LONG PLAY? No :(
Canland? Yes :)
So we've got some good news and some bad news...first the bad news.
We've now spoken to all the artists and partners and can now officially confirm that the inaugural run of our LONG PLAY festival has been postponed indefinitely. As soon as the world heals to the point we can once again throw parties and concerts, we'll LOUDLY reschedule. To all ticket holders - look for an email this week regarding refunds and donations. Our ticket hub Eventbrite is working with us to make sure we respond efficiently to all requests and concerns.
Since 1987 we've done our best to save, record and video as many of our programs as possible. We're now busily putting the finishing touches on an ALL ACCESS archive of all 33 years of music-making. We're calling it Canland. Our vision for Canland is that it's not just a museum-like catalog, but a meeting place for the extraordinary world we have built together over these many years, a place to connect and reconnect with the music, the composers, the performers, the experiences we've shared, and most important, with one another during this very unusual time of separation.
Here's just one of the magical moments that you'll find in our Canland archives. On May 11, 1989 John Cage took the stage before the marathon and read this mesostic...
We have been so heartened to see the new music community jump right into raising money to disburse to the hundreds of freelance musicians who bravely play the best music of our age. To give to the Solidarity Fund, go here.
The New Music Solidarity Fund is designed to help new/creative/improvised music freelancers whose livelihood has been threatened as a result of performances which have been canceled during the COVID-19 crisis. The Fund was started by a group of musicians in the new music community who have raised over $130,000 in a week, primarily from fellow musicians, composers, and music professionals. Our hope is that the Solidarity Fund will continue to grow in the coming weeks, so that we can assist and bolster more people in need of emergency relief. For now, at least two hundred and sixty, $500 emergency assistance grants will be made available to applicants who meet the below criteria.
We are grateful to New Music USA for donating their time and services to help us run the Fund. Most importantly, we are immensely grateful to you, freelance artists who have risked so much in service of the music of our time. We stand in solidarity with you, and we are committed to helping you as much as we can.
EARLY BIRD and VIP tickets now available!Come join us for the second LOUD Weekend, featuring more than 30 performances by more than 100 musicians of the works of dozens of composers. This year our special guests are the legendary Kronos Quartet, whose career spans 9 presidents and more than 1,000 commissions for string quartet. Bang on a Can owes its spirit and entrepreneurial vision to David Harrington and company, and can't wait to team up in the Berkshires for three days of concerts and shenanigans.And we're super proud to present Nathalie Joachim and her brilliant Fanm d’Ayiti. Plus a major new work from Michael Gordon called Field of Vision for forty (40!) percussionists. Plus you can count on our Bang on a Can All-Stars to hit a few out of the park as well, individually and as a team.The rest of the program will be announced in the spring. In the meantime, though, you can get your tickets from MASS MoCA here.
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