Aug 2-4: Daily Schedule Announced for Bang on a Can's new festival LOUD Weekend at MASS MoCA

June 13, 2019

New York, NY & North Adams, MA — Bang on a Can and MASS MoCA announce the daily schedule today for a new, three-day music festival, LOUD Weekend, presented for the first time from Friday, August 2 through Sunday, August 4, 2019, at MASS MoCA in North Adams, located in the Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts (1040 MASS MoCA Way). Over the three-day period, more than 30 concerts will take place in the museum’s vast galleries and throughout its stunning collection of indoor and outdoor performing arts venues.

 

LOUD Weekend is an expansion of Bang on a Can’s long-running Bang on a Can Marathon, tripling that inclusive and ambitious programming from one day, to three days. Of the new project, Bang on a Can co-founders and artistic directors Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe say:

 

“12 hours is not enough!  We are revving up the Marathon format so you can feel the full range of revolutionary curiosity in the music world today. We call it LOUD Weekend.”

 

Festival Passes include museum admission to MASS MoCA’s 250,000 sq. ft. of art, including installations by Annie Lennox, a major survey of Cauleen Smith, and the largest-ever exhibition of Houston-based artist Trenton Doyle Hancock, in addition to virtual reality experiences by Laurie Anderson, nine immersive installations by James Turrell, two large galleries filled with the handmade instruments of musicologist Gunnar Schonbeck, and more. Performances will take place throughout the museum grounds in venues including the Hunter Center, Club B10, Building 6 Event Space, Wardwell Gallery, The Chalet, Building 5 Gallery, and more.

 

Highlights of the inaugural Bang on a Can LOUD Weekend at MASS MoCA include: the incomparable and outer-planetary Sun Ra Arkestra; the electric Bang on a Can All-Stars performing Field Recordings, a major multi-media concert of endless ambient textures, film, and electro-acoustic forays into the future; Ben Frost’s visceral and maniacal Music for 6 Guitars featuring Ben Frost, Daniel Reimer, Dither Guitar Quartet; Dracula – the timeless, classic, original 1931 film brought to life with Philip Glass’ acclaimed score, featuring Michael Riesman of the Philip Glass Ensemble; Brian Eno’s pre-ambient classic Discreet Music performed by Contact; a communal, open-to-the-public, all ages and skill levels performance of Pauline Oliveros’ Sonic Meditations; a hypnotic other-worldly odyssey solo set by electronic multi-instrumentalist and singer Julianna Barwick; the just intonation electric guitar driven Baltimore band Horse Lords; pioneering composer-singer Pamela Z’s unique blend of operatic bel canto and live digital looping; composer-singer-instrument inventor Lesley Flanigan’s live sonic sculpture; special guest composers Annie Gosfield, Tristan Perich, Brendon Randall-Myers, plus music by Bang on a Can co-founders Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe; and performances by Gregg August, Vicky Chow, David Cossin, Mark Stewart, Ken Thomson, Brad Lubman, Nick Photinos, Todd Reynolds, Lauren Radnofsky, additional solo sets by Ben Frost, Michael Riesman, and many more. (See full schedule below.)

 

LOUD Weekend at MASS MoCA concludes the 18th annual Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA, a professional development program led by today’s pioneers of experimental music for young composers and performers selected from an international applicant pool, which runs from July 15-August 4, 2019.

 

The inaugural Bang on a Can LOUD Weekend at MASS MoCA daily schedule (SUBJECT TO CHANGE):

 

Friday, August 2, 2019: 4pm-12am

 

MUSIC BY JULIUS EASTMAN, ANNIE GOSFIELD, PAMELA Z [Hunter Center]

Julius Eastman, Gay Guerrilla; Annie Gosfield, Flying Sparks and Heavy Machinery; Pamela Z, Attention (with film)

 

PETER MAXWELL DAVIES, Eight Songs for a Mad King [Club B10]

 

DITHER plays TRISTAN PERICH, Interference Logic [Building 6 Event Space]

 

SOO-YEON LYUH plays Music for the Haegeum [The Chalet]

 

BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS play FIELD RECORDINGS with special guest PAMELA Z [Hunter Center]

Music by Anna Clyne, Ben Frost, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Todd Reynolds, Julia Wolfe, Pamela Z

 

MICHAEL RIESMAN plays PHILIP GLASS [Wardwell Gallery]

 

DITHER plays BRENDON RANDALL-MYERS, Dynamics of Vanishing Bodies [Club B10]

 

LESLEY FLANIGAN [The Chalet]

 

BRIAN ENO, Discreet Music performed by CONTACT with film by SUZANNE BOCANEGRA [Hunter Center]

 

BANG ON A CAN STREET ENSEMBLE [The Chalet]

 

 

Saturday, August 3, 2019: 12pm-1am

 

HANS ABRAHAMSEN, Schnee [Hunter Center]

 

WORLD PREMIERE COMPOSER CONCERT 1 [Hunter Center]

Music by Rafailia Bampasidou, Matiss Cudars, Celia Swart, Phong Tran

 

ANNEA LOCKWOOD, Thousand Year Dreaming [Building 6 Event Space]

 

GREGG AUGUST Ensemble [Building 5 Gallery]

 

PETER MAXWELL DAVIES, Eight Songs for a Mad King [Club B10]

 

ARTIST PANEL(S): Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, WNYC's John Schaefer [location TBA]

 

BANG ON A CAN STREET ENSEMBLE [Gallery pop-up]

 

CONTACT plays CANADA

Music by Allison Cameron, Jordan Nobles, Jerry Pergolesi, Ann Southam [Gallery TBA]

 

PAMELA Z [The Chalet]

 

ROBERT BLACK [Gallery TBA]

 

JULIANNA BARWICK [Hunter Center]

 

BEN FROST, Music for Six Guitars feat. BEN FROST, DITHER, AND GUESTS [Building 5 Gallery: Trenton Doyle Hancock Exhibition]

 

SUN RA ARKESTRA [Hunter Center]

 

ANNIE GOSFIELD, Detroit Industry, Almost Truths, and Open Deceptions [Club B10]

 

JULIUS EASTMAN, Stay On It [Club B10]

 

HORSE LORDS [The Chalet]

 

PHILIP GLASS, Dracula with 1928 film [Hunter Center]

 

TRISTAN PERICH, TBA [The Chalet]

 

 

Sunday, August 4, 2019: 11am-4:30pm

 

WORLD PREMIERE COMPOSER CONCERT 2 [Hunter Center]

Music by Sophia Jani, Soo Yeon Lyuh, Darian Donovan Thomas, Dai Wei

 

VICKY CHOW plays TRISTAN PERICH, Surface Image [Building 6 Event Space]

 

ANNIE GOSFIELD & ROGER KLEIER [Club B10]

 

BEN FROST [Building 5 Gallery: Trenton Doyle Hancock Exhibition]

 

MICHAEL GORDON, DAVID LANG, JULIA WOLFE [Hunter Center]

Michael Gordon, Dry; David Lang, prayers for night and sleep; Julia Wolfe, My Lips from Speaking

 

PAULINE OLIVEROS, Sonic Meditation (with audience participation) [Front Courtyard]

 

 

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