Bang on a Can Launches New 3-Day Music Festival - LONG PLAY - in Brooklyn Apr. 29 - May 1
Bang on a Can Launches New Festival in Brooklyn: LONG PLAY
Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 1, 2022
LONG PLAY is an explosion of mind-bending music of the moment.
Dozens of concerts throughout Brooklyn, New York
Festival Passes Available February 8, 2022 at www.longplayfestival.org
Bang on a Can announces the launch of LONG PLAY, a new, three-day destination music festival. Originally scheduled for May of 2020, Long Play will be presented for the first time from Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1, 2022. Featuring dozens of concerts, LONG PLAY also showcases a dense network of pioneering music venues in Brooklyn – with performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Roulette, Public Records, Littlefield, Mark Morris Dance Center, The Center for Fiction, outdoor events at The Plaza at 300 Ashland, and more. Festival passes and more venue information will be available February 8, 2022 at www.longplayfestival.org.
Bang on a Can’s Co-Founders and Artistic Directors Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, say of the new festival:
“Right now – this minute – is an amazing time to love music. Musicians and listeners from every corner of the music world are pushing beyond their boundaries, questioning their roots, searching and stretching for the new. There has never been a time when music contained so much innovation and diversity, so much audacity and so much courage. And we want to show you all of it. With the creation of LONG PLAY we are presenting more kinds of musicians, playing more kinds of music, bending more kinds of minds. LONG PLAY expands and enlarges our scope and our reach, and puts more new faces on stages than ever before. It's a lot of music!”
Fueled by more than three decades of Marathon concerts, the LOUD Weekend festival at MASS MoCA, countless world tours and staged productions, Bang on a Can’s LONG PLAY is a supercharged ride through right now – for musicians and audiences alike.
LONG PLAY Highlights (additional artists and more details to be announced):
Anthony Braxton: Bagpipe Compositions performed by Matthew Welch
Arvo Pärt: Kanon Pokajanen, performed by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, conducted by Julian Wachner.
Ashley Bathgate: ASH, music by the collective Sleeping Giant
Brian Eno: Music for Airports, performed by Bang on a Can All-Stars and The Choir of Trinity Wall Street
Brooklyn Youth Chorus
David Lang: death speaks featuring Shara Nova
DeForrest Brown, Jr. (Speaker Music)
Dither & Lee Ranaldo perform Hurricane Transcriptions plus new works by Aeryn Santillan, Amirtha Kidambi, inti figgis-vizueta, and Nate Wooley
Éliane Radigue: L’ile re-sonante, performed by Nate Wooley with sonic projections by Michael Pisaro
Jenny Lin plays Galina Ustvolskaya
Joan La Barbara: ad astra…for cellist who sings performed by Iva Casian-Lakos
John Luther Adams: Strange and Sacred Noise, performed by Left Edge Percussion and the Southern Oregon University
Julia Wolfe: String Quartets performed by ETHEL
Kendall Williams’ Pan in Motion
Kinds of ~Nois: ~Nois Saxophone Quartet plays the music of Kinds of Kings
Kris Davis and Dave Holland
Michael Gordon: Timber, performed by Mantra Percussion
Michael Pisaro: Ricefall, performed by the Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble.
Nick Dunston’s Spider Season
Nona Hendryx & Gary Lucas perform The World of Captain Beefheart
Ornette Expressions/Denardo Coleman with Jamaaldeen Tacuma, Jason Moran, Lee Odom, Wallace Rhoney Jr, and
special guest James Blood Ulmer play Ornette Coleman’s The Shape of Jazz to Come with Bang on a Can Orchestra, conducted by Awadagin Pratt. Contributing composers include Nick Dunston, Craig Harris, Nicole Mitchell, Carman Moore, David Sanford
Quo Vadis Presents: Russell E.L. Butler, Cienfuegos, Via App
Reggie Workman & Andrew Cyrille + Special Guest Marc Cary
Robert Ashley: “The Backyard” from Perfect Lives performed by Matmos
Soo Yeon Lyuh
Sun Ra Arkestra (also performing February 17 as part of Carnegie Hall's Afrofuturism Festival!)
Terry Riley: In C performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars & Special Guests
Additional details and artists to be announced
About Bang on a Can: 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 plays “a central role in fostering a new kind of audience that doesn’t concern itself with boundaries. If music is made with originality and integrity, these listeners will come.” (The New York Times)
Bang on a Can has 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, we never imagined that our 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, and we are not done yet.”
In addition to its festivals LOUD Weekend at MASS MoCA and LONG PLAY, current projects include The People's Commissioning Fund, a membership program to commission emerging composers; the Bang on a Can All-Stars, who tour to major festivals and concert venues around the world every year; recording projects; the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA, a professional development program for young composers and performers led by today’s pioneers of experimental music; Asphalt Orchestra, Bang on a Can’s extreme street band that offers mobile performances re-contextualizing unusual; Found Sound Nation, a new technology-based musical outreach program now partnering with the State Department of the United States of America to create OneBeat, a revolutionary, post-political residency program that uses music to bridge the gulf between young American musicians and young musicians from around the world. Each new program has evolved to answer specific challenges faced by today’s musicians, composers and audiences, in order to make innovative music widely accessible. Bang on a Can’s inventive and aggressive approach to programming and presentation has created a large and vibrant international audience made up of people of all ages who are rediscovering the value of contemporary music. For more information about Bang on a Can, please visit www.bangonacan.org.