On Sunday, June 21, from 12pm to 10pm, Bang on a Can returns to downtown Manhattan for its annual Bang on a Can Marathon, FREE for the public at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place (230 Vesey Street), co-presented by Arts Brookfield and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as part of the River To River Festival. This annual incomparable super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the world features ten hours of rare performances by some of the most innovative musicians of our time side-by-side with some of today’s most pioneering young artists.

Who else is going to program music of Glenn Branca, Johann Johannsson, Somei Satoh, the Pixies, Cyro Baptista, Julia Wolfe and tons more played by Dither, So Percussion, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Asphalt Orchestra, Grand Band and more, more, more? For free? Informal and come-and-go? All day? With most all the composers present? Along the Hudson River? Among palm trees growing indoors?

Lead support for the 2015 Bang on a Can Marathon is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation and by ASCAP - protecting, supporting, and fostering the work of composer worldwide.

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Each year we throw an awesome party, with lots of music and food and drink and friends new and old. In one big night, we try to raise money to cover the hard-to-find funds that keep our doors open. And each year since 2005, we've honored someone with the Bang on a Can "Visionary Award." It's a way to say thank you to the brightest lights in the new music universe. And this year is no exception.

JEREMY GEFFEN is central to the musical imagination of Carnegie Hall, which is central to the musical imagination of the world.

In his years as Director of Artistic Planning, as part of a team of dedicated musical programmers, Jeremy has helped Carnegie Hall redouble its connections to the musical life of the city, including a passionate commitment to music being written right now. The breadth of his vision and the kindness of his spirit have made Jeremy everyone’s friend, not just Bang on a Can’s. Please join us as we recognize Jeremy with the 2015 Bang on a Can Visionary Award!


MICHAEL GORDON, DAVID LANG, JULIA WOLFE

Bang on a Can All-Stars take the stage to conclude our season-long partnership with The Jewish Museum! The concert highlights the relationship between music and image and the All-Stars will perform music by clarinetist-composer Don Byron along with a screening of Eugene, an early television show by pioneering American comedian Ernie Kovacs. The concert will also include Fade to Slide, a music and video piece from Bang on a Can’s brand new CD Field Recordings and works from the All-Stars’ core repertoire by Bang on a Can co-founders David Lang and Julia Wolfe.

The performance corresponds to the Museum’s exhibition Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television.

Julia Wolfe's "Anthracite Fields" wins the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Music! And with your support, raised the money to record, mix, master and release this stellar recording, performed by the Choir at Trinity Wall Street and the Bang on a Can All-Stars. With all the gratitude we can muster, we thank you for your support!

And check out the accompanying video for more on this historic project.

Sunday, June 21, from 12pm to 10pm - The annual Bang on a Can Marathon, FREE for the public at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place (230 Vesey Street), co-presented by Arts Brookfield and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as part of the River To River Festival. This annual incomparable super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the world features ten hours of rare performances by some of the most innovative musicians of our time side-by-side with some of today’s most pioneering young artists.

FEATURING MUSIC BY Anna Clyne, Julian Day, Lainie Fefferman, Michael Gordon, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Paul Kerekes, David Lang, Lao Luo, Ivo Papasov, Tristan Perich, Pixies, Bobby Previte, Todd Reynolds, Somei Satoh, LJ White, Kendall Williams, Julia Wolfe, and more. 

FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY Asphalt Orchestra, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Crossfire Steel Orchestra Inc., Vicky Chow, Nels Cline, Corey Dargel, Dither, Florent Ghys, Gong Linna, Grand Band, Tomoko Mukaiyama, So Percussion, Third Angle New Music, and more

PLUS Bang on a Can’s social engagement wing Found Sound Nation hosts its Street Studio – a mobile recording studio equipped for passersby and Marathon musicians alike to spontaneously create and record original music!

more info here.

 

"Field Recordings," the All-Stars newest album is being released on May 13, and we are throwing a party at the Green Space to celebrate.

Hear the Bang on a Can All-Stars perform recent works from the new recording by Steve Reich, Christian Marclay, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Anna Clyne, Todd Reynolds, Bang on a Can co-founders David Lang, Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon, and genre-hopping provocateurs Tyondai Braxton (formerly of Battles), Mira Calix, Nick Zammuto (The Books), Florent Ghys and Bryce Dessner (The National).

Field Recordings asks composers 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 andvideo, Field Recordings builds a bridge between the seen and the unseen, the present and absent, the present and the past. The music created for Field Recordings is a bridge through time, sensation, and sound – a thrilling ride through time, from New York to Hollywood to Las Vegas, from John Cage to French Canadian folk singing, from beauty treatments to tape loops, vinyl records, and more.

This performance will also be streamed live on Q2

Info here

Revel in the rebirth of the "Mohawk late night bar band" from 2013 (Karl, Matt, Pat, Brendan) rocking some karaoke jams at 8:45 pm. Feel free to bring your bongos or sundry musical instruments, and of course your raw vocal talent! (Have a request? Email us at info [at] bangonacan [dot] org)

And at 10pm Domenica Fossati's (flute '10 and '11) amazing Afrobeat band Underground System will get us all dancing.

Gonna be a great show and a killer party/reunion. AND a crucially needed way to support this invaluable program:

The Bang on a Can Summer Festival at MASS MoCA - Each summer since 2002, we've headed for the hills of the northern Berkshires to partner with the biggest, most exhilarating contemporary art museum in the country - MASS MoCA. We play more than 30 concerts in and among the galleries, on the stage, all over the town. We breathe in the beautiful surroundings and breathe out new music with all the fearlessness we can muster.

Info, tickets, and donations 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.