Bang on a Can will present its third Bang on a Can Marathon – Live Online – on Sunday, August 16, 2020 from 3-9pm ET. On its first two live online Marathons (May 3 and June 14) Bang on a Can has presented over 50 performances including 13 new commissions and dozens of composers and performers. Bang on a Can plans to continue these Marathons, streaming online at marathon2020.bangonacan.org, until performances for live audiences can fully resume. The 6-hour live Marathon will be hosted by Bang on a Can Co-Founders and Artistic Directors Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, who say:
On August 16, Bang on a Can returns with 6 hours of nonconformist, noncommercial, boundary-smashing music. We kick off at 3pm with the singular and extraordinary Wu Man, one of the world’s foremost Pipa players and close off with György Ligeti’s diabolical etude ‘The Devil’s Staircase’, performed by piano superstar Jeremy Denk. Don’t miss a rare solo performance by jazz legend Oliver Lake, 11 world premieres commissioned especially for the day, as well as music and performances by Leyla McCalla, Kaki King, Annea Lockwood, Craig Taborn, Missy Mazzoli, Tyondai Braxton and many more greats.
This is a free concert! But please consider purchasing a ticket! Doing so will help us to do more performances, pay more players, commission more composers, and share more music worldwide.
We continue to support the work to eradicate racism and to create equal justice for all. Bang on a Can is donating 10% of all tickets purchased to the Equal Justice Initiative in support of their “commitment to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting the basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
An entire ecosystem of composers and performers still needs our attention, and our love, and our financial support! The Marathon will be free to stream and all Marathon performers and composers participating live are being compensated by Bang on a Can.
A core feature of the program will be 11 world premieres of newly commissioned works:
Annika Socolofsky New Work (world premiere) performed by Arlen Hlusko
Brad Lubman New Work (world premiere) performed by Lauren Radnofsky
Dobrinka Tabakova New Work (world premiere) performed by Vicky Chow
Fjóla Evans New Work (world premiere) performed by Kendall Williams
Jeffrey Brooks New Work (world premiere) performed by Mark Stewart
Nick Dunston New Work (world premiere) performed by Robert Black
Nicole Mitchell New Work (world premiere) performed by Ken Thomson
Rajna Swaminathan New Work (world premiere) performed by herself
Samson Young New Work (world premiere) performed by David Cossin
Shara Nova New Work (world premiere) performed by herself
Teddy Abrams New Work (world premiere) performed by himself
Bang on a Can Marathon August 16, 2020 featuring:
Wu Man, György Ligeti, Annika Socolofsky, Brad Lubman, Dobrinka Tabakova, Fjóla Evans, Jeffrey Brooks, Nick Dunston, Nicole Mitchell, Rajna Swaminathan, Samson Young, Shara Nova, Teddy Abrams, Annea Lockwood, Craig Taborn, Kaki King, Jacob Cooper, Leyla McCalla, Marcos Balter, Missy Mazzoli, Oliver Lake, Paola Prestini, Phil
Kline, Scott Wollschleger, Tyondai Braxton, Arlen Hlusko, Dan Tepfer, David Cossin, Jeffrey Zeigler, Jeremy Denk, Jodie Landau, Karl Larson, Ken Thomson, Kendall Williams, Lauren Radnofsky, Mark Stewart, Olivia De Prato, Rebekah Heller, Robert Black, Sarah Cahill, Theo Bleckmann, Vicky Chow
For more information about Bang on a Can, please visit www.bangonacan.org.