Bang on a Can and The Jewish Museum present: Theo BleckmannThe Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 7:30pm
Theo Bleckmann Performs Hello Earth! - The Music of Kate Bush
Grammy nominated jazz singer and new music composer Theo Bleckmann takes on the mysterious songbook of British pop icon Kate Bush in a project that goes beyond re-creating her music to further realms of sound and interpretation. Joining him in this venture are long-time collaborator percussionist Ben Wittman, bassist Chris Tarry, and keyboardist Henry Hey, along with special guest, multi-instrumentalist Caleb Burhans on viola, guitar, and laptop. This season’s Bang on a Can performances celebrate the power of artists voices, which resonates with themes in the Museum’s fall exhibitions.
LAPhil and the All-Stars premiere Julia Wolfe's Flower PowerDisney Hall, Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 8:00pm - Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 2:00pm
The Los Angeles Philharmonic (conducted by John Adams) and the Bang on a Can All-Stars join forces for the world premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Flower Power, inspired by a radical revolutionary moment - the late 1960's - a time when experimental ideas and questions permeated all parts of the political, social, and artistic landscapes. This shift brought new spiritual and intellectual explorations, a breakdown of social norms, psychedelic visions, artistic explosion, and a greater and more open expression of love and peace. In Flower Power, Wolfe draws on the optimism and energy of this moment in history. With visuals by Jeff Sugg.
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 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!
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 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
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 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 in 2020!