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. 

On March 6-7, 2015, at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland, David Lang curates a two-day festival - What?...Wow! presented by New Music Dublin featuring a who's who list of renowned composers and performers from around the globe.

The festival includes our signature 8-hour Bang on a Can Marathon highlighting premieres by Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon, Linda Buckley, Bryce Dessner (of The National), and Pulitzer prize-winning composer John Luther Adams; Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars and Trio Mediaeval; Bang on a Can’s live arrangement of Brian Eno’s Music for Airports and Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, and much more. 

More info here

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 6 and 10).

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.