Bang on a Can Benefit Gala honoring Liz DillerBAM LePerq Space, Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 6:00pm - 9:30pm
7pm Dinner & Concert
8pm Awards & More Music
Tonight, we bestow our Visionary Award to Liz Diller for her many years of extraordinary creativity. But we also want to take this opportunity to highlight the incredible collaboration she made possible, partnering with a family of creative friends.
Bang on a Can All-Stars with Doug Varone and dancersBAM, Brooklyn, NY
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - Saturday, June 8, 2019
"in the shelter of the fold / epilogue"
In an intricately woven tapestry of sound, shape, momentum, and stillness, choreographer Doug Varone and his 13-member ensemble contemplate our private and public relationship to faith. in the shelter of the fold / epilogue comprises six interconnected vignettes, featuring original music by Lesley Flanigan, Julia Wolfe, David Lang, Raz Mesinai, and Kevin Keller, masterfully interpreted by Flanigan, PUBLIQuartet, and the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Drawing upon Varone’s own personal questions about prayer as both a spiritual and secular dialogue, this episodic work digs deep to ask how and why we find shelter in the unknown.
4 shows, June 5, 6, 7, 8 at 7:30pm
Bang on a Can at the Noguchi: Miles OkazakiNoguchi Museum, Long Island City, NY
Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 3:00pm
Miles Okazaki performs Work: the compositions of Thelonious Monk for solo guitar. Miles Okazaki was armed only with his solo guitar when he recorded all 70 known compositions by Thelonious Monk. It’s an undertaking of such ambition, even Monk never got there. Okazaki speaks of the work in visual, special terms – “It’s like a crystal…it’s got all these angles inside of it…It’s three-dimensional…And it’s African rhythmically.”
Bang on a Can and Jewish Museum present Steven Bernstein's Sexmob - Museum MileThe Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Steven Bernstein's Sexmob performs on the Museum Mile, New York City’s biggest block party! It's free!
Now celebrating its 20th year, Sexmob (Steven Bernstein - slide trumpet, Briggan Krauss - saxophones, Tony Scherr - bass, Kenny Wollesen - drums) continues to deconstruct familiar pop tunes with subversive impunity. Music by Prince, John Barry, the Grateful Dead, Nirvana, the Rolling Stones, Buffalo Springfield, Paul McCartney, and ABBA is fair game for this band of musical renegades.
Bang on a Can and The Jewish Museum present: Young Peoples ChorusThe Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 7:30pm
The Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC), founded and directed by Francisco J. Núñez, perform a concert that will include songs and poems by Leonard Cohen and others, coinciding with the Jewish Museum exhibition, “Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything.” Recognized throughout New York City and internationally as one of the leading and most diverse children’s choirs, YPC is a longtime and frequent collaborator with Bang on a Can, and has forged a unique presence in the city’s music community both as a champion commissioner and performer of new works by today’s leading composers and for its innovative vocal arrangements that consistently cross all musical borders.
Bang on a Can at the Noguchi: 75 Dollar BillNoguchi Museum, Long Island City, NY
Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 3:00pm
As 75 Dollar Bill, plywood crate percussionist Rick Brown and guitarist Che Chen make electric, richly patterned music that can shape shift from joyful dance tunes to slowly changing trance minimalism - an uncategorizable hybrid which draws on early electric blues, the modal traditions of West Africa, India and the Middle East, Sun Ra’s space chords and the minimalist and No Wave histories of their home town. New album I Was Real coming June 28 on Thin Wrist/Black Editions Group (and tak:til/Glitterbeat Records in Europe).
While Brown and Chen are the core of 75 Dollar Bill, the duo are at the center of an organic extended family of friends and players that often appear with them live and on record. For this event the group will present a special set of material conceived with the unique environs of the Noguchi Museum in mind.
Bang on a Can Summer Music Institute at MASS MoCA - Residency programBang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
Monday, July 15, 2019 - Monday, August 5, 2019
The Bang on a Can Summer Music Insitute at MASS MoCA is a 3 week residency and musical utopia for composers and performers, featuring recitals at 1:30 and 4:30 many days. Schedule will be posted soon! Applications for the 2019 program are now closed, and 2020 applications will be online in Nov 2019.
Bang on a Can's LOUD WeekendMASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
Friday, August 2, 2019 - 12:00pm - Sunday, August 4, 2019 - 10:00pm
Bang on a Can and MASS MoCA present LOUD Weekend, a fully loaded eclectic super-mix of minimal, experimental and electronic music.
Some highlights of the inaugural Bang on a Can LOUD Weekend at MASS MoCA include:
the electric Bang on a Can All-Stars performing Field Recordings, a major multi-media concert of endless ambient textures, film, and electro-acoustic forays into the future;
Ben Frost’s visceral and maniacal Music for 6 Guitars featuring Ben Frost, Daniel Reimer, Dither Guitar Quartet, and brass sextet;
the incomparable and outer-planetary Sun Ra Arkestra;
Dracula – the timeless, classic, original 1931 film brought to life with Philip Glass’ acclaimed score, featuring Michael Riesman of the Philip Glass Ensemble;
Brian Eno’s pre-ambient classic Discreet Music performed by Contact ensemble (Toronto);
a communal, open-to-the-public, all ages and skill levels ‘performance’ of Pauline Oliveros’ Sonic Mediations;
a hypnotic other-worldly odyssey solo set by electronic multi-instrumentalist and singer Julianna Barwick;
the just intonation electric guitar driven Baltimore band Horse Lords;
pioneering composer-singer Pamela Z’s unique blend of operatic bel canto and live digital creations;
composer-singer-instrument inventor Lesley Flanigan’s live sonic sculpture;
special guest composers Annie Gosfield, Tristan Perich, Brendon Randall-Myers,
PLUS music by Bang on a Can co-founders Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and more;
AND PERFORMANCES BY Gregg August, Vicky Chow, David Cossin, Mark Stewart, Ken Thomson, Brad Lubman, Nick Photinos, Todd Reynolds, Lauren Radnofsky, additional solo sets by Ben Frost, Michael Riesman, and many more!
Bang on a Can at the Noguchi: LaarajiNoguchi Museum, Long Island City, NY
Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 3:00pm
Best known for his transcendent albums like Celestial Vibration and Essence/Universe to the Brian Eno-produced Ambient 3: Day of Radiance, Laraaji’s mystical and uplifting combination of zither, vocals, and more have made a profound impact on listeners for decades.