HONORING ELIZABETH DILLER

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
The Lepercq Space at BAM
30 Lafayette Street, Brooklyn, NYC

  • 6pm Cocktails

  • 7pm Dinner & Concert

  • 8pm Awards & More Music

Bang on a Can comes to Denver on April 12 and Dallas on April 15, including a performance of Michael Gordon's Big Space (Denver) and Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields (Dallas)

More info on our events page

The Bang on a Can Media Workshop at MASS MoCA is an exploration of contemporary music criticism and journalism taking place from July 27-Aug 5, 2019.

“One of the most meaningful and impactful experiences of my writing career thus far.”  - Maggie Molloy 2018 participant

Bang on a Can, our special guest faculty, John Schaefer (of WNYC's New Sounds), Will Robin (writer and musicologist), and 4 writers in the early stages of their careers will gather at MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA) to explore the role of criticism and journalism in today's dynamic contemporary music scene. 

The aim of the workshop is to help writers generate a vocabulary, syntax, and context that is most useful for readers/ listeners and to make modern music and criticism more accessible, welcoming, and exciting to all audiences.

Applications are due March 28.

The Peoples Commisioning Fund Concert is Bang on a Can's annual performance of world premieres commissioned by our fans especially for the All-Stars! We'll present new works by Josue Collado, Nicole Lizee, Trevor Weston, and Henry Threadgill, and will also be performing classics from Annie Gosfield, Andrew Dreyblatt and Glenn Branca. We are delighted to be part of the Ecstatic Music Festival, and to have this performance hosted by John Schaefer and New Sounds Live.

David Lang returns to the LA Opera with the west coast premiere of his intimate work for baritone, piano and chamber ensemble - the loser - starring baritone Rod Gilfry 

Music, libretto and stage direction: David Lang
Text adapted from the novel by Thomas Bernhard, translated from German by Jack Dawson

Scenery: Jim Findlay
Costumes: Suzanne Bocanegra
Lighting: Jennifer Tipton

Two shows, Feb 22 and Feb 23

 

The “extraordinarily skilled, passionate musicians” (NY Times) in ETHEL perform the complete string quartets of Julia Wolfe: Dig Deep, early that summer, Four Marys, and Blue Dress for String Quartet. This is the first ever performance of ALL of Julia Wolfe's string quartets at one time, on one stage.  Julia Wolfe's string quartets, as described by The New Yorker, "combine the violent forward drive of rock music with an aura of minimalist serenity [using] the four instruments as a big guitar, whipping psychedelic states of mind into frenzied and ecstatic climaxes." This performance is presented in conjunction with the exhibition of fellow New York City cultural icon Martha Rosler: Irrespective. 

World premiere of Julia Wolfe's Fire in my Mouth performed by the New York Philharmonic, The Crossing Choir, and Young People’s Chorus of NYC, with projections/scenography by Jeff Sugg.

Jaap van Zweden conducts Julia Wolfe’s immersive visual and musical event — featuring lights, chamber choir, video, and projection — that explores a seminal event in New York City, the devastating Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 that killed more than 100 young immigrants.

Julia Wolfe and Bang on a Can salute EILEEN FISHER for their dedication to fair labor practices and for generously contributing wardrobe to the performances.

January 24-26

The All-Stars are back in Europe for performances in Wroclow, Poland, and in Brighton and London in the UK! 

Jan 12, 13 - Anthracite Fields in Wroclow

Jan 15 - All-Stars at the Brighton Dome

Jan 18, 19 - All-Stars at Kings Place in London, incl a performance of Anthracite Fields