“Long Play has been around only since last year, but it is already the most important classical music festival in New York City.” [NYTimes]
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!
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.
Long Play 2024 (additional artists and more details to be announced):
Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith Correspondences (US premiere)
Jeff Mills Tomorrow Comes the Harvest
Steve Reich Music for 18 Musicians
Bang on a Can All-Stars play Ryuichi Sakamoto, 1996 (live premiere)
blankFor.ms, Jason Moran, Marcus Gilmore play Refract
Kuniko Kato plays Steve Reich Drumming
Ligeti Quartet • Anna Meredith: Nuc (US Premiere)
Anna Webber: Shimmer Wince
Claire Chase + JACK Quartet play Terry Riley
Claire Chase – Density Project
Darius Jones fLuXkit Sextet (US Premiere)
David Lang the little match girl passion, performed by Ekmeles
Dither performs Laurie Spiegel’s The Expanding Universe
DoYeon Kim Quartet
Du Yun + OK Miss
Eileen Myles, Steve Gunn and Ryan Sawyer Trio
Ekmeles performs George Lewis and Hannah Kendall
Éliane Radigue and Carol Robinson: OCCAM HEXA V, performed by Ensemble Klang (NY Premiere)
Immanuel Wilkins + Jason Moran
International Contemporary Ensemble plays Courtney Bryan
Iwo Jedynecki plays Philip Glass Etudes
The Jazz Passengers
J. Pavone String Ensemble
Josh Johnson – Unusual Object (NY Premiere)
Julia Wolfe Forbidden Love, performed by Sō Percussion
Ligeti Quartet plays Ligeti String Quartets
Marc Ribot performs Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid
Michael Gordon Rushes
Mivos Quartet plays Ingrid Laubrock, George Lewis, and Henry Threadgill
Mivos Quartet performs the Complete String Quartets of Steve Reich
Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble plays Alex Paxton (US Premiere)
Peter Adriaansz’s Environments, performed by Ensemble Klang (US Premiere)
Queens College Gamelan Yowana Sari (with Dewa Alit and Talujon)
Rafiq Bhatia with Chris Pattishall
Raw Poetic and Damu the Fudgemunk
Rebekah Heller plays Steve Reich (world premiere) and Julius Eastman
access to all 3 days of Long Play events, including the marquee concerts at BAM—Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith Correspondences (May 3), Jeff Mills: Tomorrow Comes the Harvest (May 4), and Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians featuring Bang on a Can All-Stars and Friends (May 5).
an exclusive pre-festival concert featuring a world premiere by legendary composer Terry Riley performed by flutist extraordinaire Claire Chase + JACK Quartet on Thursday, May 2 at Public Records
special pre-show hang with Bang on a Can and Steve Reich on Sunday May 5, and other special events to be announced.
Supporter Passes also FULLY subsidize the purchase of one LONG PLAY 2024 day-pass for persons unable to afford a full priced ticket.
A 3-day pass (sold through our partners at the BAM box office) gets you access to marquee concerts at BAM—Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith Correspondences, Jeff Mills: Tomorrow Comes the Harvest, and Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians featuring Bang on a Can All-Stars and Friends—as well as access to more than 50 other Long Play concerts while supplies last. Please note that all Long Play concerts are subject to venue capacity limits.
Single-day passes will be available in early March via the BAM box office.
It’s important to us that cost is not an ultimate barrier to new musical experiences. If you feel you are in need of a discount, please drop us a line at: [email protected].
LONG PLAY is particularly grateful for the generous lead support from the Howard Gilman Foundation, Kettering Family Foundation, ASCAP, Qobuz, and Atlantic Records. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council of the Arts. Pianos supplied by Yamaha.
For information on sponsorship opportunities for the 2024 Long Play Festival, please contact Bang on a Can’s Development Director, Laura Patterson, [email protected]. Sponsors support artist fees, production costs, and promotions for over fifty concerts at eight venues throughout Brooklyn. Bang on a Can is a 501-C3 charitable organization, all donations are tax deductible. All sponsors will be properly credited for their support.
Bang on a Can’s current programs are made possible with generous lead support from: Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, Amphion Foundation, ASCAP and ASCAP Foundation, Atlantic Records, Daniel Baldini, Stephen A. Block, Bishop Fund, City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs, Valerie Dillon and Daniel Lewis, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Jaffe Family Foundation, Kettering Family Foundation, Alan Kifferstein & Joan Finkelstein, Michael Kushner, Leslie Lassiter, Herb Leventer, Raulee Marcus, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Jeremy Mindich & Amy Smith, Elizabeth Murrell & Gary Haney, National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, New York Community Trust, New York State Council on the Arts (with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature), Justus & Elizabeth Schlichting, Scopia Capital Management, Matthew Sirovich & Meredith Elson, Maria & Robert A. Skirnick, Jane & Dick Stewart, Sandra Tait and Hal Foster, David Tochen & Mary Beth Schiffman, The Family of Cece Wasserman, Williamson Foundation for Music, Adam Wolfensohn & Jennifer Small, and Wolfensohn Family Foundation.
Long Play logo by Greg Simpson at Ephemera Design.