Poster of the very first Bang on a Can Marathon

Michael Gordon's "Amplified" at BAM - Dec 14-17



The Dublin Guitar Quartet goes electric for the third installment of Bang on a Can founding composer Michael Gordon’s series exploring the untapped possibilities of select instruments. In Timber (2012 Next Wave), layered polyrhythms rippled from amplified two-by-fours situated in the round. In 2012’s Rushes, seven bassoonists used circular breathing to sustain clouds of mercurial sound. For Amplified, Gordon’s experiment takes a six-stringed turn. With the audience seated on four sides, the musicians send reverb-saturated pulsations across the aural field while redefining what the guitar as an ensemble instrument can be.

Please Give To Road Trip! Bang's 30th Year Celebration In Music

To celebrate 30 years of Bang on a Can, and one of the most unique, influential, and still-current artistic collaborations today, co-artistic directors Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe will compose Road Trip – evening-length ‘concert spectacular’ for the electric Bang on a Can All-Stars featuring visually stunning stage and lighting design by CandyStations.

Applications for the 2017 Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA are online now!

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA is a musical utopia for innovative musicians in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts from July 15- Aug 5, 2017. The festival is dedicated to adventurous contemporary music and also includes African and Latin music workshops, electronics and music business seminars, free events in the community, and more. Applications are online now, and are due January 18, 2017.

Says a past participant: "I have never had an experience like this before: the idea of building the kind of musical world one wants to live in seems to be something that is really possible here -- it's a place of community and possibility that is utterly transformative."