Bang on a Can All-Stars

20/21/22 Performance Season

Speed Date
Rhiannon Giddens – new work for Mark Stewart, guitar & voice
Oliver Lake – new work for Ken Thomson, clarinet/saxophone
Du Yun – new work  for Robert Black, bass
Tyondai Braxton – new work for David Cossin, percussion
Tomeka Reid – new work for Arlen Hlusko, cello
Tigran Hamasyan – new work for Vicky Chow, piano

Six premieres of six specially commissioned works, from six revolutionary composers, for six amazing performers. Speed Date is Bang on a Can’s new socially-distanced program for the composers and performers of the future.  While it remains complicated to put musicians close together in 2020 and for the foreseeable future, Bang on a Can has designed an entirely new program, matching pioneering composers from around the world with the virtuoso soloists that make up the All-Stars sextet.

A two year project…
The project seeks 6 presenters to participate as co-commissioners. The names of their institutions would be attached to each of these six compositions. In the 20-21 season, co-Commissioners would receive a virtual premier of one of the 6 pieces and access to the soloist and composer for live streamed exchanges with students and audiences. In the 21-22 season, the commissioner would present the fully realized concert of the six solo pieces. The concert would conclude with a second half of repertoire by artistic directors, Julia Wolfe, David Lang and Michael Gordon.


Light is Callingan online livestream concert for 20-21

Shelley Washington: Black Mary (Ken Thomson, baritone saxophone)
Leila Adu: Black-Crowned Night-Heron (Mark Stewart, electric guitar)
Michael Gordon: Light is Calling (Arlen Hlusko, cello)
Nick Dunston: Fainting Is Down, Whooshing is Up (Robert Black, bass)
Tomeka Reid: Lamenting G.F., A.A., B.T., T.M. (Vicky Chow, piano)
Steve Reich: Piano/Video Phase (David Cossin, percussion)

BOAC has fashioned a program with a diverse slate of composers to be performed by BOAC All-Stars solo. It’s about 1 hour – a perfect length for a ‘broadcast’.

1x Concert program featuring 6 live or exclusively taped solo performances by the 6 Bang on a Can All-Stars. A balanced suggested program example is listed above.

1x 20-30 min pre- or post-concert conversation with one of the BOAC ADs and 1-2 other composers, moderated by presenter as desired. Taped or Live.

Production Team: BOAC provides a full production team and delivers the stream to the Presenter’s chosen web platforms.

Dance Partya new Live concert for 21-22
Bang on a Can All-Stars perform a live concert with an impressive list of repertoire adding a visual design of dance films from various choreographers co-curated with The Joyce Theater and presenter partners who would like to participate as co-commissioners in support of new dance. It’s a rollicking evening of new dance, new music and new film.

Music by:
Amanda Berlind
Josue Collado
Alvin Curran
Michael Gordon
Hildur Guðnadóttir
David Lang
Nicole Lizee
Qasim Naqvi
Henry Threadgill
Trevor Weston
Julia Wolfe


JULIA’S PLAYLISTfor live performance 21-22

Pulitzer Prize winner, Bang on a Can Co-Founder, composer Julia Wolfe curates an evening of exploration and discovery. A live concert, hosted by Wolfe with the fast and furious chamber group, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the concert features brand new music from recent Oscar winner Hildur Gudnadottir to a new commission by Art Ensemble of Chicago collaborator Tomeka Reid. Pamela Z spoofs on modern communication, Caroline Shaw makes quilts, Anna Clyne harmonizes a street song, Gabriella Smith and Amanda Berlind celebrate birds, while Annie Gosfield, Leila Adu, and Julia Wolfe tear down the rafters. Strap on your seatbelt, sparks will fly.

Julia Wolfe: Big Beautiful Dark and Scary 8′
Annie Gosfield: Overvoltage Rumble 12′
Pamela Z: Attention with film 16′
Tomeka Reid: New Work (commission) 6′
Meredith Monk: Spaceship (from MEMORY GAME) 5′
Caroline Shaw: Really Craft When You 7′
Hildur Gudnadottir: llimani 5′
Gabriella Smith: Panitao 5′
Anna Clyne: A Wonderful Day 5′
Amanda Berlind: Bird Chart with film 5′
Leila Adu: Black-Crowned Night-Heron 5′ 

Additional for touring in 21-22

Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize, Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields is a poignant oratorio commemorating the Pennsylvania coal miners whose work fueled the nation. Featuring Bang on a Can All-Stars, local choir, and striking scenography, Wolfe’s acclaimed tribute draws from oral histories, interviews, speeches, local rhymes, and provides an intimate look at a particular moment in the history of industrialization.

“This is a major, profound work.” – Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times


MEMORY GAME with Meredith Monk
A celebration of the decades long relationship of this iconic singer with the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Memory Game is a collection of songs performed over the 30 year collaboration between these two musical pioneers.


Big Space
Michael Gordon, has created an immersive sonic experience that allows for local musicians to perform with Bang on a Can All-Stars in a “surround sound” live performance that is the finale of an All Stars repertory concert/residency. The 6 members of Bang on a Can, with 24 local players, incorporate mentoring/rehearsal periods into a brief residency that culminates with the 30-piece orchestra performing together in a unique staging for the concert audience.

FLOWER POWER with Orchestra
Julia Wolfe’s, Flower Power, brings the Bang on a Can All-Stars to the symphony stage. Performed with orchestra, it is inspired by a radical revolutionary moment – the late 1960’s – a time when experimental ideas and questions permeated throughout the political, social, and artistic landscape.