2014 was an outstanding year for Bang on a Can, celebrating our 27th Year of curating, commissioning, presenting, recording, and performing new music all over the world. Here are some highlights from this season.
January 19 & 21: Asphalt Orchestra Live with the Pixies
Asphalt Orchestra brought its newest performance project Asphalt Orchestra Plays Pixies: Surfer Rosa (honoring the groundbreaking album’s 25th anniversary) to the Pixies' tour at New York's Capitol Theater & New Jersey's NJPAC.
February 1: Bang on a Can All-Stars at Carnegie Hall
The Bang on a Can All-Stars brought their genre-crossing style to Carnegie Hall’s Family Concert in a program complementing David Lang’s season-long curation as the holder of the 2013–2014 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair.
February 24 - February 28: Bang on a Can Residency program in Russia
Bang on a Can partnered with the U.S. Embassy in Moscow for a Bang on a Can Institute at the National Centre for the Contemporary Arts, a five-day residency-intensive featuring the Bang on a Can All-Stars.
March 13: People's Commissioning Fund
Bang on a Can’s partnership between artists and audiences to commission new works from adventurous composers returned to New York City’s Merkin Hall with a program of ear-bending world premieres commissioned by the people. Part of the Ecstatic Music Festival, the performance included new works by Alvin Lucier, Richard Reed Parry, and Daniel Wohl, in addition to a performance of Julia Wolfe’s driving classic from 1994 Lick, and David Lang’s haunting death speaks featuring the Bang on a Can All-Stars with special guest Shara Worden.
March 21 - April 2: Bang on a Can All-Stars Tour Asia
The Bang on a Can All-Stars returned to Asia for a six-concert tour & residency throughout Beijing and Macao, China, and Tongyeong and Seoul, South Korea.
April 26 & 27: The BOAC All-Stars give the world premiere of Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields.
The Bang on a Can All-Stars joined forces with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia for the world premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields.
April 30: Bang on a Can Summer Fundraiser
We threw the Second Annual "Banglewood Benefit Bash"- an informal concert followed by a wild and wooly dance party. The musical smorgasbord featured alums Ruby Fulton, Adam Cuthbert, Mark Stewart, Concert Black, New Thread Quartet to Nouveau Classical Project, and DJ Jacob Cooper.
May 27: Bang on a Can Benefit
We hosted our annual Bang on a Can Benefit at City Winery, this year honoring Mary Lou Aleskie, Executive Director of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven.
May 30 & 31: NY Phil Biennial
The Bang on a Can All-Stars & The Choir of Trinity Wall Street conducted by Julian Wachner joined forces for the NY Premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields, part of the NY Phil Biennial, a Musical Playground of the Here and Now.
June - September: Music in the Garden @ Noguchi Museum
The Noguchi Museum and Bang on a Can/Cantaloupe Music partnered to present Music in the Garden-- an annual series held on the second Sunday of every month from June to September in the Museum's celebrated outdoor sculpture garden. We featured performances by Dither, Carson Moody, Kelli Kathman, Daisy Press, Jessica Schmitz, JACK Quartet, and Caleb Burhans.
June 21: Asphalt Orchestra @ Make Music New York
Asphalt Orchestra joined Make Music New York for And Death Shall Have No Dominion. Conceived and composed by Pete M. Wyer, the piece is a participatory singing event for a synchronized headphone choir in honor of Dylan Thomas’s famous poem.
June 22: Bang on a Can Marathon
We returned to lower Manhattan’s River to River Festival at Winter Garden at Brookfield Place with our annual incomparable super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the globe.
We had an amazing line-up featuring 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.
July 10: Bang on a Can @ The Jewish Museum: Other Primary Structures
Bang on a Can and The Jewish Museum continued their season-long partnership presenting Other Primary Structures featuring performances by Bang on a Can All-Stars Vicky Chow and David Cossin with Dither Quartet’s Taylor Levine and James Moore.
July 17- August 3: Bang on a Can Summer Festival @ MASS MoCA
The 13th 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. Performance highlights of the three-week intensive included daily recitals in the museum galleries featuring festival faculty and fellows; Bang on a Can All-Stars and special guests; the Composer Premiere Concert showcasing brand new works written by the Summer Festival composition fellows; and the 13th annual Bang on a Can Marathon at MASS MoCA, the annual 6-hour day-night boundary-busting festival concert featuring 50+ musicians and composers from around the world.
July 18: Asphalt Orchestra @ Kickstarter Film Festival
Asphalt Orchestra performed at the Kickstarter Film Festival in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park following their successful Kickstarter campaign to record and release Asphalt Plays Pixies: Surfer Rosa on Cantaloupe Music.
September 9 - October 5: OneBeat
This fall marked the third year of our partnership with the US Department of State on this unique and ambitious initiative. We brought 25 outstanding musicians from 17 countries to the US for a month-long residency & tour across California and the Southwest, where we worked with students, collaborated with local musicians, filmed music videos, and performed in art galleries, amphitheaters, and venues of all types.
September 17: Sacrum Profanum Festival, Krakow, Poland
The Bang on a Can All-Stars returned for the fourth consecutive year to Krakow’s Sacrum Profanum Festival with a concert featuring the All-Stars with Lee Ranaldo, the All-Stars with Polish new jazz DJ Skalpel, and PCF-commissioned Field Recordings works by Richard Reed Parry, Alvin Lucier, Daniel Wohl, and Dan Deacon.
October 14: Steel Hammer at Winter Garden
The Bang on a Can All-Stars and friends returned to the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place performing Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer, following its release on Cantaloupe Music.
November 6: Steve Coleman From the Margins at Jewish Museum
Bang on a Can continued its season-long partnership with The Jewish Museum, featuring jazz saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Steve Coleman and friends. The concert coincided with the Museum’s exhibition, From the Margins: Lee Krasner | Norman Lewis, 1945-1952.
December: Cantaloupe Music Tops the Charts
Cantaloupe Music's 2014 releases hit top charts all around the world.