Bang on a Can Announces 2012-13 Global Touring Season

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Bang on a Can's 2012-2013 season takes the new music collective throughout the United States and around the world featuring an extensive selection of brand new musical adventures alongside a recommitment to acclaimed projects from past years. Bang on a Can performs regularly this season in its hometown of New York, and travels worldwide to cities including Los Angeles, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Krakow, Toronto, and in many other places throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Highlights for this season include the Bang on a Can All-Stars joining forces with Norwegian superstars Trio Mediaeval for a European tour of Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer as well as for the world premiere recording of the work, to be released on Bang on a Can's sister-label Cantaloupe Music; the All-Stars with New York's jazz giant Vijay Iyer and Japanese icon Somei Satoh in a night of world premieres at the Japan Society; performances at the Sydney Opera House in celebration of luminary John Cage's 100th birthday during the All-Stars' tour of Australia; plus collaborations with an increasing and eclectic range of composers, visual, and sound artists in the continued creation of Bang on a Can's newest multi-disciplinary evening-length project, Field Recordings.

On September 13 and 14, 2012 Asphalt Orchestra, Bang on a Can's polymorphic avant-marching band, will make its West Coast debut, bringing both its inventive indoor show and its guerilla outdoor performances to the stages and streets of the Los Angeles area. Asphalt Orchestra presents Unpack the Elephant onstage at California State University Northridge on September 13, bringing its iconoclastic spirit to the stage with a show featuring music by Frank Zappa, David Byrne and Annie Clark, Björk, and new music by members of the band. On September 14, Asphalt Orchestra morphs into an outdoor flash force, springing jazz, prog-rock, and world music on the transient masses of downtown Los Angeles featuring music written for the band by luminaries including David Byrne and Annie Clark, Goran Bregovic, Tatsuya Yoshida and more.

From November 2 through 7, 2012 the All-Stars tour to Australia performing for a weekend at the Sydney Opera House and making their first-ever visit to Melbourne with concerts at the Melbourne Recital Centre. In Sydney, the Bang on a Can All-Stars celebrate John Cage's 100th birthday with four incredible concerts. As "descendants" of Cage, the All-Stars bring their unique visceral and sonic approach to the seminal works of this master composer, alongside and their own core repertoire of music by Louis Andriessen, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Kate Moore, Terry Riley, and Julia Wolfe, bringing the ghost of John Cage on a ride from past to present. The All-Stars performances in Melbourne feature the Australian premiere of Field Recordings paired with Brian Eno's ambient classic, Music for Airports.

On December 8, 2012 the Bang on a Can All-Stars return to the Japan Society in New York for Rimpa Re-imagined, where they unveil recently commissioned world premieres by jazz giant Vijay Iyer and Japan's post-minimal innovator Mamoru Fujieda. In addition, the All-Stars revive Japanese titan Somei Satoh's Shu ("Spells") for the first time since its world premiere at the Society in 2004. This time, the piece will be performed to a Rimpa-art-inspired visual landscape created for this concert by cutting-edge motionographer Nobuyuki Hanabusa. Rimpa is a school of Japanese painting that spanned the 17th-19th centuries the this concert is presented in conjunction with the Society's exhibition Silver Wind: The Arts of Sakai H?itsu (1761-1828), showcasing one of the master painters of the Rimpa School.

On March 14, 2013 Bang on a Can's radical partnership between artists and audiences to commission new works from adventurous composers – the People's Commissioning Fund (PCF) – returns to New York City's Merkin Hall with a program of ear-bending world premieres commissioned by the people. The performance will include new works by Anna Clyne, Dan Deacon, Paula Matthusen, Johann Johannsson, and more. (Details will be announced in the fall.)

From May 8 through 13, 2013 the Bang on a Can All-Stars and the mesmerizing Norwegian vocal ensemble Trio Mediaeval reunite to bring Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer to Europe for premiere performances in Belgium, England, Sweden and more. Premiered in the U.S. to critical acclaim, Steel Hammer is Wolfe's evening length art ballad based on the John Henry legend. Culling from over 200 versions of the legend, Wolfe weaves the contradictory facts to tell the story of the story. The work was runner-up for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize and stretches the standard instrumentation of Bang on a Can All-Stars with wooden bones, mountain dulcimer, banjo, and more, to evoke the rich instrumental colors of Appalachia. The world premiere recording of Steel Hammer will be released by Cantaloupe Music in spring 2013.

Summer 2013 brings Bang on a Can's signature Bang on a Can Marathon to downtown New York City in partnership with the River to River Festival in June, and its three-week Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams in July. (Details will be announced in the spring.)

Bang on a Can is dedicated to making music new. Since its first Marathon concert in 1987, Bang on a Can has been creating an international community dedicated to innovative music, wherever it is found. With adventurous programs, it commissions new composers, performs, presents, and records new work, develops new audiences, and educates the musicians of the future. Bang on a Can is building a world in which powerful new musical ideas flow freely across all genres and borders.

Bang on a Can celebrated 25 years during the 2011-2012 season, having grown from a one-day New York-based Marathon concert (on Mother's Day in 1987 in a SoHo art gallery) to a multi-faceted performing arts organization with a broad range of year-round international activities.

"When we started Bang on a Can in 1987, in an art gallery in SoHo, we never imagined that our one-day, 12-hour marathon festival of mostly unknown music would morph into a giant international organization dedicated to the support of experimental music, wherever we would find it," write Bang on a Can Co-Founders Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe. "But it has, and we are so gratified to be still hard at work, all these years later. The reason is really clear to us – we started this organization because we believed that making new music is a utopian act-that people needed to hear this music and they needed to hear it presented in the most persuasive way, with the best players, with the best programs, for the best listeners, in the best context. Our commitment to changing the environment for this music has kept us busy and growing for the last 25 years, and we are not done yet."




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