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LIVE: Bang On a Can Music Festival @ MASS MoCA, 7/26/14

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Bang on a Can

Review and photographs by Joel Reed

Long before MASS MoCA began hosting Wilco’s Solid Sound and the FreshGrass music festivals, the sprawling North Adams museum and performance space offered the Berkshires and the Capital Region unmatched opportunities for extended exposure to alternative music. In 2002, the NYC-based new music ensemble Bang On a Can began taking up an annual summer residency there with two weeks of concerts and recitals coupled with instruction for a small group of “fellows” eager to study extended technique and composition from the All Stars who launched a genre.

Though Bang On a Can’s founding composers and musicians are classically trained and mostly work with traditional instrumentation, their work refers more to late twentieth-century experimental or avant garde composition and rock than it does the orchestral and chamber music of the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries. As with all art, theirs is based in a set of conventions that become more familiar and accessible over time, but its relevance is less in doubt, and so their annual presence at MASS MoCA fills a unique niche in our region for those who are looking for world-class live music but aren’t turned on by SPAC’s classical season or rock reunion acts.

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Relentlessly Inventive Bang on a Can Offers Festival of New Music During MASS MoCA Stay [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, July 25th, 2014
Pop-up orograms in the galleries are a regular feature of the Bang on a Can Festival.

Pop-up programs in the galleries are a regular feature of the Bang on a Can Festival.

From Saturday (July 26) through August 2, the “relentlessly inventive” (New York Magazine) new music collective Bang on a Can collaborates with MASS MoCA to present Bang on a Can Plays Art, a jam-packed, week-long new music extravaganza featuring 14 concerts in eight days, as the culmination of the 13th annual Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA which began on July 14. Bang on a Can Plays Art draws inspiration from the visual art on exhibit in the galleries at MASS MoCA. Each concert will showcase 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 guests Steve Reich and Glenn Kotche (of Wilco).

Bang on a Can Plays Art kicks off in the afternoon on Saturday (July 26) with Bang on a Can Plays Izhar Patkin featuring Terry Riley’s minimalist classic In C, followed by a performance that evening of Bang on Can co-founder David Lang’s haunting death speaks by the Bang on a Can All-Stars with special guest Shara Worden, as well as a late-night solo concert by Worden’s musical alter-ego My Brighest Diamond.

Festival highlights include Bang on a Can Plays Teresita Fernández featuring Bang on a Can co-founder Julia Wolfe’s Cruel Sister (July 27); Bang on a Can World Premiere Composer Concert showcasing brand new music by the Festival Fellows (July 28); Bang on a Can Plays Ann Hamilton (July 29), featuring the world premiere of Paper Chorus created by the Festival musicians wearing Hamilton’s all new paper sculptures; Bang on a Can Plays Mark Dion featuring Morton Feldman’s Why Patterns? (July 30); Bang on a Can Plays Sol LeWitt featuring the music of Steve Reich, who was a friend and colleague of LeWitt (July 31); Bang on a Can Plays Anselm Kiefer, featuring Georg Friedrich Haas’ powerful string quartet In iij. Noct. performed in total darkness (July 31); Bang on a Can Plays Natalie Jeremijenko featuring Wilco’s Glenn Kotche (Aug. 1); and the annual Bang on a Can Marathon at MASS MoCA featuring more than 50 musicians and composers in six hours of non-stop, boundary-smashing music – a feast of sound including classical, contemporary, minimalism, ambient, jazz, experimental and more – including special guest Steve Reich and his newest composition Radio Rewrite, special guest Glenn Kotche’s recent chamber music and music from his new release Adventureland (Cantaloupe) and a rare performance of Edgar Varese’s masterpiece Ionisation (Aug. 2).

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LIVE: Beck @ MASS MoCA, 6/24/14

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
Beck

Beck

Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Beck rhymes with Bowie, hell yes.

Throughout Beck’s epic Tuesday night romp at MASS MoCA, I couldn’t get David Bowie out of my head.

The Thin White Duke’s effortless appropriation. Pinching Donovan’s 12-string waif, pulling Lou Reed’s New York street cred, borrowing Stevie Wonder’s soul and Stevie Ray’s blues. But put through the Bowie blender, it all became sexy, exotic and wild.

Beck, too. And not just because he interpolated Donna Summer into “Think I’m in Love.”

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For MASS MoCA, a Celebration That Has Been 15 Years in the Making [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
Red Baraat

Red Baraat

By Larry Murray

This month marks 15 years for MASS MoCA in North Adams, so they’re throwing a party with Bhangra funk, fun food, festive spirits and dazzling new art. On Saturday (May 24), beginning at 4pm and lasting long through the night, dance-party favorite Red Baraat and soul-stirring spinner DJ Rekha; pop-ups from past performers including Mark Mulcahy, Cynthia Hopkins and Mark Stewart; and an opening reception for a series of dynamic and immersive new works by Brooklyn-based artist Teresita Fernández, “As Above So Below,” fill the bill at a MASS MoCA-sized celebration of their first 15 years!

“With so many good friends and terrific performers from our first 15 years, you never know who may show up,” says museum director Joseph Thompson. “Expect a rollicking dance party with lots of friends and family returning to MASS MoCA, interesting food trucks and newly concocted drinks, a few surprises and excellent art and music from stem to stern.” Thompson notes, “We’ll start with Teresita Fernández’s exquisite, lustrous installation of gold and graphite, which opens at 4pm, and dance under the stars with Red Baraat and DJ Rekha.”

The mid-career exhibition of sculptor Fernández, “As Above So Below” opens with an artist’s reception from 4-6pm in the main galleries. Primarily using graphite and gold, Fernández creates works that shift in scale from the colossal to the infinitesimal utilizing natural and manufactured light to create an ever-changing atmospheric landscape. The result is a space in which the viewer can become immersed, or even lost, in the artworks. The opening reception includes local food and wine. Museum galleries are open until 8pm.

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‘Bang on a Can Plays Art’ Puts New Twist on Group’s Annual Summer Residency @ MASS MoCA [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, April 18th, 2014
Bang on a Can

This summer, Bang on a Can Plays Sol LeWitt featuring music by Steve Reich at MASS MoCA.

From July 26 through August 2, 2014, the “relentlessly inventive” (New York Magazine) new music collective Bang on a Can collaborates with MASS MoCA to present Bang on a Can Plays Art, a jam-packed, week-long new music extravaganza featuring 14 concerts in 8 days, as the culmination of the 13th annual Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA which runs from July 14. Bang on a Can Plays Art draws inspiration from the visual art on exhibit in the galleries at MASS MoCA. Each concert will showcase 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 guests Steve Reich and Glenn Kotche (of Wilco).

Bang on a Can Plays Art kicks off in the afternoon on July 26 with Bang on a Can Plays Izhar Patkin featuring Terry Riley’s minimalist classic In C, followed by a performance that evening of Bang on a Can co-founder David Lang’s haunting death speaks by the Bang on a Can All-Stars with special guest Shara Worden, as well as a late-night solo concert by Worden’s alter-ego My Brighest Diamond.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

MASS MoCA Announces Summer Season of Concerts, Films, More

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Some of the big events for MASS MoCA’s summer season have already been announced – including a concert by Beck in June and the fourth annual FreshGrass festival in September. But the sprawling contemporary art museum is celebrating its 15th anniversary on Memorial Day Weekend, so you can bet the summer is jam-packed with music, theater, film, kids’ events and more, all kicking off with a big party on Saturday, May 15.

Here’s a round-up of the newly announced events for MASS MoCA’s 15th anniversary summer season:

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A River Sings: Roomful of Teeth Follows the Colorado as Art and Nature Intersect [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

At moments it’s almost like hearing the Colorado River – and even the surrounding landscape – sing. There is joy. Sorrow. Hope. Progress. Destruction. It is nature and civilization in constant conflict.

Water Songs: Ha Tay G’am is a new live music and video project exploring the profound history of the Colorado River. Featuring compositions by John Luther Adams, William Brittelle, Shara Worden, Sarah Kirkland Snider and Paola Prestini, the delightful collaboration will be performed by MASS MoCA favorites (and recent Grammy Award winners) Roomful of Teeth on Saturday (March 1) at 8pm in the Hunter Center.

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Reggae Legend Burning Spear in Concert @ MASS MoCA on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

With 25 albums over 45 years, Burning Spear has become one of Jamaica’s most enduring treasures. His devotion to the teachings of Marcus Garvey manifests in embracing Pan-African lyrics, while his intoxicating rhythms transform any room into a party. Music lovers immerse themselves in the Rastafarian spirit of Burning Spear at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center on Saturday, February 15 at 8pm, with plenty of room to dance.

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