Field Recordings - POSTPONED - DATE tbaCoolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Friday, April 17, 2020 - 8:00pm
Bang on a Can brings our provocative, wide-ranging multi-media project Field Recordings to the Coolidge. Archival audio, found sound and video have inspired this interesting program of recent pieces by ten imaginative composers—with Julia Wolfe’s Mink Stole, a 1997 Library of Congress commission, as an opener. The concert is FREE, but you need a ticket
Long Play - POSTPONED - DATE tbaBrooklyn, NY,
Friday, May 1, 2020 - Sunday, May 3, 2020
Bang on a Can announces the launch of LONG PLAY, a new, three-day destination music festival, presented for the first time from Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 3, 2020. Featuring dozens of concerts, LONG PLAY also showcases a dense network of pioneering music venues in Brooklyn – with performances at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Roulette, Public Records, ShapeShifter Lab, Littlefield, Brooklyn Music School, BAM Lepercq Space, outdoor events at The Plaza at 300 Ashland, and more. Festival passes and special early bird offers will be available starting on December 16, 2019
Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields - POSTPONED - DATE tbaCullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, Houston, TX
Friday, May 8, 2020 - 8:00pm
Anthracite Fields, a Pulitzer Prize-winning oratorio for chorus and the Bang on a Can All-Stars by composer Julia Wolfe and with projections by Jeff Sugg, draws on oral histories, interviews, speeches, geographic descriptions, children’s rhymes, and coal advertisements to create a work that gives an intimate look at a particular slice of American life.
Bang on a Can and The Jewish Museum present: Rabbit Rabbit RadioThe Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 7:30pm
Rabbit Rabbit Radio is a band of omnivorously creative musicians committed to the endlessly mutable craft of song-writing. Formed by Carla Kihlstedt (voice/violin) and Matthias Bossi (drums, piano/keyboard, voice), they have augmented their ranks to include long-time collaborators Jeremy Flower (guitar/electronics) and Jon Evans (bass). Rendered on a motley assortment of instruments both old and new, Rabbit Rabbit Radio draw on their love of art, folk songs, industrial and improvised music and heart-wrenching balladry, to create songs that are raw and beautiful, sparse and rich, lighthearted and full of pathos. (Photo of Rabbit Rabbit Radio by Joe Navas). Member tickets available to members of the Bang on a Can email list.
Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCAMASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
Monday, July 13, 2020 - Monday, August 3, 2020
The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) is a 3-week musical utopia for innovative composers and performers in the beautiful Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts. The program is dedicated entirely to adventurous contemporary music. Composers will have their new works performed. Players will perform in ensembles alongside their teachers. The program includes daily performances in the museum galleries, and concludes with a three-day blow-out festival, LOUD Weekend, performed by the festival fellows and special guests. The 2020 special guests artist at LOUD Weekend is KRONOS QUARTET. The program also features African and Latin music workshops, electronics and music business seminars, free events in the community, and more.
Michael Gordon's Field of VisionCaramoor, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, NY
Sunday, July 26, 2020 - 4:00pm
Michael Gordon' new large-scale site-specific work, Field of Vision, featuring the Bang on a Can Percussion Ensemble and Doug Perkins, music director includes 48 percussionists; 24 in a spatial chain of moving sound in dialogue with 24 other percussionists who come in and out of view. The percussionists perform on newly-created instruments made from recycled metals and wood. This world premiere is FREE and suitable for all ages. No tickets required, but please RSVP so you can receive more information.
3:00pm - conversation with Michael Gordon
4:00pm Field of Vision in Caramoor's Sunken Garden
LOUD WeekendMASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
Friday, July 31, 2020 - Sunday, August 2, 2020
Bang on a Can fellows and faculty and guest luminaries of experimental music - including KRONOS Quartet - converge to create an eclectic supermix of over 30 concerts in 3 days, taking over every space in and around MASS MoCA. In the words of the reviewer for the Boston Globe "nothing could have prepared me for the whirlwind..."
More info coming soon, and tickets go on sale Jan 29, 2020