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Road Trip

Road Trip

Music by Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe
Directed by Michael Counts
Scenic and Projection Design by Deborah Johnson aka CandyStations
Lighting Design by Ben Stanton


performed by
Bang on a Can All-Stars
Ashley Bathgate - cello
Robert Black - bass
Vicky Chow - piano and keyboard
David Cossin - percussion
Mark Stewart - guitar
Ken Thomson - clarinet and bass clarinet
Andrew Cotton - sound engineer


Ashley Tata - associate director
John Erickson - video programmer
Matt McAdon - technical director, scenic


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.

pain changes

pain changes from David Lang's 'death speaks' from Red Poppy Music on Vimeo.

pain changes // from the album 'death speaks'

Shara Worden - vocals // Bryce Dessner - guitar // Nico Muhly - piano // Owen Pallett - violin

Sound recording and engineering - Adam Armstrong // Sound editing, mixing and mastering - Nick Lloyd

Recording produced by Bryce Dessner

Cinematographer - Meg Kettell // VFX Supervisors - Jake Braver, David Isyomin // Hair and Makeup - Kaarin Lanyi // Key Grip - John Hay // Editor - Mary Angelica Molina // Color - Nat Jencks // Producer - Drew Houpt // Director - David Lang


death speaks – words and music by david lang 
1. you will return 
you will return to dust 
you will turn 
return to dust 
turn to the sun 
like me, turn to the sun 
turn to the light 
turn to the light 
if thereʼs an eye still open 
sweet sleep 
close it for me 
turn your heart, your poor heart 
it will only find rest 
when it has stopped beating 
turn to peace 
turn to peace 
this is the only road that leads you home  
I am your pale companion 
I mirror your pain 
I was your shadow 
all those long nights, all those days long past 
listen to me 
this message is for you 
where I am now, all sorrow is gone 
where I am now, all lovers are together 
where I am now 
in my arms only will you find rest 
gentle rest 

2. I hear you 
I hear you 
I hear you call 
I pity you 
I am your friend 
I am not cruel 
give me your hand 
you will sleep so softly in my arms 
when love breaks free from sorrow 
a new star shines 
a new star shines 
three roses, half red, half white 
they will never wither 
the angels  
they shed their wings  
and fall 
rest well 
rest well 
close your eyes 
you will rest with me 
until the river drains into the sea 
Iʼll make a bed for you 
the softest pillow 
come, rest 
everyone will sing for you 
for you 
I will protect you 
from the hunter, from the forest 
from the flowers, from your dreams 
from the wicked girl, from her shadow 
I will keep your eyes covered 
I will protect you 
good night, good night 

3. mist is rising   
mist is rising 
moon is full and rising 
sky above us 
it is so full 
I greet you, sister soul 
rise up, like an eagle  
rise up, to where the light is 
rise up, to where the light is from 
I am your rest, I am your peace 
I am what you long for, and 
what makes the longing go away 
I am full of joy for you, and 
I am full of grief  
come in and close the door behind you 
I will drive your sadnesses away  
my eyes fill with your light 
fill them 
fill them  
sweetest child 
come with me 
I will play with you  
I will show you 
the flowers and the shore 
my motherʼs golden robe 
my daughters and their evening dance 
they know a song to sing while you are sleeping 
I love you 
I love all of you  
I love your face 
I love your form 
please donʼt make me make you follow me 
come and see 
tears of love become strands of pearls  
when the angel comes 
4. pain changes 
pain changes every shape 
once you are truly lonely 
you will never be alone 
feel my hand 
I feel you  
touch my cold hand 
I will take you  
from her 
to your new cold land 
I have chosen you  
my only love 
those others 
they search for you 
where they search  
they will never find you 
after the leaves fall, spring returns 
after love is parted, it returns 
all you have to do is  
come with me 
and wait 
one day she will be lowered in the earth  
beside you 
my hand will guide her home 
to the place where love is 
and no pain 
when that door opens  
you will be healed 
dearest man, dearest woman 
dearest boy, dearest girl 
dearest mother, dearest father 
dearest son, dearest daughter 
you will never leave me 
you listen 
you are silent 
you feel me leaning towards you 
nothing escapes me 
not the warrior 
not the hunter 
everything awaits the way it changes  
when life falls away 
that is the meaning of the swan and its song 
the night canʼt last forever 
nor will this sleep 
beyond this sleep is light 
forever light 
until that light can shine 
until you see it shining 
sleep sweetly here 
in the cool, dark night 

5. I am walking 
I am walking in the sunlight 
I see the moon, at my feet 
I see the sun, at my feet 
I walk in joy 
I am kissed by angels 
your heart 
child of man 
your heart canʼt know  
what joy I feel 
sister soul, come to rest 
pure notes of love  
echo around you 
a lily, a rose  
they wait for you 
while you sleep 
only you can hear me 
only you can see me 
only you can hear the music 
it never stops 


© 2013, Red Poppy, LTD.


David Lang: Increase (2002), played by the orkest de ereprijs, directed by Clark Rundell.


Orkest de Ereprijs is the leading ensemble for new music in the eastern Netherlands. The group has made a name for itself both at home and abroad. It initiates new projects, often in cooperation with other disciplines, on both a local and international level. Additionally, the orchestra offers a podium for young talent in the annual Young Composers™ Meeting and in its continuing alliance with the conservatories of The Hague, Rotterdam and Arnhem/Enschede/Zwolle (ArtEZ).

eighth blackbird: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

May 2, 2016 by TOM HUIZENGA • The Chicago new-music ensemble eighth blackbird is on a roll. Just after winning its fourth Grammy in February, the group received a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions; the prize came with a $400,000 grant. Hand Eye — eighth blackbird's second album in seven months — just came out, and this season the group marks its 20th anniversary. The celebration includes an extensive tour, with world premieres of music by Bryce Dessner and David T. Little, as well as a gig as a "living installation" at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, where eighth blackbird has commandeered the third-floor galleries as a space to rehearse and perform.

It's an understatement to note that there's far less space behind Bob Boilen's desk. But after a few discussions about placement, the sextet squeezed in while making sure everyone could see each other — one of the keys to navigating rhythmically challenging pieces by David Lang, Bryce Dessner and Robert Honstein.

Right out of the gate, we meet the group's newest member, flutist Nathalie Joachim, who opens the first of two short pieces, "Wave The Sea," with a scurrying theme of nervous energy. The music is by Bryce Dessner, perhaps best known for his work in The National but increasingly in demand as a classical composer. It's Dessner's take on the folk tradition of grisly story-songs collected in his larger suite, Murder Ballades.

"Pulse," from Robert Honstein's three-movement Conduit, seems to hover in midair. Throbbing notes from Matthew Duvall's vibraphone, Yvonne Lam's violin, Lisa Kaplan's piano and Michael J. Maccaferri's clarinet fold in one by one, as if in a round. Joachim's flute floats above while Nicholas Photinos' cello secures the bottom end, fleshing out a mesmerizing wash of sound.

David Lang's "learn to fly," also from a larger work, pumps up the energy with a motorik beat, fueled by Kaplan's syncopation. The interlocking parts race on until Lam finally breaks out of the pattern, soaring in a sweepingly romantic solo.

For those who persist in predicting the death of classical music, eighth blackbird once again demonstrates that it remains vibrantly alive.

The group's new album, Hand Eye, is available now:

Set List:
Bryce Dessner: "Wave The Sea," "Brushy Fork"
Robert Honstein: "Pulse"
David Lang: "learn to fly"

Producers: Tom Huizenga, Niki Walker; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Niki Walker, Kara Frame, Colin Marshall; Production Assistant: Jackson Sinnenberg; Photo: Brandon Chew/NPR.

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Night Thoughts at the Rothko Chapel

Night Thoughts from Rothko Chapel on Vimeo.

Best known for once bringing modern American music to all fifty states out of his Hyundai, 2012 American Pianists Association Classical Fellowship Award Nominee Adam Tendler returns to the Rothko Chapel to present "Night Thoughts," a recital of meditative modern American music composed in the spirit of homage and dedication, including works by John Cage, whose centenary is 2012. The program also includes works by Charles Ives, David Lang, Samuel Barber, John Adams, and Aaron Copland. Tendler will perform as a premiere suite Ned Rorem’s complete published piano music composed for James Holmes, Rorem’s late partner. Tendler will also present works of his own, including the Houston premiere of his experimental homage to Tim McGraw, “only every other memory.”