Julia Wolfe's Pulitzer Prize-winning oratorio for chorus and instruments, Anthracite Fields, is now available (with a limited quantity personally autographed by Julia Wolfe) at the Bang on a Can online store and also on iTunes. The music is also streaming exclusively on Apple Music

Wolfe wrote the piece after doing extensive research about the coal-mining industry in an area very near where she grew up in Pennsylvania. Her text draws on oral histories, interviews with miners and their families, speeches, geographic descriptions, children's rhymes and coal advertisements. NPR Music’s Tom Huizenga describes the  piece as “...almost a public history project and a music  project at the same time,” which hints at the work’s universal appeal.

The recording features the Bang on a Can All-Stars and The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, under the direction of Julian Wachner. 

Here she is on NPRs All Things Considered, discussing the album.

Asphalt Orchestra will be hitting the streets, cafes, and venues in NYC in Sept and October! Gigs include "Asphalt plays the Pixies" as part of the FONT festival, National Sawdust's Community Day, and the Park Avenue Armory Gala. 

More information on our events page 

Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 3pm
Artists at Noguchi 
Bang on a Can Music Series with Ashley Bathgate

Noguchi Museum | Long Island City, NY

Ashley Bathgate, cellist of Bang on a Can All-Stars, performs the heartfelt and hypnotic Stories for Ocean Shells, an hour-long collection of pieces by Australian composer Kate Moore, a rising star of her generation.  The work is pegged for an album release next year. Bathgate will perform the full suite for just the third time in public at the Noguchi Museum on September 13.

This performance falls on Noguchi Museum's Community Day, and therefore admission is free! 

The Boston Globe recently published a terrific feature about Ashley and Kate and their work together.

Video Links:

Ashley shares her thoughts on being a performer

Ashley performs Jacob Cooper's Arches


Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer - with new staging by Anne Bogart and SITI Company and performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars with singers Emily Eagen, Katie Geissinger, and Molly Quinn - has been on tour this fall, visiting the Krannert Center (Champaign, IL), Royce Hall at UCLA (Los Angeles, CA), and Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA), and OZ Arts (Nashville, TN).

And now we are proud to perform in our hometown Brooklyn! Dec 2-6 Steel Hammer will be on BAM's Next Wave Festival.

One of our tracks is in the latest batch of "Shot on iPhone" commercials! It's really a very beautiful too short video, and we're happy to share it with you. Maybe it'll even inspire you to buy the record it comes from, the new Bang on a Can All-Stars record "Field Recordings!"

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Of course we want you there in person. There's nothing like it, and the whole day is festive, informal and fun. The composers are there, the musicians, the premieres, the sound, the smells (yes, the smells of new, new music). But if you can't make it to NYC...

The whole show will be live-streamed! That's right, you can watch Bang in Bangor. Or Bangkok. Or Bangladesh. You can catch all the music, plus incidental videos between sets right on our website.and on digital partner Q2 Music.  This live stream of the 2015 Bang on a Can Marathon is produced and supported by Little Dog Live, a company started by longtime Bang on a Can sound designer Jody Elff to create dynamic digital broadcasts of live concert events. Q2 Music and I Care If You Listen and New Music Box are our digital partners for the stream. So share it with everyone you know outside of NYC. And don't forget hashtag #BangMarathon2015 to share your thoughts as we roll.

A forerunner in the expansion of the violin beyond its classical and “wood-bound” tradition, Todd Reynolds electrifies in concert, weaving together composed and improvised segments, and making use of computer technology and digital loops to sculpt his sounds in real time, seamlessly integrating minimalist, pop, Jazz, Indian, African, Celtic and indigenous folk music into his own sonic blend. The violinist of choice for a generation of New York composers, particularly those who trace their influences to the minimalists of downtown New York, this program explores repetition and difference in music for violin and electronics by Bang on a Can co-founders Michael Gordon and David Lang, expressivist/post-minimalist Ingram Marshall, and by Todd Reynolds himself. 

The performance corresponds to the Museum’s exhibition Repetition and Difference

$18 General | $15 Students and Seniors | $12 Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can List Members (That Means You!) FOR TICKETS.

The Bang on a Can Music Series, now in its fifth year at the Noguchi Museum, returns this summer with a series of monthly performances held in the Museum’s indoor galleries.

On June 14 we present TIGUE. One half new music ensemble, one half avant-pop band, TIGUE delivers rhythmic hooks and patterned drones through process and improvisation. Uniting homegrown ethos and conservatory precision, the Ohio-born, Brooklyn-based members (Matt Evans, Amy Garapic and Carson Moody) have worked together extensively for nearly half a decade. The program will include music by Sleeping Giant composer Robert Honstein and original music from TIGUE's upcoming release "Peaks."