Friday, January 7, 202212:00pm

First Fridays with Robert Black

Program: “New Faces”

Nyokabi Kariūki  –  One, Your Name (2020)
Eliot Burk –  blue and black marks athwart the weald, which releases (2021)
Hannah Selin –  Tributaries I (2021)
Katherine Bodor –  Fantasizing About Quitting My Day Job (2021)

Music that pushes the boundaries, that stays within the boundaries, that exists outside the boundaries, that expands the boundaries – that’s what you’ll hear on the January 7, 2022 First Fridays with Robert Black.  New music for a new year from new composers Nyokabi Kariūki, Eliot Burk, Hannah Selin, and Katherine Bodor.  New and Now.

First Fridays with Robert Black is a monthly series of virtual mini-concerts featuring brand-spanking new, recently new, and kind of new music for solo double bass – streaming from his home studio in Hartford, Connecticut, at noon (EST). Whether you’re having your morning coffee in Los Angeles, or lunch in New York, or that first glass of wine in Paris, or a late supper in Tashkent, tune in for some cool and compelling music.

Thursday, January 20, 20227:30pm

Peoples Commissioning Fund Concert

Bang on a Can’s annual People’s Commissioning Fund concert returns with a high-octane concert of world premieres and an expanded Bang on a Can All-Stars lineup! The 2022 PCF concert is part of the Ecstatic Music Festival and will be hosted by WNYC’s John Schaefer.

The concert will also be live streamed on live.bangonacan.org

Tickets are $25 or $15 for students.

 

Friday, February 4, 202212:00pm

First Fridays with Robert Black

Program: “Multi-Bass”

Angélica Negrón: La Isla Mágica 
Julia Wolfe: Stronghold 

First Fridays with Robert Black is a monthly series of virtual mini-concerts featuring brand-spanking new, recently new, and kind of new music for solo double bass – streaming from his home studio in Hartford, Connecticut, at noon (EST). Whether you’re having your morning coffee in Los Angeles, or lunch in New York, or that first glass of wine in Paris, or a late supper in Tashkent, tune in for some cool and compelling music.

Friday, March 4, 202212:00pm

First Fridays with Robert Black

Program:

Robert Black – Instant Compositions (today)

Digital delay, flanger, pitch shifter, distortion, chorusing, reverb, and more – meet the electronic genies in the bottle of effects processing.  For the March 4 First Fridays with Robert Black, these electronic muses and their digital inspiration team up with Robert’s double bass to create Instant Compositions.  Meet Robert in the Zone and discover what’s going to happen as it is happening.

First Fridays with Robert Black is a monthly series of virtual mini-concerts featuring brand-spanking new, recently new, and kind of new music for solo double bass – streaming from his home studio in Hartford, Connecticut, at noon (EST). Whether you’re having your morning coffee in Los Angeles, or lunch in New York, or that first glass of wine in Paris, or a late supper in Tashkent, tune in for some cool and compelling music.

Thursday, March 24, 20228:00pm

All-Stars on the Southern Exposure New Music Series

The Southern Exposure New Music Series is devoted to exploring the rich variety of contemporary classical and world music written in the past 30 years and masterworks of the 20th century.

Program:

David Lang: sunray
Michael Gordon: For Madeline
Nick Dunston: Fainting is down, Whooshing is up
Julia Wolfe: Big Beautiful Dark and Scary
Meredith Monk: Spaceship
Louis Andriessen: Workers Union

Friday, April 1, 202212:00pm

First Fridays with Robert Black

The April 1st First Friday with Robert Black will feature a special video presentation of  Post-Natural Pastorale by the composers/sound artists Brian House and Sue Huang (with animation by Alexander Dupuis).  Robert, Brian and Sue recorded this 8-channel audio and video piece entirely at the 2,200 acre Freshkills Landfill on Staten Island in New York City.  The bucolic serenity of this reclaimed mammoth monument of the Anthropocene belies the chaos that lies beneath.  Nature meets throwaway consumer culture.

Video Credits:
Animation: Alexander Dupuis
Producer: Mariel Villere
Co-Producer: David Feinberg
Director of Photography: Paul Shin

April 29May 1, 2022

Long Play Festival

“Right now – this minute – is an amazing time to love music. Musicians and listeners from every corner of the music world are pushing beyond their boundaries, questioning their roots, searching and stretching for the new. There has never been a time when music contained so much innovation and diversity, so much audacity and so much courage. And we want to show you all of it. With the creation of LONG PLAY we are presenting more kinds of musicians, playing more kinds of music, bending more kinds of minds. LONG PLAY expands and enlarges our scope and our reach, and puts more new faces on stages than ever before. It’s a lot of music!”

Michael Gordon, David Lang & Julia Wolfe

Friday, May 6, 202212:00pm

First Fridays with Robert Black

The May 6th “First Friday with Robert Black” will include 2 sonic delights. Miya Masaoka’s Four Moons of Pluto takes us to a beautiful, other-worldly place via a specially tuned double bass – pulsating overtones and beating harmonics are nested in a static and meditative soundscape. Valentine by Jacob Druckman delivers a cornucopia of taps, squeaks, whispers, thumps, bumps, and plucks with a timpani mallet in a theatrically tinged explosion of extended techniques.

Program
Four Moons of Pluto (2015) – Miya Masaoka
Valentine (1969) – Jacob Druckman

 

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