Last year, Bang on a Can’s technology-based musical outreach program Found Sound Nation won a big grant to partner with the US Department of State to create a revolutionary residency program called OneBeat. OneBeat crosses boundaries of nationality, culture and ethnicity to create new sounds and international musical friendships that prove to the world that people of all origins can work peacefully together. 

And now, after a month of residency and touring OneBeat comes to New York City for its final two shows! Participants in this cultural exchange program have formed small collaborative ensembles that improvise across genres, reinvent traditional tunes, compose original work, and record in the state-of-the-art OneBeat mobile studio.  On October 5 & 6, OneBeat arrives in Brooklyn for two very special shows featuring the program fellows joined by a host of internationally acclaimed guests: Friday, October 5 at Roulette happens in Downtown Brooklyn with Jolie Holland, Dave Douglas, Matt Garrison, Brandon Seabrook, and more; Saturday, October 6 at The Autumn Bowl takes place in a huge raw factory space in Greenpoint with Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Blitz the Ambassador, Jolie Holland, Sam Hillmer, and more.

Learn more about OneBeat in The New York Times and watch performance videos here.

From November 2-7, the unstoppable Bang on a Can All-Stars return to Australia! On November 2-3, the band revisits Sydney for three performances at the Sydney Opera House's John Cage Centenary Celebration, presenting John Cage and his American Descendants (November 2 at 7pm); The Music of John Cage & Brian Eno (November 3 at 3pm), and Permission Granted with Ensemble Offspring (November 3 at 7pm). 

The All-Stars then arrive at the Melbourne Recital Centre for their first-ever Melbourne appearance, giving the Australian premiere of Bang on a Can’s newest multi-disciplinary evening-length project, Field Recordings (November 5 at 7:30pm) and the Melbourne premiere of the live version of Brian Eno’s ambient classic Music for Airports alongside Melbourne premieres by David Lang and Julia Wolfe  (November 7 at 7:30pm). 

More information here.

On October 19 and 20, the Bang on a Can All-Stars are on the road again, this time bringing music of Big Beautiful Dark and Scary and more to Eastern Europe! The band arrives on October 19 in Vilnius, Lithuania performing at the GAIDA Festival, and October 20 in Riga, Latvia as part of the Arena Festival.

More information and tickets here.

 

 

 

On Wednesday, September 19 Bang on a Can’s virtuoso neo-marching band Asphalt Orchestra brings its radical indoor show Unpack the Elephant to Maine at the Collins Center for the Arts

Unpack the Elephant brings the eclectic spirit of the renegade group to the stage featuring music by Frank Zappa, David Byrne and Annie Clark, Björk, and new music by members of the band.  Get your tickets here!

We've had the honor and pleasure of performing Cage's works throughout our over 25 history, from the very beginning!  This season we continue the tradition at the Sydney Opera House's John Cage Centenary Celebration in November, as the Bang on a Can All-Stars celebrate with three incredible concerts.

As ‘descendants’ of Cage, the All-Stars bring their unique visceral and sonic approach to the seminal works of this master composer, alongside and their own core repertoire of music by Louis Andriessen, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Kate Moore, Terry Riley, and Julia Wolfe.  

More information here

 

 

Bang on a Can’s own unstoppable All-Stars return to Poland’s Sacrum Profanum on September 11! This year's special “Made in Poland” appearance features a world-premiere super-mix of music by Marcin Stańczyk, an alumnus of the Bang on a Can Summer Festival at MASS MoCA.  The program is a combination of solo and ensemble works featuring members of the All-Stars, culminating in a collaboration with Poland’s DJ Envee (who recently appeared on the 25th Bang on a Can Marathon in NYC.)

More information and tickets here

On Thursday, September 13 and Friday, September 14 Bang on a Can’s virtuoso neo-marching band Asphalt Orchestra will make its first West Coast appearance, bringing both its inventive indoor and guerilla outdoor personas to the stages and streets of Los Angeles, California!

On September 13 at Valley Performing Arts Center at California State University, the band performs Unpack the Elephant - its stage show bringing the eclectic spirit of the renegade group to the stage featuring music by Frank Zappa, David Byrne and Annie Clark, Björk, and new music by members of the band.  Get your FREE TICKETS here.

On September 14 Asphalt Orchestra will morph into an outdoor flash force, springing jazz, prog-rock, and world music on the mobile masses of Downtown Los Angeles.  Presented by ArtsBrookfield, the band will perform 3 FREE flash sets from 12pm-1pm in Downtown LA featuring music written for the band by luminaries including David Byrne & Annie Clark, Goran Bregovic, Tatsuya Yoshida and more. See the exact performance times and locations here.

Bang on a Can kicks off the new season in Canada!  On September 1 and 2, we're bringing our all-world versatility and polyrhythmic virtuosity to Toronto in collaboration with Contact Contemporary Music's INTERsection Festival.

September 1 features a FREE eight-hour ear-bending Marathon concert showcasing the uncategorizable core Bang on a Can sound: works by Louis Andriessen, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Julia Wolfe, and more. On September 2 there's a killer double bill of two of Brian Eno's greatest ambient classics: Bang on a Can performs Eno's landmark Music for Airports alongside Contact's sublimely gorgeous arrangement of Discreet Music. 

Watch a clip of the Bang on a Can All-Stars performing Music for Airports on YouTube.  Get more information and tickets here.