Credit: Souki Mehdaoui MAGIC


Road Trip sounded like the most propulsive, hurtling
Bang on a Can music yet.” – NY Times

30 years ago, three young composers, Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe started a journey together, and they called that journey “Bang on a Can.” After hundreds of thousands of miles and hundreds of new pieces, records, productions, marathons and summer festivals, they’re still best of friends – on the road together, sharing the journey. The electric Bang on a Can All-Stars power it up. Director Michael Counts and scenic designer Deborah Johnson (aka CandyStations) create an immersive landscape. Road Trip takes us on a cross country trek – celebrating the freedom and mystery of the open road.  Dirt road, country road, two lane blacktop, superhighway.  Destination unknown. Maybe even unknowable.


Triple A
Wind in my hair
We are driving
Under the stars
Moose Unseen


LA Times review
NY Times review (see article #6 “Scuzzy Guitar”)

Music by – Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe
Performed by – Bang on a Can All-Stars
Directed by – Michael Counts
Scenic Design by – Deborah Johnson aka CandyStations
Lighting Design by – Ben Stanton
Associate Director – Ashley Tata


Commissioning Credits

Road Trip was commissioned by BAM for the 2017 Next Wave Festival and by Stephen A. Block, Robert Braun & Joan Friedman, Leslie Lassiter, Raulee Marcus, New Music USA, Maria & Robert A. Skirnick, Jane and Richard Stewart, with additional support from Jerry Eberhardt and Phil Hettema.