This September, Bang on a Can and Found Sound Nation's OneBeat, the world’s foremost residency celebrating music as social practice, returns for its fifth year, convening innovative musicians from every region of the world to the U.S. for one exhilarating month of performances, discussions, interactive music-making events, and more. OneBeat grew out of a notion that musical collaboration is a uniquely powerful way to connect people across political and cultural barriers, which can in turn cultivate an international network of sonic change-makers who make a powerful impact on their local and global communities.

This year OneBeat focuses on Musical Migrations, exploring how large movements of people have shaped music, and conversely, how music can encourage dialogue, community resilience, and rootedness in situations of displacement and upheaval.

OneBeat 2016’s tour traces the route of the Great Migration, honoring the global impact of African-American music by connecting with musical communities in the birthplace of Jazz (New Orleans), the home of Bessie Smith (Chattanooga), and a sweet home for blues, electronic music, and hip hop (Chicago). In each of these sites, OneBeat fellows will perform and record their brand-new works, produce videos, and lead generative workshops in collaboration with local community organizations.

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.

On Sunday September 11, the Argus String Quartet & Friends perform a concert featuring the music of Martin Bresnick, in honor of the composer’s 70th birthday. Bresnick’s expressive and direct music has influenced a generation of composers, including many Bang on a Can regulars. The program is fancifully titled "Homeward bound with a lawyer-horse, mice, and a worker who reads" and will include his Going Home, String Quartet #2 (Bucephalus), Josephine the Singer, and Songs of the Mouse People.

Concerts at the Noguchi are free with museum admission.

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September 7-11, 2016

BAM, Brooklyn, NY

He appears to float in the nothingness. Confined to a tall tower 20 feet above the seats, he is alone, broken, and has a story to tell.

In this daringly staged one-act opera from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang— featuring mezzanine-only seating and based on the novel by Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard— a failed piano student (baritone Rod Gilfry, Anna Nicole, 2013 Next Wave) recounts a life lived in the shadows of his famous friend Glenn Gould. As virtuoso pianist Conrad Tao and a chamber ensemble conducted by Karina Cannelakis accompany from far in the distance, the cavernous space engulfs the singer, as he sings of the distance that separates beauty from perfection.

Libretto, music, and stage direction by David Lang
Adapted from the novel by Thomas Bernhard
Translated from German by Jack Dawson
Conducted by Karina Canellakis
Lighting design by Jennifer Tipton
Set design by Jim Findlay
Sound design by Jody Elff
Costume design by Suzanne Bocanegra

Commissioned by BAM
Produced by Bang on a Can

American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), praised by The New York Times for its "tight, viscerally powerful performances" plays Philip Glass' luminous String Quartet No. 5 from 1991 and Meredith Monk's only string quartet Stringsongs from 2005, which they recently recorded for Q2 Music's Meet the Composer Series. ACME Artistic Director Clarice Jensen gives the world premiere of ACME violinist/violist and composer Caleb Burhans' brand new solo cello piece, written for her.

AUGUST 14 at 3pm

Concerts at the Noguchi are free with museum admission and take place in the garden, weather permitting, or in the galleries, with some mats and limited bench seating available. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

photo: Mark Shelby Perry

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It's time to Bang on a Can for six straight hours. At MASS MoCA!


SATURDAY, JULY 30 4-10pm

The full program is below.


Julia Wolfe Tell Me Everything
George Crumb Ancient Voices of Children
John Luther Adams In A Treeless Place, Only Snow
David T. Little sweet light crude
Akiko Ushijima Distorting Melody


Brian Petuch Protosaurus
Frederic Rzewski Coming Together
Orchestra of Original Instruments Orchestra of Original Instruments
Andrew Hamilton music for people who like art
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Ken Thomson Boil
Missy Mazzoli Still Life with Avalanche
John Luther Adams The Light Within
Louis Andriessen Hoketus
Steve Reich  Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ

Visit MASS MoCA website for all Museum details and how to get here. And don't forget, each day at 1:30 and 4:30 we have recitals in the galleries or on the big stage. The 1:30 concerts are in flux until the day of, so check back here for more info.

Friday, July 29 at 1:30 pm:

Lalala by Brechtje van Dijk
Performed by Brechtje van Dijk (voice) and Allison Wright (trumpet)
Gallery: Black Box w/ Stars

Three Poems in French (3st mvt, “Colloque Sentimentale) by Earl Kim
Performed by Theodosia Roussos (voice) and Ledah Finck (violin), Lena Vidulich (violin), Nicholas Pauly (viola), James Burch (cello)
Gallery: Crowner

Lilith by James Young
Performed by Justine Aronson (voice) and Zan Berry (cello)
Gallery: Crowner

Hopi by Philippe Heisant
Performed by Garrett Brown (bassoon)
Gallery: Crowner

Series Imposture by David Bird
Lisa Perry (voice), Gina Izzo (flute), Andy Hudson (clarinet), and Jeff Stern (percussion)
Gallery: Wonder (Oakes Brothers)

Friday, July 29 at 4:30 PM
The Percussion Music of John Luther Adams

Always Very Soft
Abby Fisher
Josh Graham
Eric Shuster
…and bells remembered...
Dylan Hunter Chee Greene
Evan Saddler
Jeff Stern
David Cossin
Adam Holmes

Abby Fisher
Evan Saddler
Jeff Stern
David Cossin

Friday, July 29 at 10 PM
Afterhours at the Chalet

Anything Goes - Your Guess Is As Good As Ours


The Bang on a Can Summer Marathon @ MASS MoCA!!!

If you can't get here, watch it live!

The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s recording of David Lang’s the national anthems is paired with the premiere recording for full chorus of his 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning work the little match girl passion.

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