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.
Wind in my hair
We are driving
Under the stars
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
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.