• Bang on a Can All-Stars
    Saturday, June 6, 2015

    Miami Light Project, Miami, FL

    The Bang on a Can All-Stars make their Miami debut at Miami Light Project with a full day of activities starting with an Orchestra of Original Instruments workshop led by Bang on a Can All-Stars guitarist and instrument inventor Mark Stewart. The program concludes with a blockbuster concert featuring the All-Stars playing music by Bang on a Can co-founders Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe, Philip Glass and Louis Andriessen, plus performances by Miami-based Nu Deco Ensemble and the Spam All-Stars.

    Program:

    Julia Wolfe: Believing
    Michael Gordon: Yo Shakepeare
    Louis Andriessen: Workers Union
    Philip Glass: Closing

     

  • Artists at Noguchi - Bang on a Can Music Series with TIGUE
    Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

    Noguchi Museum, Long Island City

    The Bang on a Can Music Series, now in its fifth year at the Noguchi Museum, returns this summer with a series of monthly performances held in the Museum’s indoor galleries.

    On June 14 we present TIGUE. One half new music ensemble, one half avant-pop band, TIGUE delivers rhythmic hooks and patterned drones through process and improvisation. Uniting homegrown ethos and conservatory precision, the Ohio-born, Brooklyn-based members (Matt Evans, Amy Garapic and Carson Moody) have worked together extensively for nearly half a decade. The program will include music by Sleeping Giant composer Robert Honstein and original music from TIGUE's upcoming release "Peaks."

  • Bang on a Can Marathon
    Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 12:00pm - 10:00pm

    The Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, NYC

    On Sunday, June 21, from 12pm to 10pm, Bang on a Can returns to downtown Manhattan for its annual Bang on a Can Marathon, FREE for the public at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place (230 Vesey Street), co-presented by Arts Brookfield and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as part of the River To River Festival. This annual incomparable super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the world features ten hours of rare performances by some of the most innovative musicians of our time side-by-side with some of today’s most pioneering young artists.

    Lead support for the 2015 Bang on a Can Marathon is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation and by ASCAP - protecting, supporting, and fostering the work of composer worldwide.

    Highlights of the 2015 Bang on a Can Marathon include a world premiere collaboration between the electric Bang on a Can All-Stars and the art-pop-star “fusion” vocalist Gong Linna from China, featuring brand new music by Lao Luo and Bang on a Can co-founders Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, commissioned by Arts Brookfield for the 2015 Marathon.

    In addition, the All-Stars perform an intoxicating set of works from their brand new record Field Recordings (available May 12, 2015 on Cantaloupe Music) including Anna Clyne’s haunting A Wonderful Day, Golden Globe-winner Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Hz inspired by a hydroelectric power station from the 1920s in Iceland, Todd Reynolds’s Seven Sundays sampling southern Baptist preachers’ sermons from the 1930s-1950s, and Julia Wolfe’s Reeling based around a beautiful clip of French Canadian singer Benoit Benoit.

    So Percussion teams up with drummer-composer extraordinaire Bobby Previte and guitar wizard Nels Cline (Wilco) for a rare performance of selections from their monumental collaboration Terminals, a luminous meeting of the classical and the improvised world consisting of five concertos for percussion ensemble and soloists, each inspired by the schematic-like terminal maps that Previte has noticed in airports around the world.

    Premiere percussionist and world music/jazz master Cyro Baptista and Friends will make their first Marathon performance, plus the incomparable Glenn Branca Ensemble in the US premiere of Branca’s epic new work Ascension III, premiered in Europe last fall. 

    Grand Band, the monumental six-piano ensemble of New York’s most virtuosic players, will perform works for six pianos including Michael Gordon’s 2014 work Ode to La Bruja, Hanon, Czerny, Van Cliburn and little gold stars... (or, To Everyone Who Made My Life Miserable, Thank You.), Paul Kerekes’s wither from 2014 including the world premiere of a new second movement, plus David Lang’s reverberant face so pale from 1992.

    Bang on a Can’s mobile street band Asphalt Orchestra will perform selections from its latest Cantaloupe Music album, Asphalt Orchestra Plays Pixies: Surfer Rosa, plus brand new arrangements of tunes by the renowned and furious Bulgarian clarinetist-composer Ivo Papasov. In addition, All-Star pianist Vicky Chow performs Tristan Perich’s epic journey Surface Image for solo piano and 40-channel 1-bit electronics.

    Other highlights include Crossfire Steel Orchestra Inc., an orchestra of steel pan drums, playing music by Kendall Williams; Somei Satoh’s radiant and mesmerizing Incarnations performed by pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama; and bassist/composer Florent Ghys playing a set of intimate pop-laced tunes from his new record Télévision — an epic foray into classical forms, musique concrète, samples and sci-fi.

    In addition, the eclectic and electric Dither guitar quartet performs Lainie Fefferman’s rumbling and raucous Tongue of Thorns, a tribute to The Velvet Underground; Portland, Oregon phenomenons Third Angle New Music bring new reverberations from young innovators including the New York premiere of Quartz by Australian composer Julian Day and a world premiere by LJ White; and more.

    PLUS Bang on a Can’s social engagement wing Found Sound Nation hosts its Street Studio – a mobile recording studio equipped for passersby and Marathon musicians alike to spontaneously create and record original music!

    View our youtube playlist for a sampling of the 2015 Marathon artists

  • Artists at Noguchi - Bang on a Can Music Series with Florent Ghys
    Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

    Noguchi Museum, Long Island City

    The Bang on a Can Music Series, now in its fifth year at the Noguchi Museum, presents a series of monthly performances held in the Museum’s indoor galleries.

    On July 12, Bassist Florent Ghys plays a set of intimate pop-laced tunes from his new record Télévision — an epic foray into classical forms, musique concrète, samples and sci-fi.

  • Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival @ MASS MoCA
    Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - Saturday, August 1, 2015

    MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA

    Bang on a Can returns to MASS MoCA for the annual Summer Festival featuring 40 fellows from around the globe and special guests.

    Performances at the Bang on a Can Festival at MASS MoCA begin July 15 and include daily recitals in the galleries (1:30pm M-F; 4:30 M-Sat.), all free with museum admission.

    The festival culminates with "Bang on a Can Plays Art," a jam-packed new music extravaganza featuring 13 concerts in 8 days, from July 25 - Aug 1. Bang on a Can Plays Art draws inspiration from the visual art on display in the galleries at MASS MoCA. Each concert showcases music that interacts with the art on various levels – stylistically, thematically, and whimsically – performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Festival Artists and Fellows, and special guest Alvin Lucier.

    Click here for more information about Bang on a Can Plays Art and the blow-out festival finale - the Marathon - on Aug 1.

     

  • Artists at Noguchi - Bang on a Can Music Series with JG Thirlwell
    Sunday, August 9, 2015 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

    Noguchi Museum, Long Island City

    For the fifth year in a row, Bang on a Can partners with the Noguchi Museum to present an innovative performance series.

    On August 9, we present JG Thirlwell, a composer/producer/performer based in Brooklyn, who also works under many pseudonyms including Manorexia, Foetus, Steroid Maximus, Baby Zizanie, Hydroze Plus, Clint Ruin and Wiseblood. He has released over thirty albums. Manorexia is Thirlwell’s acclaimed chamber music project that captures his varied musical styles, dramatic intensity, and an evocative, cinematic quality. The program will include a world premiere performance of a new work for string quartet and electronics.

    photo of JG Thirlwell: Marylene Mey