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!

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]

Led by musical polymath Mark Stewart, the Summer Fellows let loose with a symphonic cacophony performed on homemade instruments made from everyday materials.

4:00pm JULIUS EASTMAN, Femenine [Hunter Center]

The past few years have seen a breathtaking rediscovery of the explosively joyous music by the late Julius Eastman. Femenine, from 1974, is a monumental fusion of minimalism and jazz-informed improvisation.

5;30pm LISA MOORE plays FREDERIC RZEWSKI’s Amoramaro (World Premiere) and more [Building 6 Event Space]

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

Lisa Moore premieres Amoramaro, one of the last compositions by the incredibly influential composer Frederic Rzewski, which he wrote just for her. Rzewski died just one month ago, so we’re especially pleased to present this premiere in tribute. The other works are highlights from Lisa’s broad and deep repertoire. Our history with Lisa dates back to the earliest years; she was founding pianist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars.

5:30pm

ARLEN HLUSKO plays “The Pandemic Solos”, commissioned by Bang on a Can World premieres by Gabriel Kahane, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Leyla McCalla [Sol LeWitt Gallery]

We’re ecstatic to introduce the newest member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Arlen Hlusko, as she premieres three works that explore the hidden alleys and passageways of the cello.

6:45pm

MARTIN BRESNICK 75TH BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE Martin Bresnick Caprichos Enfaticos and Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano [Hunter Center]

Martin Bresnick is one of America’s most thoughtful, elegant and influential composers. Here, in honor of his 75th birthday, we present two of his most titanic chamber works.

8:15pm

Bang on a Can Summer Festival Faculty play “The Pandemic Solos”, commissioned by Bang on a Can [Club B10]

TODD REYNOLDS plays world premiere by Dai Wei and music by Paul De JongLAUREN RADNOFSKY plays world premiere by Brad LubmanGREGG AUGUST plays world premiere by Ailie Robertson

Local hero Todd Reynolds plays music by local hero Paul de Jong, along with a premiere by Dai Wei, who wrote Song for Shades of Crimson in response to the gradual shading of the world map as the covid pandemic spread. Renowned for leading Ensemble Signal and Steve Reich & Musicians, Brad Lubman also composes and he wrote can you make a prayer for Lauren Radnofsky on cello. Ailie Robertson’s The Bells Are All Silent, written for bassist Gregg August, is inspired by her own performance on the Celtic Harp and by the eerie “pandemic silences” throughout her neighborhood in Glasgow.

8:15pm

BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS play music by Louis Andriessen, Philip Glass, and Meredith Monk[Building 6 Event Space]

Meredith Monk Spaceship (arr. Michael Gordon) | Louis Andriessen Workers Union | Philip Glass Closing (arr. Michael Riesman) Bang on a Can All-Stars pay tribute to our friend and mentor, the great Dutch composer Louis Andriessen (1939-2021).

Louis visited Bang on a Can at MASS MoCA several times and left us a legacy of in-your-face music that we love to play again and again. His 1975 classic, Workers Union, is a manifesto drawing parallels between a leaderless worker-run factory and a musical ensemble.

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]

For the past 48 years (!) Kronos Quartet hasbeen experimental culture’s most active, most revolutionary, and most visible ambassador to the world.

10:15pm

GÉRARD GRISEY, Vortex Temporum [Building 6 Event Space]

Bigger-than-life, this whirlwind composition conquered Europe with its gritty lush and other-worldly sonic landscape. Vortex Temporumis the magnum opus of the late French “spectralist” composer Gérard Grisey. Opening with a quote from Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé and then taking off into unheard-of sonic worlds, this is a unique immersion into the world of French Spectralism.

10:15pm

BANDA DE LOS MUERTOS [The Chalet]

Balancing traditionalism with modern fl are, Banda de los Muertos was formed in Brooklyn by two freethinking jazz musicians, the clarinetist Oscar Noriega and the trombonist Jacob Garchik. The ensemble plays the brassy Mexican music hybrid known as banda, and wherever they go it’s always a party!

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

10:30am 

“Listening Session” with DAVID HARRINGTON (Kronos Quartet) [Club B10]

David Harrington, founder and artistic director of Kronos Quartet, acts as DJ for this session, sharing picks from the vast personal music collection he’s built over four decades of world tours with Kronos… the sounds that inspire one of the world’s most adventurous musical ensembles. A perfect start to a “Marathon” day of ear-opening music.

11:00am

ROBERT BLACK plays “The Pandemic Solos”, commissioned by Bang on a Can [Building 6 Events Space]

World premieres by Žibuoklė Martinaitytė, Jakhongir Shukur, María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir Robert Black, fearless explorer of the double bass, brings international premieres to LOUD Weekend. Lithuanian composer Žibuoklė Martinaitytė sensuous music takes the double bass to the dark depths of the ocean’s Abyssal Zone.  Uzbek composer Jakhongir Shukur has Robert strumming and pounding to create a myriad of colors. Icelandic composer María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir is a member of the cult band Amiina and spent years of touring with Sigur Rós. She brings her unique voice to the large strings. You can continue this adventure with the double bass at the monthly First Fridays with Robert Black on live.bangonacan.org. Next show, August 6!

12:00pm

NEWEST VOICES WORLD PREMIERE COMPOSER CONCERT [Hunter Center]

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

A highlight of every summer, seven world premieres by the newest freshest voices of the composer fellows. This year’s 2021 Bang on a Can Summer Festival commissions will not disappoint!

1:45pm

DANA JESSEN plays Through a Fragile Traverse with video by Eli Stine [Club B10]

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

Bassoon is the new hip thing and Dana Jessen is its oracle! Her switched-on bassoon shakes the ground with George Lewis’s Seismologic, inspired by the seismic movement of massive faults; and Jessen’s very own Through A Fragile Traverse crosses into her personal universe, accompanied by Eli Stine’s trippy video.

2:00pm

MICHAEL GORDON, Weather One | DAVID LANG, almost all the time [Building 6 Events Space]

Strings and strings! Enter Lang’s fragile hushed almost all the time where a quartet of strings journey through the celestial orbs. Then buckle in for Gordon’s revved-up baroque-heavy sextet Weather One conducted by our very own maestro Brad Lubman.

3:00pm

STEVE REICH, Quartet | JULIA WOLFE, Dark Full Ride [Hunter Center]

Two striking takes on the percussion quartet. Reich’s jangly pulsing Quartet will put you in an ecstatic trance state. Wolfe’s Dark Full Ride—the name is taken from writing on the back side of a ride cymbal—powers us to heaven in a 4-drumset dance/metal extravaganza.

4:00pm

ROBERT HONSTEIN, Soul House [Building 6 Events Space]

Part memoir, part essay—in nine short exquisite movements, composer Robert Honstein draws a connection between ancient funerary memories of his own childhood home.

4:15pm

SHELLEY WASHINGTON, Uniforms, Silk, Big Talk [Club B10]

The dynamic young composer Shelley Washington offers up loud, obsessively rhythmic and propulsive recent works for saxes and an amplified trio.

5:00pm

NATHALIE JOACHIM sings Fanm d’Ayiti [Hunter Center]

With Fanm d’Ayiti (Women of Haiti) composer, singer and flutist Nathalie Joachim has made a powerful tribute to three pioneering Haitian female musicians—Carole Demesmin, Emerante de Pradines and Toto Bissainthe—weaving together their voices, stories and traditional Haitian folk music traditions.

6:00pm

BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS play “The Pandemic Solos”, commissioned by Bang on a Can [Club B10]

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

Battle of the Solos! The Bang on a Can All-Stars go head to head in performances of The Pandemic Solos. Cozy up for more earth shattering performances! On clarinet, bass clarinet and sax, Ken Thomson plays new works by AnnaClyne, Rudresh Mahanthappa and Aeryn Santillan. Arlen Hlusko performs the moving Why Did They Kill Sandra Bland? by Daniel Bernard Roumain and Robert Black premieres fellow bass player Nick Dunston’s high energy Fainting Is Down, Whooshing is Up.

6:00pm

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

World premieres by Leila Adu, Jeffrey Brooks, Sophie Cash, Florent Ghys, Trevor Weston. Crank it up with Mark Stewart as he plays 3 new works for electric guitar by Leila Adu, Jeffrey Brooks and Trevor Weston. Vicky Chow plays and sings Sophie Cash’s Homecoming, and David Cossin hits hard in Florent Ghys’ RYB.

7:30pm [Hunter Center]

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

Kronos Koncert #2!

9:00pm

MAZZ SWIFT [Club B10]

Inspiringly inventive composer-performer Mazz Swift performs a solo set, featuring her unique blend of avant-violin and voice. Prepare to be mesmerized.

9:00pm

SOO-YEON LYUH plays music for the Haegum [The Chalet]

Composer-performer Soo-Yeon Lyuh brings this Korean folk instrument into the 21st century with a combination of new and traditional performance techniques. Kirsten Warfield joins on trombone.

10:00pm

BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS play TERRY RILEY, Autodreamographical Tales [Hunter Center]

Terry Riley’s practice of writing down his dreams in a personal journal became the basis for Autodreamographical Tales—a wildly unique creation from one of America’s most iconic composers. The songs offer an uncommonly special connection with Terry. Plus—Terry will be with us to introduce the performance, virtually, through the magic of a live video link.

“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

June 6 – Bang on a Can Live Online – Marathon of Song!

Sunday, June 6 from 1-5pm ET

The Bang on a Can Marathon of Song features 15 performances streamed from musicians’ homes around the country and across the world. For this Marathon, all performances will include some type of vocalization – singing, speaking, murmuring, or other use of the voice. The Marathon will be hosted by Bang on a Can’s artistic directors Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe who will speak to the artists after each performance.

“Humming, speaking, crooning, shouting, praying, tuneful, harmonized or noisy, we have spun songs since the beginning of our existence. These adventurous composers are redefining what it means to make song, and these powerful performers bring it to life with a myriad of colors and sensibilities.”

 Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe

More info and livestream