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.



Chris Cerrone High Windows

Oscar Bettison Gauze Vespers

Calude Vivier Et je reverrai cette cille etrange

Maura Bosch About the Night

Andy Akiho NO one to kNOW


Christian Marclay Fade to Slide (from Field Recordings)

Kyle Gann Snake Dance

Michael Gordon Tree-Oh

Orchestra of Original Instruments New Work

Paul Dolden Rave

Paula Matthusen ontology of an echo (from Field Recordings)

Anna Clyne A Wonderful Day (from Field Recordings)


Meredith Monk Double Fiesta

Ken Thomson New Work

David Lang How to Pray

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen Din Tavshed

Julia Wolfe Singing in the Dead of Night

Jeffrey Brooks Capriccio on the Departure of a Beloved Brother

Philip Glass Bed (from Einstein on the Beach)

Philip Glass Knee play 4 (from Einstein on the Beach

Saturday July 25, 8pm: Michael Gordon's Van Gogh

A Michael Gordon Oratorio: Van Gogh

The electric Bang on a Can All-Stars team up with brilliant theater director David Herskovits for Michael Gordon’s oratorio, exploring the life and restless soul of Dutch master Vincent Van Gogh. The text is made entirely out of Van Gogh’s own words, revealed heartbreakingly in his letters to his much more together brother Theo. Joining the All-Stars will be violinist-singers Charles Yang and Eliza Bagg

Listen to an excerpt from Van Gogh performed by Alarm Will Sound:


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

JG Thirlwell is a composer/producer/performer based in Brooklyn, who also works under many pseudonyms including Manorexia, Foetus, Steroid Maximus, Baby Zizanie, Hydroze Plus and Wiseblood. He has released over thirty albums, composed commissions for Bang On A Can and Kronos Quartet among others, and creates the musical score for the show Venture Bros on Cartoon Network. Thirlwell will be presenting a program of works for string quartet, including a world premiere and a NY premiere. He will join the quartet for the last piece, which will be for string quartet with electronic treatments.

photo of JG Thirlwell: Marylene Mey

One of our tracks is in the latest batch of "Shot on iPhone" commercials! It's really a very beautiful too short video, and we're happy to share it with you. Maybe it'll even inspire you to buy the record it comes from, the new Bang on a Can All-Stars record "Field Recordings!"

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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.

From July 15-August 1, we return to the Berkshires for the annual blockbuster Summer Festival @ MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. Music happens all day every day, with dozens of special concerts museum-goers and the general public. The final eight days comprise a festival within a festival that we call BANG ON A CAN PLAYS ART. Throughout the entire festival, we've programmed stellar concerts and gallery recitals at 1:30 and 4:30 daily. Below is a list of 4:30 shows thru July 24, not to be missed! And be sure to visit BANG ON A CAN PLAYS ART for more info on the final week's programming.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 15 - 4:30pm: Nick Photinos, cello, performs a new work by brilliant bassist/composer Florent Ghys.

THURSDAY, JULY 16 - 4:30pm Vicky Chow, piano, performs music by ‪#‎bangalums‬ Andy Akiho, Jakub CiupinskiJacob Cooper, Molly Joyce,and Daniel Wohl.

FRIDAY, JULY 17 - 4:30pm: Mark Stewart & Friends! Music for Glass Musical Instruments (with members of the MIT Glass Lab Band) plus Gabe Gomez's new film "Moving Sand, Moving Sound."
SATURDAY, JULY 18 - 4:30pm: Bearthoven (piano, percussion, bass) performs music by Nik Bartsch, Fjola Evans, Brooks Frederickson, Brian Petuch and Ken Thomson.
MONDAY, JULY 20 - 4:30pm: Vicki Ray, piano, performing The Exquisite Corps(e) - a project with music by the composition faculty at CalArts.

TUESDAY, JULY 21 - 4:30pm: Bang on a Can honors Ornette Coleman - "Stories and music from our time with Ornette."

WEDNESDAY, JULY 22 - 4:30pm: Todd Reynolds (violin) and friends. With special guest composer Tom Nazziola.
THURSDAY, JULY 23 - 4:30pm: Festival faculty performing works TBA

THURSDAY, JULY 23 - Late Show at 10pm: Sarah Goldfeather Band performs in the Chalet.

FRIDAY, JULY 24 - 4:30pm: The Music of Julia Wolfe, performed by festival ensembles. Program includes Lick, Four Marys, Earring and With a Blue Dress On.

FRIDAY, JULY 24 - Late Show at 10pm: Latin music big band at the American Legion Bar in North Adams. Featuring Gregg August, Joe Gonzales, Ben Lapidus and festival fellows.

For the final 8 days of the Festival, we've programmed concerts that pair the works of contemporary composers with the contemporary visual artists in the Galleries. For a more in-depth description of the Festival and the below programs:

SATURDAY, JULY 25 - 4:30pm: Bang on a Can Plays Francesco Clemente, featuring Terry Riley's Tread on the Trail. More Info.

SATURDAY, JULY 25 - 8pm: A Michael Gordon Oratorio - Van Gogh wherein brilliant theater director David Herskovits directs a work exploring the life and restless soul of Dutch master Vincent Van Gogh. Joining the Bang on a Can All-Stars will be violinist-singers Charles Yang and Eliza Bagg. More Info.

SUNDAY, JULY 26 - 4:30pm: Bang on a Can Plays Clifford Ross featuring John Cage's Ryoanji More Info.

MONDAY, JULY 27 - 4:30pm: World Premieres Concert featuring 9 fresh new works by Festival composers. More Info.

TUESDAY, JULY 28 - 4:30pm: David Lang & Suzanne Bocanegra featuring Lang's darker and Bocanegra's projections. More Info.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 29 - 4:30pm: Bang on a Can Plays Toy Pianos & Jim Shaw featuring Hocket, Vicky Chow and Matt Evans playing works by John Cage, David Lang and more, written for toy pianos. More Info.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 29 - 7pm: Bang on a Can Plays Windsor Lake is a free outdoor concert for all ages at the North Adams town park and lake. More Info.
THURSDAY, JULY 30 - 4:30pm: Alvin Lucier & Clifford Ross featuring intimate works by the legendary composer and Festival guest composer Alvin Lucier. On the program will be Canon (1996), Broken Line (2006) and Fidelio Trio (1987). More Info.
THURSDAY, JULY 30 - 8pm: Bang on a Can Plays Sol LeWitt & Saylor/Morris featuring classic works by Alvin Lucier including I am sitting in a room More info.
FRIDAY, JULY 31 - 4:30pm: Kate Moore's Stories For Ocean Shells features Bang on a Can All-Star Ashley Bathgate on the cello, performing this lilting, gorgeous piece by Australian composer Moore interacting with the Clifford Ross gallery. More Info.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 1 - 4pm - 10pm: The Bang on a Can Marathon, a smorgasbord of outstanding performances of a diverse and challenging program of works by (mostly!) living composers. Not to be missed! More Info.

Of course we want you there in person. There's nothing like it, and the whole day is festive, informal and fun. The composers are there, the musicians, the premieres, the sound, the smells (yes, the smells of new, new music). But if you can't make it to NYC...

The whole show will be live-streamed! That's right, you can watch Bang in Bangor. Or Bangkok. Or Bangladesh. You can catch all the music, plus incidental videos between sets right on our website.and on digital partner Q2 Music.  This live stream of the 2015 Bang on a Can Marathon is produced and supported by Little Dog Live, a company started by longtime Bang on a Can sound designer Jody Elff to create dynamic digital broadcasts of live concert events. Q2 Music and I Care If You Listen and New Music Box are our digital partners for the stream. So share it with everyone you know outside of NYC. And don't forget hashtag #BangMarathon2015 to share your thoughts as we roll.

A forerunner in the expansion of the violin beyond its classical and “wood-bound” tradition, Todd Reynolds electrifies in concert, weaving together composed and improvised segments, and making use of computer technology and digital loops to sculpt his sounds in real time, seamlessly integrating minimalist, pop, Jazz, Indian, African, Celtic and indigenous folk music into his own sonic blend. The violinist of choice for a generation of New York composers, particularly those who trace their influences to the minimalists of downtown New York, this program explores repetition and difference in music for violin and electronics by Bang on a Can co-founders Michael Gordon and David Lang, expressivist/post-minimalist Ingram Marshall, and by Todd Reynolds himself. 

The performance corresponds to the Museum’s exhibition Repetition and Difference

$18 General | $15 Students and Seniors | $12 Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can List Members (That Means You!) FOR TICKETS.