L’Rain at the Noguchi Museum – Sept 24!

On Friday, September 24, 2021 at 6:30pm, Bang on a Can and The Noguchi Museum present the next concert in our Artists at Noguchi season. Celebrating our eleventh season of collaboration, the Bang on a Can | Artists at Noguchi series features musicians performing an inclusive blend of music from across genres and across the world.

Under the mononym, L’Rain, Brooklyn native Taja Cheek has quickly become an acclaimed figure in New York experimental music. A multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and vocalist, her songs are equally rooted in r&b, jazz, noise, and pop, at once visceral, spiritual, ethereal, and urgent. Her performances are informed by her interest in the history of contemporary art and the legacy of downtown performance in New York City. She is particularly interested in exploring the complex nuance of black grief and its proximity to black joy, using voice memos and other manipulated samples recorded in her hometown as inspiration and source material.

MORE INFO AT THE NOGUCHI MUSEUM WEBSITE

Bang on a Can | Artists at Noguchi – Jessica Pavone – Aug 13

Friday, August 13, 2021
Doors 6:15pm | Performance 6:30pm–7:30pm
The Noguchi Museum | 9-01 33rd Road | Long Island City, NY
www.noguchi.org/bangonacan

Celebrating our eleventh season of collaboration, on Friday, Bang on a Can and The Noguchi Museum present the first of three concerts in the 2021 Artists at Noguchi season, a monthly series of performances in the Museum’s garden and galleries.  On August 13, violist and composer Jessica Pavone will present an acoustic program of original music for solo viola. The New York Times has described Pavone’s music as “distinct and beguiling…its core is steely, and its execution clear.” Her indeterminate pieces for solo viola stem from years of concentrated long tone practice and an interest in repetition, song form, and the interplay between musical instrument and the human body. She combines her long-tone rituals with delay, understated melodies, and sparse lyrical content while continuously experimenting with new forms within the music. The compositions are informed by her physical relationship to her instrument and the role the body plays in the sound and intention. In 2011, Pavone was featured in NPR’s “The Mix: 100 Composers Under 40” and The Wire magazine has since praised her “ability to transform a naked tonal gesture into something special.”

This performance will take place in The Noguchi Museum’s first floor gallery, with only 30 public tickets available. Tickets are $10 (the same price as museum admission) and allow patrons access to the galleries and garden after hours. Doors open at 6:15pm and the performance runs from 6:30pm–7:30pm. Masks are required.

The Bang on a Can | Artists at Noguchi series features musicians performing an inclusive blend of music from across genres and across the world. Concerts in September and October will be announced soon.

First Fridays with Robert Black – Aug 6

August 6, 2021 at 12 noon ET

PROGRAM

Jakhongir Shukur: Potter’s Wheel
Carman Moore: STALLION
James Sellars: Prelude from Suite

The August edition of First Fridays with Robert Black brings you three master compositions by three master composers – Jakhongir Shukur’s Potter’s Wheel, a gently beguiling perpetual motion machine, Carman Moore’s STALLION, a charming and witty gallop, and the achingly beautiful Prelude by James Sellars from his 5 movement Suite.  A program guaranteed to touch the heart, titillate the mind, and make you smile.

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.

First Fridays with Robert Black

Daily Concerts @ MASS MoCA – Now thru July 29

If you are lucky enough to visit MASS MoCA In the coming days you are likely to hear sounds coming from every nook and cranny. But at 1:30 and 4:30 PM the fellows and faculty of the summer festival present extraordinary music to the public, free with museum admission. Best of all, these uncommon performances happen in and among the art itself.

FRIDAY, JULY 30

1:30 (Wardwell Gallery)

ams by Nathan Bales

Raina Arnett (violin), Brian Krock (clarinet), Emma Antonides (viola), Annaliese Kowert (violin), Lila Meretzky (piano), Camellia Aftahi (bass)

haven’t yet by Luke Ellwood

Luke Ellwood (clarinet), Raina Arnett (violin), Emma Antonides (viola), Nick Photinos (cello)

 

LOUD Weekend @ MASS MoCA – Special Guests Kronos Quartet!

Bang on a Can and MASS MoCA Present
LOUD Weekend

Friday, July 30 & Saturday, July 31, 2021

We’re back! We’re live! We’re LOUD WEEKEND! This year we welcome our friends the Kronos Quartet, the intrepid troubadours of experimental music who come bearing ear-bending world premieres by Terry Riley, Mary Kouyoumdjian and Sky Macklay.  We pay tribute to Martin Bresnick, a shining light of American music celebrating his 75th birthday.  We open the second LW as we did the first, with the overlooked, and now newly discovered minimalist giant Julius Eastman.  We walk into the wondrous world of Dana Jessen and her switched-on bassoon featuring George Lewis’s ground-shaking Seismologic.  We welcome the joyous jazz-infused music of singer/violinist Mazz Swift.  We take an other-worldly trip into Gérard Grisey’s Vortex TemporumRobert Honstein takes us on an exquisite sonic walking tour through the rooms of his childhood home.  We are transported into the voices, songs and stories that run through Nathalie Joachim’s powerful Famn d’Ayiti.  And so much more!

We pay special tribute to our friend and mentor, the late-great Louis Andriessen.  And we are honored to present the world premiere of one of Frederic Rzewski’s last compositions, Amoramaro, which he wrote for the amazing pianist Lisa Moore.

We spent the pandemic presenting 10 online solo marathons – commissioning composers, supporting musicians, doing what we could to keep the experimental music world alive.  Running throughout Loud Weekend are 19 of these Pandemic Solos, all receiving their first performances in front of a live audience, all commissioned by Bang on a Can. Plus – a highlight of every summer – world premieres by the newest freshest voices of the Composer Fellows!

FULL SCHEDULE

A fully loaded, 2-day, eclectic super-mix of minimal, experimental and electronic music

General Admission 2-Day Pass $95; Preferred 2-Day Pass $150

MASS MoCA Member Pre-sale Thursday, June 24 at 12pm EDT

General Tickets Available Friday, June 25 at 12pm EDT

TICKETS

Bang on a Can LOUD Weekend at MASS MoCA hourly schedule (subject to change):

Friday, July 30, 2021: 4pm-11pm

3:30pm

O of OI (The Orchestra of Original Instruments)

[Front Courtyard]

4:00pm

JULIUS EASTMAN, Femenine 

[Hunter Center]

5;30pm

LISA MOORE plays FREDERIC RZEWSKI’s Amoramaro (World Premiere) and more

Philip Glass Mad Rush | Don Byron Seven Etudes | Frederic Rzewski Amoramaro | Martin Bresnick Ishi’s Song, Bundists 

[Building 6 Event Space]

5:30pm

ARLEN HLUSKO plays “The Pandemic Solos”, commissioned by Bang on a Can

World premieres by Gabriel Kahane, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Leyla McCalla [Spencer Finch Gallery]

6:45pm

MARTIN BRESNICK 75TH BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE

Martin Bresnick Caprichos Enfaticos and Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano 

[Hunter Center]

8:15pm

Bang on a Can Summer Festival Faculty play “The Pandemic Solos”, commissioned by Bang on a Can

TODD REYNOLDS plays world premiere by Dai Wei and music by Paul De Jong

LAUREN RADNOFSKY plays world premiere by Brad Lubman

GREGG AUGUST plays world premiere by Ailie Robertson

[Club B10]

8:15pm

BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS play music by Louis Andriessen, Philip Glass, and Meredith Monk

Meredith Monk Spaceship (arr. Michael Gordon) | Louis Andriessen Workers Union | Philip Glass Closing (arr. Michael Riesman)

[Building 6 Event Space]

9:00pm

KRONOS QUARTET plays music by Jlin, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Tanya Tagaq, Stacy Garrop, Mary Kouyoumdjian*, Abel Meeropol, Antonio Haskell, Jacob Garchick (*world premiere)[Hunter Center]

10:15pm

GÉRARD GRISEY, Vortex Temporum

[Building 6 Event Space]

10:15pm

BANDA DE LOS MUERTOS

[The Chalet]

Saturday, July 31, 2021: 10:30am-11pm

10:30am 

“Listening Session” with DAVID HARRINGTON (Kronos Quartet)

[Club B10]

11:00am

ROBERT BLACK plays “The Pandemic Solos”, commissioned by Bang on a Can

World premieres by Žibuoklė Martinaitytė, Jakhongir Shukur, María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir

[Building 6 Events Space]

12:00pm

NEWEST VOICES WORLD PREMIERE COMPOSER CONCERT

Music by Nathan Bales, Erich Barganier, Christian Quiñones, Theo Baer, Melika Fitzhugh, Brian Krock, Lila Meretzky

[Hunter Center]

1:45pm

DANA JESSEN plays Through a Fragile Traverse with video by Eli Stine

Dana Jessen, Through a Fragile Traverse plus George Lewis, Seismologic 

[Club B10]

2:00pm

MICHAEL GORDON, Weather One | DAVID LANG, almost all the time

[Building 6 Events Space]

3:00pm

STEVE REICH, Quartet | JULIA WOLFE, Dark Full Ride

[Hunter Center]

4:00pm

ROBERT HONSTEIN, Soul House

[Building 6 Events Space]

4:15pm

SHELLEY WASHINGTON, Uniforms, Silk, Big Talk 

[Club B10]

5:00pm

NATHALIE JOACHIM sings Fanm d’Ayiti

[Hunter Center]

6:00pm

BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS play “The Pandemic Solos”, commissioned by Bang on a Can

World premieres by Anna Clyne, Nick Dunston, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Aeryn Santillan.

[Club B10]

6:00pm

BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS play “The Pandemic Solos”, commissioned by Bang on a Can

World premieres by Leila Adu, Jeffrey Brooks, Sophie Cash, Florent Ghys, Trevor Weston.

[Hunter Center]

7:00pm

15-minute POP UP TBA?

7:30pm

KRONOS QUARTET plays music by Nicole Lizee, Terry Riley*, Soo Yeon Lyuh, Bryce Dessner, Sky Macklay*, Michael Gordon (*world premiere)

[Hunter Center]

9:00pm

MAZZ SWIFT

[Club B10]

9:00pm

SOO-YEON LYUH plays music for the Haegum

[The Chalet]

10:00pm

BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS play TERRY RILEY, Autodreamographical Tales

[Hunter Center]

“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

 

 

Louis Andriessen at MASS MoCA North Adams, MA July 2003 © Jeffrey Herman

Tribute to Louis Andriessen

Everyone at Bang on a Can has been devastated by the loss of our friend, the great Dutch composer Louis Andriessen.

Our musical relationship with Louis goes back before Bang on a Can, to when we were young composers trying to figure out what making music could mean.  As he did for young composers everywhere, he welcomed us, he taught us, he gave us a glimpse into a world in which a composer could be open to radical innovation, open to challenging music’s social place and power, open to building a community of composers and musicians who cared about each other, listened to each other, and helped each other.  We learned so much from him.

Louis’ music has been a huge presence at Bang on a Can.  One of the centerpieces of our very first event, the 1987 Marathon, was the US premiere of the 2 piano version of Louis’ De Staat, played by the fantastic Dutch group Pianoduo.  Over the years we’ve performed Louis’ music many many times – the New York premiere of his monumental work De Tijd, the premiere of his heartbreaking piece with film – Life – which we commissioned and toured around the world, plus countless performances of Hoketus, Workers Union and Hout, and many more.

These performances all flowed from Louis’ greatness as a composer, but he meant so much more to us than that.  We were constantly refreshed by his rebellious do-it-yourself spirit, his relentless pursuit of big ideas, his courageous and virtuosic impracticality, his fierce commitment to art, and the community of all who share it.  His belief in the artistic spirit inspired us, embraced us, encouraged us, and we will continue to live with his spirit in our hearts.

-Michael, David, Julie

Michael Gordon’s JULY – 31 short piano pieces

In spring of 2020, in isolation, I wrote a short piano piece every day. At the end of the day I would send the piece to the pianist Vicky Chow. On each day in July 2020, Vicky released the 31 piano works, one a day, on Instagram. Now in 2021 we are sharing July with an amazing array of pianists.               — Michael Gordon

Watch and listen to July

First Friday with Robert Black – July 2!

First Fridays with Robert Black
July 2, 12noon ET

Program:
Marcel Zaes – Moments of Doubt

Quiet. Still. Beautiful. Gentle. Calm. Hypnotic. Fascinating. This month, First Fridays with Robert Black immerses you in the simple yet complex sound world of Marcel Zaes with his Moments of Doubt. Hear the tender tones of 5 double basses (4 recorded, 1 live) rhythmically rub against each other to deliver you into a state of suspended animation where time stops, hierarchies melt, and transformation is possible.

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.

more info and livestream

June 4 – First Fridays with Robert Black

This month, First Fridays with Robert Black takes a deep dive into the world of the double bass with bass music written by bass players. Transport yourself with the raga-inspired Poucha Dass by François Rabbath, meditate with the peaceful In Memorium from Rodrigo Mata, surf the sonic joy in Sonia Ray’s Ondas, headbang to the energy of Emil Tabakov’s Motivy, and let Xavier Dubois Foley’s Letting Go chill you out. Deep tones and good vibes. Remember, it’s all about the bass.

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.

First Fridays with Robert Black

photo by Stephanie Berger