Follow Julia Wolfe's tour blog! From March 21 - April 2, the Bang on a Can All-Stars & Julia Wolfe tour Asia, making their South Korean debut in addition to returning to China! The band started off in Beijing for a residency and concert at the Central Conservatory of Music, moved on to Macao's Cultural Center, and is now in South Korea for the Tongyeong International Music Festival and concerts in Seoul at the Kumho Art Hall and LG Arts Centre

Co-Founder and co-Artistic Director Julia Wolfe is joining the group for their concerts in South Korea. Follow her blog as she describes her experiences over these next several days in words, pictures, and video!

 

A HUGE thanks goes out to the 199 backers who supported our wildly virtuosic marching band Asphalt Orchestra in the Kickstarter campaign Asphalt Orchestra Re-Imagines The Pixies' "Surfer Rosa"

Thanks to you, we raised above our goal and can move forward in our plans to record, release, and tour this reinterpretation of the indie-punk classic. Stay tuned for more details coming soon. 

Thank you for your support!

 

 

Bang on a Can teams up with the Ecstatic Music Festival to present the 2014 Bang on a Can People’s Commissioning Fund (PCF) concert, one of the most anticipated and reliable launching pads for emerging composers in New York and beyond, hosted again this year by John Schaefer/WNYC New Sounds and streamed as a live audio webcast by Q2 Music!

This year, the Bang on a Can All-Stars will give the world premieres of works by three PCF-commissioned composers: Alvin Lucier, Richard Reed Parry, and Daniel Wohl, in addition to a performance of Julia Wolfe’s driving classic from 1994 Lick, and David Lang’s haunting death speaks featuring the Bang on a Can All-Stars with special guest Shara Worden.

From February 23-27, we head to Moscow for the Bang on a Can Music Institute hosted by the National Center for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), a five-day residency bringing together eleven performers from across Russia for a program emphasizing musical collaboration through workshops, seminars, and performances featuring the young Russian musicians playing side-by-side with the Bang on a Can All-Stars.

The Bang on a Can Music Institute in Moscow is a community-building partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and the NCCA, bringing the creative and cooperative ethos of Bang on a Can's annual Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA to Moscow. In addition to its immediate value for the participating musicians who will learn from their immersion in contemporary American music from master performers, the Bang on a Can Institute in Moscow offers promise for peaceful engagement, bringing together musicians, composers, and audiences from across borders and around the world to create long-lasting musical friendships.

More information here.

In Memory of Jim Preiss:

James Preiss passed away on January 21st after fighting a long illness. There are too many things to say about the influence Jim had on me. I first met Jim while I was still in high school. I remember going to his house in Astoria, Queens for some lessons – he helped me prepare for college auditions. His studio was a glorious mess of instruments and everything you would not expect to find in a practice studio. I then studied with Jim for four years at the Manhattan School of Music. I recorded every lesson I had with him, wanting to capture all of the knowledge he offered, which was bountiful, endless. I never heard a negative word come from Jim. He was always supportive of everything I wanted to do. He introduced me to Bang on a Can and much more. He had a mysterious coffee thermos that never seemed to run empty. Even today I think of things that Jim said to me years ago in his mid-western zen-like way. He was my mentor and he will be missed greatly. A true gentleman.

- David Cossin, Bang on a Can All-Stars

On February 1, the Bang on a Can All-Stars bring their dynamic genre-crossing style to Carnegie Hall’s Family Concert series in a program complementing David Lang’s season-long curation as the holder of the 2013–2014 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair at Carnegie Hall. On the bill are works by Don Byron, Tan Dun, and David Lang

More information and tickets here.

Asphalt Orchestra brings its latest radical performance Asphalt Orchestra Plays the Pixies: Surfer Rosa (honoring the groundbreaking album’s 25th anniversary) to the Pixies' tour itself! We hit the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY on January 19 (watch a video of the fun here) and will arrive at NJPAC in Newark, NJ on January 28 for popup sets before the Pixies take the stage. 

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.

Read the Brooklyn Vegan feature on the collaboration here. More information and tickets here. 

Asphalt Orchestra returns to (le) poisson rouge on January 12 with its latest radical project ASPHALT ORCHESTRA PLAYS THE PIXIES: SURFER ROSA, honoring the ground breaking album’s 25th anniversary.

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.

Doors 9:30pm; Show Time 10:00pm. More information and tickets here.