The Noguchi Museum and Bang on a Can Present Summer–Fall 2024 Concert Series

Continuing a collaboration that has endured for over a decade, Bang on a Can and The Noguchi Museum present a series of four live concerts in the Museum’s first floor galleries. Concerts take place on second Sundays in June through September, 3:30–4:30 pm, with a reception to follow each show. Tickets for the performances include full access to The Noguchi Museum.

Details and tickets: noguchi.org/bangonacan.

 

Sunday, June 9, 3:30 pm

David Grubbs and Wendy Eisenberg

Guitarists Wendy Eisenberg and David Grubbs go head-to-head in a rare meeting of these two mercurial and influential musicians.

Wendy Eisenberg is an improviser and songwriter who uses guitar, pedals, tenor banjo, computer, synthesizer, and voice. Their work spans genres, from jazz to noise to avant-rock to delicate songs. Though often working solo as both a songwriter and improviser, they also perform in the rock band Editrix, and in endless other combinations of their heroes and peers including Bill Orcutt, Caroline Davis, Carla Kihlstedt, John Zorn, Billy Martin, and Allison Miller.

David Grubbs has released fifteen solo albums and was a member of the groups Gastr del Sol, Bastro, and Squirrel Bait. He has performed with Tony Conrad, Pauline Oliveros, Luc Ferrari, Susan Howe, Will Oldham, the Red Krayola, and many others.

 

Sunday, July 14, 3:30 pm

Kamran Sadeghi

Kamran Sadeghi creates at the intersections of music, interdisciplinary art, and curation, utilizing multi-channel composition, moving image, and architecture alongside customized software, modular synthesis, transducers, and field recordings. Born in Iran and raised in the United States, Sadeghi emerged from Seattle’s live experimental music scene in 2005, sharing stages with Tim Hecker, William Basinski, and Vladislav Delay. While touring with the contemporary dance company Zoe Juniper in 2009, Sadeghi relocated to New York City with one foot in Europe, working for Morton Subotnick and the multi-channel Sound Art gallery Diapason, while also performing at venues such as Issue Project Room, Experimental Intermedia (Phil Niblock’s loft), and The Stone. His credits include collaborations with Patti Smith, Sasha Waltz, Jean-Luc Godard, and Zimoun, released on labels such as Vinyl Factory, Sacred Bones, Superpang, Apollo Records, LINE, and Sternberg Press. Sadeghi’s performances, soundtracks, and installations have been featured at venues and events worldwide, including Kraftwerk Berlin, the Louvre Museum, HKW, CTM Festival, Funkhaus Berlin, Centre Pompidou, Berghain, and the Berlin Biennale. kamransadeghi.com

 

Sunday, August 11, 3:30 pm
Mei Semones 

Mei Semones’s sweetly evocative blend of jazz, bossa nova, and math-y indie rock is not only a way for her to find solace in her favorite genres, but is an intuitive means of catharsis. “Blending everything that I like together and trying to make something new—that’s what feels most natural to me,” says the 23-year-old Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter and guitarist. On her newest EP and Bayonet Records debut Kabutomushi, Semones’s diverse sonic palette adds depth to her experiences of the complexities of love. Through the EP’s five songs, she chronicles infatuation, devotion, vulnerability, and saying goodbye in some of her closest relationships, complete with sweeping strings, virtuosic guitar-playing and heartfelt lyrics sung in both English and Japanese. teamwass.com/music/artists/mei-semones

 

Sunday, September 8, 3:30 pm
Alex Zhang Hungtai

Since retiring his project Dirty Beaches, Alex Zhang Hungtai has been focusing on explorations of improvised music, free jazz, and his new role as a composer of soundtracks for film. His latest musical output predominantly works with saxophone, synthesizers, percussion, and piano, furthering his research on ritualistic music of liminality. Solo output aside, he is also a member of an experimental trio with Portuguese musicians David Maranha and Gabriel Ferrandini, based in Lisbon. Zhang currently lives in Los Angeles and is also working as an actor in independent films.

 

Tickets

Bang on a Can tickets include full access to The Noguchi Museum, and are priced the same as the Museum’s timed admission tickets: $16 general admission / $6 students and seniors / free for Museum members, children under 12, NYC public high school students, SNAP benefits recipients with a WIC/EBT card, visitors with disabilities and their carepartners, members of the press, and other free admission partnerships; see a full list of free programs at noguchi.org/visit. Tickets are available at noguchi.org/bangonacan. Walk-up guests will also be welcomed based on Museum capacity.

Seating is available for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors with special access requirements or accessibility questions may contact [email protected] for assistance.

Julia Wolfe and Bang on a Can at Cincinnati’s May Festival – May 18, 23, and 25

We’re super excited to share the news that Julia Wolfe has been named the inaugural festival director for Cincinnati’s historic May Festival. The annual festival will feature 3 powerful and poignant concerts on May 18, May 23, and May 25 featuring a world premiere by Julia Wolfe and multiple additional works including her pulitzer-prize winning oratorio Anthracite Fields with our own Bang on a Can All-Stars + the May Festival Chorus, telling the story of the Pennsylvania coal miners; Her Story, with Lorelei vocal ensemble + the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, focusing on American women’s struggle for equal rights; orchestral and choral works by Michael Gordon, David Lang, and more!

May 18: Anthems  (link to Live Stream)
Julia WOLFE: All that breathes (May Festival Commission; World Premiere)
David LANG: the national anthems
Julia WOLFE: Pretty
VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS: Dona nobis pacem

Featuring:
Stephanie Childress, conductor
Camilla Tilling, soprano
Daniel Okulitch, bass-baritone
May Festival Chorus
May Festival Youth Chorus
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

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May 23: Voices of the Earth
Michael GORDON: Natural History
Julia WOLFE: Anthracite Fields (BOAC All-Stars)

Featuring:
Teddy Abrams, conductor
Steiger Butte Singers of Chiloquin,Oregon
Bang on a Can All-Stars
May Festival Chorus
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

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May 25: Julia Wolfe’s Her Story
Julia WOLFE: Her Story 
FAURÉ: Requiem

Featuring:
François López-Ferrer, conductor
Lorelei Ensemble
May Festival Chorus
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

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LOUD Weekend at MASS MoCA – Aug 1-3

Come on up to the Berkshires for LOUD Weekend 2024!

Aug 1-3

Bang on a Can’s LOUD Weekend at MASS MoCA is a fully loaded, three-day, eclectic super-mix of creative, experimental, and unusual music.

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For 23 of our 25 years, the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival has transformed MASS MoCA into a genre-bending musical utopia for innovative composers and performers. Over three weeks, every nook and cranny of the campus comes alive with performances, workshops, and seminars focused on adventurous new music—culminating in LOUD Weekend, when renowned special guests, BoaC faculty, and young players take the Hunter Center stage in a series of playful and heady collisions of jazz, classical, rock, and beyond.

Long Play 2024! May 3-5

“Long Play has been around only since last year, but it is already the most important classical music festival in New York City.” [NYTimes]

We are so excited to present the 3rd year of Long Play, a three-day destination music festival, presented from Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5, 2024. Featuring 50+ concerts , Long Play also showcases a dense network of inventive music venues in Brooklyn – with performances at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Roulette, Public Records, BRIC, Murmrr, Irondale Center for the Arts, The Center for Fiction, plus outdoor events and more. A limited number of 3-day Early Bird Festival and Supporter Passes are on sale now at www.longplayfestival.org!

Some featured concerts in the 2024 lineup include Soundwalk Collective + Patti Smith, Jeff Mills’ Tomorrow Comes the Harvest, Steve Reich’s master-work Music for 18 Musicians, Deerhoof, BlankFor.ms + Jason Moran, Anna Meredith + Ligeti Quartet, Raw Poetic and Damu the Fudgemunk, Bang on a Can All-Stars performing Ryuichi Sakamoto 1996, and many others.

Bang on a Can’s Co-Founders and Artistic Directors Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, say of Long Play:

We don’t know about you, but personally, ourselves, we need to listen to a lot more music.  Right now.  People are tense, the world is a mess.  We need music’s healing powers, stat.  And just as much as the music, we need the community of people around the music – the performers, the composers, the people who come together to hear it all, the people who take the tickets and sell the beer and sweep up after.  We need the whole thing, all of us, the whole universe of music lovers who share the same belief – that music has the power to make us whole.  Because it does.

Lucky for us, this year’s LONG PLAY festival is overflowing with all different kinds of music and musicians – music that is loud and soft, music that is driving and meditative, music that is for winding up and for winding down.  Music that challenges where we have come from and that charts where we are headed.  60 plus concerts of all of this great music, in one long weekend, in multiple venues in Brooklyn, all within walking distance of each other.   Come see it all, on LONG PLAY.

More info and tickets

Saturday May 4 at Long Play

Get the most out of Long Play festival’s Saturday lineup with a 1-day pass—on sale now!

A 1-day pass for May 4 gives you access to the thrumming sonic bliss of Jeff Mills: Tomorrow Comes the Harvest at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House—and more than 25 other concerts, including performances by BlankFor.ms, Jason Moran, Marcus Gilmore; Immanuel Wilkins + Jason Moran; Ligeti Quartet • Anna Meredith: NucMivos Quartet with the complete string quartets of Steve Reich; Fuji|||||||||||ta, Ekmeles performs David Lang’s the little match girl passion, Sō Percussion playing Julia Wolfe, and more!

Get your Saturday Pass now.

See the full Long Play lineup.

Media Workshop applications are due April 4!

Bang on a Can Media Workshop at MASS MoCA

An exploration of contemporary music criticism
and journalism

July 27-Aug 4, 2024

“One of the most meaningful and impactful experiences of my writing career
thus far.” 
 – Maggie Molloy, workshop participant

 

Bang on a Can, our special guest faculty John Schaefer and Terrance McKnight, and 6 writers in the early stages of their careers will gather at MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA) to explore the role of criticism and journalism in today’s dynamic contemporary music scene.

The aim of the workshop is to help writers generate a vocabulary, syntax, and context that is most useful for readers/ listeners and to make modern music and criticism more accessible, welcoming, and exciting to all audiences.

The workshop will take place during the final week of the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA (a residency and festival for composers and performers) and will include daily meetings with faculty and daily writing assignments. Additionally, participants will be “embedded” in the festival activities, attending rehearsals, workshops, and performances, enabling more insights into the process of bringing music to the stage.

Application deadline is April 4, 2024

More info and online applications

Sunday May 5 at Long Play

Get the most out of Long Play’s Sunday lineup with a 1-day pass—on sale now! A 1-day pass for May 5 gives you access to Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians Featuring Bang on a Can All-Stars and Friends at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House—and more than 25 other concerts including performances by Deerhoof; Sam Prekop and John McEntire; Laurel Halo; claire rousay; Michael Gordon Rushes; Kuniko Kato plays Steve Reich Drumming; Rob Mazurek/Chad Taylor – Chicago Underground Duo; and others at venues throughout downtown Brooklyn.

Get your Sunday pass now.

See the full Long Play lineup.

Feb 15 at The Jewish Museum: Bang on a Can All-Stars Play Philip Glass

At the same time that artists such as Marta Minujín and her New York Pop Art contemporaries were challenging the art establishment of the 1960s, there were also composers using ideas from popular culture to take on the institutions of serious music. With “Bang on a Can All-Stars Play Philip Glass,” a program including Glass’s iconic late 1960s works Music in 5ths and Two Pages, the All-Stars play music that reflects the time and ideals of Pop Art—experimental versus classical, high versus low—the time Minujín first broke into New York and ideals that remain evident in her work today.

This event is presented in conjunction with the current Jewish Museum exhibition Marta Minujín: Arte! Arte! Arte!

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