Bang on a Can Peoples Commissioning Fund ConcertMerkin Concert Hall,
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 7:30pm
As part of the 10th season of the Ecstatic Music at Merkin Hall, Bang on a Can’s People’s Commissioning Fund is a radical partnership between artists and audiences to commission works from adventurous composers. 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 50 works of music for New York’s electric Bang on a Can All-Stars.
The 2020 PCF composers:
Bang on a Can All-Stars and RNCM ManchesterRNCM Concert Hall, Manchester, United Kingdom
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 7:30pm
As part of the RNCM's Original Voices series The Bang on a Can All-Stars will perform Steve Reich's 2x5 with students of the Royal Northern College of Music! Also on the program:
Julia Wolfe Believing
Kate Moore Ridgeway
Philip Glass Closing
Steve Martland Horses of Instruction
Bang on a Can and The Jewish Museum present: Nicole MitchellThe Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 7:30pm
Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum present Nicole Mitchell! More info coming soon.
(Photo by Kristi Sutton Elias)
Julia Wolfe's Flower Power with BBC Concert OrchestraSouthbank Center Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, United Kingdom
Friday, February 28, 2020 - 7:30pm
Bang on a Can All-Stars and the BBC Concert Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey, conductor, persent the UK premiere of Julia Wolfe's Flower Power at the Southbank Centre!
Bang on a Can All-StarsNew Music Dublin - National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Bang on a Can All-Stars perform on the New Music Dublin festival!
Julia Wolfe: Believing
David Lang: sunray
Philip Glass: Closing
Steve Martland: Horses of Instruction
More info coming soon
Julia Wolfe's Flower Power with RTE Concert OrchestraNew Music Dublin - National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland
Sunday, March 1, 2020
Bang on a Can All-Stars and the RTE Orchestra prsent the Irish premiere of Julia Wolfe's Flower Power at as part of the New Music Dublin series at the National Concert Hall!
More info and tickets coming soon.
Julia Wolfe's Flower Power with Danish Radio Symphony OrchestraPulsar Festival 2020, Copenhagen, Denmark
Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 7:30pm
Bang on a Can All-Stars and the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jessica Cottis, present the Irish premiere of Julia Wolfe's Flower Power on the 2020 Pulsar Festival. Scandanavia Premiere!
Bang on a Can All-Stars at the Walled City Festival - Derry UKWalled City Festival, Derry, United Kingdom
Sunday, March 8, 2020
The Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Field Recordings at the Walled City Music Festival in Derry UK!
More info coming soon!
Bang on a Can and Meredith Monk at Big Ears FestivalBig Ears Festival, Knoxville, TN
Friday, March 27, 2020 - Sunday, March 29, 2020
Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble and Bang on a Can All-Stars perform MEMORY GAME at Big Ears 2020!
Meredith Monk and Bang on a Can have been on a rich and lively musical ride together for over 30 years and now have an evening-length series of songs called MEMORY GAME to share with the world. Join us at Big Ears Festival for a weekend full of world-class music, art, film, and more! Tickets on sale now.
Bang on a Can All-StarsWeill Hall at Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 7:30pm
The Bang on a Can All-Stars present a concert featuring music by Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe; minimalist masters Philip Glass and Steve Reich; jazz legend Ornette Coleman; and avant-rockstar Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth.
Bang on a Can All-StarsBing Studio at Stanford University Live Arts, Palo Alto, CA
Friday, April 3, 2020 - 7:00pm
The All-Stars perform at the Bing, demonstrating an open, welcoming, and inclusive space for music and ideas from a wide variety of styles featuring work from Julia Wolfe, David Lang, and Michael Gordon alongside compositions by jazz giant Ornette Coleman, young pioneer Anna Clyne, and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore.
Gong Linna: Cloud River MountainBing Hall at Stanford University Live Arts, Palo Alto, CA
Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 7:30pm
A spectacular journey into Chinese myths and ancient poetry, Cloud River Mountain combines the stories of the past with the sounds of the future. Chinese vocal star Gong Linna joins the All-Stars in a brilliantly staged concert of new work co-composed by Lao Luo, and Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe. Weaving together ancient Chinese storytelling and Western songwriting, Cloud River Mountain honors the “sound worlds” of both China and the West, fusing texts sung in both Mandarin and English with sophisticated chamber music, rock, folk, and jazz.
Field RecordingsCoolidge 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 PLAYBrooklyn, 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 FieldsCullen 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 RabbitThe Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 7:30pm
Rabbit Rabbit Radio is husband-and-wife song-spinners, composers and sound-makers Carla Kihlstedt (voice/violin) and Matthias Bossi (drums, piano/keyboard, voice) with Jeremy Flower (guitar/ electronics). Drawing on their love of art song, folk song, industrial music, improvised music and heart-wrenching balladry, and rendered on a motley assortment of acoustic instruments, their songs are raw and beautiful, sparse and rich, lighthearted and full of pathos. (Photo of Rabbit Rabbit by Joe Navas)
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 is KRONOS QUARTET. The program also features African and Latin music workshops, electronics and music business seminars, free events in the community, and more.
Applications go online Nov 8!
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