Alsarah is a Sudanese-born singer, songwriter and ethnomusicologist. Residing in Brooklyn, NY she is a self-proclaimed practitioner of East-African Retro-Pop working on various projects. She has toured both nationally and internationally with critically acclaimed groups such as the Nile Project, where she was featured on their debut CD, Aswan (named in the top 5 must hear international albums by NPR). She has also released 1 full-length album with French producer Débruit titled Aljawal (Soundways Recordings), as well as 2 full-length albums with her current band, Alsarah & the Nubatones, Silt (2014) and Manara (2016) (Wonderwheel Recordings). 

Performances are free with Noguchi Museum admission, and seating is available on garden benches and floor mats on a first-come, first-served basis.

Get in the car...it's gonna be a trip!

Saturday 8pm. At MASS MoCA

We call it Road Trip. The tank is full, the top is down, and we have our collective hand on the dial for a euphoric musical journey celebrating 30 years of Bang on a Can. Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe flood the waves with an original mash-up of wind-in-your-hair tunes that capture the sublime exhilaration of freedom and possibility. Performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, with stunning scenic design by projection artist CandyStations (Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent) and stage direction by Michael Counts, "Road Trip" is a tribute to journeys of all sorts, and the people who make them. There is a road, but it is no simple highway.


Scenic design by CandyStations
Lighting design by Ben Stanton
Stage Direction by Michael Counts

Commissioned by BAM for the 2017 Next Wave Festival and by Stephen A. Block, Robert Braun & Joan Friedman, Leslie Lassiter, Raulee Marcus, Maria & Robert A. Skirnick, Jane and Richard Stewart, with additional support from Jerry Eberhardt and Phil Hettema, plus the many individual donors to the Bang on a Can 30th Anniversary “Road Trip” Fund.

 

If you're visiting MASS MoCA during the Bang on a Can Summer Festival don't forget to check in with MASS MoCA's listings of daily recitals and all the amazing events in and around the galleries. Don't miss out on a single show!

Today MASS MoCA - recitals at 1:30 and 4:30 in the galleries. Free with Museum admission.

Friday, August 4 at the Summer Festival at MASS MoCA


1:30 pm

Work Title: Parallel
Composer: Connor D’Netto
Instrumentation: Flute and Viola
Performers: Naomi Johnson and Josh Wareham
Gallery: Lewitt 3rd Floor

Work Title: Ali
Composer: Alex Mincek
Instrumentation: Alto Saxophone
Performer: Tim Bachman
Gallery: Lewitt 3rd Floor

Work Title: Untitled
Composer: Cassie Wieland
Instrumentation: Solo Clarinet
Performer: Ford Fourqurean
Gallery: In the Abstract

Work Title: Ammil
Composer: Ross Wightman
Instrumentation: Bass
Performer: Ross Wightman
Gallery: In the Abstract

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4:30
The Music of Meredith Monk, Katherine Balch, David Lang, and Mark Stewart

Paris - Meredith Monk (Georgia Mills, piano)
Railroad Song - Meredith Monk (Vicki Ray, piano)
St. Petersburg Waltz - Meredith Monk (Nadezda Filippova, piano)

Phrases 7 - Katherine Balch (Molly Netter, soprano and Evan Runyon, double bass)

i want to live - David Lang (Molly Netter, Danielle Buonaiuto, and Kirsten Sollek, voice)

Trummings/To Whom It May Concern: Thank You - Mark Stewart (1990--revised 2002) (Mark Stewart, electric guitar)
 

Don't miss the singular guitar universe created by indie-sensation Kaki King at The Jewish Museum this Thursday, an accompaniment to their stellar Florine Stettheimer show. 7:30 pm. Tickets going fast!

Sunday, July 9, Yuka Honda, a Japanese composer/musician and producer teams up with innovative percussionist Susie Ibarra.

Performances are free with Noguchi Museum admission, and seating is available on garden benches and floor mats on a first-come, first-served basis. 3 pm!

Bang on a Can and the Noguchi Museum team up to present 4 concerts this summer season!  It all starts on June 11 with Innov Gnawa.

See the full summer line up on our events page

Cloud River Mountain

Enter the world of the gods, spirits, and shamans of ancient Chinese myths and poetry in this evening-length work co-composed by Lao Luo and Bang on a Can Co-Artistic Directors Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe.

Your guide is the extraordinary Chinese vocalist Gong Linna, whose dynamic voice travels across vast terrains of sonic colors. Her adventurous artistic range that embraces Chinese folk, pop, and avant-garde art music has drawn comparisons to Björk. Singing in both Mandarin and English, she joins the Bang on a Can All-Stars for a thrilling cross-cultural voyage through dramatic musical landscapes, from groove-driven melodies and lyrical meditations to punk back beats and stratospheric vocalizations.