Faculty

Nani Agbeli (Ghanaian drumming)

Nani Agbeli (Ghanaian drumming) - Bang on a Can Summer Festival Faculty

Nani Agbeli, known for his energy, athleticism, and precision on stage, is one of the leading Ghanaian dancers of his generation. Born into a family of prominent dancers and drummers in Ghana’s Volta region, Nani was trained by his father, the late Godwin K. Agbeli, who performed with the Arts Council of Ghana Folkloric Company and later served as chairman of the Ghanaian National Association of Cultural Groups.

Nani went on to study with various artists at the National Arts Center in Accra and, for many years, led the award-winning cultural troupe Sankofa Roots II. For nine years, he served as the lead drum and dance instructor at the Dagbe Cultural Center, a school that trains domestic and international students in Ghanaian traditional arts.

In the United States, Nani has taught Ghanaian drumming and dancing and led performing ensembles notably at Tufts University and Harvard University among others. In addition, he has taught at Berklee College of Music, the Edna Manley School in Jamaica, Bowling Green University, and the University of Virginia, and has held artistic residencies at many other colleges.

While teaching at Tufts and Harvard, Nani served as Artistic Director and Lead Dancer of the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society, a community-based group in the Greater Boston area founded by Professor David Locke of Tufts University (www.agbekorsociety.org). Nani Agbeli leads study tours to Ghana in July and August and is available for performances, workshops, residencies, and lecture-demonstrations.

Nani currently lives in Los Angeles where he is a Professor and Director of Ghanaian West African Music, Dance and Arts at The Herb Alpert School of Musc at California Institute of the Arts.

Gregg August (bass)

Gregg August (bass) - Bang on a Can Summer Festival Faculty

Bassist and composer Gregg August spans the classical, avant-garde, jazz and Latin jazz worlds. Formerly the Principal Bass of La Orquestra Ciutat de Barcelona and the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Gregg plays regularly with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and American Composers Orchestra. As a jazz bassist he’s a member of the JD Allen Trio, as well as Arturo O’farrill’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, with whom he’s won 5 Grammy awards. Gregg has also performed and/or recorded with Steve Reich, Ornette Coleman, Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis, Ray Barretto and Alarm Will Sound. In 2003 Gregg formed his own group and record label, Iacuessa Records, for which he has recorded three critically acclaimed albums of entirely original music: Four by Six (2012), One Peace (2007) and Late August (2005). He’s also written many full length concert works, including “Una Rumba Sinfonica,” for the Buffalo Philharmonic. Other pieces include “Oriente” for the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and “Dialogues on Race,” a commission from the Jerome Foundation and The Jazz Gallery. Gregg has been on faculty at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA since 2003 He is professor of double bass at the University of Connecticut, and will be joining the faculty at New York University in the fall of 2018. He received his degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School.

Ashley Bathgate (cello)

Ashley Bathgate (cello) - Bang on a Can Summer Festival Faculty

American cellist Ashley Bathgate has been described as an “eloquent new music interpreter”(New York Times) and “a glorious cellist”(The Washington Post) who combines “bittersweet lyricism along with ferocious chops”(New York Magazine). Her “impish ferocity”, “rich tone” and “imaginative phrasing” (New York Times) have made her one of the most sought after performers of her time. The desire to create a dynamic energy exchange with her audience and build upon the ensuing chemistry is a pillar of Bathgate’s philosophy as a performer. Her affinity to dynamism drives Bathgate to venture into previously uncharted areas of ground-breaking sounds and techniques, breaking the mold of a cello’s traditionally perceived voice. Collaborators and fans alike describe her vitality as nothing short of remarkable and magical for all who are involved. Bathgate is a member of the award winning, internationally acclaimed sextet, Bang on a Can All-Stars, the chamber music group HOWL and is also a founding member of TwoSense, a duo with pianist Lisa Moore, and Bonjour, a low-strung, percussive quintet.

In 2014 Bathgate premiered a new Cello Concerto by Australian composer Kate Moore with the ASKO|Schönberg ensemble at the Gaudeamus Festival in Utrecht, NL. Subsequently she recorded an album of Moore’s works for solo cello, entitled Stories For Ocean Shells, which was released as her debut solo album on Cantaloupe Music. In 2015 she also gave the world premiere of What Moves You, a collaborative performance project with jookin’ dance sensation Lil Buck at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, NC. Most recently, Bathgate commissioned the composer collective Sleeping Giant to write her a six-movement suite for solo cello entitled “ASH”, which was premiered in 2016. Both ASH and her latest album, 8 Track, featuring new multitrack works by Alex Weiser and Emily Cooley as well as a new version of Steve Reich’s Cello Counterpoint, will be commercially released this coming season. Bathgate’s radio/television appearances include performances on BBC Radio 3, WKCR, WMHT, WQXR’s Meet the Composer podcast with Nadia Sirota, NPR’s Performance Today, WYNC’s New Sounds Live, SiriusXM, Late Night and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Her recorded work can be found on Albany Records, Cantaloupe Music, Innova Recordings, La-La Land Records, Naxos, Nonesuch, Starkland and Uffda Records.

Originally from Saratoga Springs, NY, Bathgate began her cello studies with the late Rudolf Doblin, principal cellist and assistant music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic in the 1950’s. After his passing, she resumed her tutelage with Ann Alton at Skidmore College. From there she continued on to study at Bard College with Luis Garcia-Renart (B.M.) and then at the Yale University School of Music with renowned cellist, Aldo Parisot (M.M. & A.D).

 

Vicky Chow (piano)

Vicky Chow (piano) - Bang on a Can Summer Festival Faculty


With her expressive and nuanced interpretations of contemporary works, Canadian pianist Vicky Chow has been described as “brilliant” (New York Times), “new star of new music” (Los Angeles Times) and “one of our era’s most brilliant pianists” (Pitchfork). Captivating audiences around the world with her expansive repertoire and musical prowess, she enjoys a diverse career collaborating with many of the world’s most renowned composers and ensembles.

 

2017-2018 season highlights will include appearances at the POLIN Museum (Warsaw, Poland), the International PuSh Festival, and ISCM World Music Days (Vancouver, Canada), as well as presenting an all John Zorn program including a world premiere at National Sawdust (Brooklyn, New York) with Tyshawn Sorey and Shanir Blumenkranz.  Chow’s piano duo X88 recently premiered their new program Outer Limits, premiering works by Nik Bärtsch, Pete Harden, Vanessa Lann, and Tristan Perich.

 

She is the pianist for the Bang on a Can All-Stars, piano duo X88, New Music Detroit, and has collaborated with other ensembles such as the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Wet Ink Ensemble, and Momenta Quartet. After the release of her solo EP of Michael Gordon's "Sonatra", the New Yorker said "'Sonatra' is a milestone of composition, and Vicky Chow’s recording of it is a milestone of pianism." Her critically-acclaimed sophomore solo album A O R T A released in 2016 on New Amsterdam Records, was hailed as “imaginative” and “compelling” (I Care If You Listen) and “above all else a triumph of curation” (Second Inversion). Her recordings of Steve Reich’s 'Piano Counterpoint' (Nonesuch) and Tristan Perich’s 'Surface Image' (New Amsterdam Records) was included in the top albums of the year lists such as The Rolling Stone Magazine and Rhapsody.

As an artist frequently broadcasted on WNYC’s Q2 radio, her recorded work can be found on the 'Nonesuch', 'New Amsterdam', ‘Tzadik’, ‘Cantaloupe Music’,’ Innova’, ‘Hinterzimmer’, and ‘AltaVoz’ labels. Interviews and articles featuring Ms. Chow has been published in Musicworks Magazine, Huffington Post, Gramophone, The New York Times, The Vancouver Sun, and many more. Her performances of Morton Feldman and John Cage were featured on BBC3‘s documentary series ‘The Sound and The Fury’, based on Alex Ross’ book ‘The Rest is Noise’.

In the summer, Ms. Chow is on faculty at the Bang on a Can summer festival held at Mass Moca in North Adams, Massachusetts and at the Banff Centre in Canada.

A graduate of The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, Vicky Chow is a Yamaha Artist. www.vickychow.com

David Cossin (percussion)

David Cossin (percussion) - Bang on a Can Summer Festival Faculty

David Cossin was born and raised in Queens, NY, and studied classical percussion at the Manhattan School of Music. His interest in classical percussion, drum set, non-western hand drumming, composition, and improvisation has led to performances across a broad spectrum of musical and artistic forms. David has recorded and performed internationally with Steve Reich and Musicians, Philip Glass, Yo-Yo Ma, Meredith Monk, Tan Dun, Cecil Taylor, Talujon Percussion Quartet, and the trio Real Quiet, as well as with Sting on his Symphonicity world tour. Theater work includes Blue Man Group, Mabou Mines, and projects with the director Peter Sellars. David was featured as the solo percussionist in Tan Dun’s award-winning score to the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. As a soloist, he has performed with orchestras throughout the world including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestra Radio France, and more. His sonic installations have been presented in New York, Italy and Germany, and he is also an active composer and instrument inventor, expanding the limits of traditional percussion. David teaches percussion at the Aaron Copland School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music’s Contemporary Performance Program. 

Joe Gonzalez (Latin percussion)

Joe Gonzalez (Latin percussion) - Bang on a Can Summer Festival Faculty

 

Joe Gonzalez is a New York-based bongocero who recorded with the Mario Bauza Orchestra and performed for many years with the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and the Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra. 

Joe has played and recorded with artists such as Hilton Ruiz, Paquito D’Rivera, and Bebo Valdes, and he is a featured bongo player on the both of the Conga King recordings with Carlos “Patato” Valdes, Candido Camero, and Giovanni Hidalgo.  

 

 

 

Michael Gordon (composer, Bang on a Can Co-Artistic Director)

Michael Gordon (composer, Bang on a Can Co-Artistic Director) - Bang on a Can Summer Festival Faculty

Over the past 30 years, Michael Gordon has produced a strikingly diverse body of work, ranging from large-scale pieces for high-energy ensembles and major orchestral commissions to works conceived specifically for the recording studio and kaleidoscopic works for groups of identical instruments. Transcending categorization, his music represents the collision of mysterious introspection and brutal directness.

This season, cellist Ashley Bathgate premieres a solo to be performed inside houses, the Amsterdam Cello Octet premieres the latest addition to Gordon’s concert-length music for multiples, the Theatre of Voices premiere A Western, and The Crossing choir gives a preview of a multi-year project with film by Bill Morrison: Montaña.

Gordon’s recent works include a new chamber version of his opera Acquanetta, commissioned/premiered by Beth Morrison's Prototype Festival in NYC; Big Space, commissioned and presented by the BBC Proms; a concert-length work for choir, Anonymous Man, commissioned/premiered by The Crossing, and three new works for orchestra — Natural History, written for the 100th Anniversary of the United States' National Parks and premiered at Crater Lake in Oregon; Observations on Air, a concerto for bassoon for soloist Peter Whelan, commissioned by The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; and The Unchanging Sea, a piano concerto for Tomoko Mukaiyama with a new film by Bill Morrison commissioned/premiered by the Seattle Symphony and the Rotterdam Symphony. Gordon and Morrison's other collaborations include the Decasia, Dystopia, Gotham and El Sol Caliente.

Gordon's discography includes The Unchanging Sea, Clouded Yellow, Sonatra, Natural History, Timber Remixed, Dystopia, Rushes, Timber, Weather, Light is Calling, Decasia, (purgatorio) POPOPERA, Van Gogh, Trance, and Big Noise from Nicaragua. He is co-founder and co-artistic director of New York's legendary music collective Bang on a Can. His music is published by Red Poppy Music (ASCAP) and is distributed worldwide by G. Schirmer, Inc.

David Lang (composer, Bang on a Can Co-Artistic Director)

David Lang (composer, Bang on a Can Co-Artistic Director) - Bang on a Can Summer Festival Faculty

David Lang is one of the most highly esteemed and performed American composers writing today. The New Yorker wrote: “With his winning of the Pulitzer Prize for the little match girl passion (one of the most original and moving scores of recent years), Lang, once a postminimalist enfant terrible, has solidified his standing as an American master.” His works have been performed around the world in most of the great concert halls. Lang’s score for Paolo Sorrentino’s film Youth received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, among others.  Other recent work includes the mile-long opera for 1,000 singers spanning the entire length of the High Line in NYC created in collaboration with the architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro,  man made, a concerto for So Percussion and orchestra, co-commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony; his opera anatomy theater, written in collaboration with visual artist Mark Dion, at Los Angeles Opera; the public domain, a commission from Lincoln Center for 1000 amateur singers; and his opera the loser, based on the novel by Thomas Bernhard, which opened the 2016 Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and for which Lang served as librettist, composer, and stage director.  His opera prisoner of the state, co-commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, Rotterdam's de Doelen Concert Hall, London’s Barbican Centre, Barcelona’s l’Auditori, Bochum Symphony Orchestra, and Bruges’s Concertgebouw, will premiere June 6-8, 2019 in New York, conducted by Jaap van Zweden.

Brad Lubman (conductor)

Brad Lubman, conductor/composer, is one of the foremost conductors of modern music and a leading figure in the field for over two decades. A frequent guest conductor of the world’s most distinguished orchestras and new music ensembles, he has gained widespread recognition for his versatility, commanding technique, and insightful interpretations. His flexibility in a variety of settings has led him to conduct a broad range of repertoire from classical to contemporary works, and to direct projects including orchestra, opera, multimedia, and mixed ensemble.

Lubman has led major orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, DSO Berlin, WDR Symphony Cologne, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and Residentie Orchestra Den Haag, amongst others. Additionally, he has worked with some of the most important European and American ensembles for contemporary music, including Ensemble Modern, London Sinfonietta, Klangforum Wien,  and Steve Reich and Musicians. Lubman is founding Co-Artistic and Music Director of the NY-based Ensemble Signal whose recording of Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians on harmonia mundi was awarded a Diapason d’or and appeared on the Billboard Classical crossover charts.

In August 2017, Lubman was the Composer In Residence at the Grafenegg Festival in Austria where he lead the Ink Still Wet Workshop and conducted the Tonkünstler Orchestra in the premiere of his new orchestra work, “Reflections” on a program with works by Mahler and Brahms.

He has recorded for harmonia mundi, Nonesuch, AEON, BMG/RCA, Kairos, Mode, NEOS, and Cantaloupe,  among other labels. His own music has been performed in the USA and Europe, and can be heard on his CD, Insomniac, on Tzadik. Lubman has conducted numerous world premieres. Among these are Steve Reich’s Three Tales, Daniel Variations, Radio Rewrite, Variations for Vibes, Pianos and Strings, and Runner. Additional world premieres given by Lubman include Helmut Lachenmann’s Concertini and Michael Gordon/David Lang/Julia Wolfe’s Shelter, as well as works by Philip Glass, Charles Wuorinen, John Zorn, and Hilda Paredes.

Lubman participated in conducting masterclasses with Pierre Boulez in 1991 at the Scotia Festival, and in 1999 at Carnegie Hall’s Professional Workshop. During the summers from 1989-94, Lubman was a member of the conducting staff at the Tanglewood Music Center for the Festival of Contemporary Music. In that capacity he was the assistant conductor to Oliver Knussen (1989-91 and 1993), John Harbison (1992), and Reinbert de Leeuw (1994). Additionally, he was a Fellow in Composition during the summer of 1990 where he studied with Lukas Foss and Oliver Knussen.

Lubman is on faculty at the Eastman School of Music and Bang on a Can Summer Festival. He is represented by Karsten Witt Musik Management.
 

Nicholas Photinos (cello)

Nicholas Photinos (cello) - Bang on a Can Summer Festival Faculty

Nick Photinos, cellist, is a founding member and co-Artistic Director of the four-time Grammy Award-winning chamber music ensemble Eighth Blackbird. Formed in 1996, the group performs 50-60 concerts annually throughout the world and has been featured at the 2013 Grammy Awards, on CBS’s Sunday Morning, Bloomberg TV, and frequently in the New York Times. Recent accolades include being named Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year for 2017 and the inaugural Chamber Music America Visionary Award in 2016. Highlights of the 2017-2018 include their debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Jennifer Higdon’s concerto for sextet and orchestra, On a Wire; debuts in Milan and Turin, Italy and Budapest, Hungary; performances with Cincinnati Ballet; and performances across 11 US States. The 2016-17 season included debuts in Paris, at Justin Vernon’s (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner’s (The National) Eaux Claires Festival, with the San Francisco Symphony, a three-week return to Australia, as well as shows with indie-folk artist Bonnie Prince Billy (Will Oldham) and world premieres by Holly Harrison, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lang, and Ned McGowan. In June 2017 Eighth Blackbird launched their annual summer festival, the Blackbird Creative Lab, a tuition-, room- and board- free chamber music festival. The ensemble has held multi-year residency positions at the Curtis Institute of Music, the University of Chicago, and currently holds an ongoing Ensemble-in-Residence position at the University of Richmond.

As a solo artist, Nick has toured with Björk, recorded with Wilco on their Grammy-nominated album The Whole Love, and recorded with Autumn Defense on their album Once Around. He has performed and recorded with numerous jazz artists including vocalists Sheila Jordan, pianist Laurence Hobgood, violinist Zach Brock, and bassist Matt Ulery, with whom he has been featured on three albums. He has also served as section cellist with the Canton and Columbus Symphony Orchestras and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra. He teaches at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival every July in North Adams, MA. Nick is a graduate of Northwestern University, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He has recorded for numerous labels including the Cedille, Nonesuch, New Amsterdam, Greenleaf, and Naxos labels. His debut solo album, Petits Artéfacts, featuring never-before recorded works by some of the most acclaimed names in new music, including David Lang, Andrew Norman, Bryce Dessner, David T. Little, Angélica Negrón, Florent Ghys, Molly Joyce, and Pascal Le Boeuf, will be released on the New Amsterdam label in late August, 2017.

Todd Reynolds (violin)

Todd Reynolds (violin) - Bang on a Can Summer Festival Faculty

Todd Reynolds, violinist, composer, educator and technologist is known as one of the founding fathers of the hybrid-musician movement and one of the most active and versatile proponents of what he calls ‘present music’. The violinist of choice for Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, Bang on a Can, and a founder of the string quartet known as Ethel, his compositional and performance style is a hybrid of old and new technology, multi-disciplinary aesthetic and pan-genre composition and improvisation. Reynolds’ music has been called “a charming, multi-mood extravaganza, playful like Milhaud, but hard-edged like Hendrix” (Strings Magazine), and his countless premieres and performances of everything from classical music to Jazz to Rock‘n’Roll seem to redefine the concert hall and underground club as undeniably and unavoidably intertwined. He has just released his double CD set, Outerborough on Innova Recordings, featuring InSide, a collection of his own music, paired with OutSide, music written by a veritable who’s who of contemporary composers.

A forerunner in the expansion of the violin beyond its classical and ‘wood-bound’ tradition, Reynolds electrifies in concert, weaves together composed and improvised segments, and makes use of computer technology and digital loops to sculpt his sounds in real time, seamlessly integrating minimalist, pop, Jazz, Indian, African, Celtic and indigenous folk musics into his own sonic blend. As a cross-genre improviser and collaborator, he has appeared and/or recorded with such artists as Anthony Braxton, Uri Caine, John Cale, Steve Coleman, Joe Jackson, Dave Liebman, Yo-Yo Ma, Graham Nash, Greg Osby, Steve Reich, Marcus Roberts and Todd Rundgren, and has commissioned and premiered countless numbers of new works by America’s most compelling composers, including John King, Phil Kline, Michael Gordon, Neil Rolnick, Julia Wolfe, David Lang, Evan Ziporyn and Randall Wolff. His interdisciplinary work includes ongoing collaborations with SoundPainter Walter Thompson as well as media artists Bill Morrison and Luke DuBois and sound artist Jody Elff.

 

Mark Stewart (electric guitar)

Mark Stewart (electric guitar) - Bang on a Can Summer Festival Faculty

Multi-instrumentalist, singer, song leader, composer and instrument designer Mark Stewart has been heard around the world performing old and new music. Since 1998 he has recorded, toured and been Musical Director with Paul Simon.  A founding member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the comic duo Polygraph Lounge with keyboard & theremin wizard Rob Schwimmer, Mark has also worked with Steve Reich, Sting, Anthony Braxton, Bob Dylan, Wynton Marsalis, Meredith Monk, Stevie Wonder, Phillip Glass, Iva Bittova, Bruce Springsteen, Terry Riley, Ornette Coleman, Edie Brickell, Don Byron, Joan Baez, Hugh Masakela, Paul McCartney, Cecil Taylor, Bill Frisell, Jimmy Cliff, Charles Wourinen, the Everly Brothers, Steve Gadd, Fred Frith, Alison Krauss, David Krakauer, Bobby McFerrin, David Byrne, James Taylor, The Roches, Aaron Neville, Bette Midler, and Marc Ribot. He is the inventor of the WhirlyCopter, a bicycle-powered Pythagorean choir of singing tubes and the Big Boing, a 24 ft. sonic banquet table Mbira that seats 30 children playing 490 found objects. Mark is the curator at MASS MoCA of the immersive Gunnar Schonbeck exhibit of musical instruments. He  can be heard on Blue Note, Warner Bros., Sony, Sony Classical, Point/Polygram, Nonesuch, Label Bleu, Resonance Magnetique, Cantaloupe and CRI recordings. He lives in New York City making his living playing and writing popular music, semi-popular music and unpopular music, and designing instruments that everyone can play.

Ken Thomson (clarinet, saxophone)

Ken Thomson (clarinet, saxophone) - Bang on a Can Summer Festival Faculty

Ken Thomson (clarinet and baritone saxophone), faculty member and member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, is a staple of New York City’s contemporary music and jazz communities -- an instrumentalist and composer widely regarded for his ability to blend a rich variety of influences and styles into his own musical language, while maintaining a voice unmistakably his own. With his quintet, Slow/Fast, he has toured internationally and released two discs including "Settle" (NCM East Records, 2014) about which the Chicago Reader said, "Few musicians travel as assuredly and meaningfully between jazz and new music.” As a composer, he has released two discs, Thaw (Cantaloupe Music), of his compositions performed by the heralded JACK Quartet, and Restless (2016), featuring Ashley Bathgate and Karl Larson.  His new record, “Sextet” will be released on New Focus/Panoramic Records this September accompanied by a US and Europe tour. He is also active as a freelance clarinetist in New York, performing with Ensemble Signal, International Contemporary Ensemble, Novus, and more. He is a Conn-Selmer/Selmer Paris and D'Addario Woodwinds artist. www.ktonline.net

Julia Wolfe (composer, Bang on a Can Co-Artistic Director)

Julia Wolfe (composer, Bang on a Can Co-Artistic Director) - Bang on a Can Summer Festival Faculty

Julia Wolfe draws inspiration from folk, classical, and rock genres, bringing a modern sensibility to each while simultaneously tearing down the walls between them. Her Pulitzer prize-winning concert-length oratorio, Anthracite Fields for chorus and instruments, draws on oral histories, interviews, speeches, and more to honor the people who persevered and endured in the Pennsylvania Anthracite Coal Region.

Other recent projects include her evening-length Steel Hammer for the Bang on a Can All-Stars and singers which toured in an expanded theatrical form with director Anne Bogart and her SITI Company. In January 2019, the New York Philharmonic premieres Fire in my mouth, Wolfe's large-scale work for orchestra and women's chorus, continuing her interest in American labor history with the subject of women in New York's garment industry at the turn of the century. Upcoming projects include new works for SO Percussion, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the New World Symphony.

Wolfe’s music is distinguished by an intense physicality and a relentless power that pushes performers to extremes and demands attention from the audience. She has written a major body of work for strings, from quartets to full orchestra. Her music has been heard at venues throughout the world and has been recorded on the Cantaloupe Music, Teldec, Point/Universal, Sony Classical, and Argo/Decca labels. Wolfe is a 2016 MacArthur Fellow and was a recipient of a 2015 Herb Alpert Award in Music. She is on faculty at the NYU Steinhardt School and is co-founder/co-artistic director of New York’s legendary music collective Bang on a Can. Her music is published by Red Poppy, Ltd. (ASCAP) and is distributed worldwide by G. Schirmer, Inc.