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.

With big, big thanks for all your support of the music through the years, we once again turn to you for help to make it all happen. Since we last did so, 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.

With so much going on, it's hard to single out one thing that we do. But we'd definitely like to highlight one program that is incredibly meaningful to us - The Bang on a Can Summer Festival at MASS MoCA. It may just be the best thing we've done for the future of the music we champion. We need your support for "Banglewood" to survive, thrive, and remain within reach for struggling young players and composers. 

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. 

Out now on Cantaloupe Music: Asphalt Plays Pixies: Surfer Rosa, the latest album from our radical street band!

The Pixies released Surfer Rosa – the band’s first full-length record – in 1988. A cult hit then, the album’s influence has grown to mammoth proportions over the years; it is now considered one of the most important recordings of its time.  

Asphalt Orchestra takes the originals both literally and inspirationally, discovering a new direction for exhilarating acoustic music by paying tribute to a modern monument with "inventive, idiomatic arrangements.” (The New York Times

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.

November 6 features renowned jazz saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Steve Coleman and friends Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet, and Anthony Tidd, bass, in a rare appearance without percussion accompaniment. The performance coincides with the Museum’s exhibition, From the Margins: Lee Krasner | Norman Lewis, 1945-1952.

The Bang on a Can All-Stars bring Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer to New York's Winter Garden at Brookfield Place 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.