The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA

December 11, 2015 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA

Annual residency program for composers and performers — July 11-31, 2016

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) is a three-week residency and musical utopia for innovative composers and performers dedicated entirely to adventurous contemporary music. We will write it. We will perform it. We will think about it and we will talk about it. Composers will have their works performed. Players will perform publicly in ensembles sitting alongside their teachers. There are daily performances in the museum galleries, free with museum admission. And the residency concludes with a six-hour blow-out Marathon Concert featuring performances by the student/faculty ensembles. The program also includes world music workshops, an orchestra of original instruments, technology and music business seminars and more.

Past  participants have said: Bang on a Can has changed my life. I never thought it would be possible to find a community that is devoted to new music with such a high caliber of musicianship, such enthusiasm and mutual supportiveness, and such a sense of joy for everything we do. I know I’ll be looking to recreate this feeling in my future collaborations, always.

Bang on a Can is really everything I want the music world to be — inclusive, engaging, innovative, fun, thought-provoking, beautiful, challenging, and rewarding. The festival brings all of that and more directly into focus, and it has made all the difference in the word to have been a part of it.

The faculty will be drawn from among the most innovative musicians of our time from ensembles including Bang on a Can All-Stars, eighth blackbird, California EARUnit and more:  Gregg August, bass; David Cossin, percussion; Michael Gordon, composition; David Lang, composition; Brad Lubman, conducting; Nicholas Photinos, cello; Vicki Ray, piano; Todd Reynolds, violin; Mark Stewart, guitar; Ken Thomson, saxophone/clarinet; Julia Wolfe, composition; and more special guests!

The 2016 special guest composer in residence is John Luther Adams!

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA is located in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains in Western Massachusetts. MASS MoCA presents exhibitions and performances by renowned artists and cultural institutions, but it also is a place where the process of creativity is explored.  Bang on a Can is thrilled to work with them in building a bridge between the arts.