Jessica Pavone
Jessica Pavone. Photo: Yuan Liu

Bang on a Can Music Series:
Jessica Pavone

Friday, August 13, 2021
6:30 pm–7:30 pm

Celebrating the eleventh season of collaboration, Bang on a Can and The Noguchi Museum present the first of three monthly concerts in the 2021 Artists at Noguchi season.

On Friday, August 13, Jessica Pavone presents an acoustic program of original music for solo viola. Her indeterminate pieces for solo viola stem from years of concentrated long tone practice and an interest in repetition, song form, and the interplay between musical instrument and the human body. She combines her long-tone rituals with delay, understated melodies, and sparse lyrical content while continuously experimenting with new forms within the music.

The performance takes place in the Museum’s Area 3 on the first floor. Doors at 6:15 pm / music begins at 6:30 pm. Masks are required. Tickets allow access to the Museum garden and first floor galleries during the performance.



As both an instrumentalist and composer, Jessica Pavone explores tactile experience in her compositions and performances and has produced four albums of solo viola music, all of which present indeterminate pieces that stem from years of concentrated long tone practice and an interest in repetition, song form, and sympathetic vibration. Pavone has been a composer in residence at the Ucross Foundation, Soaring Gardens, Arts Letters & Numbers, and Mise-En_Place; has received commissions from New Music USA, Queens Council on the Arts, MATA Interval, the Jerome Foundation, Tri-Centric Foundation, and Experiments in Opera; and has premiered work in NYC venues including Roulette, Abrons Art Center, the Museum of Art and Design, and The Kitchen. Her albums have been produced by Tzadik, Taiga Records, Thirsty Ear, Astral Spirits, Relative Pitch, Birdwatcher, and Skirl Records, and she has released four collaborative duo recordings with guitarist Mary Halvorson. From 2005 to 2012, Pavone toured regularly with Anthony Braxton’s Sextet and 12+1tet, and she appears on his discography from that time.

Now in its eleventh season, the Bang on a Can | Artists at Noguchi series features musicians performing an inclusive blend of music from across genres and across the world.