This year, we're doing an informal concert followed by a wild and wooly dance party. We'll be treated to a smorgasbord of great musical bits from alums Ruby Fulton, Adam Cuthbert, New Thread Quartet, Nouveau Classical Project, kills to kisses, and more, plus a special appearance by Bang on a Can All-Star Mark Stewart. And then DJ Jacob Cooper will "tear the roof off the sucka."
On April 11, the Bang on a Can All-Stars return to The Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. for Andriessen 75, a week-long festival celebrating the 75th birthday of longtime mentor, friend, and collaborator Louis Andriessen.
On the program is David Lang's cheating, lying, stealing; Michael Gordon's I Buried Paul; Steve Martland's Horses of Instruction; Julia Wolfe's Believing, and Louis Andriessen's Life and Workers Union.
Michael Gordon's newest album Rushes is now available on Cantaloupe Music!
Composed for seven bassoons, Rushes takes its place alongside Michael Gordon's Timber for expanding the boundaries of a single instrument's repertoire into unknown (and at times, otherworldly) spaces. Rushes brings out tonal and timbral aspects of the bassoon that are meant to induce a quasi-meditative, almost ecstatic state, in the listener as well as the performer.
As Michael Gordon describes, "The name comes from the tall grass that's reminiscent of the reeds that bassoon players use. It also refers to an ecstatic rush, a euphoria that I'm trying to build. It's very visceral for the players, who are playing basically nonstop for an hour, and that requires a sense of intensity and concentration."
Follow Julia Wolfe's tour blog! From March 21 - April 2, the Bang on a Can All-Stars & Julia Wolfe tour Asia, making their South Korean debut in addition to returning to China! The band started off in Beijing for a residency and concert at the Central Conservatory of Music, moved on to Macao's Cultural Center, and is now in South Korea for the Tongyeong International Music Festival and concerts in Seoul at the Kumho Art Hall and LG Arts Centre.
Co-Founder and co-Artistic Director Julia Wolfe is joining the group for their concerts in South Korea. Follow her blog as she describes her experiences over these next several days in words, pictures, and video!
A HUGE thanks goes out to the 199 backers who supported our wildly virtuosic marching band Asphalt Orchestra in the Kickstarter campaign Asphalt Orchestra Re-Imagines The Pixies' "Surfer Rosa"!
Thanks to you, we raised above our goal and can move forward in our plans to record, release, and tour this reinterpretation of the indie-punk classic. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.