Bang on a Can Music Institute hosted by the National Center for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) in Moscow

February 23-27, 2014

The Bang on a Can Music Institute hosted by the NCCA (National Center for Contemporary Arts) in Moscow is a five-day residency that will bring together eleven performers from across Russia who have been selected to participate in a program that emphasizes musical collaboration through workshops, seminars, rehearsals, and performances featuring the young Russian musicians playing side-by-side with the Bang on a Can All-Stars, who are among today's leading and innovative contemporary American musicians. The Bang on a Can All-Stars have dedicated their lives to commissioning, rehearsing, recording and performing music beyond the cutting edge and are delighted with the opportunity to work alongside Russia's like-minded musicians.

The Bang on a Can Music Institute in Moscow is a community-building partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and the NCCA, bringing the creative and cooperative ethos of Bang on a Can's annual Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA to Moscow. In addition to its immediate value for the participating musicians who will learn from their immersion in contemporary American music from master performers, the Bang on a Can Institute in Moscow offers promise for peaceful engagement, defying boundaries, bringing together musicians, composers, and audiences from across borders and around the world to create long-lasting musical friendships.

The eleven musician fellows selected to participate in the first Bang on a Can Music Institute in Moscow are Maria Alikhanova, flute; Maria Sadurnidova, piano; Anton Izgagin, double bass; Anna Gelyuk, percussion; Elizaveta Koshkina, violin; Mikhail Krutik, violin; Anna Schegoleva, cello; Alexander Pilchen, violin; Serj Poltavski, viola; Dmitriy Radzetckiy, guitar; Artur Zobnin, violin.


The program will primarily take place at the Museum Scriabin in Moscow. 

The Institute will also include two public performances held at the Strasnoy Theater in Moscow in addition to daily recitals at 6pm from February 24-26 at the Museum Scriabin.

On February 23, the first day of the Institute, the Bang on a Can All-Stars will perform UNPOP at the Strasnoy Theater featuring music by Julia Wolfe, Lukas Ligeti, Steve Martland, Brian Eno, and Louis Andriessen

On February 27, members of the Institute and their new colleagues in the Bang on a Can All-Stars will perform the repertoire they have been preparing together in ensembles during the program, featuring works by David Lang, Michael Gordon, Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, and Frederic Rzewski

Click here to learn more about NCCA.

Click here for more information about the Bang on a Can All-Stars.

For more information, please contact Philippa: philippa [at] bangonacan [dot] org.

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This program is made possible with the generous financial support of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.


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