January 18, 7:30 pm January 19, 2019, 7:30 pm

All-Stars and Anthracite Fields (UK premiere) in London


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Bang on a Can All-Stars present 2 performances at Kings Place in London, including Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields (UK premiere!) as part of the Venus Unwrapped series! Check out their series trailer.

Jan 18:
Julia Wolfe: Reeling 
Caroline Shaw: Really craft when you 
Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Fields 
Kate Moore: Ridgeway 
Michael Gordon: Gene Takes a Drink with film by Bill Morrison
Christian Marclay: Fade to Slide with film by Christian Marclay
Meredith Monk: Spaceship  [arr Michael Gordon]
Meredith Monk: Totentanz [arr David Lang]
Julia Wolfe: Believing 

Jan 19:
Anthracite Fields with with BBC Singers and conductor Tecwyn Evans

 

All-Stars and Anthracite Fields (UK premiere) in London London

January 24, 7:30 pm January 26, 2019, 8:00 pm

World Premiere of Julia Wolfe's "Fire in my Mouth" with NYPhil

World premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my Mouth performed by the New York Philharmonic, The Crossing Choir, and Young People’s Chorus of NYC, with projections/scenography by Jeff Sugg.

Jaap van Zweden conducts Julia Wolfe’s immersive visual and musical event — featuring lights, chamber choir, video, and projection — that explores a seminal event in New York City, the devastating Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 that killed more than 100 young immigrants.

Part of New York Story: Threads of Our City.

Julia Wolfe and Bang on a Can salute EILEEN FISHER for their dedication to fair labor practices and for generously contributing wardrobe to the performances of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in My Mouth.

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Three performances, Jan 24, 25, 26

World Premiere of Julia Wolfe's "Fire in my Mouth" with NYPhil New York New York

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

David Lang's "the loser" in Los Angeles

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

Thursday, February 28, 20197:30pm

Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum present: ETHEL performs the String Quartets of Julia Wolfe

The “extraordinarily skilled, passionate musicians” (NY Times) in ETHEL perform the complete string quartets of Julia WolfeFour 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

Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum present: ETHEL performs the String Quartets of Julia Wolfe New York New York

Wednesday, March 6, 20197:30pm

People's Commissioning Fund concert

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.

People's Commissioning Fund concert New York New York

Friday, April 12, 20197:30pm

Bang on a Can at University of Denver – Michael Gordon's Big Space

Bang on a Can All-Stars and students from University of Denver’s Lamont School  perform Michael Gordon’s Big Space!

Program:

David Lang  Sunray
Julia Wofe  Big Beautiful Dark & Scary
Steve Martland  Horses of Instruction
Ornette Coleman  Haven’t been where I left
Philip Glass  Closing
Michael Gordon  Big Space 
 

Bang on a Can at University of Denver - Michael Gordon's Big Space Denver Colorado

May 1610:00pm11:00pm

Field Recordings on the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville

The Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Field Recordings on the Victoriaville Festival in Quebec, Canada!

Program:

Julia Wolfe,   Reeling
Christian Marclay,  Fade to Slide (with film by Christian Marclay)
Caroline Shaw,   Really Craft When You
David Lang,   unused swan
Michael Gordon,   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 

Field Recordings on the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville Victoriaville

May 238:00pm9:30pm

Bang on a Can and Jewish Museum present Meredith Monk

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 and Jewish Museum present Meredith Monk New York New York

June 5June 8, 2019

Bang on a Can All-Stars with Doug Varone and dancers


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“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 All-Stars with Doug Varone and dancers Brooklyn New York

Sunday, June 9, 20193:00pm

Bang on a Can at the Noguchi: Miles Okazaki


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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 at the Noguchi: Miles Okazaki Long Island City New York

June 116:00pm9:00pm

Bang on a Can and Jewish Museum present Steven Bernstein's Sexmob – Museum Mile

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 Jewish Museum present Steven Bernstein's Sexmob - Museum Mile New York New York

Thursday, July 11, 20197:30pm

Bang on a Can and The Jewish Museum present: Young Peoples Chorus

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.
 

 

Young People’s Chorus of New York City
Francisco J. Núñez, Artistic Director & Founder

Jon Holden, piano

Who by Fire 
Leonard Cohen
arr. Gia Gan

Bubbles
Bernat Vivancos

Great Trees of New York City
Michael Gordon

Another Hundred People
Stephen Sondheim
arr. Jonathan Rathbone

Liminality
Francisco J. Núñez

Orpheus
Dominick Argento

So Much on My Soul
Ellen Reid
with text by Marcus Byers, Ana Griffin, Morimoto, Brandon Louisor, Ronan McKinnon, Adedayo Perkovich, and Skye Tarshis

I Got Gershwin
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
arr. Matt Podd

Hallelujah
Leonard Cohen
arr. Jonathan Miller

Young People’s Chorus
Karielle Abraham, Ilinca Anschel, Dylan Batista, Jordan Batista, Alyssa Blake, Anastasia Bredikhina, Lauren Breen, William Brooks, Fei Bu, Marcus Byers, Eve Calderon-Caswell, Kendra Castro, Byron De Leon, Zaria Dickerson-Parker, Michaela Duryea, Dea Elezaj, Amberlis Fernandez, Margaux Flum, Asila Folds, Lennon Franklin, Sebastian Garcia-Rivera, Rachael Girsang, Eliana Graham, Ana Griffin Morimoto, Chyanne Gyemfi, Jonathan Hong, Leda Kahn, Ruby Larsen, Dwayne Lewis, Sofia Jenia Marquez, Ronan McKinnon, Aidan Metz, Chizi Okeiche, Adedayo Perkovich, Marcelo Ranghelli-Duran, Elliot Sadoff, Hannah Salyer, Alexa Schwartz, Tucker Smith, Maximilian Stein, Skye Tarshis, Tais Torres, Lorenzo Valentini

Bang on a Can and The Jewish Museum present: Young Peoples Chorus New York New York

Sunday, July 14, 20193:00pm

Bang on a Can at the Noguchi: 75 Dollar Bill


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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 at the Noguchi: 75 Dollar Bill Long Island City New York

July 15August 5, 2019

Bang on a Can Summer Music Institute at MASS MoCA – Residency program

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Insitute at MASS MoCA is a 3 week residency and musical utopia for composers and performers, featuring concerts in the gallery at 1:30 and 4:30 most days and culminating in a 3-day festival – LOUD Weekend

1:30 lunch concerts July 18-19, July 22-26, July 29-Aug 2, performed by festival fellows.

4:30 gallery concerts:
July 19 – Ghanaian Drumming with Nani Agbeli
July 22 – Nick Photinos, cello
July 23 – Mark Stewart, multi-instrumentalist
July 24 – Karl Larson, piano
July 25 – Todd Reynolds, violin
July 26 – Gregg August, Ken Thomson and friends
July 27 – Found Sound Nation workshop performances
July 31 – New short pieces by festival composers

Bang on a Can Summer Music Institute at MASS MoCA - Residency program North Adams Massachusetts

August 2, 12:00 pm August 4, 2019, 10:00 pm

Bang on a Can’s LOUD Weekend


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Bang on a Can and MASS MoCA present LOUD Weekend, a fully loaded eclectic super-mix of minimal, experimental and electronic music. 

View LOUD Weekend schedule and program

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; Daniel Reimer, Dither Guitar Quartet,  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!

MASS MoCA

Bang on a Can's LOUD Weekend North Adams Massachusetts

Friday, September 6, 20196:00pm

Bang on a Can at the Noguchi: Balún


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Balún is a self-proclaimed “dreambow” quartet whose members hail from Puerto Rico. Though currently residing in New York City, Island culture remains the cornerstone of their forward-thinking, malleable sound. Balún incorporates Caribbean rhythms, old school dembow, glitchy IDM and dreamy dance pop into tunes that are slick and modern but firmly rooted in the traditional sounds of their homeland. balunonline.com

This performance is free as part of Free First Friday. 

Bang on a Can at the Noguchi: Balún Long Island City New York

Saturday, October 5, 20192:00pm

Asphalt Orchestra and Mark Stewart's Orchestra of Original Instruments on the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival

Build and play instruments with Mark Stewart and then hear Bang on a Can’s street band Asphalt Orchestra on the plaza at 300 Ashland Place in downtown, Brooklyn (corner of Lafayette and Flatbush)!! It’s all part of the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival happening all weekend and it’s FREE!

3-4:30 Mark Stewart’s Orchestra of Original Instruments

4:30 Asphalt Orchestra

Asphalt Orchestra and Mark Stewart's Orchestra of Original Instruments on the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival Brooklyn New York

Thursday, November 14, 20197:30pm

Bang on a Can and The Jewish Museum present: Theo Bleckmann

Theo Bleckmann Performs Hello Earth! – The Music of Kate Bush

Grammy nominated jazz singer and new music composer Theo Bleckmann takes on the mysterious songbook of British pop icon Kate Bush in a project that goes beyond re-creating her music to further realms of sound and interpretation. Joining him in this venture are long-time collaborator percussionist Ben Wittman, bassist Chris Tarry, and keyboardist Henry Hey, along with special guest, multi-instrumentalist Caleb Burhans on viola, guitar, and laptop. This season’s Bang on a Can performances celebrate the power of artists voices, which resonates with themes in the Museum’s fall exhibitions.

Bang on a Can and The Jewish Museum present: Theo Bleckmann New York New York