January 97:30pm9:30pm

People's Commissioning Fund concert


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People’s Commissioning Fund Concert

PLUS Bang on a Can 30 Years Kick-off Party!

New works by Nico Muhly, Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Juan Felipe Waller, St Remy from Michael Gordon‘s chamber opera Van Gogh, music by Philip Glass and more. The concert is part of the Ecstatic Music Festival, and will be hosted by John Schaefer and broadcast on WNYC-FM’s pioneering show New Sounds Live.

The Bang on a Can People’s Commissioning Fund (PCF) concert is one of the most anticipated and reliable launching pads for emerging composers in New York and beyond. 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 40 works of music. Bang on a Can celebrates 30 Years in 2017! Come join the party!

Program:

David Lang   sunray
Anna Thorvaldsdottir  Fields 
Juan Felipe Waller  Hybrid Ambiguities 
Nico Muhly   Comfortable Cruising Altitude 
Michael Gordon   St. Remy (from Van Gogh)
Julia Wolfe   Believing
Philip Glass   Bed (from Einstein on the Beach)
Philip Glass   Closing (from Glassworks)

People's Commissioning Fund concert New York New York

January 267:00pm9:00pm

Michael Gordon's "Rushes" – National Sawdust January 26


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Composed for seven bassoons, Rushes takes its place alongside Michael Gordon’s Timber for expanding the boundaries of a single instrument’s repertoire into unknown (and at times, otherworldly) spaces. Like Timber, which maps new percussive territory for the simantra—a simple two-by-four slab of wood, amplified and played in a group of six to yield trance-like sonic textures—Rushes brings out tonal and timbral aspects of the bassoon that are meant to induce a quasi-meditative, almost ecstatic state, in the listener as well as the performer.

Michael Gordon's "Rushes" - National Sawdust January 26 Brooklyn New York

February 2, 8:00 pm February 5, 2017, 8:00 pm

All-Stars at NYU Abu Dhabi


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For our UAE debut, the All-Stars will perform music from the Field Recordings project as well as a world premiere piece, commissioned by The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi and the Abu Dhabi Festival, by celebrated Emirati-American composer Mohammed Fairouz

The All-Stars will also be in residence for an intensive weekend workshop for contemporary musicians from the region (open by invitation only.)

All-Stars at NYU Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi

February 16February 17, 2017

Asphalt Orchestra in Berlin! Feb 16, 17

Bang on a Can’s street band Asphalt Orchestra plays two shows in Berlin as part of “Festival USA” at the Konzerthaus Berlin!

Feb 16 – pop up concerts tba

Feb 17 – Late night concert at 10pm in Werner-Otto Saal

Program:
Frank Zappa, Zomby Woof (arr Peter Hess)
Thomas Mapfumo,  Ngoma Yekwedu (arr Alex Hamlin)
Charles Mingus,  The Shoes of the Fisherman’s Wife Are Some Jive Ass Slippers (arr Jose Davila)
Ken Thomson, Turn Around
Meredith Monk, St Petersburg Waltz (arr Ken Thomson)
tUnE-yArDs/Merrill Garbus, Bizness (arr Ken Thomson)
Michael Gordon, Tree-oh (arr Ken Thomson)
Pixies/Kim Deal, Gigantic (arr Nathan Koci)
Ivo Papasov, Ivo’s Ruchenitsa (arr Peter Hess)

Asphalt Orchestra in Berlin! Feb 16

Thursday, February 16, 20177:30pm

Bang on on a Can and the Jewish Museum present – Bonjour


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Bonjour is a low string band with drums/percussion founded in 2012 by bassist and composer Florent Ghys whose performance corresponds to the Museum’s exhibition Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design. Chareau, originally from Bordeaux, rose to become one of Paris’s most fashionable designers of the early 20th Century.  Ghys, also originally from Bordeaux, is one of New York’s most creative composer-performers of the early 21st Century.  Combining basses, cello, guitars, percussion, and voices, Ghys has assembled a sizzling group of some of New York’s top young musicians and Bang on a Can regulars to create an unusual sound world that’s equal parts groove, melody and meditation.  From jazz-laced indie-pop to ambient chamber music, Bonjour shimmers with influences that push it beyond the safety net of “new classical” music to something altogether edgy, adventurous, and even slightly art-damaged.

Bang on on a Can and the Jewish Museum present - Bonjour New York New York

March 118:00pm10:00pm

Bang on a Can All-Stars at Georgia Tech

The Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Field Recordings at Georgia Tech! 

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

Bang on a Can All-Stars at Georgia Tech Atlanta Georgia

Saturday, March 25, 20178:00pm

Field Recordings in Pittsburgh

Bang on a Can All-Stars perform on the Warhol Museum’s Sound Series, performing music from the Field Recordings project at the Warhol at Carnegie Lecture Hall.

Program:

Julia Wolfe: Reeling
Christian Marclay: Fade to Slide [with film]
Michael Gordon: Gene Takes a Drink [with film by Bill Morrison]
David Lang: unused swan 
Caroline Shaw: Really Craft When You
Steve Reich: The Cave of Machpelah (excerpt from The Cave)
Jóhann Jóhannsson: Hz [with film]
Gabriella Smith: Panitao
Bryce Dessner: Letter 27
Anna Clyne: A Wonderful Day 
Nick Zammuto: Real Beauty Turns

 

Field Recordings in Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Wednesday, April 19, 20177:30pm

The music of Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe – "Three Generations" with Steve Reich at Carnegie Hall

The Bang on a Can All-Stars and special guests perform the music of Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, as part of the project curated by Steve Reich – Three Generations – celebrating his 80th birthday.

Performers
Bang on a Can All-Stars with:
Kelli Kathman, Flute
Roberta Michel, Flute
Peter Hess, Saxophones
David Friend, Keyboard
Michael Gordon, Keyboard
Nathan Koci, Accordion
Todd Reynolds, Violin
Gregg August, Bass

and:
JACK Quartet

Program:

DAVID LANG cheating, lying, stealing
JULIA WOLFE Lick
JULIA WOLFE Early That Summer
MICHAEL GORDON Yo Shakespeare

Performance includes a discussion with Steve Reich, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Michael Gordon

The music of Michael Gordon

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

Anthracite Fields with Westiminster Choir – Trenton, NJ

Roebling Wire Works
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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

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

Thursday, April 27, 20177:30pm

Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum present Vicky Chow and Tristan Perich

Pianist and Bang on a Can All Stars member Vicky Chow performs Tristan Perich’s Surface Image for solo piano. This monumental performance-installation with 40-channel 1-bit electronics echoes the shimmering quality of Paris’ 19th century arcades and is presented in conjunction with The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin and his renowned essay “Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.”

Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum present Vicky Chow and Tristan Perich

May 62:00pm10:00pm

Bang on a Can Marathon 30th anniversary – Brooklyn Museum

30th Anniversary BANG ON A CAN MARATHON
Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 2-10pm
8 hours of Live Music!

200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY
Admission: FREE with Museum admission

Suggested donation $16 before 5pm; free after 5pm courtesy of Target First Saturdays.

Bang on a Can comes to Brooklyn with its annual incomparable super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the world! The 2017 Bang on a Can Marathon will feature 8 hours of rare performances by some of the most innovative musicians of our time side-by-side with some of today’s most pioneering young artists.

2017 BANG ON A CAN MARATHON SCHEDULE (subject to change):

2pm

3:30pm

4pm

5pm

  • Rabbit Rabbit (Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi)
  • The Pixies/Kim Deal’s Gigantic (arr. Nathan Koci) performed by Asphalt Orchestra
  • Merrill Garbus/tUnE-yArDs’ Bizness (arr. Ken Thomson) performed by Asphalt Orchestra

6pm

7pm

8pm

9pm

Lead Marathon support by ASCAP.

Pianos provided by Steinway.

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Bang on a Can Marathon 30th anniversary - Brooklyn Museum Brooklyn New York

May 23, 7:00 pm May 24, 2017, 7:00 pm

Bang on a Can at MoMA: Robert Rauschenberg – Among Friends

BANG ON A CAN at MoMA – Music Among Friends

Throughout Robert Rauschenberg’s six-decade career, he moved freely between the worlds of visual art and avant-garde music. Beginning in the early 1950s, Rauschenberg worked closely with the composers and performers associated with the New York School, including such pioneering experimental figures as Earle Brown, John Cage, Morton Feldman, David Tudor, and Christian Wolff. This rich dialogue shaped Rauschenberg’s approach to art making as well as that of his musical collaborators. In conjunction with the exhibition Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends, David Lang and Bang on a Can present a pair of concerts featuring commentary exploring these artistic exchanges and their legacy for contemporary music.

Tuesday, May 23: Part 1 featuring Bang on a Can All-Stars
(performance features longtime Rauschenberg collaborator Christian Wolff in conversation with David Lang). 

Morton Feldman: Ixion
Bryce Dessner: Letter 27 with film featuring Charles Olsen
Christian Marclay: Fade to Slide with film by Christian Marclay
Anna Clyne: A Wonderful Day
Christian Wolff: Suite (I) for prepared piano
Christian Wolff: Exercises 29 and 30

Wednesday, May 24: Part 2
John Cage: 4’33”
Jody Elff/David Lang: After David Tudor (homage to Fluorescent Sound) 
John Cage: Atlas Eclipticalis 

Bang on a Can at MoMA: Robert Rauschenberg – Among Friends New York New York

Saturday, May 27, 20178:00pm

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

The All-Stars will perform a specially devised program “Bang on a Canada” that features selections from Field Recordings, most of which will be Canadian premieres. Works by Canadian composers Richard Reed Parry and René Lussier will be anchored by a world premiere from John Oswald, commissioned by The Royal Conservatory/Koerner Hall. 

Program:
Eliot Britton: Cuneiform and Glide (1st movement) -Vicky Chow, solo piano
Julia Wolfe: Reeling
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
John Oswald: new work
-intermission-
Allison Cameron: 3rds, 4ths & 5ths 
Richard Reed Parry: The Brief and Neverending Blur 
Caroline Shaw: Really Craft When You
René Lussier: Nocturne
Steve Reich: The Cave of Machpelah
Anna Clyne: A Wonderful Day

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

Sunday, June 11, 20173:00pm

Bang on a Can at the Noguchi Museum – Innov Gnawa


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Innov Gnawa is a young musical collective dedicated to exploring Morocco’s venerable gnawa music tradition in the heart of New York City. Formed in the summer of 2014 by Moroccan expat Samir LanGus, the group draws on the considerable talents and expertise of Hassan Ben Jaafer, a Maâlem, a master gnawa musician, originally from Fes, Morocco. Hailed by Brooklyn Magazine as one of the “5 Bands You Need to Know in Brooklyn’s Arabic Music Scene”, Innov Gnawa make great use of traditional repertoire, and add their own, contemporary spin with additional African and Latin percussion. 

Performances are free with Museum admission, and seating is available on garden benches and floor mats on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

July 14July 15, 2017

Cloud River Mountain – All-Stars and Gong Linna

Cloud River Mountain

Enter the world of the gods, spirits, and shamans of ancient Chinese myths and poetry in this evening-length work co-composed by Lao Luo and Bang on a Can Co-Artistic Directors Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe.

Your guide is the extraordinary Chinese vocalist Gong Linna, whose dynamic voice travels across vast terrains of sonic colors. Her adventurous artistic range that embraces Chinese folk, pop, and avant-garde art music has drawn comparisons to Björk. Singing in both Mandarin and English, she joins the Bang on a Can All-Stars for a thrilling cross-cultural voyage through dramatic musical landscapes, from groove-driven melodies and lyrical meditations to punk back beats and stratospheric vocalizations.
 

 

Cloud River Mountain - All-Stars and Gong Linna New York New York

July 19August 5, 2017

Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA – Public Performances


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The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) is a musical utopia for innovative musicians in the beautiful Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts. The cornerstone of the residency are the public performances which run from July 19- Aug 5. The performances include daily recitals by faculty and fellows of the residency in the MASS MoCA galleries (free with museum admission), additional free performances in the community, and a festival finale blow-out concert – a 6 hour performance in the Hunter Center on Aug 5 with special guest composer Louis Andriessen

Our festival performance schedule is underway. Please click here for up-to-date performance information. 

Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA - Public Performances North Adams Massachusetts

Thursday, July 20, 20177:30pm

Bang on a Can at the Jewish Museum – Kaki King


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Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum present the distinctive and exceptional indie-guitarist Kaki King in conjunction with the exhibit Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry. Much like Florine Stettheimer, who created her own individual universe through her unique sensibilities and playful imagery, King uses extended techniques to create her own musical universe outside the mainstream.

Bang on a Can at the Jewish Museum - Kaki King New York New York

Sunday, August 13, 20173:00pm

Bang on a Can at the Noguchi Museum – Alsarah and the Nubatones


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Alsarah is a Sudanese-born singer, songwriter and ethnomusicologist. Residing in Brooklyn, NY she is a self-proclaimed practitioner of East-African Retro-Pop working on various projects. She has toured both nationally and internationally with critically acclaimed groups such as the Nile Project, where she was featured on their debut CD, Aswan (named in the top 5 must hear international albums by NPR). She has also released 1 full-length album with French producer Débruit titled Aljawal (Soundways Recordings), as well as 2 full-length albums with her current band, Alsarah & the Nubatones, Silt (2014) and Manara (2016) (Wonderwheel Recordings). 

Performances are free with Museum admission, and seating is available on garden benches and floor mats on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bang on a Can at the Noguchi Museum - Alsarah and the Nubatones Long Island City New York

Thursday, August 17, 201710:15pm

BBC Proms: Bang on a Can at 30


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Bang on a Can continues our 30th year celebration with a concert at the BBC Proms, including a world premiere by Michael Gordon written for the All-Stars and the Proms Youth Ensemble

Program

Michael Gordon: Big Space – world premiere, commissioned by BBC Proms!
David Lang: sunray
Julia Wolfe: Big Beautiful Dark & Scary
Philip Glass: Closing
Louis Andriessen: Workers Union

BBC Proms: Bang on a Can at 30 London

Sunday, September 10, 20173:00pm

Bang on a Can at the Noguchi Museum – Trina Basu and Arun Ramamurthy Quartet


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Trina Basu and Arun Ramamurthy join forces to create a musical dialogue between improvising string traditions. Well-versed in the rhythmic and melodic concepts of South Indian classical music and the harmonic language of Western classical, jazz, and folk music, the duo presents original compositions that explore the beauty found at the intersections of their creative backgrounds. The intuitive nature of two violinists allows for moments of unbridled spontaneity and intimate connection. Their sound has been described as raga meets fiddle meets experimental.

Performances are free with Museum admission, and seating is available on garden benches and floor mats on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bang on a Can at the Noguchi Museum - Trina Basu and Arun Ramamurthy Quartet Long Island City New York

September 20October 22, 2017

OneBeat 2017

OneBeat 2017!

OneBeat is a music exchange and incubator for music-based social entrepreneurship, where innovative musicians from around the world launch collaborative projects designed to make a positive impact on local and global communities. An initiative of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and produced by Found Sound Nation, OneBeat is cultivating a groundbreaking international network of leading artistic, technological, and social innovators in music.

OneBeat 2017 starts on Sept 20 with a two-week residency at Caldera Arts Center in Sisters OR, followed by a two week tour of the Western States.

OneBeat 2017