LOUD Weekend – July 30-31, 2021
A fully loaded, 2-day, eclectic super-mix of minimal, experimental and electronic music
General Admission 2-Day Pass $95; Preferred 2-Day Pass $150
MASS MoCA Member Pre-sale Thursday, June 24 at 12pm EDT
General Tickets Available Friday, June 25 at 12pm EDT
Information on Accommodations: www.massmoca.org/visit/stay
More information: www.bangonacan.org/loudweekend
Watch the Trailer: bit.ly/LOUDWeekend
“I’ve rarely witnessed such a seamless melding of art and music.” – New York Magazine
“nothing could have prepared me for the whirlwind…” – The Boston Globe
Bang on a Can and MASS MoCA are thrilled to announce the return of our multi-day music festival called LOUD Weekend, presented on Friday, July 30 and Saturday, July 31, 2021, at MASS MoCA in Berkshires town of North Adams. LOUD Weekend will feature two days of ear-bending music and mind-blowing art exhibitions taking place throughout the museum’s vast galleries and its stunning collection of indoor and outdoor performing arts venues. Tickets are available now for $95 (2-day Pass). Capacity is limited.
LOUD Weekend launched in 2019 as an expansion of Bang on a Can’s long-running Bang on a Can Marathon, multiplying that inclusive and ambitious programming from one day, to multiple days. Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe say:
We’re back! We’re live! We’re LOUD WEEKEND! More power-packed concerts by more supersonic composers in a single weekend. It’s all happening this summer at the huge renegade MASS MoCA. Composers will be on hand to talk and mingle. Seating is limited. So get your tickets now! We’re excited to bump elbows!
Highlights of the 2021 Bang on a Can LOUD Weekend at MASS MoCA include:
- WORLD PREMIERES by Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Sky Macklay, Theo Baer, Nathan Bales, Erich Barganier, Brandon Becker, Melika Fitzhugh, Brian Krock, Lila Meretzky, Christian Quiñones, and more
- The singular legendary Kronos Quartet perform TWO concerts of brand new music (what else?!) including world premieres by minimalist godfather Terry Riley, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Sky Macklay and more
- The electric Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Terry Riley’s Autodreamographical Tales, a wildly unique creation from one of America’s most iconic composers and the All-Stars’ forthcoming release on Cantaloupe Music
- Nathalie Joachim performs Fanm d’Ayiti (Women of Haiti), her highly praised tribute to three pioneering Haitian female musicians—Carole Demesmin, Emerante de Pradines and Toto Bissainthe—weaving together their voices, stories and traditional Haitian folk music traditions.
- Inspiringly inventive composer-performer Mazz Swift performs a solo set featuring her unique blend of avant-violin and voice
- A special 75th birthday tribute to acclaimed composer and teacher Martin Bresnick
- FEMENINE – composer Julius Eastman’s monumental fusion of minimalism and jazz-informed improvisation
- The late French composer Gérard Grisey’s rigorous, lush, and luxurious masterpiece Vortex Temporum, conducted by Brad Lubman
- Boundary bashing bassoonist Dana Jessen performs electro-acoustic feats from her recent recording of George Lewis’ Seismologic and her own Through a fragile traverse.
- Frederic Rzewski’s Amoramaro (World Premiere) and more performed by powerhouse pianist Lisa Moore
- THE PANDEMIC SOLOS – live world premieres of highlights from the 70 pieces commissioned by Bang on a Can for its eight online pandemic marathons, including premieres by Žibuoklė Martinaitytė, Jakhongir Shukur, Florent Ghys, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Jeffrey Brooks, Leila Adu, Aeryn Santillan, Anna Clyne, Dai Wei, and more
- Special guest composers Martin Bresnick, Robert Honstein, Shelley Washington, plus music by Bang on a Can co-founders Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and more
- Performances by Gregg August, Robert Black, Vicky Chow, David Cossin, Nathalie Joachim, Brad Lubman, Nick Photinos, Lauren Radnofsky, Todd Reynolds, Mark Stewart, Ken Thomson plus
Camellia Aftahi, Andrew Anderson, Emma Antonides, Raina Arnett, Hansol Choi, Luke Ellard, Amir Farsi, Declan Hayden, Annaliese Kowert, Alexandrea Richard, Julian Velasco, Yifei Xu, Alexander “Sasha” Yakub, and more
LOUD Weekend at MASS MoCA concludes our 19th annual Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA, a professional development program led by today’s pioneers of experimental music for young composers and performers selected from an international applicant pool, which runs from July 12-29, 2021.
Complete LOUD Weekend schedule, and additional details to be announced in early July.