Source: LOUD Weekend.
Highlights of the 2022 Bang on a Can LOUD Weekend at MASS MoCA include:
Bang on a Can All-Stars perform the world premiere-preview of “Dance Party” – live music and dance on film! The Bang on a Can All-Stars’ newest show is a seamless integration of cutting edge music, revolutionary dance, and film. Nine extraordinary choreographers have been commissioned to create dance/films to music written for and performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars: Josue Collado Fregoso: Joie de Vivre with Marrissa, a film by Pioneer Winter; Michael Gordon: July (selections) for solo piano with film by Brian Brooks; Hildur Gudnadottir: Fear of Dog, a film by Andros Zins-Browne; David Lang: interstate with film by Annie-B Parson; Qasim Naqvi: Featureless with film by Kyle Marshall; Angelica Negron: Tursistas with Kookik, a film by Keerati Jinakunwiphat; Henry Threadgill: With or Without Card with film by Rena Butler; Trevor Weston: Dig it with The Burglar, a film by Jerron Herman; Julia Wolfe: Into the clouds with film by Andrea Miller.
World-renowned filmmaker and guitarist Jim Jarmusch and composer-guitarist Phil Kline convene a supersonic electric guitar duo, performing a spectacular live soundtrack with Thomas Edison films chosen by Jarmusch.
Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth’s newly composed score Die Stadt ohne Juden (“The City without Jews”) to accompany Hans Karl Breslauer’s 1924 silent film that was lost for nearly a century.
The Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer. Based on hearsay, recollection, and tall tales, Wolfe retells the classic American Ballad of John Henry with exquisite vocals complemented by mountain dulcimer, banjo, bones, clogging and more. Sung by the charismatic trio Molly Netter, Sonya Headlam & Rebecca L. Hargrove.
Tania León’s Rítmicas, drawing on the energetic grooves of Son and Guaguancó rhythms from the composer’s native Cuba.
Field of Vision: Michael Gordon’s brand new large-scale site-specific ritual/spectacle featuring 36 percussionists from the University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble & Sō Percussion Summer Institute, directed by Doug Perkins.
George Crumb Mini-Fest! Crumb broke into our national consciousness with his powerful protest to the Vietnam War, Black Angels, and captured the music of imaginary worlds with Ancient Voices of Children, Eleven Echoes of Autumn, and Vox Balaenae.
An iconic Steve Reich double bill: the ground-breaking string quartet Different Trains and one of Reich’s most beloved works, Electric Counterpoint, performed by Bang on a Can guitarist Mark Stewart.
Brooklyn-based songwriter-sound artist-multi-instrumentalist L’Rain (aka Taja Cheek) whose songs enigmatically blend spiritual music, tape loops, pop and R&B.
Legendary, composer, trombonist, and scholar George Lewis drew from percussion-hero Steven Schick’s journal documenting his 700-mile walk from the US-Mexico border to San Francisco to create Soundlines: A Dreaming Track.
David Lang took every setting of Death speaking in the entire catalog of Schubert songs and created an intimate, haunting, and strangely life-affirming post-Schubertian song cycle death speaks.
Inspiringly inventive composer-producer-keyboard experimentalist Yuka Honda performs a solo set.
Phil Kline’s Zippo Songs – Another anti-war masterpiece, based on the poetry American GIs inscribed on their lighters in Vietnam. Featuring Theo Bleckmann, vocal.
A duo set featuring electronic composer-performer Ty Braxton and drummer Gregg Fox (Liturgy, Ben Frost).
The return of composer Jeffrey Brooks to LOUD Weekend – with the world premiere of Stein-o-caster for an ingeniously amplified piano played with paint brushes.
Composer Phil Kline’s outdoor experiential scavenger-hunt/installation for 24 boomboxes, last words before vanishing from the face of the earth.
Percussion legend Steven Schick performs Thought Sectors, a new work by composer Sarah Hennies.
Robert Honstein enhances a solo vibraphone with tin foil and cardboard, creating a meditative ringing world in An Economy of Means, performed by percussion-great Doug Perkins.
The quietest, dreamiest, most demanding of Morton Feldman’s solo piano pieces, Triadic Memories, performed by the powerhouse pianist Marilyn Nonken.
Bonjour – a creation of composer Florent Ghys featuring a jazz-laced indie pop influenced quintet with 2 double basses!
WORLD PREMIERES by Summer Festival composers Kyle Brenn, Erika Dohi, Yaz Lancaster, Dan Langa, Udi Perlman, Kelley Sheehan, Samantha Wolf.
Special guest composers Phil Kline, Tania León, George Lewis, Florent Ghys plus music by Suzanne Farrin, Robert Honstein, Alexis Lamb, Juri Seo, Ken Thomson, and more.
Performances by Gregg August, Robert Black, Vicky Chow, David Cossin, Arlen Hlusko, Brad Lubman, Doug Perkins, Nick Photinos, Lauren Radnofsky, Todd Reynolds, Mark Stewart, Maya Stone, Ken Thomson, plus Melissa Achten, Katerina Anagnostidou, Andrew Anderson, Brett Armstrong, Camilla Caldwell, Allison Damon, Kennedy Taylor Dixon, Joseph Ehrenpreis, Grace Gelpi, Natasa Hadjiandreou, Christopher Kobayashi Herz, Michelle Hromin, Caroline Jesalva, Sarah Manley, Daniel Matei, Ariel Mo, David Munro, Ida Nørby, Thorgunnur Ornolfsdottir, Cort Roberts, Jessica Scott, Victor Sintchak, Amy Huimei Tan, and more