Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum present: ETHEL performs the String Quartets of Julia WolfeThe Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 7:30pm
The “extraordinarily skilled, passionate musicians” (NY Times) in ETHEL perform the complete string quartets of Julia Wolfe: Four Marys, Early that summer, Dig Deep, and Blue Dress for String Quartet. This is the first ever performance of ALL of Julia Wolfe's string quartets at one time, on one stage. Julia Wolfe's string quartets, as described by The New Yorker, "combine the violent forward drive of rock music with an aura of minimalist serenity [using] the four instruments as a big guitar, whipping psychedelic states of mind into frenzied and ecstatic climaxes." This performance is presented in conjunction with the exhibition of fellow New York City cultural icon Martha Rosler: Irrespective.
People's Commissioning Fund concertMerkin Concert Hall, New York , NY
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 7:30pm
The Peoples Commisioning Fund Concert is Bang on a Can's annual performance of world premieres commissioned by our fans especially for the All-Stars! We'll present new works by Josue Collado, Nicole Lizee, Trevor Weston, Henry Threadgill, and will also be performing classics from Annie Gosfield, Andrew Dreyblatt and Glann Branca. We are delighted to be part of the Ecstatic Music Festival, and to have this performance hosted by John Schaefer and New Sounds Live.
Bang on a Can at University of Denver - Michael Gordon's Big SpaceNewman Center at U of Denver, Denver, CO
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 7:30pm
Bang on a Can All-Stars and students from University of Denver's Lamont School perform Michael Gordon's Big Space, and more!
Field Recordings on the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de VictoriavilleFestival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville , Victoriaville, Canada
Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm
The Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Field Recordings on the Victoriaville Festival in Quebec, Canada!
Julia Wolfe, Reeling
Christian Marclay, Fade to Slide (with film by Christian Marclay)
Caroline Shaw, Really Craft When You
David Lang, unused swan
Michael Gordo, Gene Takes a Drink (with film by Bill Morrison)
René Lussier, Nocturne
Todd Reynolds, Seven Sundays
Steve Reich, The Cave of Machpelah (excerpt from The Cave) (arr. Michael Gordon)
Richard Reed Parry, The Brief and Neverending Blur
Nicole Lizée, Dancist (with film by Nicole Lizée)
Anna Clyne, A Wonderful Day
Bang on a Can and Jewish Museum present Meredith MonkThe Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Recognized as one of the most unique and influential artists of our time, composer/performer Meredith Monk offers one of her rare, more intimate concerts in her premiere at the Jewish Museum, with renowned members of her Vocal Ensemble, Katie Geissinger and Allison Sniffin. A long-time and frequent collaborator with Bang on a Can, Monk has been hailed as “a magician of the voice” and “one of America’s coolest composers”. The concert reflects Monk’s six decades of innovation and awe-inspiring vocal mastery, mining the depths of the myriad possibilities of the human voice and is presented in parallel with the exhibition Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything, exploring Cohen's inspiring, influential, and enduring legacy.
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 Summer Music Festival 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
Applications are online now for the 2019 Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA, a 3 week residency and musical utopia for composers and performers! Application deadline January 9, 2019, 5pm EST.