Bang on a Can’s summertime “new music utopia”

Posted on: July 13, 2022

“ ‘We felt there should be a place where people interested in experimental culture could meet on purpose,’ ” says Bang on a Can co-founder David Lang in an article by James Sullivan in Thursday’s (7/7) Boston Globe. “Having launched Bang on a Can with a marathon concert in 1987, the cofounders [who include Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe] spent years looking to the art world for cues on how best to implement their ideas for the summer institute.” The year’s Bang on a Can Summer Festival for young composers and performers runs July 11-31 at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. “This year’s ‘new music utopia’ at Mass MoCA will feature more than two dozen young composers and players working with the summer faculty. Each day begins with a movement class, segues into workshops and rehearsals, and ends up with late-afternoon recitals…. Visitors to the galleries during the weeks of ‘Banglewood’ (as the festival is affectionately nicknamed) will encounter musicians collaborating and practicing.” Says Lang, “To me, the point of Bang on a Can is that it’s a way of listening for what is new in music. You can apply that questioning to everything you hear.”