LOUD Weekend 2024

LOUD Weekend at MASS MoCA
August 1 – 3, 2024

A fully loaded, three-day, eclectic super-mix of creative, experimental and unusual music

Detailed 2024 schedule coming soon! Scroll down for more info on the 2024 LOUD Weekend artists and programs.

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“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

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“LOUD WEEKEND! We are thrilled to fill the spectacular MASS MoCA with music that will change your life. Come join us for a packed weekend of live music as renegade composers and performers take the stage. We’ll be there to greet you, hang out, and share the listening experience” – Michael Gordon, David Lang & Julia Wolfe

Fueled by more than three decades of Marathon concerts, Long Play Festival in Brooklyn, countless world tours and staged productions, 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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LOUD Weekend 2024: 

    • Legendary composer-vocalist Meredith Monk and percussionist John Hollenbeck team up on opening night in Duet Behavior –  an intimate evening of Monk’s music as it has never been experienced. Through a conversational approach, long-time friends and colleagues Monk and Hollenbeck expand and improvise on pieces from across Monk’s 50+ year catalogue, combining her pioneering vocal magic with his inventive and masterful percussion to generate new arrangements of Monk’s iconic compositions.
    • MEMORY GAME featuring the truly incomparable Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble with the electric Bang on a Can All-Stars explores all-new arrangements of never-before-recorded selections from her award-winning sci-fi opera The Games,and more.
    • SHABAKA, one of today’s undeniably leading voices of British Jazz (Sons of Kemet, The Comet Is Coming, the Ancestors) teams up with the Bang on a Can All-Stars for a meditative journey through a sea of sound.
    • Huang Ruo‘s extraordinary string quartet A Dust In Time traces a meditative journey inspired by Tibetan Buddhist sand mandalas.
    • Queens College Gamelan Yowana Sari performs new works by Michael Gordon, Kyle Miller, Vivian Fung, Balinese master composer Dewa Alit, Margapati (traditional) and more.
    • Exceptional and incomparable cellist Maya Beiser has singularly reinvented solo cello performance through her virtuosity, eclectic repertoire, her rock-star charisma, and her passion for new ideas. Here she takes on Terry Riley’s minimalist manifesto In C, armed with just her instrument, a looping machine and a pair of percussionists, Shane Shanahan and Matt Kilmer.
    • Hatis Noit is a Japanese vocal performer hailing from distant Shiretoko in Hokkaido who now resides in London. Her accomplished range is astonishingly self-taught, inspired by everything she could find from Gagaku — Japanese classical music — and operatic styles, Bulgarian and Gregorian chanting, to avant-garde and pop vocalists.
    • HxH is the improvisatory electro-acoustic duo of Lester St. Louis and Chris Williams. The duo utilizes a mix of trumpet, cello and electronics to build worlds traversing through expansive pools of acoustic and electric sounds, grainy textures, breaks, cuts and beats.
    • GEORGE is Anna Webber tenor sax/flute, Sarah Rossy voice/keyboard, Chiquita Magic  keyboards/voice, and John Hollenbeck  drums/piano/composition. All bandleaders in their own right, their group sound is firmly planted outside any categories or labels, so good luck with that! From experimental jazz, ambient electronics, chamber music and more.
    • Tristan Perich’s Dual Synthesis for 1-bit electronics and harpsichord performed by long-time Bang on a Can collaborator Karl Larson.
    • Lainie Fefferman’s White Fire is the composer-singer’s one-woman-band feminist Torah commentary. She writes, “These songs are my own entrance into the practice of Midrash: the rich and wild Jewish tradition of interpreting and retelling Hebrew Bible stories through modern lenses.
    • Some prayers are gentle, some are about spreading good will and health and happiness throughout the world. Some are just about getting a good night’s sleep. Hear David Lang’s prayers for night and sleep on a special concert set of David’s vocal music.
    • Annika Socolofsky sings Don’t Say a Word, a song cycle of feminist-rager lullabies for a new queer era, and then goes ‘Country’ as EmmyJean Jenkins and Friends.
    • Marcos Balter’s Meltdown Upshot, originally written for a large ensemble plus Deerhoof, featuring Bang on a Can All-Star David Cossin on drum-set!
    • Mathew Rosenblum’s We Lived Happily During the War, ​​inspired by a poem by Ilya Kaminsky, plus Circadian Rhythms, for microtonal custom-designed percussion.
    • Guest composer Jeffrey Brooks returns with a brand new work for 2024.
    • tilt (vocalist Isabel Crespo Pardo, vocalist/bassist Carmen Quill, and trombonist/vocalist Kalia Vandever) combine to create intricate, viscerally affecting art-pop that blends carefully composed interwoven motifs with improvisation.
    • Lesley Flanigan’s Resonances is a performance and installation for voice, speakers, electronic tone, and the resonance between. Small wooden speakers act as a choral ensemble for the listener to experience as a meditation on how we listen.
    • In Symphony for Open Strings, Dutch-master composer Louis Andriessen has twelve strings all tuned differently and playing only on the four open strings. The sonic result is extremely mysterious and fascinating, powerful and dramatic.
    • George Crumb’s hauntingly beautiful Quest for guitar, soprano saxophone, harp, double bass, and percussion expresses the concept of a ‘quest’ as a long and tortuous journey towards an ecstatic and transfigured feeling of ‘arrival.’
    • Julius Eastman’s insistent and mesmerizing open-score work Gay Guerrilla seethes with a tension that continues to both resonate with and challenge the boundaries of the classical and minimalist music scene today as when it was composed over 40 years ago.
    • WORLD PREMIERES by the 2024 summer festival composition fellows Jessica Ackerley, Anak Baiharn, Maya Fridman, Alex Groves, Juwon Lim, Justin Wright, Annija Zarina, Alexey Logunov
    • Music by Bang on a Can co-founders Michael Gordon. David Lang, and Julia Wolfe.
    • Performances by Vicky Chow, David Cossin, Kebra Seyoun-Charles, Arlen Hlusko, Nick Photinos, Todd Reynolds, Mark Stewart, Maya Stone, Ken Thomson, plus fellows from the 2024 Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA.
    • PLUS MORE!

LOUD Weekend at MASS MoCA is the culminating event of the 22nd annual Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA, a tremendously influential professional development program led by today’s pioneers of experimental music for young composers and performers selected from an international applicant pool. The festival runs July 16-31, 2024.

HAPPY 25TH ANNIVERSARY MASS MoCA! This year’s LOUD Weekend festival also celebrates 25 years of cutting edge music and art at MASS MoCA. Bang on a Can is thrilled to have been part of it all from the very beginning! In fact, Bang on a Can’s first collaborative partnership with MASS MoCA was a co-production of the comic-book opera The Carbon Copy Building in August 2000.

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Supporters

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Francis Goelet Charitable Trust, The Joe Holt Charitable Fund, the Amphion FoundationASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund, Valerie Dillon and Daniel Lewis, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia UniversityRobert Black Foundation Bass Scholarship, Herb Leventer, Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting, Art Music Denmark and the Danish Arts Foundation, and Williamson Foundation for Music.

Special thanks go out to Drury High School, Conte Middle School, Williams College, and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Concert pianos provided courtesy of Falcetti Pianos, offering new and used pianos, rentals, and service. Locations in Springfield and Natick, MA.

Bang on a Can’s 2024 programs are made possible with generous lead support from: Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Alan Baker, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, Amphion Foundation, ASCAP and ASCAP Foundation, Atlantic Records, Daniel Baldini, 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, Japan Foundation, Alan Kifferstein & Joan Finkelstein, Michael Kushner, Leslie Lassiter, Herb Leventer, Raulee Marcus, MASS MoCA, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Jeremy Mindich & Amy Smith, Elizabeth Murrell & Gary Haney, New Music USA, New York Community Trust, New York State Council on the Arts, Paula Cooper, Justus & Elizabeth Schlichting, Scopia Capital Management, Matthew Sirovich & Meredith Elson, Maria & Robert A. Skirnick, Jane Stewart, Sandra Tait and Hal Foster, David Tochen & Mary Beth Schiffman, Williamson Foundation for Music, and Wolfensohn Family Foundation.

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