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From July 13-30, 2016, we return to the Berkshires for the annual blockbuster Bang on a Can Summer Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. Music happens all day every day, with dozens of special concerts for museum-goers and the general public, including recitals in the galleries at 1:30 and 4:30pm, larger events in the Hunter Center, and free concerts in the North Adams community.  This year's festival includes our special guest artist John Luther Adams!

More info, tickets, and festival passes are available on the MASS MoCA website


Performance schedule

Wednesday, July 13, 4:30pm  - Ken Thomson "40 Years Recital" - Featuring recently-composed music performed by Ken and colleagues, and classics by Steve Reich and Louis Andriessen; special guests include master percussionist Doug Perkins.

Thursday  July 14, 4:30pm - Mark Stewart and friends 

Friday, July 15, 1:30pm - Festival fellows and our African Drumming Master, Nani Agbeli, perform outdoors in the MASS MoCA courtyard

Friday, July 15, 4:30pm - David Cossin performs Alvin Lucier's atmospheric Still and Moving Lines in Silence in Families of Hyperbolas

Saturday, July 16, 11:30am - KIDS CAN TOO! performance for families

Saturday, July 16, 4:30pm - Music in the galleries - festival fellows perform Scott Wollschleger's Meditation on Dust with piano soloist Karl Larson, Larry Polansky's v'ya'al for ensemble. Also we'll feature Sooyeon Lyuh, who will be performing solo works for the Haegum, a 2 stringed Korean fiddle.

Monday July 18, 4:30pm - Gregg August and friends perform music by Ornette Coleman, a new piece by Gregg for double bass and cello, and more.

Tuesday July 19, 4:30pm - Bang on a Can celebrates our many years of partnering with CECArtslink and the talented musicians from Central Asia with our presentation of the "Bandistan Ensemble". The performance will include musicians from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikstan, and Uzbekistan performing traditional music as well as new collaboratively composed works on instruments such as the Kyl-kobyz, Komuz, Temir, Zhygach ooz, Tanbur, Rubab, and Dutar. 

Wednesday  July 20, 4:30pm - Cellist Nick Photinos, of the new music ensemble Eighth Blackbird, presents a recital with friends featuring the works of two young jazz giants, pianist Pascal LeBoeuf and bassist Matt Ulery

Thursday July 21, 4:30pm - The music of Bang on a Can co-founders and co-artistic directors Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe performed by festival fellows and faculty

Thursday July 23 - 10pm - Music at the Chalet - "Soundpainting" The Bang on a Can soundpainting orchestra, led by Todd Reynolds, plays a free show at MASS MoCA's beer garden.

Friday July 22, 4:30pm - Todd Reynolds gathers faculty and fellows to present a variety of music for piano quintet, including music composed and arranged by Pascal LeBoeuf, Gregg August, and Ken Thomson - everything from brand new work to Latin to Prog Rock.

Friday July 22, 7pm - Found Sound Nation and Drury High School - Bang on Can's Found Sound Nation and some seriously talented local teens have been composing and improvising all week and will bring their brand new music to the community! Free! At Kidsspace on the second floor of MASS MoCA.

Friday July 22, 10pm - Free concert in downtown North Adams: Gregg August with special guests Joe Gonzalez and Ben Lapidus lead a Latin Music Big Band consisting of festival fellows and guests. At the American Legion bar. Bring your dancing shoes!

Saturday, July 23, 4:30pm  Pianist Vicky Chow plays compositions by Bang on a Can founders Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe, plus a world premiere by composer Christopher Cerrone.

Saturday, July 23, 8pm - BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS: BRIAN ENO - MUSIC FOR AIRPORTSThe All-Stars bring Eno’s pioneering ambient work from the 1970s to life! The concert will also feature new entries in the All-Stars’ Field Recordings project, - new music interwoven around archival recordings - including works by Roomful of Teeth’s Caroline Shaw, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Gabriella Smith, René Lussier, and more.

Sunday, July 24, 4:30pm - Fellows and faculty perform John Cage’s monumentally ethereal Atlas Eclipticalis.

Monday, July 25, 4:30pm - WORLD PREMIERE COMPOSER CONCERT! Over 30 young performers from around the world debut festival work by this year's exciting nine composition fellows: Albert Behar, D. Edward Davis, Natalie Dietterich, Brechtje van Dijk, Brian Mark, Anna Meadors, Kyle Tieman-Strauss, Kristina Wolfe, and James Young.

Tuesday, July 26, 4:30pm - Martin Bresnick's expressive and direct music has influenced a generation of composers, including many Bang on a Can regulars.  Come celebrate his 70th birthday with us.

Wednesday, July 27, 4:30pm - Born in Macau and now splitting her time between Paris and Poestenkill - composer Bun-Ching Lam spins an East / West fusion of the delicate and the virtuosic.

Wednesday, July 27, 7pm - CONCERT AT THE LAKE Our annual blow-out avant-variety show!! Bring a blanket! Free!

Thursday, July 28, 4:30pm - Ashley Bathgate performs ASH, an energetic piece for solo cello, written by the Sleeping Giant collective.

Thursday, July 28, 7:30pm - A special performance of Ten Thousand Birds, by the renowned new music master, John Luther Adams. In the Richard Nonas exhibit at MASS MoCA. Free!

July 28 & 29, 10pm  - AFTER HOURS AT THE CHALET Spontaneous music with the fellows in our summer beer garden, which careens wildly from bluegrass to jazz to salsa to avant-ballads. Thursday night includes 9 short duos and trios that are also world premieres!

Friday, July 29, 4:30pm - Music for percussion by John Luther Adams, including Always Very Soft, ....and bells remembered, and Qilyuan.

Saturday, July 30, 4–10pm - BANG ON A CAN MARATHON - 6-hour festival finale featuring music by our special guest composer, Eco-Revolutionary John Luther Adams - including In a Treeless Place, Only Snow and The Light Within - plus a rare performance of Steve Reich’s early classic Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ, Julia Wolfe's raucous Tell Me Everything, a world premiere by Bang on a Can All-Star and festival favorite, Ken Thomson. The Marathon will also include music by Louis Andriessen, George Crumb, Andrew Hamilton, David Lang, David T Little, Missy Mazzoli, Brian Petuch, Frederick Rzewski, Akiko Ushijima, and a performance by the Orchestra of Original Instruments!

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Since 1987, the Bang on a Can Marathon has been held in many NYC venues -- from its start at Exit Art Gallery to the RAPP Arts Center, to years at La Mama, Town Hall, The Kitchen, New York Society for Ethical Culture, Lincoln Center, the Henry Street Settlement, Symphony Space, BAM, and most recently, the Winter Garden.  We have had a wonderful 10 years presenting the Marathon at the Winter Garden, but this festival-scale production is no longer the right match for the newly renovated space and we will not be holding the Marathon there this summer.  Bang on a Can is grateful for the venue's many years of support and looks forward to collaborating on other projects with them in the future.  We're super excited to re-imagine this signature event and we're planning a massive, celebratory 30th Anniversary Marathon for spring 2017 -- details to be announced soon!

Meanwhile, we are inviting all New Yorkers and fans near and far to come to the 2016 Bang on a Can Marathon at MASS MoCA this summer on July 30, featuring guest artist-in-residence John Luther Adams.  Check back about a chartered bus from NYC to North Adams for the event!

Read article about the Marathon in NYTimes ArtsBeat.

Bang on a Can invades De Doelen with its incomparable super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the world!  The day-night concert will feature performances by some of the most innovative musicians of our time.

Full program and concert schedule.

More info and tickets

Highlights include a world premiere collaboration between New York’s electric Bang on a Can All-Stars and Dutch comrades Ensemble Klang, performing brand new music by Pete Harden; Bang on a Can’s acclaimed live arrangements of Brian Eno’s ambient classic Music for Airports, performed together with musicians of CodArts Rotterdam; a set of classic core repertoire from New York’s celebrated Bang on a Can co-founders Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, plus late-great UK composer Steve Martland’s trademark work Horses of Instruction; Ensemble Klang performing Fuse by Rotterdam’s own eclectic and electric composer Jan-Bas Bollen, plus Peter Adriaansz’ radiant and mesmerizing Nu descendant un escalier, the fast and furious ppop by Oscar Bettison, and Tom Johnson’s whimsical and epic Narayana’s Cows; special gems from the Bang on a Can All-Stars’ 2015 record release Field Recordings including a choice pick from Anna Clyne and a new film/score by visual art-star Christian Marclay; refreshing highlights from Bang on a Can All-Stars’ own Dutch repertoire including the electro-acoustic Fix/us by Martyn Padding and Dutch master Louis Andriessen’s scenic and meditative Life with films by video artist Marijke Van Warmerdam; and don’t miss your chance to break bread with all of the artists along the way during the “tafelmuziek” dinner party!

Bang on a Can is delighted to return to the Netherlands  - reuniting with Trio Mediaeval - for 2 performances of Steel Hammer!

April 20 - Steel Hammer in Rotterdam

April 21 - Steel Hammer in Amsterdam


The All-Stars return to London for their second installment of Field Recordings!

April 17 at 7:30pm - Barbican Centre

On the program:

Julia Wolfe,   Reeling
Bryce Dessner, Gloucester 27 [with film]
Dan Deacon,  Sago An Ya Rev
Daniel Wohl,   Holographic
Christian Marclay,  Fade to Slide [with film]
Steve Reich,  The Cave of Machpelah
Todd Reynolds, Seven Sundays
Ben Frost,  Negative Ghostrider
Jóhan Jóhannsson, Hz [with film]
Alvin Lucier,  Firewood
Richard Reed Parry, The Brief  and Neverending Blur
Paula Matthusen, the ontology of an echo
Anna Clyne,  Wonderful Day 

Found Sound Nation, Bang on a Can's social engagement wing, is trying on a new hat. Curator! And this show is going to be a blast. People's Champs delivers a killer set, opened by their collaborations with high schoolers from FSN's partner school BCAM.

People's Champs & BCAM: Stories from My Brooklyn

Saturday, February 13, 8:00 PM
National Sawdust

$25 General Admission (Discount code, Buy One Get One free: STUDENT)

People's Champs & BCAM's performance is the culmination of a two-week music, production & songwriting workshop. In this special collaboration, students from Bedford Stuyvesant's BCAM High School will be led by experimental-dance-soul-funk collective People's Champs and trombonist & OneBeat exchange alum Alex Asher in the creation of new, original music. 

Ruminating on the theme "My Brooklyn -- Stories from My Brooklyn", People's Champs and BCAM will address topics of place, ownership, justice, change and community in Brooklyn.  The collaborative performance will be followed by a set of original music from People's Champs' debut LP “American Dreamers.” 

This is the first of a special series of events curated by Bang on a Can's Found Sound Nation, a collective of artists who design collaborative music creation projects with the goal of building healthy communities, including the OneBeat international music exchange. Our events challenge the traditional concert experience by presenting adventurous original works that amplify the voices of youth and underrepresented communities, and connect people across cultural and geographic divides. 

Featuring: Students from the Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School (BCAM) led by Brian Satz aka B-Satz (Bajah & Dry Eye Crew, Blitz the Ambassador)

People's Champs collaborators:
Alex Asher - Trombone
Starr Busby - Vocals
Seth Johnson - Guitar
Cole Kamen-Green - Trumpet
Dov Manksi - Keyboards
Jordan Scannella - Bass
Justin Goldner - Bass
Madhu Siddappa - Drums
David Frazier Jr. - Drums


The Dosti Music Project brings together a group of musicians from Pakistan, India, and the U.S. for a month-long residency and tour. An initiative of the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan, produced by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation, Dosti invites four Pakistanis, four Indians, and two U.S. musicians from a wide variety of traditions, ranging from Sufi singing to beat-making to avant-guard jazz, to collaboratively write, record, and perform original music, re-invent traditional music, and develop initiatives that will make a positive impact on communities locally and internationally. Dosti, which means friendship in both Urdu and Hindi, seeks to transcend political and cultural barriers through cross-cultural musical collaboration.

On April 16, Pulitzer-Prize winning Anthracite Fields will have its European premiere in Copenhagen, Denmark, with the Danish National Vocal Ensemble, conducted by Ralf Chaczewsky. 4:00pm at the Queens Hall, in the Black Diamond, the brand new extension of the Danish National Library.