May 13 – Online Concert and Conversation with Steve Reich and Amy Sillman

BANG ON A CAN, BOMB MAGAZINE & THE JEWISH MUSEUM

PRESENT

A Live Virtual Concert and Conversation featuring Steve Reich and Amy Sillman

With performances by Bang on a Can All-Stars David Cossin and Mark Stewart 

PROGRAM
Steve Reich – Electric Counterpoint
Steve Reich – Piano/Video Phase (arr D. Cossin)

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Among the most iconic and well known composers of his generation, Steve Reich’s music has had a broad influence that continues to inspire music makers across genres, from techno and electronica to rock and roll.  In the words of The Guardian, “There’s just a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history and Steve Reich in one of them.”

Reich will be joined in conversation with Brooklyn-based painter Amy Sillman, who had two triumphal shows in New York last year – a show of her own work at Barbara Gladstone Gallery and a show she curated for the reopening of the Museum of Modern Art. Coincidentally, she is also Steve Reich’s cousin.

For decades, members of the Bang on a Can All-Stars have been among the deftest interpreters of Reich’s music. Guitarist Mark Stewart, a longstanding member of Reich’s touring ensemble, will perform Electric Counterpoint, for solo electric guitar and 12 backing pre-recorded guitar tracks.

Percussionist David Cossin, also a veteran of Reich’s touring ensemble offers his unique treatment of Reich’s Piano Phase (redubbed Piano Phase/Video Phase), in which Cossin performs the two piano parts with percussion midi-triggers. Equal parts concert piece and live video-installation, Piano Phase/Video Phase represents a wholly novel interpretation of Reich’s work, allowing us to see the actual structure of the piece as it unfolds.

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First Friday with Robert Black – May 7

The May First Friday with Robert Black brings us Bass Beginnings – music from the mid-20th Century “Big Bang” moment that started the formation of an entirely new universe of music for the instrument – a universe that is continually expanding at an astronomical pace.  Hear the jazz-tinged music of Barney Childs, modern lyricism from George Perle, and William Sydeman’s vibrant color palette.  The Future was then.  The Future is now.

PROGRAM

 Barney Childs – Sonata for Bass Alone
George Perle – Monody II
William Sydeman – For Double Bass Alone

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.

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Terry Riley’s “Autodreamographical Tales”

Please Support the Album!

Terry Riley’s practice of writing down his dreams in a personal journal became the basic for Autodreamographical Tales – a wildly unique creation from one of America’s most iconic composers. Riley set some of these dreams to music and created a demo of the tales. The songs offer an uncommonly special connection with Terry, who narrates each tale himself. We heard the demos and proposed realizing Autodreamographical Tales with Terry and the Bang on a Can All-Stars.

To our great delight, he agreed!

Please support the album Autodreamographical Tales. We will send you an early copy of the record, and if you can swing $100 or more the record will be signed by Terry Riley himself!

Bang on a Can Marathon Live Online – April 18!

New Commissions! On April 18, Bang on a Can presents its 2nd entire marathon of PREMIERES! 15 brand new works by 15 pioneering composers. Tune in to hear 4 hours of nonconformist, noncommercial, mind-blowing music.  Andy Akiho! Carman Moore! Joan LaBarbara! Matana Roberts! Kelly Moran! Rudresh Mahanthappa! and so many many more.

This concert is FREE!  But please do consider purchasing a ticket. That helps us pay more players, commission more composers, and make more music.

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Film of Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer: Online through Aug 4!

Cal Performances at Home premieres a new film, Steel Hammer, based on the acclaimed oratorio by Julia Wolfe. Steel Hammer is a meditation on over 200 versions of the “John Henry” folk ballad. The various versions—based on hearsay, recollection, and tall tales—reveal both the evolution of the story, as well as the timeless tale of human versus machine.

The film is available on demand through August 4.

The Cal Performances site also includes Julia’s interview with Jeremy Geffen, a feature from Jonathan Leal in San Francisco Classical Voice, and of course program notes!

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OneBeat Marathon – May 2!

A Global Music Celebration curated and hosted by Found Sound Nation!

May 2, 12pm-4pm ET.

The OneBeat Virtual Marathon is back! OneBeat, a singular global music exchange led by our Found Sound Nation team, employs collaborative original music as a potent new form of cultural diplomacy. We are thrilled to present this second virtual event, showcasing creative musicians who come together to make music, not war. The OneBeat Marathon brings together disparate musical communities, offering virtuosic creators a space to share their work. These spectacular musicians join us from across the globe, from a wide range of musical traditions. They illuminate our world, open our ears, and break through the barriers that keep us apart. 

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First Fridays with Robert Black – April 2

April’s First Fridays with Robert Black brings you large music from small countries. Experience pieces from Iceland’s Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, Lithuania’s Martinaitytė Žibuokle, and Latvia’s Krists Auznieks. Deep oceans – expansive skies – dazzling lights – music that shares a fascination with ethereal sounds and earthly sonics. Chill with the aural aurora, celebrate at the harmonics happening, immerse in the overtone orgy.

PROGRAM 

Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir – Pending
Žibuokle Martinaityte – Abyssal Zone
Krists Auznieks – Arise

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.

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Bang on a Can Marathon – MaerzMuzik Edition – March 21!

Bang on a Can partners with Berliner Festspiele to bring you a LIVE ONLINE MARATHON as part of the MaerzMuzik Festival of Time Issues. The concert features a bunch of über-cool artists and pieces we’ve programmed over the past year for further consumption. In previous times we’d have packed up and hauled it all to Deutschland, but now we all can enjoy the Fesival for Time Issues in, well, real time, all around the world.

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Three online shows March 5, 6, 7!

Friday, March 5, 2021 at 12pm ETFirst Fridays with Robert Black (Bang on a Can All-Stars’ bassist) – our monthly performance series launched in October 2020, which continues with music for solo bass by James Tenney, Stuart Saunders, and Rifat Komachkov.

Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 2pm ETThe live-from-Berlin viewing of celebrated German Dance Company Sasha Waltz & Guests dancing to Terry Riley’s ground-breaking score In C, featuring Bang on a Can’s critically acclaimed recording.

Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 3pm ETMichael Gordon and Bang on a Can All-Star pianist Vicky Chow host a watch party for the video premiere of Sonatra, a fiendishly and infamously difficult piano work by Gordon, with a Q&A moderated by pianist/music critic Ethan Iverson.

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First Fridays with Robert Black – Feb 5

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.

More info on the Feb 5 program coming soon