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

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) is a musical utopia for innovative musicians in the beautiful Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts. The festival is dedicated entirely to adventurous contemporary music. We will spend three weeks immersed in today's most exciting music. Composers will have their new works performed. Players will perform in ensembles sitting alongside their teachers. The Festival includes daily performances in the museum galleries, free with museum admission, and concludes with a six-hour blow-out Marathon Concert performed by the Festival ensembles and special guests. The Festival also features  African and Latin music workshops, electronics and music business seminars, free events  in the community, and more.

More Field Recordings

This is the second, and perhaps more aggressively experimental, installment in the Bang on Can All-Stars’ acclaimed commissioned composer series. Like its predecessor, More Field Recordings once again explores strange new terrain where found sound, samples and archival audio collide with contemporary classical music, written by a wide range of artists and performed by the All-Stars.

In keeping with the “ground rules” of the Field Recordings project, each composer was 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. Featuring new works by Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Caroline Shaw, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Dan Deacon, Ben Frost, Glenn Kotche and more, this two-disc set embraces the classical and electronic influences of the first Field Recordings collection (released on Cantaloupe in 2015) and extends its reach into an adventurous palette of sound that includes ambient textures, off-kilter dissonance and electro-acoustic forays into the future.

The All-Stars are heading to Europe in November! 

Anthracite Fields in Prague with Martinů Voices
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 8:00pm
Autumn Strings Festival

Field Recordings in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 8:15pm
November Music Festival

Anthracite Fields with Cappella Amsterdam in Gronigen, Netherlands
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:30pm
Sounds of Music Festival

Bang on a Can All-Stars on the ROCKIT Festival - headlined by Herbie Hancock
Saturday, November 11, 2017
ROCKIT Festival

Sensuous and lyrical, La Mar Enfortuna is a modern exploration of lost and forgotten Sephardic melodies, creatively arranged, and performed in various languages including Arabic and Spanish. Long-time collaborators Jennifer Charles and Oren Bloedow lead an all-star cast on modern and ancient instruments, incorporating the sounds of jazz, folk, Middle Eastern, and Latin music.  Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Modigliani Unmasked, which focuses on drawings illuminating the artist’s heritage as an Italian Sephardic Jew.

At the Jewish Museum on Nov 9, 7:30pm

Read Mark Swed's Review of Road Trip in the LA Times!

"...the All-Stars....rock out as though they own it all."

30 years ago, three young composers started a journey together, and they called that journey "Bang on a Can." After hundreds of thousands of miles and hundreds of new pieces, records, productions, marathons and summer festivals, they're still best of friends - still on the road together, still sharing the journey.

To mark this moment, Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe have together written a piece that celebrates the freedom and mystery of the open road. Dirt road, country road, two lane blacktop, superhighway.  Destination unknown. Maybe even unknowable.  

Played and sung by the unstoppable, sexy and loud Bang on a Can All-Stars, Road Trip is directed by the visionary Michael Counts with gorgeous scenic design by by CandyStations, and lit by the brilliant Ben Stanton.  Come with us! 

Here they are! The OneBeat Fellows for 2017, from all over the world. Brilliant players and composers, each with a social justice connection to her or his homeland. For our sixth iteration of the OneBeat program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State, we’ve selected adventurous artists from over 1200 applicants worldwide, comprising 17 countries, from Brazil to Jordan to Kazakhstan to Zimbabwe.

Follow the Fellows at 1beat.org.

The Fellows will convene September 20th and spend two weeks at the Pacific Northwest’s Caldera Arts Center near Sisters, Oregon. After an intensive residency spent creating original music and developing exciting new global projects, the Fellows will embark on a socially-engaged performing and educational tour across the Mountain West and Great Plains, stopping in Boise, Idaho, Jackson, Wyoming, and Fort Collins, Colorado. More details about our tour schedule and events coming soon!

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Natallia Kunitskaya Producer, Singer-Songwriter Belarus

Rayhan Sudrajat Composer, Vocalist Indonesia

Aisaana Omorova Multi-Instrumentalist Kyrgyzstan

Paulo Sartori Composer, Multi-Instrumentalist Brazil

Munyaradzi Nyamarebvu Mbira Player, Singer-Songwriter Zimbabwe

Livia Mattos Accordion Player, Vocalist Brazil

Omma DJ, Producer Russia

Asma Ghanem Electronic Musician, Sound Artist Palestinian Territories

Mandla Mlangeni Composer, Trumpet Player South Africa

Johanna Amaya Conejo Composer, Percussionist Colombia

Courtney Anne Hartman Guitarist, Singer United States

Abbay Misganaw Rapper, Singer United States

Lama Zakharia Composer, Vocalist Jordan

Tokzhan Karatai Kobyz Player Kazakhstan

Mehdi Nassouli Composer, Guembri Player, Singer Morocco

Yu Hsin Chang Percussionist Taiwan

Elijah Jamal Producer United States

Yasmine El Baramawy Composer, Oud Player Egypt

Rapasa Otieno Nyatiti Player, Vocalist Kenya

Christopher Yepez Producer, Rapper United States

Hannah Fidler Bassist, Composer United States

Jan Kruzliak Violinist Slovak Republic

Mehdi Qamoum Composer, Guembri Player Morocco

Sergey Balashov Drummer, Percussionist Russia

Nonku Phiri Songwriter, Vocalist South Africa

The tank is full, the top is down, and three composers have their collective hand on the dial in this euphoric musical road trip celebrating 30 years of downtown music collective Bang on a Can. Returning to the collaborative spirit of the group’s origins, founders Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe flood the waves with an original mash-up of wind-in-your-hair tunes that capture the sublime exhilaration of freedom and possibility. Performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, with stunning scenic design by projection artist CandyStations (Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent) and stage direction by Michael Counts, Road Trip is a tribute to journeys of all sorts, and the people who make them. There is a road, but it is no simple highway.

Performances Oct 27 and 28.