Anthracite Fields in Wroclaw

Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields – May 19

Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields at Zankel Hall on May 19!

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.

Performed by:

Bang on a Can All-Stars
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street – Lidiya Yankovskaya, conductor

Jeff Sugg, Scenography and Projection Design

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Robert Black "First Friday"

First Fridays with Robert Black – May 6

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

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LONG PLAY FESTIVAL! – April 29-May 1, 2022

“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

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

Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields – May 19

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 the Bang on a Can All-Stars and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street as they perform this “major profound work” (Los Angeles Times) for the first time or be moved by it once again.

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Asphalt Orchestra at 2015 Bang on a Can Marathon
Asphalt Orchestra at 2015 Bang on a Can Marathon download original

Stephanie Berger

Asphalt Orchestra – May 22 in Bryant Park

Julia Wolfe caps her Carnegie Hall residency with a one-of-a-kind event in Manhattan’s Bryant Park, Asphalt Orchestra. Also featuring guest artists Pan In Motion, the program includes world premieres by first-time Carnegie Hall–commissioned composers Leila Adu, Jeffrey Brooks, and Kendall Williams, further highlighting Wolfe’s longtime reputation as a champion of innovative new works. Catch the beginning of the performance at the side of the park near the New York Public Library, or join the performers along the way as they march toward the main lawn!

April 13: Julia Wolfe’s Cruel Sister at Carnegie Hall

Julia Wolfe: Cruel Sister

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

7:30 PM Zankel Hall

Julia Wolfe tells a harrowing story of sibling rivalry and murder in Cruel Sister. Based on an Old English ballad, Wolfe uses biting string attacks, unsettling drones, and otherworldly strumming and plucking to create an eerie and darkly menacing soundscape. When Cruel Sister was performed at David Lang’s 2014 collected stories series in Zankel Hall, the audience was mesmerized. Experience this haunting work and hear one of music’s most compelling musical storytellers.

Performers

Ensemble Signal
Brad Lubman, Music Director and Conductor
Tessa Lark, Violin

Program

MICHAEL GORDON Weather One
JULIA WOLFE With a blue dress on
JULIA WOLFE Cruel Sister

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March 3: Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer at Carnegie Hall

Julia Wolfe – in residence at Carnegie Hall this season!

Steel Hammer – March 3

Steel Hammer is a meditation on over 200 versions of the John Henry ballad. The various versions, based on hearsay, recollection, and tall tales, reveal both the evolution of the story, as well as the timeless tale of human versus machine. Many of the facts are unclear, but regardless of the details, John Henry, wielding a steel hammer, faced the onslaught of the industrial age as his super-human strength is challenged in a contest to out-dig an engine. The Bang on a Can All-Stars add a slew of instruments to their usual line up – mountain dulcimer, wooden bones, banjo, harmonicas, and body percussion, as well as a dynamic trio of three female voices to tell the tale. Featuring singers Molly Netter, Rebecca Hargrove, and Sonya Headlam.

March 4: First Fridays with Robert Black

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.

Program:

Robert Black – Instant Compositions (today)

 

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.

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First Fridays with Robert Black – Feb 4

February 4, 2022 at 12 noon ET

PROGRAM: “Multi-Bass”

Angélica Negrón – La Isla Mágica
Julia Wolfe – Stronghold 

This month’s First Friday augments the solo double bass with pre-recorded tracks.  Angélica Negrón’s La Isla Magica washes over us with a bright and bubbly electronic accompaniment of joyous optimism.  Julia Wolfe’s Stronghold takes us into the dark and brooding world of a double bass orchestra with 7 pre-recorded Robert Blacks (and one live) in a mind-bending bass trip.  Come for the party, stay for the journey!

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.

This is a free concert! But please consider purchasing a ticket just the same. Doing so will help us to do more performances, pay more players, commission more composers, and share more music worldwide.

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