Thursday, November 17, 20227:30pm

Michael Gordon’s “Travel Guide to Nicaragua”

Cutting-edge cellist Maya Beiser and “America’s most astonishing choir” (The New York Times), The Crossing, form a fearless partnership to present Travel Guide to Nicaragua, a New York premiere by Bang on a Can co-founder Michael Gordon. The evening-length work, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall, tells the story of Gordon’s family’s journey from Poland to Nicaragua, beginning with his grandfather and concluding with Gordon’s childhood in the jungle on the outskirts of Managua. New and adventurous musical fusions await as his rhythmic innovations merge with what The New Yorker describes as “the fury of punk rock, the nervous brilliance of free jazz, and the intransigence of classical modernism.”

Michael Gordon

September 15September 17, 20227:00pm

Julia Wolfe: Her Story – world premiere

The world premiere of HER STORY, by Julia Wolfe!

Performed by Lorelei Ensemble and the Nashville Symphony

Her Story invokes the words of historical figures and the spirit of pivotal moments to pay tribute to the centuries of ongoing struggle for equal rights, representation, and access to democracy for women in America.

The immersive, visual performances will be directed by Anne Kauffman with scenic and lighting design by Jeff Sugg, costumes by Marion Talan, and produced by Bang on a Can.

Her Story was Commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, the National Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony and with the generous support of Linda and Stuart Nelson.

Thursday, May 19, 20227:30pm

Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields


New York, NY

The 2018 Carnegie Hall performance of Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Anthracite Fields was one of the season’s most unforgettable events. Inspired by the lives of Pennsylvania coal miners, Wolfe uses oral histories, interviews with miners and their families, speeches, and children’s stories in moving musical tableaux that depicts their plight. Hear this “major profound work” (Los Angeles Times) for the first time or be moved by it once again.

Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields

Thursday, May 6, 202110:00pm

Film Premiere – Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer

Cal Performances at Home premieres a new film, Steel Hammer, based on the acclaimed oratorio by Julia Wolfe. Steel Hammer is a meditation on over 200 versions of the “John Henry” folk ballad. The various versions—based on hearsay, recollection, and tall tales—reveal both the evolution of the story, as well as the timeless tale of human versus machine.

The video premiere is May 6 at 7pm PT/ 10pm ET. It will be available on demand through August 4.

July 31August 2, 2020

LOUD Weekend


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[More info coming soon about how this program will be adapted due to the pandemic.]

Bang on a Can fellows and faculty and guest luminaries of experimental music 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…”

 

LOUD Weekend North Adams Massachusetts

July 31, 8:30 pm August 1, 2020, 8:30 pm

Bang on a Can & Friends at MASS MoCA


1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA map

PROGRAM

Friday, July 31, 8:30pm
Steve Reich: Electric Counterpoint performed by Taylor Levine
Todd Reynolds: Outerborough performed by Todd Reynolds
Gregg August: Trio for Violin, Piano and Bass (with acknowledgements to Yambú, Guaguanco and Abakua) performed by Gregg August, Vicky Chow, Todd Reynolds
Philip Glass: Piano Etudes (selections), performed by Vicky Chow
Zoë Keating: solo set

Saturday, August 1, 8:30pm
Robert Black: Possessed solo improvisation
Julia Wolfe: Compassion performed by Vicky Chow
Michael Gordon: Light Is Calling performed by Arlen Hlusko
Don Byron: solo set
Louis Andriessen: Workers Union performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars
Thurston Moore: Stroking Piece #1 performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars

Two evenings of innovative, unexpected, ear-expanding and LIVE music, Bang on a Can & Friends’ eclectic program features the Bang on a Can All-Stars with special guests Don Byron, Zoë Keating, Gregg August, Todd Reynolds and music by Louis Andriessen, Philip Glass, Michael Gordon, Thurston Moore, Steve Reich, and Julia Wolfe. It’s our first live music event since March — back to back nights of a fully loaded out-of-this-world sound.

Bang on a Can and Friends at MASS MoCA North Adams Massachusetts

Thursday, March 5, 20207:30pm

Julia Wolfe’s Flower Power with Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra


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PROGRAM
Xavier Bonfill: Yes for No (premiere)
Matias Vestergård: …Through its Darkness (premiere)
Julia Wolfe: Flower Power (Scandinavian premiere)

Bang on a Can All-Stars and the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jessica Cottis, present the Scandinavian premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Flower Power on the 2020 Pulsar Festival.

Julia Wolfe's Flower Power with Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra Copenhagen

Friday, February 28, 20207:30pm

Julia Wolfe’s Flower Power with BBC Concert Orchestra

PROGRAM
John Adams: The Chairman Dances
Julia Wolfe: Flower Power (UK premiere)
Steve Martland: Horses of Instruction
Philip Glass: Symphony no. 3

Bang on a Can All-Stars and the BBC Concert Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey, conductor, present the UK premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Flower Power at the Southbank Centre!

Julia Wolfe's Flower Power with BBC Concert Orchestra London

Thursday, February 27, 20207:30pm

Bang on a Can and The Jewish Museum present: Nicole Mitchell and the Matape trio

Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum present Nicole Mitchell! Nicole Mitchell’s trio Matape, with Val Jeanty and Chad Taylor, creates ancient future soundscapes informed by the African diaspora through flute, Afro-Electronica, and percussion. This season’s Bang on a Can performances celebrate the unique power of artist’s voices, and Mitchell, emerging from Chicago’s innovative music scene in the late 90s, continues that theme.

(Photo by Kristi Sutton Elias)

Bang on a Can and The Jewish Museum present: Nicole Mitchell and the Matape trio New York New York

January 18, 8:00 pm January 19, 2020, 2:00 pm

LAPhil and the All-Stars premiere Julia Wolfe’s Flower Power


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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.

LAPhil and the All-Stars premiere Julia Wolfe's Flower Power Los Angeles California

February 22, 8:00 pm February 23, 2019, 8:00 pm

David Lang’s "the loser" in Los Angeles

LA Opera Off Grand - Ace Hotel
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David Lang returns to the LA Opera with the west coast premiere of his intimate work for baritone, piano and chamber ensemble – the loser – starring baritone Rod Gilfry

Music, libretto and stage direction: David Lang
Text adapted from the novel by Thomas Bernhard, translated from German by Jack Dawson

Scenery: Jim Findlay
Costumes: Suzanne Bocanegra
Lighting: Jennifer Tipton

Two shows, Feb 22 and Feb 23

David Lang's "the loser" in Los Angeles Los Angeles California

Tuesday, March 13, 20187:30pm

Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields in Washington DC!

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The Bang on a Can All-Stars reunite with the Choir of Trinity Wall St, conducted by Julian Wachner, for this performance of Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields in Washington DC!

This event is part of the Kennedy Center’s annual new celebration DIRECT CURRENT–an immersive showcase for cutting-edge contemporary arts and culture with a focus on interdisciplinary creations.

For a 20% discount use or promo code: 286423

Student tickets ($10) use or promo code: 288526

Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields in Washington DC! Washington District Of Columbia

October 148:00pm10:00pm

Road Trip at the Ford Theater, Los Angeles

Ford Theater
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We call it Road Trip. The tank is full, the top is down, and we have our collective hand on the dial for a euphoric musical journey celebrating 30 years of Bang on a Can. Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe flood the waves with an original mash-up of wind-in-your-hair tunes that capture the sublime exhilaration of freedom and possibility. Performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, with stunning scenic design by projection artist CandyStations (Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent) and stage direction by Michael Counts, “Road Trip” is a tribute to journeys of all sorts, and the people who make them. There is a road, but it is no simple highway.

World premiere!!

Road Trip at the Ford Theater

October 76:30pm8:30pm

All-Stars – Classics and Selections from Road Trip


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The All-Stars perform selections from the new collaboration between Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe – Road Trip! As well as classics from their repertoire  – sunray, cheating lying stealing, and Lick.  Klaipeda Festival in Lithuania.

This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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All-Stars - Classics and Selections from Road Trip Klaipeda

April 24April 26, 2017

Bang on a Can All-Stars and Julia Wolfe at Drew University – Residency and Steel Hammer

The Bang on a Can All-Stars and Julia Wolfe will be in residence at Drew University April 24-26!

Monday 24 April
7-9PM Steel Hammer – An Inside Look: A Discussion with Julia Wolfe and the Bang on a Can All-Stars on the Making of Steel Hammer
In this lecture demonstration Julia Wolfe and the Bang on a Can All-Stars will perform music and discuss the building of this new work which explores the quintessential American worker ballad John Henry, and its implication for labor history then and now. Q&A following the talk.

Tuesday 25 April
1:15-3:45PM Open Reading of Student Works (For the class: Special Topics in Documentary Expression, co-taught by Julia Wolfe and Associate Professor of Art Rebecca Soderholm) and Q&A with the musicians.

Wednesday 26 April
3:30-6:30PM Open rehearsal for 8PM concert, plus Q&A with the musicians
8PM: The Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer

All events are free and open to the public!

Bang on a Can All-Stars and Julia Wolfe at Drew University - Residency and Steel Hammer Madison New Jersey

April 21, 8:00 pm April 22, 2017, 8:00 pm

Anthracite Fields with Westiminster Choir – Trenton, NJ

Roebling Wire Works
675 South Clinton Avenue, Trenton, NJ 08611 map

Presented as part of Westminster’s Transforming Space project, the All-Stars and the Westminster Choir perform Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer prize winning oratorio Anthracite Fields, in the monumental space of the Roebling Wireworks in Trenton, NJ. Staging for this performance by Doug Varone!

Pre-Performance Talk for both April 21 and 22 shows at 7:15 p.m – Julia Wolfe, conductor Joe Miller and historian and preservationist Clifford Zink will present a talk about Anthracite Fields, the significance of the performance site and the Transforming Space project before each performance. Coal from the Anthracite mines played a vital role in Trenton’s industrial success, which inspired the slogan “Trenton Makes, the World Takes.”

Anthracite Fields with Westiminster Choir - Trenton

June 16June 18, 2016

Steel Hammer on the Arts and Ideas Festival – New Haven, CT

The Bang on a Can All-Stars and SITI Company perform Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer on the Arts and Ideas Festival in New Haven, CT

Directed by Anne Bogart
Music & Lyrics by Julia Wolfe
Original text by Kia Corthron, Will Power, Carl Hancock Rux, and Regina Taylor
music performed by Bang on a Can All-Stars
play performed and created by SITI Company
Lighting Design by Brian H Scott
Scenic & Costume Design by James Schuette
Choreography by Barney O’Hanlon
Sound Design by Andrew Cotton and Christian Frederickson

photo: Richard Termine
Steel Hammer on the Arts and Ideas Festival - New Haven