Dawuna ( Ian Mugerwa Byenkya )
Courtesy of Dawuna

Bang on a Can Music Series: Dawuna

Sunday, June 19, 2022
4 pm–5 pm
Free with admission

Celebrating the twelfth season of collaboration, Bang on a Can and The Noguchi Museum present a monthly concert series in the Museum’s garden and galleries in June through September.

On Sunday, June 19, Dawuna presents a live performance accompanied by Brian Davenport and Noella Mugerwa Byenkya.

Free with admission; advance reservations recommended. Masks are required indoors.



Dawuna is the alias of singer and instrumentalist Ian Mugerwa Byenkya. Raised in Kenya and Virginia, Mugerwa trained in cello before experimenting with digital audio mixers and electronics in high school, leaving home soon after to join Richmond’s DIY scene. As Dawuna, Mugerwa Byenkya recorded his first album—the raw, transcendent Glass Lit Dream (2020)—in his apartment, quietly self-releasing the record online to word-of-mouth acclaim before it was picked up, remastered, and distributed by London label O___o? last year. Glass Lit Dream conjures a nocturnal feeling and naturally flows from gospel, soul, and R&B to more ambient, electronic, industrial sounds. His lyrics drift in and out of these gloaming soundings, oscillating between incantation and confession.

Now in its twelfth 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. noguchi.org/bangonacan