Thursday, February 4, 20167:30pm

Mivos Quartet – Unorthodox – the music of Steve Reich

Bang on a Can continues our series at the Jewish Museum with the Mivos Quartet performing the string quartets of Steve Reich. Reich is one of New York’s and the world’s most influential composers and his quartets are arguably the most important cycle of quartets since Béla Bartók. This concert includes his Holocaust-related masterpiece Different Trains, and the intensely contrapuntal Triple Quartet, plus the complex and emotional WTC 9/11

The performance corresponds to the Museum’s exhibition Unorthodox

Mivos Quartet - Unorthodox - the music of Steve Reich

February 67:00pm9:00pm

People's Commissioning Fund concert


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The annual People’s Commissioning Fund Concert, with four world premieres by René Lussier, Caroline ShawGabriella Smith and Zhang Shouwang. The PCF performance is part of the Ecstatic Music Festival.

René has a hilarious ueber-Canadian take on his commission:

 

 

Program order subject to change:

Gabriella Smith: Panitao
Zhang Shouwang: Courtyards in Central Beijing
Caroline Shaw: Really Craft When You
René Lussier: Nocturne

-intermission-

Julia Wolfe: Breaker Boys (from Anthracite Fields)
  with the Choir of Trinity Wall St
Julia Wolfe: Reeling (from Field Recordings)
Ornette Coleman: Haven’t Been Where I Left

More info on the program.

Tickets.

 
People's Commissioning Fund concert New York New York

Thursday, February 18, 20166:00pm

Bang on a Can All-Stars at the Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs

Bang on a Can All-Stars perform at the Tang Museum at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Program:

Michael Gordon: Gene Takes a Drink (from Field Recordings)   
Julia Wolfe: Believing 
David Lang: Heroin (text by Lou Reed)
Brendon Randall-Myers: changes stops and swells (for b) – (world premiere!)
Steve Martland: Horses of Instruction
Philip Glass: Closing

More info

Seating limited! Call ahead to the Tang Museum at (518) 580-8080.

Bang on a Can All-Stars at the Tang Museum

February 197:00pm9:30pm

Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Brian Eno's Music for Airports

In 1978, Brian Eno released his first album of ambient music, Music for Airports. Consisting of four compositions made by layering tape loops, the album marked the invention of a new musical genre. New York’s Bang on a Can All-Stars pays tribute to this musical milestone with a carefully constructed reproduction of Eno’s album that replaces tape loops with piano, clarinet, bass, guitar, percussion, and voices. The Village Voice says the result is “beautiful, and best enjoyed while lying flat on your back and staring straight up, through the palm trees and the sunroof to the deep night outside . . . as breathy keyboards slowly give way to meandering clarinet.”

Two performances: 7pm and 9:30pm

Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Brian Eno's Music for Airports Burlington Vermont

February 22March 22, 2016

Dosti Music Project: India, Pakistan, and U.S.A. Together in Music!

The Dosti Music Project brings together a group of musicians from Pakistan, India, and the U.S. for a month-long residency and tour. An initiative of the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan, produced by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation, Dosti invites four Pakistanis, four Indians, and two U.S. musicians from a wide variety of traditions, ranging from Sufi singing to beat-making to avant-guard jazz, to collaboratively write, record, and perform original music, re-invent traditional music, and develop initiatives that will make a positive impact on communities locally and internationally. Dosti, which means friendship in both Urdu and Hindi, seeks to transcend political and cultural barriers through cross-cultural musical collaboration.

More info about the residency and tour

Dosti Music Project: India

Sunday, April 17, 20167:30pm

Bang on a Can All-Stars – Field Recordings in London


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Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Field Recordings at the Barbican Centre, London. Program:

Julia Wolfe,  Reeling
Bryce Dessner, Letter 27
Dan Deacon, Sago An Ya Rev
Daniel Wohl, Holographic
Christian Marclay, Fade to Slide
Steve Reich, The Cave of Machpelah (excerpt from The Cave
Todd Reynolds, Seven Sundays
Ben Frost,  Negative Ghostrider
Jóhan Jóhannsson, Hz
Alvin Lucier,  Firewood
Richard Reed Parry, The Brief and Neverending Blur
Paula Matthusen, the ontology of an echo
Anna Clyne,  Wonderful Day 

More info and tickets

Bang on a Can All-Stars - Field Recordings in London London

April 233:00pm10:30pm

Bang on a Can Marathon in Rotterdam!


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Bang on a Can brings our signature event – the Bang on a Can Marathon – to Rotterdam. With guests Ensemble Klang.

More info and tickets

The program:

PART 1: 3-4PM
David Lang, Sunray
Julia Wolfe, Believing
Michael Gordon, For Madeline
Steve Martland, Horses of Instruction
  – performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars
    
PART 2: 5-6PM   
Brian Eno, Music for Airports (arr Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Evan Ziporyn)
   – performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars and Codarts

    
PART 3: 6-7PM
Red Sofa Tafelmuziek: dinner with musicians and public 
    
PART 4: 7-7:30PM
Red Sofa Pre-Concert Talk with the Bang on a Can All-Stars & Others
    
PART 5: 8-10:30PM   
Oscar Bettison, ppop
Jan-Bas Bollen  Fuse
   – performed by Ensemble Klang

Louis Andriessen, Life (with films by Marijke Van Warmerdam)
Martyn Padding Fix/us
   – performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars

Peter Adriaansz  Nu descendant un escalier
Tom Johnson  Narayana’s Cows
   – performed by Ensemble Klang

Christian Marclay, Fade to Slide with film (from Field Recordings
Anna Clyne, A Wonderful Day (from Field Recordings)
   – performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars

Pete Harden, forgiven (world premiere)
   – performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars & Ensemble Klang

Bang on a Can Marathon in Rotterdam! Rotterdam

Sunday, June 12, 20163:00pm

Bang on a Can at the Noguchi Museum – Theo Bleckmann


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Opening this summer’s series of concerts at the Noguchi Museum on June 12, jazz singer and new music composer Theo Bleckmann makes music that is accessibly sophisticated, unsentimentally emotional, and seriously playful. His work has been described as “from another planet” (New York Times), as “magical, futuristic,” (AllAboutJazz), “transcendent” (Village Voice) and “brilliant” (New York Magazine). The program will include Bleckmann as a vocalist in his own songs for voice, toys, electronic processing, piano.

Concerts at the Noguchi are free with museum admission and take place in the garden, weather permitting, or in the galleries, with some mats and limited bench seating available. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Photo: John Labbe

Bang on a Can at the Noguchi Museum - Theo Bleckmann Long Island City New York

June 146:00pm9:00pm

Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum present Mariachi Flor de Toloache

Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum present Mariachi Flor de Toloache as part of the Museum Mile Festival!

Now celebrating its 38th year, the annual Museum Mile Festival takes place rain or shine with free admission to the Jewish Museum and six other museums on Fifth Avenue. Enjoy live music by Mariachi Flor de Toloache in collaboration with Bang on a Can, family-friendly activities, and special exhibitions, including:

Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History
Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist
Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Beatriz Milhazes
Masterpieces & Curiosities: The Fictional Portrait
The Television Project: Some of My Best Friends

Details on the Festival’s offerings can be found at MuseumMileFestival.org.

Photo: Andrei Averbuch
Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum present Mariachi Flor de Toloache New York New York

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

June 193:15pm5:00pm

Bang on a Can All-Stars "Off the Charts"


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2 Parts Music + 1 Part Food = an afternoon not to be missed.

The Bang on a Can All-Stars are joined by three of the hottest ensembles of the Polish jazz scene for the International Festival of Arts & Ideas Music Marathon.
Coming from the JAZZTOPAD Festival the Marcin Wasilewski Trio, Obara International Quartet, and Piotr Damasiewicz Quintet make their American Premiere blending tradition with contemporary sound. 

The program for the All-Stars set is:

David Lang, sunray
Julia Wolfe,  Lick
Michael Gordon,  For Madeline
Steve Martland,  Horses of Instruction
Philip Glass,  Closing (from Glassworks)

 

photo: Peter Serling
Bang on a Can All-Stars "Off the Charts" New Haven Connecticut

Sunday, July 10, 20163:00pm

Bang on a Can at the Noguchi Museum – Iva Bittová


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Unparalleled Czech violinist/singer/composer Iva Bittová is recognized worldwide for her unique solo style, displaying a musical worldview and visionary creativity unlike any other. New York Magazine describes, “Her sound is invigorating, urgent, and also soothing; it is a fusion of Old World and new-music sensibilities.”

Concerts at the Noguchi are free with museum admission and take place in the garden, weather permitting, or in the galleries, with some mats and limited bench seating available. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bang on a Can at the Noguchi Museum - Iva Bittová Long Island City New York

Thursday, July 14, 20167:30pm

Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum present Don Byron

Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum present a concert by clarinetist-composer Don Byron. A long-time collaborator of Bang on a Can, Byron has always found exhilarating and unexpected musical avenues to explore, interpreting a wildly diverse range of styles and artists from funk-drenched R&B to klezmer, from gospel legend Thomas A. Dorsey to Mickey Katz, Duke Ellington to Junior Walker. Don Byron is renowned for his dedication to and innovation in quintessential American traditional music genres from klezmer to blues to bluegrass to gospel to jazz.

photo: Dave Weiland

Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum present Don Byron New York New York

Sunday, August 14, 20163:00pm

Bang on a Can at the Noguchi Museum – ACME


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American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), praised by The New York Times for its “tight, viscerally powerful performances” plays Philip Glass‘ luminous String Quartet No. 5 from 1991 and Meredith Monk‘s only string quartet Stringsongs from 2005, which they recently recorded for Q2 Music’s Meet the Composer Series. ACME Artistic Director Clarice Jensen gives the world premiere of ACME violinist/violist and composer Caleb Burhans‘ brand new solo cello piece, written for her.

Concerts at the Noguchi are free with museum admission and take place in the garden, weather permitting, or in the galleries, with some mats and limited bench seating available. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

photo: Mark Shelby Perry

Bang on a Can at the Noguchi Museum - ACME Long Island City New York

September 7, 7:30 pm September 11, 2016, 3:00 pm

David Lang – the loser – BAM Next Wave Festival


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He appears to float in the nothingness. Confined to a tall tower 20 feet above the seats, he is alone, broken, and has a story to tell.

In this daringly staged one-act opera from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang— featuring mezzanine-only seating and based on the novel by Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard— a failed piano student (baritone Rod Gilfry, Anna Nicole, 2013 Next Wave) recounts a life lived in the shadows of his famous friend Glenn Gould. As virtuoso pianist Conrad Tao and a chamber ensemble conducted by Karina Cannelakis accompany from far in the distance, the cavernous space engulfs the singer, as he sings of the distance that separates beauty from perfection.

Libretto, music, and stage direction by David Lang
Adapted from the novel by Thomas Bernhard
Translated from German by Jack Dawson
Conducted by Karina Canellakis
Lighting design by Jennifer Tipton
Set design by Jim Findlay
Sound design by Jody Elff
Costume design by Suzanne Bocanegra

Commissioned by BAM
Produced by Bang on a Can

David Lang - the loser - BAM Next Wave Festival Brooklyn New York

Sunday, September 11, 20163:00pm

Bang on a Can at the Noguchi Museum – Martin Bresnick and Argus Quartet


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the Argus String Quartet & Friends perform a concert featuring the music of Martin Bresnick, in honor of the composer’s 70th birthday. Bresnick’s expressive and direct music has influenced a generation of composers, including many Bang on a Can regulars. The program is fancifully titled “Homeward bound with a lawyer-horse, mice, and a worker who reads” and will include his Going Home, String Quartet #2 (Bucephalus), Josephine the Singer, and Songs of the Mouse People.

Concerts at the Noguchi are free with museum admission.

photo: Mark Ostow

Bang on a Can at the Noguchi Museum - Martin Bresnick and Argus Quartet Long Island City New York

Monday, October 10, 20168:00pm

All-Stars at the Venice Biennale

The Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Field Recordings at the Teatro alle Tese as part of the Venice Biennale!

program:

Julia Wolfe: Reeling
Florent Ghys: An Open Cage
Michael Gordon: Gene Takes a Drink with film by Bill Morrison
Christian Marclay: Fade to Slide with film by Christian Marclay
David Lang: unused swan
Tyondai Braxton: Casino Trem
Jóhann Jóhannsson: Hz with film
Todd Reynolds: Seven Sundays
Steve Reich: The Cave of Machpelah
Bryce Dessner: Letter 27 with film
Anna Clyne: A Wonderful Day 

 

All-Stars at the Venice Biennale Venice

Thursday, November 10, 20167:30pm

Bang on a Can at the Jewish Museum – Pauline Oliveros

As part of Bang on a Can’s on-going partnership with the Jewish Museum, we present composer/performer Pauline Oliveros, to accompany the exhibit Take Me (I’m Yours). Oliveros will perform The Sound of Meditation on her V-Accordion, an instrument that produces both accordion and orchestral sounds. The concert blurs the boundary between the performer and the audience by asking the listener to participate in the making of music through Deep Listening, which Pauline describes as “exploring the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary, selective nature – exclusive and inclusive – of listening.”

Bang on a Can at the Jewish Museum - Pauline Oliveros New York New York

November 187:30pm9:00pm

All-Stars at Kampnagel, Hamburg


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The All-Stars perform Field Recordings at Kampnagel in Hamburg, Germany!

Program:

Julia Wolfe, Reeling
Florent Ghys, An Open Cage
Michael Gordon, Gene Takes a Drink with film by Bill Morrison
Christian Marclay, Fade to Slide with film
David Lang, unused swan
Tyondai Braxton, Casino Trem
Caroline Shaw, Really Craft When You
Todd Reynolds, Seven Sundays
Steve Reich, The Cave of Machpelah
Bryce Dessner, Letter 27 with film
Anna Clyne, A Wonderful Day

 

All-Stars at Kampnagel

Saturday, November 19, 20168:00pm

All-Stars at Les Halles de Schaerbeek, Belgium

Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Field Recordings at Les Halles de Schaerbeek in Brussels, Belgium.

program:

Julia Wolfe, Reeling
Florent Ghys, An Open Cage
Michael Gordon, Gene Takes a Drink with film by Bill Morrison
Christian Marclay, Fade to Slide with film
David Lang, unused swan
Akiko Ushijima, Distorting Melody
Tyondai Braxton, Casino Trem
Johann Johannson, Hz with film
Todd Reynolds, Seven Sundays
Steve Reich, The Cave of Machpelah
Bryce Dessner, Letter 27 with film
Anna Clyne, A Wonderful Day

 

All-Stars at Les Halles de Schaerbeek

November 20November 26, 2016

Bang on a Can @ Villa Musica, Germany

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For our project “Bang on a Can @ Villa Musica”, the All-Stars will be cooperating with the Stiftung Villa Musica, which is dedicated to promoting young talent especially in the area of chamber music.

As part of a one-week festival, we will gather, rehearse and perform together with a group of young musicians from Germany. All of the musicians will appear in twelve concerts in various arrangements at the Frankfurter Hof in Mainz (Nov 19 and 26) and the Baroque Castle Engers in Neuwied (Nov 20-25). The festival will conclude with a 4-hour-long concert marathon.

Nov 20 at Frankfurter Hof 
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Bang on a Can All-Stars program:
Steve Reich: Electric Counterpoint
David Lang: sunray
Julia Wolfe: Believing
Michael Gordon: For Madeleine
Louis Andriessen: Workers Union
Philip Glass: Closing

Nov 21-25 at Castle Engers
daily recitals at 5pm:
Nov 21 – Robert Black, (double bass)
Nov 22 – Ashley Bathgate (cello), Kai Schumacher  (piano)
Nov 23 – Vicky Chow (piano), Nora Krahl (cello)
Nov 24 – David Cossin and Jonathan Shapiro (percussion)
Nov 25 – Mark Stewart (multi-instrument), Adrian Sandi (clarinet)

Nov 26  at Frankfurter Hof 
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Residency finale Marathon concert! Performance will include two world premieres by composers Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Felipe Waller and the following program (order tba): Florent Ghys – Etudes for 11 Faces, Michael Gordon – gene takes a drink, Judd Greenstein – Change, David Lang – these broken wings, Nicole Lizee – Hitchcock Etudes, Rene Lussier – Nocturne, Meredith Monk – PandaChant II, Frederic Rzewski – Coming Together, Gabriella Smith – Number Nine,  Julia Wolfe – early that summer. 

Bang on a Can @ Villa Musica