2013 was an extraordinary year for Bang on a Can, celebrating our 26th Year of curating, commissioning, presenting, recording, and performing experimental music wherever we could find it. Take a look at some highlights from this year in photos, videos, sound, and more.

Here's to another 12 months of adventurous music making in 2014!

Bang on a Can feels like a great big we these days. Since the very beginning, we've counted on you to help us make it all happen. We're blown away to think about how we got here - together. This is very much our story, and our new year campaign was no exception: thanks to your generosity, we raised beyond our goal for our 2014 programming! 

Your support is invaluable in helping us break new ground and discover new musical worlds. Thank you!

This holiday season, we have you covered! There's something memorable for everyone on your list: shop online for all your musically-minded gift needs, and don’t miss the newest exclusives from Cantaloupe Music and Bang on a Can. 

You can pre-order Michael Gordon's Rushes, own David Lang's death speaks on vinyl, download So Percussion's complete digital discography, and much more today! 

 

Applications for the 2014 Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA are online now, due January 15!

From July 14 - August 3, 2014 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).

Learn more and apply here. See features of the festival on PBS Newshour here and NewMusic Box here.

 

On November 29 & 30 the Bang on a Can All-Stars make their South American debut, bringing their latest multi-media project Field Recordings to the San Martin Theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina featuring music by Julia Wolfe, Florent Ghys, Christian Marclay, Todd Reynolds, Jóhann Jóhannson, Bryce Dessner, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Anna Clyne, Steve Reich, Tyondai Braxton, and Nick Zammuto

Also featured are hit Bang on a Can classics by Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Louis Andriessen, and Brian Eno. 

More information and tickets here.

 

This month the Bang on a Can All-Stars return to Europe! On November 6, the band gives the world premiere of a new piece by Erdem Helvacioglu in Istanbul, Turkey alongside Bang on a Can classics by Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, and from November 7-10 they join forces with renowned guitarist Lee Ranaldo on a three-city tour to Eindhoven, Amsterdam, and Antwerp performing Field Recordings and music by Bryce Dessner, Thurston Moore, Fred Frith, David Longstreth, Steve Reich, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, Brian Eno, and Lee Ranaldo himself.

More information here.

Since the beginning of Cantaloupe Music, we've noticed how there are some people who just NEED to have every record we put out! So we've designed a program for all of you out there to be ahead of the game, discovering the latest and greatest in genre-smashing music!

With a Cantaloupe Club Membership you get every new Cantaloupe CD mailed to your door, before the official release date. Join the Club this November, and you'll get the newest Cantaloupe record, Ken Thomson's THAW.

It's just $10 for your first CD and $10 for each CD thereafter with free shipping across the USA ($5 International). Plus, get an additional any catalog release in our store for $10 each (a 33.3% discount!), and a snazzy membership card. Join now.

This winter, we head to Moscow for the Bang on a Can Music Institute at the NCCA (National Center for Contemporary Arts), a visceral, hands-on program dedicated entirely to the performance of adventurous contemporary music.

From February 23-27 we will spend five days immersed in today's most exciting sounds, bringing together over a dozen performers from around Russia to participate in this program that emphasizes musical collaboration through workshops, seminars, rehearsals, and performances featuring Russian musicians playing side-by-side with the Bang on a Can All-Stars.  

The application deadline is November 1: learn more and apply now