Bang on a Can’s LOUD Weekend
Bang on a Can has produced 55 “Marathon” festivals worldwide. Each was a single-day enterprise, anywhere from 8 to 24 hours of nonstop challenging “new” music, diverse in approach, style, geography and genre. We believe – founders, staff, board, composers, production crews and musicians – that the time is right to create destination opportunities for fans to experience even more music, develop community, and unleash the economic potential of their enthusiastic presence at specific neighborhood, facilities and regions.
In 2019 we launched an experiment – we called it LOUD Weekend. And now we’re in need of funding to make it an annual reality! The word “loud” in the context of forward-thinking new or experimental music means we draw on a wildly diverse set of composers and players. Loud means ambition and color, as exhibited by today’s most adventurous artists. And yes, it might also be loud loud. In other words, loud is allowed. But soft can be loud too. Color can be loud. Ideas can be loud. Thus…
We will launch the Loud Weekend at our summer home – MASS MoCA – where each year more than 35 composer and performer Fellows work with 15 world renowned faculty to create a Utopian institute dedicated to experimentation and sonic revelations. We ask early career artists to swing for the fences. And they do. Each year our alumni explode into the music-verse, creating festivals, ensembles, record companies and gorgeous and thoughtful new works of art. And in turn, we’re reinvigorated and leave younger than we arrived.
From July 31- August 2 of 2020, we’ll take over every inch of possible real estate at the sprawling MASS MoCA complex. We will host our heroes Kronos Quartet to perform on all three days and talk with audiences and Fellows about their process, their history and their future. We’ll program pieces by Ben Frost, Brian Eno, Pamela Z, Mary Halvorson, Dither Guitar Quartet, Nathalie Joachim, L’Rain, Xenia Rubinos, a piece for 48 percussionists called Field of Vision by Michael Gordon, Kids Can Too family show, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Asphalt Orchestra, Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe and two concerts of World Premiere large ensemble works created especially for the festival by our composer fellows. And much more. In fact, we’ll plan 30+ distinct shows in 6 distinct spaces throughout the sprawling museum.
This is the future for us. Loud, bold, multi, destination, breathless and ambitious. Please support our vision of the future!
This is the second movement from a collaborative evening length work by Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe and David Lang called “Road Trip.” The piece was written for the Bang on a Can All-Stars, who perform it here. They are Ashley Bathgate, cello; Robert Black, bass; Vicky Chow, piano; David Cossin, percussion; Mark Stewart, guitar; Ken Thomson, single reeds. Visuals are by CandyStation and Ben Stanton.
We expect to perform Road Trip at LOUD Weekend 2020. This performance is from the NYC premiere at BAM in 2017.
This piece was a collaboration between our artistic directors Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe with Chinese vocalist Gong Linna and her husband, composer Lao Luo. We’re bringing Gong Linna to the USA again in 2020 and hope to present her at LOUD Weekend as well as dates on the West Coast. In this performance, the Bang on a Can All-Stars are Ashley Bathgate, cello; Robert Black, bass; Vicky Chow, piano; David Cossin, percussion; Mark Stewart, guitar; Ken Thomson, single reeds.
Ecstatic Music: Nathalie Joachim & Spektral Quartet – “Fanm d’Ayiti”
Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center
October 26, 2019
Nathalie will serve as our flute faculty in 2020. We will also program her Fanm d’Ayiti as part of LOUD Weekend, with help from our performer fellows and faculty. Her mentorship of young composers and players will serve as a highlight of the Bang on a Can residency and LOUD Weekend festival.
Start and End Dates
08/16/2020 — 02/28/2021
North Adams, Massachusetts