People's Commissioning Fund Concert

PLUS Bang on a Can 30 Years Kick-off Party!

The Bang on a Can All-Stars perform new works by Nico Muhly, Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Juan Felipe Waller, an excerpt from Michael Gordon's chamber opera Van Gogh, music by Philip Glass and more. The concert is part of the Ecstatic Music Festival, and will be hosted by John Schaefer and broadcast on WNYC-FM’s pioneering show New Sounds Live.

The Bang on a Can People’s Commissioning Fund (PCF) concert is one of the most anticipated and reliable launching pads for emerging composers in New York and beyond. Founded in 1997, long before crowd-funding became the norm through Kickstarter and the like, Bang on a Can’s PCF has pooled contributions of all sizes from hundreds of friends and fans and since its inception has commissioned over 40 works of music. Bang on a Can celebrates 30 Years in 2017! Come join the party!

 

 

The Dublin Guitar Quartet goes electric for the third installment of Bang on a Can founding composer Michael Gordon’s series exploring the untapped possibilities of select instruments. In Timber (2012 Next Wave), layered polyrhythms rippled from amplified two-by-fours situated in the round. In 2012’s Rushes, seven bassoonists used circular breathing to sustain clouds of mercurial sound. For Amplified, Gordon’s experiment takes a six-stringed turn. With the audience seated on four sides, the musicians send reverb-saturated pulsations across the aural field while redefining what the guitar as an ensemble instrument can be.

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA is a musical utopia for innovative musicians in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts from July 15- Aug 5, 2017. The festival is dedicated to adventurous contemporary music and also includes African and Latin music workshops, electronics and music business seminars, free events in the community, and more. Applications are online now, and are due January 18, 2017.

Says a past participant: "I have never had an experience like this before: the idea of building the kind of musical world one wants to live in seems to be something that is really possible here -- it's a place of community and possibility that is utterly transformative."

The 30th Anniversary Marathon at the Brooklyn Museum needs you! To find out more about supporting the FREE 2017 Marathon:

When Michael Gordon’s Timber, scored for six amplified wooden 2-by-4s, premiered in 2009, it brought the physicality and endurance of percussion performance to a new level. In the liner notes for Slagwerk Den Haag’s recording of the piece, released on Cantaloupe Music in 2011, Gordon described a connection to the work of shamanist author Carlos Castaneda, whose self-imposed spirit journey in the desert could wipe the brain clean and “bring on visions.”

Newly recorded by Mantra Percussion and reworked by an A-list of producers and DJs, Gordon’s deep exploration into the extreme possibilities of rhythm gets the full electronic treatment on Timber Remixed. The double-CD set also includes Mantra’s live performance of Timber from the 2014 Bang on a Can Marathon.

Six key remixes by Squarepusher, Oneohtrix Point Never, Fennesz and more are also available on limited edition, individually numbered 180-gram vinyl.

Watch the promo video with Michael Gordon.

Learn more and purchase the album on Cantaloupe Music

The Bang on a Can All-Stars are now in residence with 10 fellows from the Villa Musica Academy in Neuwied, Germany, at the beautiful Schloss Engers on the Rihine River. All week we'll be offering daily recitals at the Schloss, and preparing for our finale concert at Frankfurter Hof in Mainz on Nov 26!

More details on our events page!

As part of Bang on a Can's on-going partnership with the Jewish Museum, we present composer/performer Pauline Oliveros, to accompany the exhibit Take Me (I’m Yours). Oliveros will perform The Sound of Meditation on her V-Accordion, an instrument that produces both accordion and orchestral sounds. The concert blurs the boundary between the performer and the audience by asking the listener to participate in the making of music through Deep Listening, which Pauline describes as "exploring the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary, selective nature – exclusive and inclusive – of listening."

November 10 at 7:30pm

The Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Field Recordings at the Teatro alle Tese as part of the Venice Biennale!

program:

Julia Wolfe: Reeling
Florent Ghys: An Open Cage
Michael Gordon: Gene Takes a Drink with film by Bill Morrison
Christian Marclay: Fade to Slide with film by Christian Marclay
David Lang: unused swan
Tyondai Braxton: Casino Trem
Jóhann Jóhannsson: Hz with film
Todd Reynolds: Seven Sundays
Steve Reich: The Cave of Machpelah
Bryce Dessner: Letter 27 with film
Anna Clyne: A Wonderful Day