Bang on a Can launches our 2022 summer performance series in partnership with the Noguchi Museum on June 19 with a performance by Dawuna!
Sunday, June 19 at 4pm Noguchi Museum 9-01 33rd Rd Long Island City, NY 11106
Dawuna is the alias of twenty-six year old Ian Mugerwa Byenkya. Raised in Kenya and Virginia, Mugerwa trained in cello before experimenting with digital audio mixers and electronics in high school, leaving home soon after to join Richmond’s DIY scene. As Dawuna, Mugerwa Byenkya recorded his first album—the raw, transcendent Glass Lit Dream (2020)—in his apartment, quietly self-releasing the record online to word-of-mouth acclaim before it was picked up, remastered, and distributed by London label O___o? last year. Glass Lit Dream conjures a nocturnal feeling and naturally flows from gospel, soul, and R&B to more ambient, electronic, industrial sounds. His lyrics drift in and out of these gloaming soundings, oscillating between incantation and confession. In his live performance at the Noguchi Museum, Dawuna will be joined by Brian Davenport and Noella Mugerwa Byenkya.
“LOUD WEEKEND IS BACK! 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
Our very own Bang on a Can All-Stars perform the world premiere-preview of Can Dance – live music and dance on film! The Bang on a Can All-Stars’ newest show is a seamless integration of cutting edge music, revolutionary dance, and film. Nine extraordinary choreographers have been commissioned to create dance/films to music written for and performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars: Josue Collado Fregoso: Joie de Vivre with Marissa, a film by Pioneer Winter; Michael Gordon:July (selections) for solo piano with film by Brian Brooks; Hildur Guðnadóttir: Fear of Dog, a film by Andros Zins-Browne; David Lang: interstate with film by Annie-B Parson; Qasim Naqvi: Featureless with film by Kyle Marshall; Angélica Negrón: Tursistas with Kookik, a film by Keerati Jinakunwiphat; Henry Threadgill: With or Without Card with film by Rena Butler; Trevor Weston: Dig it with The Burglar, a film by Jerron Herman; Julia Wolfe: Into the clouds with film by Andrea Miller.
The Bang on a Can All-Stars feature: Robert Black, bass; Vicky Chow, piano; David Cossin, percussion; Arlen Hlusko, cello; Mark Stewart, guitar; Ken Thomson, sax & clarinet.
The 2018 Carnegie Hall performance of Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Anthracite Fields was one of the season’s most unforgettable events. Inspired by the lives of Pennsylvania coal miners, Wolfe uses oral histories, interviews with miners and their families, speeches, and children’s stories in moving musical tableaux that depicts their plight. Hear this “major profound work” (Los Angeles Times) for the first time or be moved by it once again.
Bang on a Can All-Stars The Choir of Trinity Wall Street – Lidiya Yankovskaya, conductor
The May 6th First Friday with Robert Black will include 2 sonic delights. Miya Masaoka’s Four Moons of Pluto takes us to a beautiful, other-worldly place via a specially tuned double bass – pulsating overtones and beating harmonics are nested in a static and meditative soundscape. Valentine by Jacob Druckman delivers a cornucopia of taps, squeaks, whispers, thumps, bumps, and plucks with a timpani mallet in a theatrically tinged explosion of extended techniques.
Program: Four Moons of Pluto (2015) – Miya Masaoka Valentine (1969) – Jacob Druckman
“Right now – this minute – is an amazing time to love music. Musicians and listeners from every corner of the music world are pushing beyond their boundaries, questioning their roots, searching and stretching for the new. There has never been a time when music contained so much innovation and diversity, so much audacity and so much courage. And we want to show you all of it. With the creation of LONG PLAY we are presenting more kinds of musicians, playing more kinds of music, bending more kinds of minds. LONG PLAY expands and enlarges our scope and our reach, and puts more new faces on stages than ever before. It’s a lot of music!”
The 2018 Carnegie Hall performance of Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Anthracite Fields was one of the season’s most unforgettable events. Inspired by the lives of Pennsylvania coal miners, Wolfe uses oral histories, interviews with miners and their families, speeches, and children’s stories in moving musical tableaux that depicts their plight. Hear the Bang on a Can All-Stars and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street as they perform this “major profound work” (Los Angeles Times) for the first time or be moved by it once again.
Julia Wolfe caps her Carnegie Hall residency with a one-of-a-kind event in Manhattan’s Bryant Park: Asphalt Orchestra. Also featuring guest artists Pan In Motion, the program includes world premieres by first-time Carnegie Hall–commissioned composers Leila Adu,Jeffrey Brooks, and Kendall K. Williams, further highlighting Wolfe’s longtime reputation as a champion of innovative new works. They will also perform a new arrangement by Tomeka Reid and Ken Thomson‘s arrangement of Once in a Lifetime by the Talking Heads! Catch the beginning of the performance at the side of the park near the New York Public Library, or join the performers along the way as they march toward the main lawn!
This program is part of the Carnegie Hall Citywide free concert series.
Julia Wolfe tells a harrowing story of sibling rivalry and murder in Cruel Sister. Based on an Old English ballad, Wolfe uses biting string attacks, unsettling drones, and otherworldly strumming and plucking to create an eerie and darkly menacing soundscape. When Cruel Sister was performed at David Lang’s 2014 collected stories series in Zankel Hall, the audience was mesmerized. Experience this haunting work and hear one of music’s most compelling musical storytellers.
Ensemble Signal Brad Lubman, Music Director and Conductor Tessa Lark, Violin
MICHAEL GORDON Weather One JULIA WOLFE With a blue dress on JULIA WOLFE Cruel Sister
Steel Hammer is a meditation on over 200 versions of the John Henry 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. Many of the facts are unclear, but regardless of the details, John Henry, wielding a steel hammer, faced the onslaught of the industrial age as his super-human strength is challenged in a contest to out-dig an engine. The Bang on a Can All-Stars add a slew of instruments to their usual line up – mountain dulcimer, wooden bones, banjo, harmonicas, and body percussion, as well as a dynamic trio of three female voices to tell the tale. Featuring singers Molly Netter, Rebecca Hargrove, and Sonya Headlam.