Bang on a Can - MASS MoCA


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From July 26 through August 2, Bang on a Can collaborates with MASS MoCA to present BANG ON A CAN PLAYS ART, a jam-packed, week-long music extravaganza featuring 14 concerts in 8 days. The run is the culmination of this year's blockbuster Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA which began on July 14. Bang on a Can Plays Art draws inspiration from the extraordinary visual art on exhibit in the galleries at MASS MoCA. Each concert will showcase music that interacts with the art on various levels – stylistically, thematically, and whimsically – performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Festival Artists and Fellows, and special guests Steve ReichGlenn Kotche (Wilco), and Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond).

BANG ON A CAN PLAYS ART kicks off with three concerts on July 26. Get there early to hear the afternoon program: Bang on a Can Plays Izhar Patkin featuring Terry Riley’s minimalist classic In C. The evening bill features Bang on Can co-founder David Lang’s haunting death speaks with the electric Bang on a Can All-Stars and special guest vocalist Shara Worden, as  well as a late-night solo concert by Worden’s alter-ego My Brightest Diamond.

Other festival highlights include Bang on a Can Plays Teresita Fernández featuring Bang on a Can co-founder Julia Wolfe’s Cruel Sister (July 27); Bang on a Can World Premiere Composer Concert showcasing brand new music by the Festival Fellows (July 28); Bang on a Can Plays Ann Hamilton (July 29), featuring the world premiere of Paper Chorus created by the Festival musicians wearing Hamilton’s all new paper sculptures; Bang on a Can Plays Mark Dion featuring Morton Feldman’s Why Patterns? (July 30); Bang on a Can Plays Sol LeWitt featuring the music of Steve Reich, who was a friend and colleague of LeWitt (July 31); Bang on a Can Plays Anselm Kiefer, featuring Georg Friedrich Haas’ powerful string quartet In iij. Noct. performed in total darkness (July 31); Bang on a Can Plays Natalie Jeremijenko featuring Wilco’s Glenn Kotche (Aug. 1); and the annual 6-hour festival finale Bang on a Can Marathon at MASS MoCA featuring more than fifty musicians and composers in six hours of non-stop, boundary smashing music including special guest Steve Reich and his newest composition Radio Rewrite, special guest Glenn Kotche’s recent chamber music and music from his new release Adventureland (Cantaloupe), and a rare performance of Edgar Varese’s masterpiece Ionisation, (Aug. 2).

BANG ON A CAN PLAYS ART is the climactic culmination of the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA, a musical utopia for innovative musicians in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts, from July 14-August 2, 2014. The festival is dedicated entirely to the creation, study, and performance of adventurous contemporary music. A three-week intensive of public performances, recitals, and lectures, the Festival is attended by over 50 cutting-edge composers and performers from around the globe, including over 30 fellows selected from a pool of over 250 applicants from around the world.