Friday, January 20, 2012

Asphalt Orchestra @ The Metropolitan Museum

On January 20, Asphalt Orchestra celebrates the opening of the New American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a premiere performance event choreographed specifically for the Charles Engelhard Court by Mark DeChiazza and Susan Marshall, featuring music by Frank Zappa, Stew and Heidi Rodewald, and the Laneville-Johnson Union Brass Band.

Asphalt also presents a world premiere arrangement of Daniel Read’s Cavalry and William Hauser’s Sons of Sorrow (arr. Ben Holmes)—hymns from the Shape Note singing tradition, inspired by field recordings from the 1940s-60s.

Performances are at 4pm, 6pm, and 8pm in the Charles Engelhard Court.

Asphalt Orchestra @ The Metropolitan Museum New York New York

March 26March 31, 2012

Bang on a Can All-Stars

Russia Tour

Russia Tour, Moscow, Kazan, Chelyabinsk and Voronez

The Bang on a Can All-Stars tour Russia performing new works and Bang on a Can classics:

Conlon Nancarrow: Four Studies 
David Longstreth: Instructional Video, Matt Damon, Breakfast at J&M 
Julia Wolfe: Believing 
Evan Ziporyn: Music from Shadowbang 
Don Byron: Basquiat, Show Him Some Lub 
Thurston Moore: Stroking Piece

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Saturday, April 28, 20127:00pm

Bang on a Can: 25 Years

Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
New York, NY map

On April 28, Bang on a Can is celebrating 25 years with an extraordinary triple-bill at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall featuring the Bang on a Can All-Stars US Premiere of Field Recordings, the Asphalt Orchestra World Premiere collaboration with drummer Tatsuya Yoshida, and MIT’s Gamelan Galak Tika.

Using film, found sound, and archival audio and video, Field Recordings features nine hot-off-the-press commissioned works for the the unstoppable Bang on a Can All-Stars by: Tyondai Braxton, Mira Calix (performing live), Florent Ghys, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Christian Marclay (performing live), Julia Wolfe, Nick Zammuto, (performing live), and Evan Ziporyn (performing live).

Also featured in this birthday bash performance is in-house virtuoso street band Asphalt Orchestra with unbelievable Japanese drummer Tatsuya Yoshida (mastermind behind the legendary noise/prog band Ruins).  Asphalt has arranged two of his pieces and will be collaborating on a World Premiere composition (with Yoshida himself performing live!).

The festivities will begin with the mighty Gamelan Galak Tika performing its signature piece – Evan Ziporyn’s Tire Fire for gamelan and retuned electric guitars.



Tuesday, May 1, 20127:00pm

Bang on a Can Benefit

155 Varick Street, New York, NY map

We’re throwing a party!

This May marks the 25th birthday of Bang on a Can. We’d be thrilled if you would join us for our Big Bang Benefit Dinner & Concert on Tuesday, May 1st at City Winery, as we toast a quarter century of mind-blowing music with cocktails, dinner and an intimate concert by our world-famous Bang on a Can All-Stars. It will also be an opportunity to toast our dear friend and Board president Adam Wolfensohn, whom we’re honoring with our annual Bang on a Can Visionary Award.

Get your tickets here. 

Bang on a Can Benefit New York New York

Sunday, June 10, 20123:00pm

Music in the Garden: Hartt Bass Band

Long Island City, NY map

Noguchi Museum and Bang on a Can partner to present Music in the Garden featuring Robert Black and the Hartt Bass Band on June 10. 

The Hartt Bass Band is: Robert Black, Marshall Greenberg, Emilio Guarino, Douglass Lemke, Olivia Rose Muzzy, Sean Rubin, Evan Runyon, Dan Turkos.

  • David Lang – I Feel Pretty
  • David Lang – Bristle
  • Michael Gordon – Paint It Black
  • Evan Ziporyn – Hval
  • Julia Wolfe – Stronghold

This concert is FREE with museum admission!

Music in the Garden: Hartt Bass Band Long Island City New York

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Bang on a Can Marathon

Winter Garden
220 Vesey Street (between North End Ave. and West St.), New York, NY map


  • Lois V Vierk – Go Guitars
    • Dither
  • Daniel Wohl – Saint Arc
    • Ashley Bathgate, cello
  • Jeremy Howard Beck – Awakening
    • The Guidonian Hand
  • Evan Ziporyn – In Bounds
    • Vicky Chow, piano
  • Ruben Naeff – Bash
    • NYU Contemporary Music Ensemble
  • Michael Lowenstern – Crossroads; Boot
    • Todd Reynolds, violin; Michael Lowenstern, bass clarinet


  • Eve Beglarian – In and Out of the Game
    • The Guidonian Hand
  • Julia Wolfe – my lips from speaking
    • Grand Band
  • Ruby Fulton – The End
    • Newspeak
  • Marcin Stanczyk – Nibiru
    • Bang on a Can All-Stars
  • Thurston Moore – Stroking Piece #1
    • Bang on a Can All-Stars
  • Gregg August – A Humble Tribute to Guaguanco
    • Heavy Hands


  • Martin Bresnick – Prayers Remain Forever
    • TwoSense
  • Oscar Bettison – B & E (with Aggravated Assault)
    • Newspeak
  • David T. Little – Sweet Light Crude
    • Newspeak
  • Michael Gordon – Thou Shalt/Thou Shalt Not
    • Michael Gordon Band
  • Jonas Braasch – Quasi Infinity
    • Jonas Braasch, soprano saxophone
  • Brian Pertl – Land of Snows
    • Deep Listening Band
  • Pauline Oliveros – From Now On
    • Deep Listening Band


  • Kaki King [to be announced from stage]
    • Kaki King, guitar
  • David Longstreth – Instructional Video, Breakfast at J&M, Matt Damon
    • Bang on a Can All-Stars
  • Conlon Nancarrow – Piano Studies 2a, 3c, 4a, 11
    (arr. Evan Ziporyn)
    • Bang on a Can All-Stars
  • Alvin Lucier – I am sitting in a room
    • Alvin Lucier, narration; James Fei, digital delay system


  • Akiko Ushijima – Distorting Melody**
    • Bang on a Can All-Stars
  • David Lang – sunray
    • Bang on a Can All-Stars
  • Kris Davis – Massive Thread
    • Kris Davis’s Massive Thread
  • Michael Harrison – Just Ancient Loops*
    • Maya Beiser, cello; film by Bill Morrison


  • Steve Reich – Six Pianos
    • Grand Band
  • DJ Envee – Bang on a Can Remix
  • Gerard Grisey – le Noir de l’Etoile
    • Talujon

* World Premiere
** US Premiere


Sunday, July 8, 20123:00pm

Music in the Garden: Ethel

Long Island City, NY map

Noguchi Museum and Bang on a Can Partner to present Music in the Garden featuring Ethel on July 8. 

Present Beauty:

Mark Stewart: To Whom It May Concern
Terry Riley: Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector
Philip Glass: Suite from The Hours
Julia Wolfe: Early That Summer
David Lang: Wed
Huang Ruo: String Quartet No. 2: The Flag Project 

This concert is FREE with museum admission!

Music in the Garden: Ethel Long Island City New York

July 9July 29, 2012

Bang on a Can Summer Festival

1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA map

The festival includes daily recitals in the museum galleries at 1:30pm (M-F) & 4:30pm (M-Sat) (free with museum admission) featuring festival faculty and fellows, our signature Marathon concert festival blow-out, and much more!

Recital highlights of the 2012 Festival included:

July 11: David Cossin, percussion, plays music of Gyan Riley
July 12: Vicky Ray, piano, plays music of John Cage, Bruce Reiprich, Sean Heim, and Somei Satoh
July 12: Michael Gordon’s Timber performed by Mantra Percussion
July 13: Ashley Bathgate, cello, plays music of John Zorn, Bill Ryan, Yoav Shemesh, Gregg August, and Philip Glass
July 14: Vicky Chow, piano, plays John Cage Sonatas and Interludes
July 16: Todd Reynolds, violin, and friends
July 17: Music for Two Pianos
July 18: Ken Thomson, clarinet, and friends
July 18: Latin music concert
July 19: David Lang’s Child
July 20: Gregg August, bass; Nick Photinos, cello
July 21: The music of Philip Glass
July 21: Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Field Recordings
July 23:WORLD PREMIERES by our festival composers: Samuel Crawford, Daniel Dehaan, Fjola Evans, Molly Fishman, Yotam Haber, Loren Loiacono, Mike Perdue, and John Supko.
July 24: Music of Julia Wolfe
July 25: More new music by the festival composers
July 25: Annual community concert at Windsor Lake
July 26: Percussion quartet plays John Cage, Earle Brown and more
July 27: Cello extravaganza — trios, quartets and octets play music of John Zorn, Arvo Part, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham, Matt Frey, and Steve Reich.
July 27: Found Sound Nation at Downstreet Arts on Main Street

JULY 28 Marathon featuring special guest Steve Reich:

George Crumb – Ancient Voices of Children
Steve Reich – Cello Counterpoint
Dan Becker – S.T.I.C
Lou Harrison – Violin Concerto
David Crowell – Waiting in the Rain for Snow

Ken Thomson – Incoming
Hans Abrahamsen – Schnee, Canon 2B
Giacinto Scelsi – Okanagon
Pauline Oliveros – Sonic Meditation
David Lang – sunray
Missy Mazzoli – Shy Girl Shouting Music

Jeffrey Brooks – After the Treewatcher
Steve Reich – Eight Lines
Julia Wolfe – Lick
Michael Gordon – Four Kings Fight Five
Steve Reich – Clapping Music
Steve Reich – 2×5

Sunday, August 12, 20123:00pm

Music in the Garden: Andy Akiho

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Noguchi Museum and Bang on a Can Partner to present Music in the Garden featuring Andy Akiho. 

The Music of Andy Akiho:

Crown Heights
Daidai Iro
Momo Iro
Stop Speaking
the rAy’s end
Mia & evE

Andy Akiho – Steel Pans
Domenic Salerni – Violin
Ian Rosenbaum – Marimba & Percussion
Sam Adams – Bass
Kenneth Salters – Drums

This concert is FREE with museum admission!

Music in the Garden: Andy Akiho Long Island City New York

Sunday, September 9, 20123:00pm

Music in the Garden: Gyan Riley

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Noguchi Museum and Bang on a Can Partner to present Music in the Garden featuring Gyan Riley.

The Music of Gyan Riley:
Prelude from Stream of Gratitude           
Etudes 1, 3, 4     
Folk Song
Eyes of Orion
Progression of the Ancestors

Gyan Riley, guitar
Timba Harris, violin/viola
April Centrone, percussion

This concert is FREE with museum admission!

Music in the Garden: Gyan Riley Long Island City New York

Friday, September 14, 2012

Asphalt Orchestra

Hope Street; South Figueroa Street map

Asphalt Orchestra continues its West Coast debut, morphing into an outdoor flash force, springing jazz, prog-rock, and world music on the mobile masses of Downtown Los Angeles. 

Presented by ArtsBrookfield, the band will perform 3 FREE sets:

12:00pm @ Bank of America Plaza
333 South Hope Street

12:25pm @ Figueroa at Wilshire
601 South Figueroa Street

12:45pm @ FIGat7th
735 South Figueroa Street 


Asphalt Orchestra Stillwater Oklahoma

November 2November 3, 2012

Bang on a Can All-Stars

Sydney, Australia map

John Cage Centenary Celebration

November 2, 7pm
John Cage and His American Descendants 
John Cage: Indeterminacy/Variations 2
Florent Ghys: An Open Cage (Australian Premiere)
David Lang: sunray (Australian Premiere)
Michael Gordon: For Madeleine (Sydney Premiere)
Julia Wolfe: Big, Beautiful, Dark and Scary (Australian Premiere)

November 3, 3pm
The Music of John Cage & Brian Eno

John Cage: Improvisations (excerpt)
John Cage: Sonatas and Interludes (excerpt)
Brian Eno: Music for Airports (Sydney Premiere)

November 3, 7pm
Permission Granted with Ensemble Offspring

John Cage: 4’33’’
Kate Moore: Ridgeway (Australian Premiere)
Louis Andriessen: Workers Union
Terry Riley: In C


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Saturday, December 8, 20127:30pm

Bang on a Can All-Stars

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On December 8, the All-Stars will make their final NYC appearance of 2012 at the Japan Society in Rimpa Reimagined, a killer multimedia program unveiling world premieres by red-hot composer/jazz pianist Vijay Iyer and celebrated Japanese post-minimalist composer Mamoru Fujieda. The All-Stars will also revive Somei Satoh’s Shu (Spells) performed to a Rimpa-art-inspired visual landscape specially created for this concert by cutting-edge motionographer Nobuyuki Hanabusa.

The All-Stars’ concert is presented in conjunction with Japan Society’s exhibition Silver Wind: The Arts of Sakai Hōitsu (1761-1828) showcasing one of the masters of the traditional Japanese painting movement, Rimpa.



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