LOUD Weekend 2022

LOUD Weekend at MASS MoCA - July 28-30, 2022

LOUD Weekend celebrates everything that makes our residency at MASS MoCA so crucial to the universe of new ideas. Breathtaking performances of challenging, new and underheard music surrounded by the beauty of the Berkshires while ensconced in a  world-class museum of contemporary art. Dozens of concerts, films, collaborations, world premieres and exploration, with an eye to the future and a nod to the past.

Shows

Julia Wolfe's "Steel Hammer"

Thu, Jul 28 7:30pm
Hunter Auditorium
MASS MoCA

The Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer. Based on hearsay, recollection, and tall tales, Wolfe retells the classic American Ballad of John Henry with exquisite vocals complemented by mountain dulcimer, banjo, bones, clogging and more. Sung by the charismatic trio Molly Netter, Sonya Headlam & Rebecca L. Hargrove.

FULL PROGRAM NOTES

Jim Jarmusch & Phil Kline (60’)

Thu, Jul 28 9:30pm
Hunter Auditorium
MASS MoCA

Composer/guitarist Phil Kline and filmmaker/guitarist Jim Jarmusch pair up to perform a hallucinatory, semi-improvised electric guitar suite with re-appropriated background visuals selected by Jarmusch and altered with filmmaker Deco Dawson — featuring early footage from the Thomas Edison Company and Destination Moon, 1950.

Late Night at the Chalet

Thu, Jul 28 10:30pm
The Chalet
MASS MoCA

Late night hang and you’re invited! Special guests TBA. Come party with the 2022 Bang on a Can Artists, Faculty and Fellows!

New Voices: WORLD PREMIERES by Summer Festival Composers

Fri, Jul 29 12:00pm
Hunter Auditorium
MASS MoCA

(Order of pieces TBA)

Each year we ask our composer fellows to write pieces for unique ensembles made up of performer faculty and fellows. The results are always surprising and delightful. Come join us for these world premieres!

Erika Dohi, Dunk
Samantha Wolf, Arachnid Ballet
Kyle Brenn, GIVEN/OUT
Yaz Lancaster, Gender Envy
Dan Langa, Nascent
Udi Perlman, KISHKUSH

ENSEMBLES AND PLAYERS

Phil Kline "last words before vanishing from the face of the earth"

Fri, Jul 29 2:00pm
Joe's Field
MASS MoCA

Join us outdoors behind the Museum for composer Phil Kline’s outdoor experiential scavenger-hunt/installation for 24 boomboxes.

Jeffrey Brooks "Art of Fugue" (30')

Fri, Jul 29 3:00pm
Building 6 Event Space
MASS MoCA

We welcome back composer Jeffrey Brooks to LOUD Weekend for the world premiere of a piece written for his invention – the Stein-o-caster – an ingeniously amplified piano played with paint brushes.

Gregory Lee, electronics
Spencer Lee, paint brush
Jeffrey Brooks, piano and percussion
Allison Damon, trumpet

We welcome back composer Jeffrey Brooks to LOUD Weekend for the world premiere of a piece written for his invention – the Stein-o-caster – an ingeniously amplified piano played with paint brushes.

George Crumb "Ancient Voices of Children" (28')

Fri, Jul 29 3:30pm
Hunter Auditorium
MASS MoCA

Mini fest!  George Crumb broke into our national consciousness with two pieces written in response to the Vietnam War – Black Angels, for electric string quartet, and Ancient Voices of Children, a magically realist fantasy on texts by the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca.  Plus his mesmerizing Eleven Echoes of Autumn and Vox Balaenae.

 

David Munro, oboe
Andrew Anderson, piano/toy piano
Natasa Hadjiandreou, percussion
Daniel Matei, percussion
Katerina Anagnostidou, percussion
Melissa Achten, harp
Mark Stewart, mandolin/saw
Þórgunnur Örnólfsdóttir, voice
Nathan Moreno, boy soprano

George Crumb "Eleven Echoes of Autumn" (18') and "Vox Balaenae" (20')

Fri, Jul 29 4:15pm
Club B10
MASS MoCA

Eleven Echoes of Autumn
Christopher Kobayashi Herz, violin
Jessica Scott, alto flute
Michelle Hromin, clarinet
Ariel Mo, piano
Nick Photinos, coach

Vox Balaenae
Jessica Scott, alto flute
Ariel Mo, piano
Nick Photinos, cello

 

Igor Stravinsky "L'histoire du Soldat"

Fri, Jul 29 4:30pm
Hunter Auditorium
MASS MoCA

Ken Thomson, clarinet
Maya Stone, bassoon
Allison Damon, trumpet
Sarah Manley, trombone
Victor Sintchak, percussion
Camilla Caldwell, violin
Brett Armonstrong, double bass

Igor Stravinsky’s suite from l’Histoire du Soldat (1918) may seem like an unlikely project for a Bang on a Can festival.  But its sparkling combination of sounds, its unique instrumentation, its required virtuosity, and most of all its narrative, of a soldier’s bargain with the devil, in wartime, make it a striking ancestor of George Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children.

Michael Gordon's "Field of Vision"

Michael Gordon's House Music performed by Ashley Bathgate
Fri, Jul 29 5:15pm
Central Courtyard
MASS MoCA

Field of VisionMichael Gordon’s brand new large-scale site-specific ritual/spectacle featuring 36 percussionists from the University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble & Sō Percussion Summer Institute, directed by Doug Perkins.

 

Doug Perkins, Music Director

Ian Antonio, Assistant Director

University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble:

Ian Antonio, Aaron Michael Butler, Olivia Cirisan, Schuyler Donahoe, Nolan Ehlers, Sydney Gembka, Jean Carlo Ureña Gonzalez, Alexis Lamb, Adam Langs, Anna Mueller, Ancel Neeley, Peter Nichols, Reed Puleo, Renata Rangel, Gavin Ryan, James Stagnitti, Sylvan Talavera, Sui Lin Tam, Bella Villaseñor, Cameron Wilson

Sō Percussion Summer Institute

Alex Braud, Griffin Brown, Daniel Davis, Alex Edgcomb, Liz Fetzer, Ben Hausman, Jake Kundu, Bensen Kwan, Kendall Rhymer, Hannah Moore, Corey Sittinger, Mckenzie Squires, Trygve Lebakken, Malcom Taylor, Graham Viegut, Zachary Wilson

L'Rain

Fri, Jul 29 6:45pm
Hunter Auditorium
MASS MoCA

Brooklyn-based songwriter-sound artist-multi-instrumentalist L’Rain (aka Taja Cheek) whose songs enigmatically blend spiritual music, tape loops, pop and R&B.

George Lewis "Soundlines: A Dreaming Track"

Fri, Jul 29 8:00pm
Club B10
MASS MoCA

Legendary, composer, trombonist, and scholar George Lewis drew from percussion-hero Steven Schick’s journal documenting his 700-mile walk from the US-Mexico border to San Francisco to create Soundlines: A Dreaming Track.

 

Steven Schick, percussion soloist
Brad Lubman, conductor
Michelle Hromin, clarinet/bass clarinet
Maya Stone, bassoon
Dylan Ward, saxophone
Cort Roberts, horn
Katerina Anagnostidou, percussion
Christopher Kobayashi Herz, violin
Lauren Radnofsky, cello

Florent Ghys "Bonjour" (45')

Gregg August
Fri, Jul 29 8:00pm
Building 6 Event Space
MASS MoCA

Bonjour features the ever-clever Florent Ghys with a piece for jazz-laced indie-pop influenced quintet – with 2 double basses. Bon Appétit!

 

Daniel Matei, percussion
Ida Nørby, cello
Gregg August, double bass
Brett Armstrong, double bass
Joseph Ehrenpreis, electric guitar

 

Tyondai Braxton & Greg Fox (60')

Fri, Jul 29 9:00pm
Club B10
MASS MoCA

A duo set featuring electronic composer-performer Tyondai Braxton and drummer-composer Greg Fox. Expect high-voltage and searing intensity!

CAN DANCE - Dance Films with live Bang on a Can All-Stars (75')

Fri, Jul 29 9:15pm
Hunter Auditorium
MASS MoCA

BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS

Robert Black – bass
Vicky Chow – piano
David Cossin – percussion
Arlen Hlusko – cello
Mark Stewart – electric guitar
Ken Thomson – clarinet and bass clarinet

Andrew Cotton – sound engineer
Jeff Sugg – projection and lighting design

PROGRAM:

Angélica Negrón: Turistas with Kookik, a film by Keerati Jinakunwiphat 

 

Henry Threadgill: With or Without Card with Split Womb, a film by Rena Butler

 

Hildur Guðnadóttir: Illimani with Fear of Dog, a film by Andros Zins-Browne

 

Trevor Weston: Dig it with The Burglar, a film by Jerron Herman

 

Julia Wolfe: Into the clouds with film by Andrea Miller

 

Michael Gordon: July (selections) for solo piano with film by Brian Brooks

 

Josue Collado Fregoso: Joie de Vivre with Marissa, a film by Pioneer Winter

 

Qasim Naqvi: Featureless with film by Kyle Marshall 

 

David Lang: interstate with film by Annie-B Parson 

 

All Can Dance Films were commissioned by Bang on a Can with  support from the O’Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation and the Cheswatyr Foundation.

FULL PROGRAM NOTES AND CREDITS

George Crumb "Black Angels" (25')

Fri, Jul 29 10:30pm
Building 6 Event Space
MASS MoCA

George Crumb broke into our national consciousness with two pieces written in response to the Vietnam War – Black Angels, for electric string quartet, and Ancient Voices of Children, a magically realist fantasy on texts by the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca.

Camilla Caldwell, violin
Caroline Jesalva, violin
Amy Huimei Tan, viola
Nick Photinos, cello

Olga Neuwirth "Die Stadt ohne Juden"

Sat, Jul 30 12:00am
Hunter Auditorium
MASS MoCA

Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth’s newly composed score Die Stadt ohne Juden (“The City without Jews”) to accompany Hans Karl Breslauer’s 1924 silent film that was lost for nearly a century.

Brad Lubman, conductor

Ken Thomson, clarinets

Dylan Ward, saxophones

Allison Damon, trumpet

Sarah Manley, trombone

Vicky Chow, keyboards/sampler

Victor Sintchak, percussion

Amy Huimei Tan, viola

Lauren Radnofsky, cello

Joseph Ehrenpreis, electric guitar

Morton Feldman "Triadic Memories" 75'

Sat, Jul 30 12:00pm
Building 6 Event Space
MASS MoCA

The quietest, dreamiest, most demanding of Feldman’s solo piano pieces, Triadic Memories, performed by the powerhouse pianist Marilyn Nonken.

Phong Tran (60')

Sat, Jul 30 12:00pm
The Chalet
MASS MoCA

Phong Tran is a Brooklyn-based composer, electronic musician, and visual artist. His works are heavily inspired by the sound of early synthesizers, late night wikipedia dives, simulation theory, RPGs, and vaporwave eccojams.

New Works for Percussion (45')

Sat, Jul 30 12:30pm
Club B10
MASS MoCA

Ken ThompsonCatapult
Alexis LambMatters/ Mind
Juri SeoShui
Suzanne FarrinThis Mind Made War 

Under the direction of Doug Perkins, members of the University of Michigan’s Percussion Ensemble perform new works that showcase exciting additions to the contemporary percussion repertoire.

Spotlight on Tania León (40')

Sat, Jul 30 1:30pm
Hunter Auditorium
MASS MoCA

A pioneer in every respect, the ageless Tania León reminds us that the seeds of composition can be found around the world and in our backyards. Rítmicas, draws on the energetic grooves of Son and Guaguancó rhythms from the composer’s native Cuba. Four pieces for solo cello, written in 1983, has become a modern classic and is a virtuosic tour de force for the instrument.

Rítmicas

Brad Lubman, conductor
Jessica Scott, flute
David Munro, oboe
Michelle Hromin, clarinet
Dylan Ward, saxophone
Cort Roberts, horn
Andrew Anderson, piano
Natasa Hadjiandreou, percussion
David Cossin, percussion
Todd Reynolds, violin
Christopher Kobayashi Herz, violin
Kennedy Taylor Dixon, viola
Ida Nørby, cello
Melissa Achten, harp

Four pieces for solo cello

Nick Photinos, cello

Ganavya (45')

Sat, Jul 30 2:00pm
The Chalet
MASS MoCA

Vocalist and composer Ganavya Doraiswamy has carved a niche for herself at the nexus of South Indian vocal styles and jazz/contemporary music.

Vicky Chow Plays Tania León

Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum present Vicky Chow and Tristan Perich
Sat, Jul 30 2:15pm
Building 6 Event Space
MASS MoCA

Bang on a Can All-Star and piano virtuoso Vicky Chow demonstrates the wide-ranging playfulness and solemnity of groundbreaking composer Tania León.

Vicky Chow, piano

Program:

Tumbao
Homenatge
Momentum
Rituál

 

David Lang "death speaks"

Sat, Jul 30 3:15pm
Hunter Auditorium
MASS MoCA

Ariel Mo, piano
Caroline Jesalva, violin
Mark Stewart, electric guitar and voice
Þórgunnur Örnólfsdóttir, voice

David Lang took every setting of Death speaking in the entire catalog of Schubert songs and created an intimate, haunting, and strangely life-affirming post-Schubertian song cycle death speaks.

Phil Kline "Zippo Songs"

Sat, Jul 30 3:30pm
Club B10
MASS MoCA

David Cossin, percussion
Todd Reynolds, violin
Theo Bleckmann, vocals
Phil Kline, guitar

Phil Kline’s Zippo Songs – Another anti-war masterpiece, based on the poetry American GIs inscribed on their lighters in Vietnam. Featuring Theo Bleckmann, vocal.

Sarah Hennies "Thought Sectors"

Sat, Jul 30 4:00pm
Building 6 Event Space
MASS MoCA

Percussion legend Steven Schick performs a headtrip investigation of sound by eclectic composer Sarah Hennies.

Yuka C. Honda

Sat, Jul 30 4:00pm
The Chalet
MASS MoCA

Experience an inspiringly inventive set from composer-producer-keyboard experimentalist Yuka C. Honda.

Steve Reich "Different Trains" and "Electric Counterpoint"

Sat, Jul 30 6:00pm
Hunter Auditorium
MASS MoCA

Different Trains

 

Todd Reynolds, violin
Camilla Caldwell, violin
Kennedy Taylor Dixon, viola
Ida Nørby, cello

Electric Counterpoint

 

Mark Stewart, electric guitar

An iconic Steve Reich double bill: the ground-breaking string quartet Different Trains and one of Reich’s most beloved works, Electric Counterpoint, performed by Bang on a Can guitarist Mark Stewart.

Kelly Moran

Sat, Jul 30 7:00pm
Building 6 Event Space
MASS MoCA

Kelly Moran is a composer, performer, producer, and technologist.  She makes her meditative and spacious music at the intersection of keyboards and technology, often preparing a piano by placing small objects between its strings, and then bathing its distorted sound in waves of ambient electronics.

Robert Honstein "An Economy of Means"

Sat, Jul 30 7:30pm
Club B10
MASS MoCA

Doug Perkins, percussion

Robert Honstein enhances a solo vibraphone with tin foil and cardboard, creating a meditative ringing world in An Economy of Means, performed by percussion-great Doug Perkins.

Infinity Shred

Sat, Jul 30 7:45pm
The Chalet
MASS MoCA

Brooklyn-based group Infinity Shred create epic stargazing instrumentals combining elements of chiptune, post-rock, and sci-fi soundtracks.

About

LOUD Weekend is an explosion of mind-bending music of the moment.

Bang on a Can’s 2022 programs are made possible with generous lead support from: Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, Amphion Foundation, ASCAP and ASCAP Foundation, Atlantic Records, Daniel Baldini, Stephen A. Block, Bishop Fund, Jeffrey Calman, Charina Endowment Fund, City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs, Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, Valerie Dillon and Daniel Lewis, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Jaffe Family Foundation, Alan Kifferstein & Joan Finkelstein, Michael Kushner, Leslie Lassiter, Herb Leventer, MAP Fund, Raulee Marcus, MASS MoCA, Henry S. McNeil, Jr., Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Jeremy Mindich & Amy Smith, Elizabeth Murrell & Gary Haney, National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, New York Community Trust, New York State Council on the Arts (with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature), O’Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation, Justus & Elizabeth Schlichting, Scopia Capital Management, Matthew Sirovich & Meredith Elson, Maria & Robert A. Skirnick, Jane & Dick Stewart, Sandra Tait and Hal Foster, David Tochen & Mary Beth Schiffman, The Family of Cece Wasserman, Williamson Foundation for Music, Adam Wolfensohn & Jennifer Small, and Wolfensohn Family Foundation.

 

Artists

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