bang on a can

Katherine Myers

  The Bang on a Can Summer Festival culminates with "Bang on a Can Plays Art," – the second week of a jam-packed music extravaganza featuring 13 concerts in 8 days, from July 25 - Aug 1.

Bang on a Can Plays Art draws inspiration from the visual art on display in the galleries at MASS MoCA. Each concert showcases music that interacts with the art on various levels – stylistically, thematically, and whimsically – performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Festival Artists and Fellows, and special guest Alvin Lucier.

Bang on a Can co-founder and composer Michael Gordon joins us this morning to tell us more. This Saturday the Bang on a Can All Stars play Gordon’s oratorio, Van Gogh.

Linda Nylind

  This Saturday at 7:30pm at The Palace in Albany, The Albany Symphony will present all-Scottish program featuring Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ An Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise, and the US premiere of Julia Wolfe’s rISE and fLY concerto written specially for percussionist Colin Currie.

  We are joined this morning by Albany Symphony’s Maestro David Alan Miller, afore mentioned composer and co-founder of Bang on a Can, Julia Wolfe, and solo and chamber percussionist, Colin Currie.
Caleb Blansett

  The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival is underway at MASS MoCA in North Adams for the 13th year. This year, the Festival culminates with an 8-day new music extravaganza called "Bang on a Can Plays Art" from July 26 through August 2. Fourteen concerts over this 8-day period will draw inspiration from the visual art on exhibit in the galleries at MASS MoCA.

    A pioneer in the use of computers in performance, beginning in the late 1970s, Neil Rolnick’s music has been performed around the world, and appears on 16 CD’s.

Though much of Rolnick’s work connects music and technology, his music has always been highly melodic and accessible. Whether working with electronic sounds, chamber ensembles, orchestra, improvisation, or multimedia, his music has been characterized by critics as “sophisticated,” “hummable and engaging,” and as having “good senses of showmanship and humor.”

From 1981-2013 Rolnick was a Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, where he was founding director of the iEAR Studios.

Since 2005 Neil Rolnick has written three large-scale works for piano and computer. On Tuesday, February 18th – a concert at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall will feature the upstate premiere of the third of these pieces - "Dynamic RAM & Concert Grand", commissioned by the Fromm Foundation for Bang On A Can All-Stars pianist Vicky Chow.

The evening will also include the previous two works, each played by the pianist who commissioned it. Kathleen Supove will play "Digits" (2005) and Bob Gluck will play "Faith" (2009). Rolnick will perform the computer part for all three pieces.

Kris Qua

This Saturday, September 15th at 8pm, the EMPAC Concert Hall in Troy, NY will host the world premiere of Rushes by composer Michael Gordon.

New York City-based Michael Gordon, composer and founder of the iconic new music organization Bang on a Can, wraps up a recording residency with the performance of this brand new work for seven bassoons.