Read Mark Swed's Review of Road Trip in the LA Times!

"...the All-Stars....rock out as though they own it all."

30 years ago, three young composers started a journey together, and they called that journey "Bang on a Can." After hundreds of thousands of miles and hundreds of new pieces, records, productions, marathons and summer festivals, they're still best of friends - still on the road together, still sharing the journey.

To mark this moment, Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe have together written a piece that celebrates the freedom and mystery of the open road. Dirt road, country road, two lane blacktop, superhighway.  Destination unknown. Maybe even unknowable.  

Played and sung by the unstoppable, sexy and loud Bang on a Can All-Stars, Road Trip is directed by the visionary Michael Counts with gorgeous scenic design by by CandyStations, and lit by the brilliant Ben Stanton.  Come with us! 

Here they are! The OneBeat Fellows for 2017, from all over the world. Brilliant players and composers, each with a social justice connection to her or his homeland. For our sixth iteration of the OneBeat program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State, we’ve selected adventurous artists from over 1200 applicants worldwide, comprising 17 countries, from Brazil to Jordan to Kazakhstan to Zimbabwe.

Follow the Fellows at 1beat.org.

The Fellows will convene September 20th and spend two weeks at the Pacific Northwest’s Caldera Arts Center near Sisters, Oregon. After an intensive residency spent creating original music and developing exciting new global projects, the Fellows will embark on a socially-engaged performing and educational tour across the Mountain West and Great Plains, stopping in Boise, Idaho, Jackson, Wyoming, and Fort Collins, Colorado. More details about our tour schedule and events coming soon!

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Natallia Kunitskaya Producer, Singer-Songwriter Belarus

Rayhan Sudrajat Composer, Vocalist Indonesia

Aisaana Omorova Multi-Instrumentalist Kyrgyzstan

Paulo Sartori Composer, Multi-Instrumentalist Brazil

Munyaradzi Nyamarebvu Mbira Player, Singer-Songwriter Zimbabwe

Livia Mattos Accordion Player, Vocalist Brazil

Omma DJ, Producer Russia

Asma Ghanem Electronic Musician, Sound Artist Palestinian Territories

Mandla Mlangeni Composer, Trumpet Player South Africa

Johanna Amaya Conejo Composer, Percussionist Colombia

Courtney Anne Hartman Guitarist, Singer United States

Abbay Misganaw Rapper, Singer United States

Lama Zakharia Composer, Vocalist Jordan

Tokzhan Karatai Kobyz Player Kazakhstan

Mehdi Nassouli Composer, Guembri Player, Singer Morocco

Yu Hsin Chang Percussionist Taiwan

Elijah Jamal Producer United States

Yasmine El Baramawy Composer, Oud Player Egypt

Rapasa Otieno Nyatiti Player, Vocalist Kenya

Christopher Yepez Producer, Rapper United States

Hannah Fidler Bassist, Composer United States

Jan Kruzliak Violinist Slovak Republic

Mehdi Qamoum Composer, Guembri Player Morocco

Sergey Balashov Drummer, Percussionist Russia

Nonku Phiri Songwriter, Vocalist South Africa

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.

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 plaed a show at the storied BBC proms, and it was a blast...literally! Lots of horns and percussion from Michael Gordon's new piece was a thrill to hear on the radio. Click here to hear!

 

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
ll times approximate:

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.