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 4 and 10).

Bang on a Can brings its signature event- the Bang on a Can Marathon- to Seattle, WA for the first time ever!

Some highlights of the day include the Bang on a Can All-Stars and redfishbluefish (UC San Diego) performing the Seattle premiere of Steve Reich's masterwork Music for 18 Musicians, Bang on a Can’s renowned live performance of Brian Eno's ambient classic Music for Airports, an exceptional indie-orchestral set featuring Seattle multi-instrumentalist and composer Jherek Bischoff, Seattle premieres of signature works by Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe,  Seattle's avant hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces, and more!  

The concert will be co-curated by Jherek Bischoff and co-presented by the Seattle Theatre Group and On the Boards

Bang on a Can continues its season-long partnership with The Jewish Museum, presenting a series of dynamic musical performances from June 2014 to May 2015 inspired by the Museum’s diverse slate of exhibitions.

January 29 features Maya Beiser performing a concert in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power, the first museum exhibition to focus on the cosmetics entrepreneur Helena Rubinstein (1872 – 1965), who – as businesswoman and arts patron – helped break down the status quo of taste by blurring the boundaries between commerce, art, fashion, beauty, and design.

Beiser’s program of innovative works for solo cello features beautiful music by powerful women. The concert explores themes of beauty, spirituality, and ritual. Highlights include the world premiere of a new work by Bang on a Can co-founder Julia Wolfe, a US premiere from Anna Clyne, plus music by Eve Beglarian, Hildegard von Bingen, Imogen Heap, and Janis Joplin.

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.

Applications for the 2015 Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA are online now, due January 15!

From July 13 - August 2, 2015 we will head to the Berkshire mountains of MA for a three-week utopian residency for innovative composers and performers of contemporary music at one of the foremost US contemporary art museums, MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art).

The Festival includes daily recitals in the galleries (1:30pm M-F; 4:30 M-Sat.), daily rehearsals and composition seminars on topics including the business of music and technology; special guest artists; concerts in the community; and the festival finale -- the "Marathon" -- a six-hour musical celebration.