“A United Nations of Music… world music in its truest sense.” – The New York Times

This month, Bang on a Can's Found Sound Nation will bring together musicians from all over the world for OneBeat - a program to create collaborative cross-genre works, record innovative music, produce short form videos, engage with local communities and practice music as civic engagement to promote resilient civil societies. OneBeat fellows are life-long ambassadors for their communities and cities; their combined voices create original works and projects that speak to audiences around the globe.

These boundary-breaking fellows from 17 different countries and territories, including Russia, Lebanon, Indonesia, Turkey, Zimbabwe, Servia, Senegal, Colombia, Egypt, Venezuela, and the U.S., bring singular and compelling stories, and range from experimental producers to deeply-rooted traditional virtuosi to indie-rockers and more. Read more about OneBeat and its participants.

Now in it's 4th year, OneBeat begins at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, CA for a two-week residency, followed by a two week tour to Oregon and Washington where OneBeat fellows present audiences with a dynamic series of public performances and educational events. Tour schedule - Saratoga, Oakland, Sisters, Portland & Seattle. Our final shows from Nov 4-7 in Seattle bring us to museums & performing centers throughout the City, culminating in our final performance at the St. Marks Cathedral on Saturday the 7th. More info & tix.

OneBeat is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, produced by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation.

A show so great they named it twice! See and hear Michael Gordon's mind-melting piece Rushes by the Rushes Ensemble, seven virtuoso bassoon players whose textured double-reed swirls and pulses create a three-dimensional sonic experience that only Gordon can concoct. For tickets and info.

The All-Stars head west for 3 gigs in Southern California October 23-27! First up is UCLA where they will perform Julia Wollfe's Steel Hammer (with staging by SITI company) and Field Recordings. Then on to San Diego for Brian Eno's Music for Airports - the first ever performance of this piece in an US airport!

See events page for more info

Julia Wolfe's Pulitzer Prize-winning oratorio for chorus and instruments, Anthracite Fields, is now available (with a limited quantity personally autographed by Julia Wolfe) at the Bang on a Can online store and also on iTunes. The music is also streaming exclusively on Apple Music

Wolfe wrote the piece after doing extensive research about the coal-mining industry in an area very near where she grew up in Pennsylvania. Her text draws on oral histories, interviews with miners and their families, speeches, geographic descriptions, children's rhymes and coal advertisements. NPR Music’s Tom Huizenga describes the  piece as “...almost a public history project and a music  project at the same time,” which hints at the work’s universal appeal.

The recording features the Bang on a Can All-Stars and The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, under the direction of Julian Wachner. 

Here she is on NPRs All Things Considered, discussing the album.

Asphalt Orchestra will be hitting the streets, cafes, and venues in NYC in Sept and October! Gigs include "Asphalt plays the Pixies" as part of the FONT festival, National Sawdust's Community Day, and the Park Avenue Armory Gala. 

More information on our events page 

Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 3pm
Artists at Noguchi 
Bang on a Can Music Series with Ashley Bathgate

Noguchi Museum | Long Island City, NY

Ashley Bathgate, cellist of Bang on a Can All-Stars, performs the heartfelt and hypnotic Stories for Ocean Shells, an hour-long collection of pieces by Australian composer Kate Moore, a rising star of her generation.  The work is pegged for an album release next year. Bathgate will perform the full suite for just the third time in public at the Noguchi Museum on September 13.

This performance falls on Noguchi Museum's Community Day, and therefore admission is free! 

The Boston Globe recently published a terrific feature about Ashley and Kate and their work together.

Video Links:

Ashley shares her thoughts on being a performer

Ashley performs Jacob Cooper's Arches


Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer - with new staging by Anne Bogart and SITI Company and performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars with singers Emily Eagen, Katie Geissinger, and Molly Quinn - has been on tour this fall, visiting the Krannert Center (Champaign, IL), Royce Hall at UCLA (Los Angeles, CA), and Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA), and OZ Arts (Nashville, TN).

And now we are proud to perform in our hometown Brooklyn! Dec 2-6 Steel Hammer will be on BAM's Next Wave Festival.

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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