The Bang on a Can All-Stars bring Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer to New York's Winter Garden featuring special guest vocalists Katie Geissinger, Emily Eagan, and Molly Quinn.

Inspired by Wolfe's love for the music and lore of Appalachia, Steel Hammer is based on over 200 versions of the John Henry ballad, exploring the subject of human vs. machine in the quintessential American legend. 

OneBeat goes West: Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation brings 25 musicians from 16 countries around the world to the U.S. for one month to collaboratively compose, produce, and perform original music and develop strategies for social engagement through music.

The program begins with a two-week residency from October 8-21 at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, CA, and continues with a two-week tour featuring performances, youth workshops, and public music-making events in Los Angeles, Arizona, and New Mexico

This fall, Bang on a Can's exhilarating marching band Asphalt Orchestra releases its latest performance, Asphalt Orchestra Plays Pixies: Surfer Rosa, on Cantaloupe Music! Praised by The New York Times as 'inventive, idiomatic arrangements,” the Asphalt album pays tribute to the groundbreaking original and its influence permeating most walks of musical life. 

In celebration of the release, the band will journey to Oklahoma State (September 12), performing selections from the album alongside classic band tunes.

This September, the Bang on a Can All-Stars kick off the 2014/15 season returning for the fourth consecutive year to Krakow’s Sacrum Profanum Festival

The September 17 concert features the All-Stars with Sonic Youth stalwart Lee Ranaldo (performing his work How Deep Are Rivers written for the band via the People's Commissioning Fund); the All-Stars with Polish new jazz DJ Skalpel (playing Philip Glass' early work Two Pages), and PCF-commissioned Field Recordings works by Richard Reed Parry, Alvin Lucier, Daniel Wohl, and Dan Deacon. 

Cantaloupe Music has teamed up with the Seattle Symphony to release the official recording of John Luther Adams' Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean on September 30. Mixed and mastered in pristine stereo and 5.1 surround sound, the piece has been described by the New Yorker’s Alex Ross as “...the loveliest apocalypse in musical history.”

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On July 18 our avant marching band Asphalt Orchestra hits the grass at Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park, performing at the Kickstarter Film Fest! The band will play selections from their Kickstarter funded project Asphalt Plays the Pixies and more shortly before 8pm, alongside fellow musical guest Kaki King. The full Asphalt Surfer Rosa album will be released on Cantaloupe Music in the 2014/15 season.

 

This summer, Bang on a Can and The Jewish Museum launch a new partnership series from June 2014 to May 2015 inspired by the Museum’s diverse slate of exhibitions.

The series kicked off on June 10 with the Asphalt Orchestra and continues on July 10 with Other Primary Structures featuring performances by Bang on a Can All-Stars Vicky Chow and David Cossin with Dither Quartet’s Taylor Levine and James Moore. This concert of music by Louis Andriessen, Philip Glass, Michael Gordon, David Lang, and John Zorn is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Other Primary Structures.

From July 14-August 2, we return to the Berkshires for the annual blockbuster Summer Festival @ MASS MoCA!

The first two festival weeks offer daily faculty and fellow gallery recitals, and from July 26 through August 2, Bang on a Can collaborates with MASS MoCA to present BANG ON A CAN PLAYS ART, a jam-packed, week-long music extravaganza featuring 14 concerts in 8 days.

Bang on a Can Plays Art draws inspiration from the extraordinary visual art on exhibit in the galleries at MASS MoCA. Each concert will showcase 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 guests Steve Reich, Glenn Kotche (Wilco), and Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond).