World Premieres and Commissions 

We are grateful to our community for helping us bring 71 brand new solo works into the world!

These new works were commissioned in 2020-21 by Bang on a Can with generous support from individuals and organizations as listed:

  • Aeryn Santillan ::  disconnect. :: performed by Ken Thomson
    commissioned with support from ASCAP Foundation
  • Ailie Robertson :: All the Bells Are Silent :: performed by Gregg August
    commissioned with support from Connie Steensma and Rick Prins and ASCAP Foundation
  • Albert Kuvezin :: Eremchick (The Spider)
    commissioned with support from the Howard Gilman Foundation
  • Alvin Lucier :: Weirs for electric guitar and resonant objects :: performed by Mark Stewart
    commissioned with support from Jane & Dick Stewart
  • Amir ElSaffar :: Thaw :: performed by Ken Thomson
    commissioned with support from Howard Gilman Foundation
  • Anna Clyne :: Zero at the Bone :: performed by Ken Thomson
    commissioned with support from Alvin Lucier
  • Annie Gosfield :: Curveballs and Asteroids :: performed by Ken Thomson
    commissioned with support from Raulee Marcus & Stephen Block
  • Annika Socolofsky :: Bolder :: performed by Arlen Hlusko
    commissioned with support from Maria & Robert A. Skirnick
  • Anton Batagov :: Chaconne in A minor
    commissioned with support from Bang on a Can
  • Bora Yoon :: Postcards from the Pacific
    commissioned with support from Russ Irwin
  • Brad Lubman :: can you make a prayer? :: performed by Lauren Radnofsky
    commissioned with support from Raulee Marcus & Stephen Block
  • Carla Kihlstedt :: The Performance of Music (…or Love Has a Way)
    commissioned with support from Russ Irwin
  • Carman Moore :: STALLION :: performed by Robert Black
    commissioned with support from Alan Lewine and Beth Thoma Robinson
  • Charles Amirkhanian :: Audible Autopsy :: performed by Robert Black
    commissioned with support from Herb Leventer
  • Christina Wheeler :: A Coda for the Totality of Blackness Trilogy
    commissioned with support from Connie Steensma & Richard Prins
  • Dai Wei :: Song for Shades of Crimson :: performed by Tod Reynolds
    commissioned with support from Stephen Block
  • Daniel Bernard Roumain :: Why Did They Kill Sandra Bland? :: performed by Arlen Hlusko
    commissioned with support from Herb Leventer
  • David Cossin ::  A.C.T.
    commissioned with support from Howard Gilman Foundation
  • Dobrinka Tabakova :: Simple Prayer for Complex Times :: performed by Vicky Chow
    commissioned with support from Rob Mason and the RPM Commissioning Fund
  • Eddy Kwon :: seep
    commissioned with support from an anonymous donor
  • Eve Beglarian :: A Solemn Shyness :: performed by Lara Downes
    commissioned with the support from Oscar Gerardo
  • Fjóla Evans :: Eggshell :: performed by Kendall K. Williams
    commissioned with the support from Howard Gilman Foundation
  • Florent Ghys :: RYB :: performed by David Cossin
    commissioned with support from Dave Lake & Linda Wright
  • Fred Frith :: Now Here
    commissioned with support from the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation
  • Gabriel Kahane :: Hollywood & Vine :: performed by Arlen Hlusko
    commissioned with support from Raulee Marcus & Stephen Block
  • Gemma Peacocke :: Fear of Flying :: performed by Nathalie Joachim
    commissioned with support from Maria & Robert A. Skirnick
  • Greg Saunier :: John Paul George and Ringo Pry Open the Gates of Hell :: performed by David Cossin
    commissioned with  support from Michael Kushner
  • Gregory Spears :: A Distant Ridge of Earth :: performed by David Byrd Marrow
    commissioned with support from Herb Leventer
  • Helena Tulve :: Without love atoms would stop spinning :: performed by Arlen Hlusko
    commissioned with support from Herb Leventer
  • Ingrid Laubrock :: Inkblots
    commissioned with support from Howard Gilman Foundation
  • Jakhongir Shukur :: Potter’s Wheel :: performed by Robert Black
    commissioned with support from Liz & Greg Lutz and Pamela Drexel
  • Jeffrey Brooks :: Santuario :: performed by Mark Stewart
    commissioned with support from Jane & Richard Stewart
  • Jennifer Walshe :: Happiness Starts Right Now
    commissioned with support from Richard Ferrante
  • Joan La Barbara ::  ad astra…for cellist who sings :: performed by Iva Casian Lakos
    commissioned with support from Raulee Marcus & Stephen Block
  • Joel Thompson :: Supplication and Compensation :: performed by Anthony Roth Costanzo
    commissioned with support from Dave Lake & Linda Wright
  • John Hollenbeck :: Persuasion :: performed by David Cossin
    commissioned with support from Meredith Monk and Maria & Robert A. Skirnick
  • Jonathan Bailey Holland :: Subaquatic Meditation :: performed by Mark Stewart
    commissioned with support from Jani Naverfeffer as a tribute to Charlie Fefferman
  • Kelly Moran :: New Work
    commissioned with support from Serena Lourie and Alan Baker of Cartograph Wines
  • Ken Thomson :: Birds and Ambulances :: performed by Robert Black
    commissioned with support from ASCAP Foundation
  • Kendall K. Williams :: Bass and Things :: performed by David Cossin
    commissioned with support from Margaret Cullum and ASCAP Foundation
  • Kristina Wolfe :: Listening to the Wind :: performed by Molly Barth
    commissioned with support from Howard Gilman Foundation
  • Krists Auznieks :: Arise :: performed by Robert Black
    commissioned with support from Howard Gilman Foundation
  • Leila Adu :: Black-Crowned Night-Heron :: performed by Mark Stewart
    commissioned with support from Raulee Marcus & Stephen Block and ASCAP Foundation
  • Leyla McCalla :: Meditation #1 :: performed by Arlen Hlusko
    commissioned with support from Anonymous Donors
  • María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir :: Pending ::  performed by Chi-Chi Nwanoku
    commissioned with the support of the Carl Meier Family
  • Mary Kouyoumdjian :: and there was :: performed by Arlen Hlusko
    commissioned with support from Raulee Marcus & Stephen Block
  • Matana Roberts :: witness
    commissioned with support from the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation
  • Matthew Shipp :: Spaceman’s Blues
    commissioned with support from Jack Homer & Emily Hartzog
  • Michael Abels :: Anguish from Falling Sky :: performed by Vicky Chow
    commissioned with support from Howard Gilman Foundation
  • Michael Daugherty :: Six Riffs after Ovid for solo oboe :: performed by Titus Underwood
    commissioned with support from David Tochen & Mary Beth Schiffman
  • Michael Fiday ::  Song for Eric :: performed by Jeff Anderle
    commissioned with support from an anonymous donor
  • Molly Herron :: Canon No. 4 :: performed by Maya Stone
    commissioned with support from Herb Leventer
  • Molly Joyce :: Purity :: performed by David Cossin
    commissioned with support from Raulee Marcus & Stephen Block
  • Nick Dunston :: Fainting Is Down, Whooshing is Up :: performed by Robert Black
    commissioned with support from the Howard Gilman Foundation
  • Nicole Mitchell :: A Much Deserved Ass Whooping :: performed by Ken Thomson
    commissioned with support of Lawrence Greenfield
  • Peni Candra Rini :: RAIN
    commissioned with support from Maria & Robert A. Skirnick
  • Rajna Swaminathan :: Consilience
    commissioned with support from Michael Kushner
  • Rohan Chander :: △ or THE TRAGEDY OF HIKKOMORI LOVELESS :: performed by Vicky Chow
    commissioned with support from Maria & Robert A. Skirnick
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa :: How Was Your Year? :: performed by Ken Thomson
    commissioned with support from the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation
  • Samson Young :: Super Dark Energy :: performed by David Cossin
    commissioned with support of Maria & Robert A. Skirnick
  • Shara Nova :: Hidden in Plain Sight
    commissioned with support from Rob Mason and the RPM Commissioning Fund
  • Sophie Cash :: Homecoming :: performed by Vicky Chow
    commissioned with support from the John Driscoll in memory of Marie Driscoll
  • Soo Yeon Lyuh :: See You on the Other Side
    commissioned with support from Lisa Bauso & Joe Rojas
  • Susanna Hancock :: Everything In Bloom :: performed by Nick Photinos
    commissioned with support from Gordon Nicol and ASCAP Foundation
  • Teddy Abrams :: You Can’t Stop The Revolution
    commissioned with support of Raulee Marcus & Stephen Block
  • Timo Andres :: House Calls :: performed by David Byrd-Marrow
    commissioned with support from Raulee Marcus & Stephen Block
  • Tomeka Reid :: Lamenting G.F., A.A., B.T., T.M. :: performed by Vicky Chow
    commissioned with support from Raulee Marcus & Stephen Block and ASCAP Foundation
  • Trevor Weston :: Rainbows & Butterflies :: performed by Mark Stewart
    commissioned with support from Arlene and Larry Dunn in memory of Olly Wilson
  • Valgeir Sigurðsson :: Brevis :: performed by Vicky Chow
    commissioned with support from Maria & Robert A. Skirnick
  • William Parker :: Hum Spirituals
    commissioned with support from George Lewis
  • Žibuoklė Martinaitytė :: Abyssal Zone :: performed by Robert Black
    commissioned with support from the ASCAP Foundation

 


 

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$1,500 – Commissions!

This is a very special category indeed. We are going to try to commission as many pieces as we can over the next few months, before we can all settle into a venue together to hear music together. So…for each $1,500 gift, we will apply the funds in equal parts to the composer, to the performer and to the Marathon fund that keeps this all going. If you want to know more about these commissions, just send an email to Tim Thomas, [email protected]. Or, when you give $1,500, we’ll contact YOU with info on your composer and when the piece will be premiered. You will also receive a signed score from the composer and our undying gratitude.