Bang on a Can
Summer Music Festival
at MASS MoCA
July 15- August 4, 2013
Festival & Residency Program for composers and performers
The online applications for the 2013 festival are now closed.
Click here to see 2012 Festival performance videos.
Click here to read about the Summer Festival on NewMusicBox.
Click here to watch a segment about our Summer Festival from the NewsHour on PBS.
The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) is a musical utopia for innovative musicians in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts. The festival is dedicated entirely to adventurous contemporary music. We will write it. We will perform it. We will think about it and we will talk about it. We will spend three weeks immersed in today's most exciting music. Composers will have their new works performed. Players will perform in ensembles sitting alongside their teachers. The festival includes daily performances in the museum galleries, free with museum admission, and concludes with a six-hour blow-out Marathon Concert performed by the festival ensembles and special guests. The festival also features African and Latin music workshops, electronics and music business seminars, free events in the community, and more.
Our faculty members are some of the most innovative musicians of our time. These are musicians who have dedicated their lives to commissioning, rehearsing, recording and performing music beyond the cutting edge.
In the words of a few past students:
"Bang on a Can is really everything I want the music world to be -- inclusive, engaging, innovative, fun, thought-provoking, beautiful, challenging, and rewarding. The festival brings all of that and more directly into focus, and it has made all the difference in the word to have been a part of it."
"I have never had an experience like this before: the idea of building the kind of musical world one wants to live in seems to be something that is really possible here -- it's a place of community and possibility that is utterly transformative."
The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival will take place July 15- August 4, 2013 at MASS MoCA, located in North Adams, Massachusetts. MASS MoCA presents exhibitions and performances by renowned artists and cultural institutions, but it also is a place where the process of creativity is explored; rehearsals, art fabrication shops, and production studios are open to public view. Bang on a Can has found a home at MASS MoCA for the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival and is thrilled to work with them in building a bridge between the arts.
The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA is made possible in part with public funds from National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and from generous support from the ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund, CECArtslink, The Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University Alex Rigopulos and Sachi Sato, New Spectrum Foundation, and Williamson Foundation for Music.
The Residency by Bang on a Can-organized in partnership with MASS MoCA, the North Adam's Mayor's Office, MCLA and the North Adams Public Schools-has also been made possible with support from the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.
Special thanks go out to Drury High School, Conte Middle School, Williams College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and the Robert Black Bass Scholarship.
Concert pianos provided courtesy of Falcetti Music, a full-line musical instrument store carrying pianos, guitars, drums, keyboards, sound gear and sheet music as well as offering lessons. Locations in Springfield, MA, Enfield, CT, and Rocky Hill, CT. "Falcetti Music, we keep music in your life" (413) 528-2460. www.falcettimusic.com.