Peoples Commissioning Fund Concert
– January 20!
Featuring an expanded 9-piece line-up of the Bang on a Can All-Stars!
On Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 7:30pm, Bang on a Can presents the 2022 Bang on a Can People’s Commissioning Fund (PCF) concert, one of the most anticipated and reliable launching pads for composers in New York and beyond. The performance is part of Kaufman Music Center’s annual Ecstatic Music Series at Merkin Hall (Kaufman Music Center, 129 W. 67th St.) and a New Sounds Live co-presentation with host John Schaefer. This performance marks the first live appearance by Bang on a Can All-Stars in New York City since the PCF concert in January 2020, and features an expanded nine-piece Bang on a Can All-Stars lineup with flute, horn, and trombone:
- Jen Baker, trombone
- Robert Black, bass
- David Byrd-Marrow, horn
- Vicky Chow, piano and keyboard
- David Cossin, percussion
- Arlen Hlusko, cello
- Allison Loggins-Hull, flute
- Mark Stewart, guitar
- Ken Thomson, clarinet and bass clarinet
with guest performer, Soo Yeon Lyuh, haegeum (Korean two-string bowed instrument)
These musicians will perform an entire program of music commissioned since the start of the pandemic.
- Jeffrey Brooks: Santuario II**
- Nick Dunston: Fainting is Down, Whooshing is Up**
- Fred Frith: Which It Is *
- Soo Yeon Lyuh: See You on the Other Side**
- Tomeka Reid: UNTETHERED*
- Aeryn Santillan: disconnect.**
- Ken Thomson: Performative*
- Trevor Weston: Rainbows and Butterflies**
**world premiere arrangement
The world premiere arrangements were originally commissioned and premiered as solo works during the Bang on a Can Online Marathons in 2020-2021, and have been newly arranged for this nine-piece ensemble.
All-Stars perform “In C” live with Sasha Waltz & Guests
– Dec 10-12 in Berlin and livestream on Dec 12
Bang on a Can All-Stars and Sasha Waltz & Guests
In C: Live
On December 10-12, 2021 at radialsystem Berlin, the Bang on a Can All-Stars will give their first performances abroad since the pandemic. Celebrated German dance company Sasha Waltz & Guests present their latest work, In C, for the first time in-person, with live music, performed by our All-Stars. This In C is a brand new dynamic dance work based on Terry Riley’s revolutionary and open composition by the same name. Sasha Waltz and her dancers developed choreographic material that mirrors the variable structure of the original score and therefore always leaves room for new variants.
Sasha Waltz explains her vision for the project:
“The score of In C consists of fifty-three musical phrases and reads like stage directions for musicians. The thought of translating these detailed instructions into dance through a choreographic exploration of the music appealed to me. The result is an experimental system of fifty-three movement phrases for a structured improvisation with clear rules and laws. The length of the piece remains variable, as does the number of musicians and dancers.”
More info for the live performances in Berlin, Dec 10-12
More info for the livestream on Dec 12.
Bang on a Can at Big Ears
– March 24-27, 2022
Big Ears Festival is back in 2022! It’s all happening March 24-27 in Knoxville, TN. Bang on a Can All-Stars will perform “Memory Games” with Meredith Monk, and will also perform Terry Riley’s “Autodreamographical Tales.” The full line up is outstanding, and we can’t wait to see you there!
Summer Festival at MASS MoCA: Applications online now
– due January 11, 2022
Applications for the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival are online now!
Application deadline: Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Festival dates: July 11-Aug 1, 2022
“A 3-week utopia for composers and performers”