2012 was an extraordinary year for Bang on a Can, celebrating our 25th Year of curating, commissioning, presenting, recording, and performing experimental music wherever we could find it. Here are some highlights from this landmark season.
January 1-25: Big Beautiful Dark and Scary
To kick off our 25th birthday year, we gave away the latest Bang on a Can All-Stars album Big Beautiful Dark and Scary in return for your memories: free downloads of the entire 2-CD set were exchanged for contributions to our online scrapbook. Over 5000 entries were collected from the many worldwide friends of Bang on a Can. Read them all at www.bangonacan25.org
January 17-18: Bang on a Can All-Stars in California
The Bang on a Can All-Stars toured California with Steve Reich, giving the West Coast premiere of rock quintet 2x5 alongside Piano/Video Phase, Clapping Music, Electric Counterpoint, and Music for 18 Musicians. Read the review here.
January 20: Asphalt Orchestra @ Metropolitan Museum
Asphalt Orchestra celebrated the opening of the of the New American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a premiere performance featuring site-specific choreography by Susan Marshall and Mark DeChiazza and music by Frank Zappa, STEW and Heidi Rodewald, and the Laneville-Johnson Union Brass Band.
February 21: Bang on a Can All-Stars @ Apple Soho
The All-Stars gave an in-store performance at Apple Soho featuring music from Big Beautiful Dark and Scary.
Listen to a track from the album here.
March 20: World Premiere of Field Recordings at the Barbican Centre
The Bang on a Can All-Stars gave the World Premiere of Field Recordings, their new evening-length multimedia project featuring works by Mira Calix, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Christian Marclay, Todd Reynolds, Julia Wolfe, and Nick Zammuto. Watch the whole program here.
April 28: Bang on a Can 25 Years @ Lincoln Center
We celebrated 25 years with an extraordinary triple-bill at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall featuring the Bang on a Can All-Stars US Premiere of Field Recordings, the Asphalt Orchestra World Premiere collaboration with drummer Tatsuya Yoshida, and MIT's Gamelan Galak Tika.
May 1: Bang on a Can Benefit
We honored dear friend and Board president Adam Wolfensohn with an intimate concert by the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Check out more photos of the festivities here.
June 17: Bang on a Can Marathon
The 25th birthday soul-of-our-season Marathon featured rare performances by some of the most innovative pioneering musicians of our time side-by-side with some of today’s newest exciting young artists: among the featured musicians were the eclectic and electric Dither, percussion gurus Talujon, cello master Maya Beiser performing Michael Harrison's Just Ancient Loops (pictured left), late American-exile Conlon Nancarrow, Hague-based composer Akiko Ushijima, David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth; experimental sound pioneer Alvin Lucier, electronic art music pioneer Pauline Oliveros, pioneering jazz pianist-composer Kris Davis, virtuoso violinist Todd Reynolds, indie guitar sensation Kaki King and many more.
July 9- July 29: Bang on a Can Summer Festival @ MASS MoCA
The 10th annual Summer Festival @ MASS MoCA included over 30 fellows from around the globe gathering in the Berkshire Mountains for a three-week musical utopian residency, featuring special guest Steve Reich. Meet them below.
September 13: Asphalt Orchestra West Coast Debut
Our radical neo-marching band made its way to the streets of California for the first time, bringing its stage show Unpack the Elephant to LA alongside their signature outdoor mobile extravaganzas.
See more photos here.
September 10- October 7: OneBeat
Found Sound Nation launched the inaugural OneBeat program- an international cultural exchange that celebrates the transformative power of the arts through the creation of original, inventive music, and people-to-people diplomacy.
October 19-20: Bang on a Can All-Stars Tour Eastern Europe
The Bang on a Can All-Stars returned to Eastern Europe in a program inspired by their latest album release Big Beautiful Dark and Scary. Listen to a piece from the concert here.
November 2-7: Bang on a Can All-Stars in Australia
The Bang on a Can All-Stars traveled Down Under for three performances in Sydney celebrating John Cage's Centenary and their first-ever appearance in Melbourne giving the Australian premiere of Field Recordings. Read an interview about the performances with David Lang here.
December 8: Bang on a Can All-Stars @ Japan Society
We closed out our year with a killer multimedia program at New York's Japan Society unveiling world premieres by red-hot composer/jazz pianist Vijay Iyer and celebrated Japanese post-minimalist composer Mamoru Fujieda alongside Somei Satoh’s Shu (Spells) performed to a Rimpa-art-inspired visual landscape by cutting-edge motionographer Nobuyuki Hanabusa.
Watch NBC New York interview Bang on a Can All-Stars Robert Black and Mark Stewart here.