A show so great they named it twice! See and hear Michael Gordon's mind-melting piece Rushes by the Rushes Ensemble, seven virtuoso bassoon players whose textured double-reed swirls and pulses create a three-dimensional sonic experience that only Gordon can concoct. For tickets and info.
The All-Stars head west for 3 gigs in Southern California October 23-27! First up is UCLA where they will perform Julia Wollfe's Steel Hammer (with staging by SITI company) and Field Recordings. Then on to San Diego for Brian Eno's Music for Airports - the first ever performance of this piece in an US airport!
Julia Wolfe's Pulitzer Prize-winning oratorio for chorus and instruments, Anthracite Fields, is now available (with a limited quantity personally autographed by Julia Wolfe) at the Bang on a Can online store and also on iTunes. The music is also streaming exclusively on Apple Music.
Wolfe wrote the piece after doing extensive research about the coal-mining industry in an area very near where she grew up in Pennsylvania. Her text draws on oral histories, interviews with miners and their families, speeches, geographic descriptions, children's rhymes and coal advertisements. NPR Music’s Tom Huizenga describes the piece as “...almost a public history project and a music project at the same time,” which hints at the work’s universal appeal.
Here she is on NPRs All Things Considered, discussing the album.
Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 3pm
Artists at Noguchi
Bang on a Can Music Series with Ashley Bathgate
Noguchi Museum | Long Island City, NY
Ashley Bathgate, cellist of Bang on a Can All-Stars, performs the heartfelt and hypnotic Stories for Ocean Shells, an hour-long collection of pieces by Australian composer Kate Moore, a rising star of her generation. The work is pegged for an album release next year. Bathgate will perform the full suite for just the third time in public at the Noguchi Museum on September 13.
This performance falls on Noguchi Museum's Community Day, and therefore admission is free!
Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer - with new staging by Anne Bogart and SITI Company and performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars with singers Emily Eagen, Katie Geissinger, and Molly Quinn - has been on tour this fall, visiting the Krannert Center (Champaign, IL), Royce Hall at UCLA (Los Angeles, CA), and Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA), and OZ Arts (Nashville, TN).
And now we are proud to perform in our hometown Brooklyn! Dec 2-6 Steel Hammer will be on BAM's Next Wave Festival.
One of our tracks is in the latest batch of "Shot on iPhone" commercials! It's really a very beautiful too short video, and we're happy to share it with you. Maybe it'll even inspire you to buy the record it comes from, the new Bang on a Can All-Stars record "Field Recordings!"
Of course we want you there in person. There's nothing like it, and the whole day is festive, informal and fun. The composers are there, the musicians, the premieres, the sound, the smells (yes, the smells of new, new music). But if you can't make it to NYC...
The whole show will be live-streamed! That's right, you can watch Bang in Bangor. Or Bangkok. Or Bangladesh. You can catch all the music, plus incidental videos between sets right on our website.and on digital partner Q2 Music. This live stream of the 2015 Bang on a Can Marathon is produced and supported by Little Dog Live, a company started by longtime Bang on a Can sound designer Jody Elff to create dynamic digital broadcasts of live concert events. Q2 Music and I Care If You Listen and New Music Box are our digital partners for the stream. So share it with everyone you know outside of NYC. And don't forget hashtag #BangMarathon2015 to share your thoughts as we roll.