Bang on a Can's Found Sound Nation has created the Dosti Music Project to bring together inventive musicians from Pakistan, India, and the United States to collaboratively create original work and develop a network of socially-engaged music initiatives.

The Dosti Music Project invites ten world-class musicians from India, Pakistan, and the US to spend a month musically re-inventing their world. In an arts center in Florida, an historic New Orleans neighborhood, and a music studio hidden in the Texas Hill Country, these intrepid musicians will collaboratively create original material, melding influences from traditional Sufi music to Appalachian fiddling to Karachi house music. Along the way, the Dosts will engage with diverse communities through live performances, youth workshops, and street studios. In this short month, the Dosti team will work with Found Sound Nation (the folks who brought you OneBeat) to record and produce an album of genre-defying new music, and create a documentary film that tells the story of the artists’ personal journeys and collective struggle. After Dosti (meaning “friendship” in Urdu and Hindi), the crew will return home to continue developing music-driven social initiatives that make the world an ever funkier and more harmonious place.

Learn about the Dosti Fellows and follow the program and tour here.


 

Bang on a Can co-founder Michael Gordon releases a wealth of orchestral music today on Cantaloupe Music. On CD and digital, Dystopia includes the epic titular work performed by the L.A. Phil, and the legend-deconstructing Rewriting Beethoven's 7th Symphony performed by the Bamberger Symphoniker. 

A digital companion EP of Gordon's Gotham is also released exlusively on iTunes today. This three-movement work inspired by the gritty chaos of New York is played by the Aurora Orchestra and invokes post-rock vibes. 

On March 6-7, 2015, at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland, David Lang curates a two-day festival - What?...Wow! presented by New Music Dublin featuring a who's who list of renowned composers and performers from around the globe.

The festival includes our signature 8-hour Bang on a Can Marathon highlighting premieres by Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon, Linda Buckley, Bryce Dessner (of The National), and Pulitzer prize-winning composer John Luther Adams; Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars and Trio Mediaeval; Bang on a Can’s live arrangement of Brian Eno’s Music for Airports and Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, and much more. 

More info here

Bang on a Can returns to the Ecstatic Music Festival for the annual People's Commissioning Fund concert, one of the most anticipated and reliable launching pads for emerging composers in New York and beyond.

On February 26, the Bang on a Can All-Stars will premiere new works by Wilco’s Glenn Kotche, Jace Clayton (aka DJ/rupture) and Ben Frost. Also on the program its Donnacha Dennehy's Streetwalker, Michael Gordon's For Madeline, Annie Gosfield's Overvoltage Rumble, and Erdem Helvacioglu's Tales of Oppression and Resistance (parts 6 and 10).

Textura has just named Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer its #1 album of 2014!  

Released to critical acclaim on Cantaloupe Music, Steel Hammer is inspired by Wolfe's love for the music and lore of Appalachia. The text is based on over 200 versions of the John Henry ballad, exploring the subject of human vs. machine in the quintessential American legend. Featuring the haunting vocalizations of Norway’s Trio Mediaeval, Steel Hammer also stretches the standard instrumentation of the Bang on a Can All-Stars with wooden bones, mountain dulcimer, banjo and more.

Steel Hammer is also now an exciting new evening-length theater work pairing Bang on a Can All-Stars with renowned director Anne Bogart and SITI Company.

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 globe. 

With your help we've toured all over the world, commissioned more than a dozen new works, staged Marathons, programmed more than 50 concerts, produced programs for major museums, recorded and/or released a dozen new records, hosted 30 international musicians touring the West Coast, broadcast concerts, and shared videos and recordings of our performances as widely as is digitally possible.

Did you miss Black Friday? Never fear: from now through the holidays, the Bang on a Can Store's entire selection of CDs, vinyl, apparel, and digital music is 20% off

From our new apparel line, to Cantaloupe Music's epic year of new releases, to classic BoAC recordings spanning the physical and digital realms alike, Bang on a Can Store has your gift list covered.

Télévision, the newest album from long-time Bang on a Can collaborator Florent Ghys, is out now on Cantaloupe Music!

Télévision traverses classical forms, musique concrète, samples and sci-fi, delivering a multi-media experience warping the very edges of contemporary music.  

As Ghys himself describes it, “Télévision is about weather reports, digital music, plastic beauty, synesthesia, and dance.” All 13 pieces were composed, played, recorded, and filmed by Ghys — he plays, performs and perpetrates double bass, applause, bass drum, editing, guitar, hair dryers, hand claps, hi-hat, Max programming, mouth hi-hat, piano, shakers, snare, solfège, video, voice and weather reports.