• Bang on a Can Summer Marathon - August 1
    Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 4:00pm - 10:00pm

    MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adam, MA [map]

    Saturday, Aug 1, 4pm-10pm: 2015 Summer Marathon

    Bang on a Can Marathon: $15 to $24

    The Bang on a Can Marathon is a 6-hour day-night boundary-busting festival finale featuring 50+ musicians and composers from around the world and has become one of the most diverse, open and exciting summer music events in the Berkshires. This year’s highlights include excerpts from Philip Glass’s legendary Einstein on the Beach, music/video by Christian Marclay, songs by Meredith Monk, the forceful Singing in the Dead of Night by this year’s Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Wolfe, an ambitious world premiere by the brilliant Minneapolis based composer Jeffrey Brooks, and more.

    Actually, why be coy? Here's what we've programmed so far, not in program order yet:

    Andy Akiho - NO one To kNOW
    Anna Clyne, A wonderful Day
    Chris Cerrone, High Windows
    Christian Marclay, Fade to Slide
    Claude Vivier, Et je reverrai cette cille etrange
    David Lang: How To Pray
    Jeffrey Brooks, Capriccio on the Departure of a Beloved Brother
    Julia Wolfe, Singing in the Dead of Night
    Kyle Gann: Snake Dance 3
    Maura Bosch, About the Night
    Meredith Monk, Double Fiesta
    Michael Gordon, Tree-Oh
    Orchestra of Original Instruments, led by Mark Stewart
    Oscar Bettison, Gauze Vespers
    Paul Dolden, Rave
    Paula Matthusen, ontology of an echo
    Pere Gudmonsen-Holmgreen, Din Tavshed 
    Philip Glass, Bed - from Einstein on the Beach
    Philip Glass, Knee play 4 - from Einstein on the Beach

  • FIELD RECORDINGS in L.A. on October 25
    Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

    Royce Hall of UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA [map]

    We're thrilled to bring the dynamic music from our latest record Field Recordings to the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, a chance-taking program and presenter headed by longtime artist champion Kristy Edmunds.

    For 135 years recorded sound has permeated every corner of our lives, changing music along with everything else. Our world-renowned Bang on a Can All-Stars perform selections from our latest album, Field Recordings, a collection of commissioned works from some of today’s most innovative composers who were asked to go into the field of recorded sound itself – to find something old or record something new, and to respond with their own music, in dialogue with what they found.

    Using archival audio, found sound and video, Field Recordings builds a bridge between the seen and the unseen, the present and absent, the past and the future, channeled through the “unstoppable, sexy and loud” Bang on a Can All-Stars. Field Recordings features the West Coast premieres of new music by Tyondai Braxton, Anna Clyne, Bryce Dessner, Florent Ghys, Michael Gordon, Jóhann Jóhannsson, David Lang, Christian Marclay, Todd Reynolds, Steve Reich, and Julia Wolfe.

    PROGRAM

    Julia Wolfe Reeling
    Florent Ghys An Open Cage
    Michael Gordon Gene Takes a Drink with film by Bill Morrison
    Christian Marclay Fade to Slide with film
    David Lang unused swan
    Tyondai Braxton Casino Trem
    Jóhann Jóhannsson Hz with film
    Todd Reynolds Seven Sundays
    Steve Reich The Cave of Machpelah (excerpt from The Cave) (arr. Michael Gordon)
    Bryce Dessner Maximus to Gloucester, Letter 27 [withheld] with film
    Anna Clyne A Wonderful Day 

  • Steel Hammer at BAM's Next Wave Festival - Dec 2-6
    Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 7:30pm - Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 7:30pm

    BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY [map]

    STEEL HAMMER

    Julia Wolfe and SITI Company
    Bang on a Can All-Stars
    Directed by Anne Bogart

    The legend of John Henry, deeply rooted in Appalachian folklore surrounding the construction of the American railroad, has existed in many variations and forms – from illustration to tall tale, political polemic to popular song. Steel Hammer, the latest collabora¬tion from composer Julia Wolfe, SITI Company, and Bang on a Can All-Stars, creatively explores the subject of human vs. machine and the cost of hard labor on the human body and soul. Culling from the vibrant oral traditions of Appalachia, Steel Hammer incorporates lyrics by Julia Wolfe and text from four remarkable American playwrights—Kia Corthron, Will Power, Carl Hancock Rux, and Regina Taylor—based on hearsay, recollection, and tall tales. Directed by Anne Bogart, performers take on wooden bones, mountain dulcimer, step dancing, and more as they explore the human impulse to tell stories and this quintessential American tale.

    Directed by Anne Bogart
    Original text by Kia Corthron, Will Power, Carl Hancock Rux, and Regina Taylor
    music performed by Bang on a Can All-Stars
    play performed and created by SITI Company
    Lighting Design by Brian Scott
    Scenic & Costume Design by James Schuette
    Choreography by Barney O’Hanlon
    Sound Design by Andrew Cotton and Christian Frederickson

    Steel Hammer the score was commissioned by Bang on a Can with generous support from Maria and Robert A. Skirnick and Carnegie Hall. The play Steel Hammer premiered at Actors Theatre of Louisville in the 2014 Humana Festival of New American Plays with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The dramatized stage production of Steel Hammer featuring SITI Company and Bang on a Can All Stars was developed and premiered at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was commissioned by the Krannert Center and by BAM for the 2015 Next Wave Festival.