LONG PLAY and LOUD WEEKEND - The New Bang Festivals!
Here comes 2020, and we've got big, big plans! On top of all the work we do to support new and experimental music all around the globe, we're about to launch a brand new must-hear multi-day many-venued major festival right here in Brooklyn, USA. We're calling it LONG PLAY, and we hope you'll consider an extra special gift this year as we explode our curatorial vision into 50+ concerts over 10 walkable venues all around downtown BK. Bigger, brasher, bolder and brighter…that's LONG PLAY, and we need your help!
We think it's time that NYC host a giant festival dedicated to the diverse musics we champion. 30 years ago, such a festival might have elicited shrugs. But now, with dozens of new ensembles and composers flooding the scene and making the world safe for unsafe music, we're convinced that the time is now. And that's why we're reaching out to you and to your generosity, before the ink dries on the LONG PLAY website.
LONG PLAY expands and enlarges our scope and vision, puts more new faces on stages than ever before, and helps to further elevate an ever-blossoming scene for diversely brilliant and audacious ideas. Despite the expanded format, the Bang on a Can ethos remains unchanged. So you can count on brilliant performances of pieces by some of the world's most challenging and exciting composers. And since we have more temporal, physical and musical real estate to play with, we can program an even wider range of ear-bending sounds.
(And by the way, that's not even our only 3-day festival of the year! As you probably know, 2019 marked our first ever LOUD Weekend at MASS MoCA. The first LOUD was a smash hit, and next year will be even splashier.)
Anchored by BAM's Opera House as our largest venue, we have created partnerships with Roulette Intermedium, the Brooklyn Music School, Public Records, Irondale Center, Shapeshifter Lab, a local church, and a number open spaces to program FREE music for all, including a full day of programming at the BAM café. We haven't finalized the programming, but so far we've got the legendary Art Ensemble of Chicago, Meredith Monk, a night of recent & electric Steve Reich, pianist Jenny Lin playing Galina Ustrolskaya, Brian Eno's Music for Airports, cellist extraordinaire Ashley Bathgate playing works of Sleeping Giant composer, plus another otherworldly cellist Tomeka Reid, and guitarist Mary Halvorson with Deerhoof's John Dietrich, Estonia's premiere vocal ensemble Vox Clamantis performing Arvo Pärt, stratospheric Nuyorican band Balún, Attacca Quartet with Caroline Shaw, genius mix-masters Matmos, the energetic Lithuainian ensemble Synaetheses, an outdoor wall of bagpipes, an orchestra of steelpans, Michael Gordon's Timber, an epic work by the spectral Gérard Grisey, deep hockets from Nik Bärtsch, visionary international combos from our Found Sound Nation team and so much more.
It's gonna take a lot of support, but we've always been able to count on you. Let's do this thing…together!
Michael Gordon, David Lang & Julia Wolfe
Please be sure to note in the comment field on the donation page if you would like your gift to go to a specific program. Just write "marathon" or "peoples commissioning fund" or "banglewood" or "found sound nation" or...well, you get the idea!
Gifts up to $100
First, we send you all our love and appreciation! Then you receive credit on the People's Commissioning Fund & Marathon concert programs and an invitation to the PCF concert's pre-show reception.
Gifts from $125 - $499
Receive the above plus VIP reserved seating FOR TWO at the People's Commissioning Fund Concert at Merkin Hall on Jan 28, 2020 at Merkin Hall.
$500 - $999
Receive all of the above and TWO free CD's of your choice from sister label Cantaloupe Music
$1,000 or more
Receive all of the above and free VIP tickets to the LOUD WEEKEND FESTIVAL and tickets to any and all single concerts by Bang on a Can or its artistic directors - anywhere in the world!