a band of cutting-edge New York new music performers led by veteran Bang on a Can violinist Todd Reynolds with virtuoso performers from the annual
Bang on a Can brings its polyrhythmic virtuosity and all-world versatility to the Beijing Modern Music Festival, celebrating the breadth of the genre-busting Bang on a Can sound with two boundary bending programs of music by co-founders and artistic directors Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe.
Performed by the Bang on a Can Festival Ensemble, a band of cutting-edge New York new music performers led by veteran Bang on a Can violinist Todd Reynolds with virtuoso performers from the annual Bang on a Can Summer Festival @ MASS MoCA, including David Friend (piano), Mariel Roberts (cello), Jessica Schmitz (flute), Ashley Smith (clarinet), and Ellery Trafford (percussion), these two concerts feature an uncategorizable supermix of music, combining classical virtuosity with the power and energy of orchestra, rock, jazz, and experimental tradition.
The first concert on May 18 is large-scale celebration, combining orchestral tradition with soloistic virtuosity. Taking place at the China National Center for the Performing Arts, the program features the Festival Ensemble joining forces with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra for David Lang's pierced, Michael Gordon's Rewriting Beethoven's Seventh Symphony, and a world premiere arrangement of Julia Wolfe's Big Beautiful Dark and Scary for six soloists and orchestra.
The second concert on May 20 is an explosive program of amplified chamber works at the Concert Hall of the Central Conservatory of Music. On the bill is Julia Wolfe's Girlfriend, David Lang's sweet air and these broken wings, and Michael Gordon's ACDC and Light Is Calling, and Ping Jin's A Shanty.