The Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival (at 300 Ashland Plaza, corner of Flatbush and Lafayette) is an annual celebration of Downtown Brooklyn’s cultural community and the artists, writers, and performers who inspire the borough’s creative spirit. The Oct 4-6 festival will host free, special programming, including theater, poetry, dance, music, and performance, from some of Brooklyn’s most celebrated cultural organizations. 

Saturday, October 5 is DBAF’s Community Day, offering several hands-on activities with artists and institutions, including Mark Stewart’s Orchestra of Original Instruments, an instrument-building workshop led by guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Mark Stewart (Bang on a Can All-Stars) to create instruments and sound-makers from ordinary materials that will lead into an interactive, group fanfare performance.

At 4:30pm, Asphalt Orchestra, Bang on a Can’s radical street band that brings ambitious processional music to the mobile masses, performs their singular takes on music by the Pixies, Thomas Mapfumo, Charles Mingus, Frank Zappa, and more. 

It's all FREE!

3-4:30 Mark Stewart's Orchestra of Original Instruments

4:30 Asphalt Orchestra

Theo Bleckmann Performs Hello Earth! - The Music of Kate Bush

Grammy nominated jazz singer and new music composer Theo Bleckmann takes on the mysterious songbook of British pop icon Kate Bush in a project that goes beyond re-creating her music to further realms of sound and interpretation. Joining him in this venture are long-time collaborator percussionist Ben Wittman, bassist Skuli Sverrisson, and keyboardist Henry Hey, along with special guest, multi-instrumentalist Caleb Burhans on viola, guitar, and laptop. This season’s Bang on a Can performances celebrate the power of artists voices, which resonates with themes in the Museum’s fall exhibitions.

The Bang on a Can All-Stars and the NDR choir, directed by Ralf Sochaczewsky, perform Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields in the Staatsoper Hannover. This performance is part of the Niedersächsischen Musiktage!

Balún is a self-proclaimed "dreambow" quartet whose members hail from Puerto Rico. Though currently residing in New York City, Island culture remains the cornerstone of their forward-thinking, malleable sound. Balún incorporates Caribbean rhythms, old school dembow, glitchy IDM and dreamy dance pop into tunes that are slick and modern but firmly rooted in the traditional sounds of their homeland. balunonline.com

This performance at the Noguchi Museum is free as part of Free First Friday. 

Friday August 2


3:30 PM
Special Welcome Show in the Courtyard!
Bang on a Can Street Ensemble
Charles Mingus: The Shoes of the Fisherman's Wife Are Some Jiveass Slippers (arr Jose Davila, orch Ed RosenBerg III)
Tatsuya Yoshida: Zwimbarrac Khafzavrapp (arr Ken Thomson)

4:00pm
MUSIC BY JULIUS EASTMAN, ANNIE GOSFIELD, PAMELA Z
[Hunter Center]

JULIUS EASTMAN, Gay Guerrilla | ANNIE GOSFIELD, Flying Sparks and Heavy Machinery | PAMELA Z, Attention (with film)

5:30pm
DITHER plays TRISTAN PERICH: Interference Logic
[Building 6 Event Space]

6:00pm
PETER MAXWELL DAVIES, Eight Songs for a Mad King
[Club B10]

6:30pm
SOO-YEON LYUH plays Music for the Haegum
[The Chalet]

7:30pm
BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS play FIELD RECORDINGS with special guest PAMELA Z
[Hunter Center]

Music by Anna Clyne, Ben Frost, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Todd Reynolds, Julia Wolfe, Pamela Z, and more

8:30pm
MICHAEL RIESMAN plays PHILIP GLASS
[Wardwell Gallery]

9:00pm
DITHER plays BRENDON RANDALL-MYERS, Dynamics of Vanishing Bodies
[Club B10]

LESLEY FLANIGAN
[The Chalet]

10:00pm
BRIAN ENO, Discreet Music performed by CONTACT with film Deck by SUZANNE BOCANEGRA
[Hunter Center]

11:00pm
BANG ON A CAN STREET ENSEMBLE
Ruth Crawford-Seeger: String Quartet II-IV (arr Nathan Koci)
Meredith Monk: St Petersburg Waltz (arr Ken Thomson)
Tatsuya Yoshida: Zwimbarrac Khafzavrapp (arr Ken Thomson)
Talking Heads: Once in a Lifetime (arr Ken Thomosn)
[The Chalet]


Saturday August 3
 

11:15am
ORCHESTRA OF ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTS with Mark Stewart
[Couryard A]

12:00pm
WORLD PREMIERE COMPOSER CONCERT 1
Music by Sophia Jani, Soo Yeon Lyuh, Darian Donovan Thomas, Dai Wei
[Hunter Center]

12:00pm - 5:00pm
FOUND SOUND NATION'S OUROBORIUM
Interactive Geodesic Dome (Family Friendly!)
[Building 6.1A]

1:00 PM
BANG ON A CAN STREET ENSEMBLE
Conlon Nancarrow: Study No 20 (arr Ken Thomson)
Ruth Crawford-Seeger: String Quartet II-IV (arr Nathan Koci)
[Spencer Finch gallery]

1:30 PM
ANNEA LOCKWOOD, Thousand Year Dreaming [Building 6 Event Space]
2:00 PM

PETER MAXWELL DAVIES, Eight Songs for a Mad King
[Club B10]

2:30 PM
GREGG AUGUST ENSEMBLE The Audacity Of Forgiveness
[The Chalet]

3:30pm
HANS ABRAHAMSEN, Schnee 
[Hunter Center]

5:00pm
CONTACT plays CANADA 
Allison Cameron, Jordan Nobles, Andrew Noseworthy, Jerry Pergolesi, Ann Southam
[Building 4 Gallery]
PAMELA Z
[The Chalet]
6:00pm
JULIUS EASTMAN, Stay On It 
[Club B10]

6:30pm
JULIANNA BARWICK
[Hunter Center]

7:30 PM
ROBERT BLACK plays Moore, Xenakis, Glass
[Building 5 Gallery]

8:30pm
SUN RA ARKESTRA 
[Hunter Center]

9:30pm
ANNIE GOSFIELD, Detroit Industry & Almost Truths and Open Deceptions [Club B10]
HORSE LORDS 
[The Chalet]

11:00pm
PHILIP GLASS: Dracula with film
[Hunter Center]

12:00am
TRISTAN PERICH 
[The Chalet]


Sunday August 4

11:30am
WORLD PREMIERE COMPOSER CONCERT 2 
Music by Rafailia Bampasidou, Matiss Cudars, Celia Swart, Phong Tran
[Hunter Center]

12:30pm
TERRY RILEY: In C
[Building 6 Event Space]

12:00 - 3:00pm
Found Sound Nation's Ouroborium
Interactive Geodesic Dome (Family Friendly!)
[Building 6.1A]

1:00pm
ANNIE GOSFIELD & ROGER KLEIER plus 
  KARL LARSON 

[Club B10]

2:30pm
MICHAEL GORDON, DAVID LANG, JULIA WOLFE

PAMELA Z, Attention | DAVID LANG, prayers for night and sleep | JULIA WOLFE, my lips from speaking | MICHAEL GORDON, Dry
[Hunter Center]

4:00pm
PAULINE OLIVEROS: The Worldwide Tuning Meditation
IONE, meditation instructor
[Hunter Center]

So much music your head will spin. In a good way, not like the Exorcist.

 

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Tonight, before the big LOUD Weekend, come to The Chalet for a live kareoke beyond your weirdest, wildest dreams. 10PM to Whenever...

As 75 Dollar Bill, plywood crate percussionist Rick Brown and guitarist Che Chen make electric, richly patterned music that can shape shift from joyful dance tunes to slowly changing trance minimalism - an uncategorizable hybrid which draws on early electric blues, the modal traditions of West Africa, India and the Middle East, Sun Ra’s space chords and the minimalist and No Wave histories of their home town. 

For this event the group will present a special set of material conceived with the unique environs of the Noguchi Museum in mind. The event is free with museum admission.