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Bang on a Can: LOUD Weekend 2023


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  • July 27–29, 2023
  • $225 Preferred
    $129 Advance
    $159 Week-of
    $49 Thursday Pass
    $69 Friday Pass
    $69 Saturday Pass

“I’ve rarely witnessed such a seamless melding of art and music.” — New York Magazine

Bang on a Can and MASS MoCA present the annual LOUD Weekend, a fully loaded, three-day, eclectic super-mix of creative, experimental, and unusual music. Featuring the Kronos Quartet—celebrating 50 years of virtuosic strings—Love in Exile (Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, Shahzad Ismaily), Ensemble Klang, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Paola Prestini’s House of Zodiac performed by Jeffrey Zeigler with films by Murat Eyuboglu, Tarta Relena, and more. Check out the full lineup below, and head over to bangonacan.org for the hourly schedule.

LOUD Weekend 2023 [Subject to change] Thursday, July 27, 7:30pm-12:00am (midnight) Catalan folk duo TARTA RELENA LOVE IN EXILE featuring AROOJ AFTAB, VIJAY IYER, SHAHZAD ISMAILY ORCHESTRA OF ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTS, led by MARK STEWART Opening Night After-Party Friday July 28: 1:00pm-12:00am (midnight) JEFFREY BROOKS’ The Memory Palace (World Premiere) NEWEST VOICES WORLD PREMIERE COMPOSER CONCERT I Music by Kennedy Taylor Dixon, Nolan Hildebrand, Shiri Reisman, Cole Reyes, Ari Sussman, Dijana Wallace EVE BEGLARIAN’s A Murmur in the Trees for 24 double basses spread throughout a grove of trees ANDRIESSEN & AKIHO Louis Andriessen, De Snelheid | Andy Akiho, Amalgamation SPOTLIGHT ON NICOLE LIZÉE Nicole Lizée, This Will Not Be Televised | NICK PHOTINOS & PAOLO KAPUNAN play Nicole Lizée’s Bookburners for solo cello and turntablist VIJAY IYER BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS & ENSEMBLE KLANG play PETE HARDEN’S Forgiveness and Forgetting ZEKKEREYA El-magharbel DAVID LANG, note to a friend, featuring THEO BLECKMANN SPOTLIGHT ON JOAN TOWER Joan Tower’s brand new Into the Night plus Petroushskates, Tres Lent, Love Letter, Beauty and the Beast KRONOS QUARTET plays NICOLE LIZÉE SPOTLIGHT ON DAVID SANFORD David Sanford, Long Time Coming and Kafka ENSEMBLE KLANG plays OCCAM HEXA V by ÉLIANE RADIGUE and CAROL ROBINSON SLOWSPIN Saturday July 29, 12:00 (noon)-11:00pm NEWEST VOICES WORLD PREMIERE COMPOSER CONCERT II Music by Bobby Ge, Lucy McNight, Celka Ojakangas, Jacob Ridderberg CECILIA LOPEZ performs her live score to Burning House, a film by CARRIE SCHNEIDER VICKY CHOW plays PHILIP GLASS’ Piano Etudes, Book II JAMES BRANDON LEWIS & ALEXIS MARCELO DUO ADRIAN KNIGHT’s Twinnings, for two pianos BANG ON A CAN SUMMER FESTIVAL SAXOPHONE QUARTET Daniel Godsil, Praxinoscope | Emma O’Halloran, Night Music | Ed Rosenberg, Of Light and Blood KEN THOMSON & IWO JEDYNECKI New work by Ken Thomson plus music by Philip Glass and Paweł Janas for solo accordion FESTIVAL DOUBLE BASS TRIO WITH GREGG AUGUST JEFFREY ZEIGLER performs PAOLA PRESTINI’S Houses of Zodiac: Poems for Cello, with films by Murat Eyuboglu BANG ON A CAN SUMMER FESTIVAL WIND QUINTET Nicole Lizée, Zoetropes for wind quintet & electronics | Nico Muhly, Look for Me BANG ON A CAN SUMMER FESTIVAL PERCUSSION QUARTET Andy Akiho, Pillar V | David Soldier, Ganesha; arr. David Cossin, for percussion quartet SPOTLIGHT ON ANDY AKIHO Andy Akiho, Prospects of a misplaced year KRONOS QUARTET plays MICHAEL GORDON, TERRY RILEY, and more ENSEMBLE KLANG plays OSCAR BETTISON’s O Death ROGER CLARK MILLER plays Dream Interpretations for Solo Electric Guitar Ensemble EDITRIX BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS Music by Nick Dunston, Philip Glass, George Lewis, Steve Martland, Meredith Monk, Julia Wolfe CONCERT DESCRIPTIONS KRONOS Five Decades - the singular legendary Kronos Quartet perform TWO concerts celebrating their 50th anniversary season. Music by Nicole Lizee, Terry Riley, Michael Gordon, and more. Love in Exile - a brand new collaborative album and tour featuring experimental super trio Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, and Shahzad Ismaily kicks off LOUD Weekend on Thursday night, 7/27. David Lang explores our eternal fascination with death, love, family and suicide in the concert premiere of his newest chamber opera, note to a friend, based on three haunting texts by iconic Japanese novelist Ryunosuke Akutagawa. Featuring Theo Bleckmann, vocal. The electric Bang on a Can All-Stars (NY) team up and face-off with the Netherland’s Ensemble Klang (NL) for the US premiere of Pete Harden’s heavy hocketing hoedown Forgiveness and Forgetting. Time and distance collapse in the music of the Catalan folk duo Tarta Relena. With little more than their two voices, Helena Ros and Marta Torrella connect the far corners of the Mediterranean, drawing on traditions stretching back more than a thousand years (Pitchfork). Composer Paola Prestini and cellist Jeffrey Zeigler pair up for Houses of Zodiac: Poems for Cello, an installation-concert drawing inspiration from the writings of Anaïs Nin, Pablo Neruda, Brenda Shaughnessy, and Natasha Trethewey to explore the intersection of mind, body, and nature. With films by Murat Eyuboglu. All-time powerhouse composer Joan Tower returns to LOUD Weekend with her brand new piece Into the Night. Composer Oscar Bettison’s mega-work O Death, mixes saxophones, trombone, banjo and piano with jaw's harps, harmonicas, recorders, melodica, flower pots and prepared wrenches, performed by Ensemble Klang, all the way from Holland! Bang on a Can All-Star pianist Vicky Chow performs the complete Philip Glass’ Piano Etudes Book 2. Supersonic soundsmith, composer-guitarist Roger Clark Miller (Mission of Burma) plays Dream Interpretations for Solo Electric Guitar Ensemble. Pakistan-born, U.S.-based Slowspin (Zeerak Ahmed) weaves traditional South Asian musical forms into lushly textured folk, ambient, and dream pop. Composer Eve Beglarian was inspired by an Emily Dickinson poem and a piece of birch bark to create A Murmur in the Trees, a 30-minute work that features 24 double bass players spread throughout a grove of trees. Tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and pianist Alexis Marcelo create music together that is uncompromising, untethered, unruly, and unbelievable. Composer-pianist Vijay Iyer’s elegant, subtle improvisatory style has made him a dynamic crossroads between many musical worlds - between jazz and experimental classical, between notated and spontaneous composition, between his American and his Indian roots. The return of composer Jeffrey Brooks to LOUD Weekend - with the world premiere of his latest work Memory Palace, part of the Stein-o-caster series for an ingeniously amplified piano played with paint brushes. The electric BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS dig into their vast sonic portfolio in a closing concert of music by Julia Wolfe, George Lewis, Nick Dunston, Meredith Monk, and more. Power-trio Editrix play a set of thoughtful, impossible, gripping and chaotic avant-Rock Composer and multi-media artist Cecilia Lopez performs her live score to the film Burning House by Carrie Schneider whose exhibition Sphinx is currently on view in the galleries. Special guest composers Andy Akiho, Nicole Lizée, and David Sanford, plus music by Daniel Godsil, Paweł Janas, Adrian Knight, Nico Muhly, Emma O’Halloran, Gregg August, Eliane Radigue and Carol Robinson, Terry Riley, Peni Candra Rini, Ed Rosenberg, David Soldier, Stephan Thelen, Ken Thomson, and more. WORLD PREMIERES by the 2023 summer festival composition fellows: Kennedy Dixon, Bobby Ge, Nolan Hildebrand, Lucy McKnight, Celka Ojakangas, Cole Reyes, Jacob Ridderberg, Shiri Riseman, Ari Sussman, Daijana Wallace. A rare American performance of Dutch master composer Louis Andrissen’s time-bending De Snelheid (Velocity). Inspiringly inventive accordionist-composer Iwo Jedynecki (from Poland) performs a solo set Performances by Gregg August, Vicky Chow, David Cossin, Arlen Hlusko, Nick Photinos, Todd Reynolds, Mark Stewart, Maya Stone, Ken Thomson plus JP Bernabe, Xingyi Betty Chen, Kennedy Taylor Dixon, Bobby Ge, Lucas Nunes Gianini, Elizabeth Hall-Keough, Madeline Hildebrand, Nolan Hildebrand, Iwo Jedynecki, Claire Litwinowicz, Laura Martínez Díaz, Lucy McKnight, Luciano Medina, Jacob Nance, Elicia Neo, Dylan Ofrias, Celka Ojakangas, Anne Pinkerton, William Pyle, Cole Reyes, Jacob Ridderberg, Shiri Riseman, Abrielle Scott, Ethan Strickland, Ari Sussman, Santiago Velo Quintairos, Kathryn Vetter, Daijana Wallace, Carina Yee, Sam Zagnit, and others.

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  • Performers subject to change.
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Planning on lunch or dinner before the show? Check out restaurants in downtown North Adams or find a nosh right here on campus: BIGGDADDY’s Philly Steak House, Bright Ideas Brewing, Casita, or Lickety Split CafeLickety Split Cafe, our museum cafe, will also serve small bites during the show.

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