Joe Hisaishi’s Music Future Vol. 9, with Bang on a Can, Nico Muhly and Nadia Sirota – Nov 5

Bang on a Can and Joe Hisaishi Company co-present:

Music Future Vol. 9

Saturday Nov. 5 at 7:30pm at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall

The concert features U.S. premieres of music by Joe Hisaishi and NYC composer Nico Muhly, performed by dynamic violist Nadia Sirota and the Bang on a Can Festival Ensemble, comprised of an extraordinary lineup of performers from the New York contemporary music scene, members of the Bang on a Can All-Stars and alumni of the illustrious Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival. The concert comes on the heels of a world premieres exclusive performance in Tokyo.

If you are familiar with the fantastical films of Hayao Miyazaki, then you know the music of Joe Hisaishi. His scores help elevate Miyazaki’s vision to the realm of the sublime in classics like Totoro and Spirited Away. A prolific composer of music outside his venerated film scores, Hisaishi also champions music by contemporary composers through his Music Future series, now in its 9th iteration.

Bang on a Can’s special discount code for half price tickets is: MFD39879

PROGRAM:

Joe Hisaishi 2 Dances for Large Ensemble – performed by the Bang on a Can Festival Ensemble

Nico Muhly Selections from Drones & Viola and Drones & Piano –   performed by Nadia Sirota, viola, and Nico Muhly, piano/drones

Nico Muhly Roots, Pulses  –  performed by the Bang on a Can Festival Ensemble

Joe Hisaishi  Viola Saga  –  performed by Nadia Sirota, viola, and the Bang on a Can Festival Ensemble

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photo of Joe Hisaishi by Omar Cruz
photo of Nico Muhly by Heidi Solander
photo of Nadia Sirota by Zoe Prinds

Vicky Chow and Guests perform Armando Bayolo LIVE ONLINE – Nov 3

Bang on a Can Presents: Armando Bayolo: Memorias Vagabundas
November 3, 2022 – 8PM ET

LIVE ONLINE! 

A World Premiere Commission of 11 Pianists Organized by Vicky Chow (Bang on a Can All-Stars)

On November 3, Bang on a Can brings you a world premiere video suite from All-Star Vicky Chow and Armando Bayolo, exploring Bayolo’s biography, evoking ancestral Spain, parental Cuba, native Puerto Rico and his life in the United States.

Featuring performances by:

Vicky Chow, Geoffrey Burleson, Mikael Darmanie, Erika Dohi, Timothy Hoft, Blair McMillen, Megumi Masaki, Michael Mizrahi, Winston Choi, Vicki Ray, Ju-Ping Song

From Bang on a Can All-Star pianist Vicky Chow:

“This special project came about during the pandemic, when artists were struggling to connect and be “together” in the way we know how: by making music.  Armando and I asked our friends and colleagues to be a part of this commissioning project. Everyone that is involved is connected to one another; it feels deeply personal for us as performers, that we banded together to move forward from a very strange place of isolation and anxiety for the future.

Thank you Armando, for this piece, and for giving us something beautiful on which we could collaborate – and be together. To all these wonderful musicians, my friends, salut!”

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MEMORY GAME

Victor Frankowski

POSTPONED: Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble & the All-Stars

This performance has been postponed by the Town Hall. If you have already purchased tickets, please reach out to the Town Hall Box Office. We look forward to announcing the rescheduled show as soon as possible!

Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble along with the Bang on a Can All-Stars present the NYC premiere of MEMORY GAME!

“Monk’s mesmerising concert began with a sci-fi opera, took in a waltz and a cha-cha, and ended with the composer’s vocal and physical portrait of a mosquito”

Use the code MEMORY GAME to unlock $40 tickets throughout the Hall!

Saturday, October 15, 8pm
The Town Hall
123 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036

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We’re Hiring! Director of Development

Bang on a Can seeks an experienced professional to join our team of exceptional artists, dedicated staff, and committed board members in the role of Development Director.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Development Director will be the point person leading an aggressive fundraising strategy that will be supported by all organizational staff and partners. In particular, the Development Director will oversee and grow all giving lines — including foundation and government giving, Board cultivation and management, individual giving, and special events — and manage broad donor communication and cultivation throughout the year. The position will often require cross-departmental collaboration, in addition to working closely with the Executive Director, the Board, and the three founders who serve as Artistic Directors.

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Bang on a Can at the Noguchi – Ned Rothenberg, Sept 25

In the outdoor sculpture garden at the Noguchi Museum, Ned Rothenberg will present original and traditional solo work for shakuhachi, the end blown Japanese bamboo flute. He will also perform works on the clarinet and alto saxophone, which are informed by his travels back and forth to Japan throughout the last 35 years.

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photo of Ned by Lois Ellison

Julia Wolfe’s Her Story – rave reviews and upcoming performances

Julia Wolfe’s Her Story, performed by Lorelei vocal ensemble and the Nashville Symphony, premiered on Sept 15 to rave reviews!

“Julia Wolfe’s Her Story,…has a ferocity that is literally written into the score, but also an absence of resolution as it looks back to suffrage with one wary eye toward the future steps this country still needs to take for something resembling true equality.”

“Wolfe’s style of clear, direct vocal expression landed with unmissable impact.”

New York Times – full review

Future performances:

Julia Wolfe

World premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Her Story – Sept 15

Lorelei Ensemble and the Nashville Symphony present the world premiere of HER STORY, by Julia Wolfe on September 15th!

Her Story invokes the words of historical figures and the spirit of pivotal moments to pay tribute to the centuries of ongoing struggle for equal rights, representation, and access to democracy for women in America. The 30-minute piece for orchestra and women’s vocal ensemble incorporates text from throughout the history of women’s fight for equality, ranging from a letter written by Abigail Adams, to words attributed to Sojourner Truth, to public attacks directed at women protesting for the right to vote, to political satire, and is the latest in a series of Wolfe’s compositions highlighting monumental and turbulent moments in American history and culture, and the people—both real and imagined, celebrated and forgotten—that defined them. NPR describes Julia Wolfe as “our labor documentarian, tackling historic issues that resonate today… By marrying history and music, Wolfe forces us to look to our past to protect our future.”

The immersive, visual performances will be directed by Anne Kauffman with scenic and lighting design by Jeff Sugg, costumes by Marion Talan de la Rosa, and produced by Bang on a Can.

Her Story was Commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, the National Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony and with the generous support of Linda and Stuart Nelson.

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TODAY at MASS MoCA

Each day during the Summer Festival we share incredible new music from Fellows and Faculty. Join us  1:30 pm for a spotlight on the Bang on a Can Fellows, in rotating galleries. Just check at the Museum entrance for details. And then at 4:30 pm one of our world renowned faculty perform a concert of their own choosing. And it’s always FREE with Museum.

Today Thursday at 1:30 pm

Work Title: My Mountain Top

Composer: Andy Scott

Performer: Jessica Scott, alto flute

Gallery: Finch

Work Title: Interludium

Composer: Jeppe Ernst

Performer: Katerina Anagnostidou

Gallery: Bourgeois

Work Title: Fjögur lög með millispilum

Composer: Finnur Karlsson

Performer: Thórgunnur Anna Örnólfsdóttir, voice

Gallery: Bourgeois

Work Title: Musique de table

Composer: Thierry de Mey

Performers: Natasa Hadjiandreou, Erika Dohi, and Victor Sintchak – percussion

Gallery: The Prow

Work Title: I’m Sure You Will

Composer: Andrew Noseworthy

Performers: Yaz Lancaster and Friends (open instrumentation)

Gallery: Wardwell

 

 

LOUD Weekend Still Ringing in Our Ears!

Our friends at MASS MoCA are so incredible. Who else would let us take over a living Museum, its galleries and grounds, for three days of non-stop music? The 2022 festival happened July 28-30, and now it’s but memories and oodles of audio and video recordings, many of which will make available on our archive as soon as possible. Thank you to all who played and listened!

In the meantime, you can check out the program that was, by clicking through to the LOUD Weekend mini-site.

 

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Anthracite Fields in Wroclaw

Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields – May 19

Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields at Zankel Hall on May 19!

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.

Performed by:

Bang on a Can All-Stars
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street – Lidiya Yankovskaya, conductor

Jeff Sugg, Scenography and Projection Design

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