Thursday, January 29, 20157:30pm

Maya Beiser: Beauty is Power

Bang on a Can continues its season-long partnership with The Jewish Museum, presenting a series of dynamic musical performances from June 2014 to May 2015 inspired by the Museum’s diverse slate of exhibitions.

January 29 features Maya Beiser performing a concert in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power, the first museum exhibition to focus on the cosmetics entrepreneur Helena Rubinstein (1872 – 1965), who – as businesswoman and arts patron – helped break down the status quo of taste by blurring the boundaries between commerce, art, fashion, beauty, and design.

Beiser’s program of innovative works for solo cello features beautiful music by powerful women. The concert explores themes of beauty, spirituality, and ritual. Highlights include the world premiere of a new work by Bang on a Can co-founder Julia Wolfe, a US premiere from Anna Clyne, plus music by Eve Beglarian, Hildegard von Bingen, Imogen Heap, and Janis Joplin.

On the program:

O Virtus Sapientiae – Hildegard Von Bingen
Summertime – Janis Joplin
Rest These Hands – Anna Clyne  (US premiere)
Byzantine Chant – arr. Alexandra Vrebalov
Hide and Seek – Imogen Heap /arr. Maya Beiser
Music from Far-Off Country – Eve Beglarian
Emunah – Julia Wolfe (World premiere)

Costume design: threeASFOUR, designers
Sound design: Dave Cook

Maya Beiser: Beauty is Power New York New York

February 154:00pm10:00pm

Bang on a Can Marathon

The Moore Theater
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The Bang on a Can Marathon in Seattle will feature six hours of live music by some of the most innovative musicians from across the country alongside some of Seattle’s most pioneering artists, in an incomparable super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the world.

The concert kicks off with Bang on a Can’s renowned live performance of Brian Eno’s ambient classic Music for Airports and closes with the Bang on a Can All-Stars and red fish blue fish (UC San Diego) performing the Seattle premiere of Steve Reich’s masterwork Music for 18 Musicians. You will also see and hear an exceptional indie-orchestral collaboration featuring Jherek Bischoff with Scrape Ensemble and composer Jim Knapp; a new electronic offering from multi-experimental Morgan Henderson (Past Lives, Fleet Foxes, The Cave Singers); otherworldly viola/voice duo Eyvind Kang and Jessika Kenney; piano-percussion pair Gust Burns and Greg Campbell; the “honed and primal, chromed and primo sonic action” of Shabazz Palaces, Seattle premieres of signature works by Bang on a Can co-founders composers Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe; and more.

Listen to a mixtape of all the performers on the show.


Set Times are Approximate and Subject to Change

Brian Eno’s Music for Airports – Bang on a Can All-Stars
Eyvind Kang & Jessika Kenney
Michael Gordon’s Light is Calling – Ashley Bathgate, cello

Wave Piece – Morgan Henderson
David Lang’s Sunray – Bang on a Can All-Stars
Michael Gordon’s Yo Shakespeare – Bang on a Can All-Stars
Julia Wolfe’s Big, Beautiful, Dark, and Scary – Bang on a Can All-Stars
Performance and Sonic Obstruction of Sounds (5a) – Gust Burns & Greg Campbell
Shabazz Palaces

New Work by Jim Knapp – Jherek Bischoff & Scrape Ensemble
New Work by Jherek Bischoff – Jherek Bischoff & Scrape Ensemble
Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians – Bang on a Can All-Stars & red fish blue fish

The Bang on a Can Marathon in Seattle is co-presented by Seattle Theatre Group and On the Boards, and co-curated by Bang on a Can and Seattle multi-instrumentalist and composer Jherek Bischoff.

Bang on a Can Marathon! New York New York

Thursday, February 26, 20157:30pm

People's Commissioning Fund

Bang on a Can returns to the Ecstatic Music Festival for the annual People’s Commissioning Fund concert, one of the most anticipated and reliable launching pads for emerging composers in New York and beyond.

On February 26, the Bang on a Can All-Stars will premiere new works by Wilco’s Glenn Kotche, Jace Clayton (aka DJ/rupture) and Ben Frost. Also on the program its Donnacha Dennehy‘s Streetwalker, Michael Gordon‘s For Madeline, Annie Gosfield’s Overvoltage Rumble, and Erdem Helvacioglu‘s Tales of Oppression and Resistance (parts 6 and 10).

John Schaefer of WNYC-FM will host the evening for future radio broadcasts on his program, “New Sounds Live” and the concert will be streamed live on Q2 Music and will be available for on-demand listening at


Donnacha Dennehy   Streetwalker
Glenn Kotche    Time Spirals *
Jace Clayton    Lethe’s Children *
Ben Frost    Negative Ghostrider II *
     -intermission –
Michael Gordon    for Madeline
Erdem Helvacıoğlu   Tales of Oppression and Resistance (parts 6 and 10) **  
Annie Gosfield    Overvoltage Rumble

*world premiere
 **U.S. premiere


People's Commissioning Fund New York New York

March 5March 21, 2015

Dosti Music Project SE Tour: Tour Mar 9 – 23

Various Venues
Orlando, New Orleans, Austin map

Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation presents the Dosti Music Project, bringing performances, workshops, street studios, and public sound installations to schools and community centers around the US. The work Dosti Fellows present is completely original and created in collaboration during our residency. Fellows also record and present with local musicians and partners in each host city to craft meaningful events for young people, students, and people in the community.

The tour stops in Orlando, New Smyrna Beach, New Orleans and Austin from March 5 – 21.

For more on Dosti and events across the Southeast to the SxSW Festival, check us out on the Dosti Music Project website.

Dosti Music Project SE Tour: Tour Mar 9 - 23 Orlando

March 6March 7, 2015

What?…Wow/David Lang’s Festival of Music

National Concert Hall
Dublin, Ireland map

David Lang curates a two-day festival presented by New Music Dublin featuring a who’s who list of renowned composers and performers from around the globe.

The festival includes our signature 8-hour Bang on a Can Marathon highlighting premieres by Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon, Linda Buckley, Bryce Dessner (of The National), and Pulitzer prize-winning composer John Luther Adams; Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars and Trio Mediaeval; Bang on a Can’s live arrangement of Brian Eno’s Music for Airports and Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, and much more.

David Lang discusses his thoughts on programming the festival on this video.

Stream a playlist of music from the festival on spotify!

What?...Wow/David Lang's Festival of Music Dublin

March 308:00pm11:59pm

Summer Festival Benefit 2015 – March 30

255 Douglass Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 map

2015 Summer Festival Benefit!

It’s party time again. And YOU’RE invited!

Monday March 30
Gemini and Scorpio
255 Douglass St
between 3rd & Nevins (MAP)
Gowanus, Brooklyn

Party starts at 8pm and goes until Midnight.File 2783
Tickets are $10.

Can’t make the party? We’d still love to feel your support with a donation! See the link below.

Revel in the rebirth of the “Mohawk late night bar band” from 2013 (Karl, Matt, Pat, Brendan) rocking some karaoke jams at 8:45pm. Feel free to bring your bongos or sundry musical instruments, and of course your raw vocal talent! (Have a request? Email us at info [at] bangonacan [dot] org)

And at 10pm Domenica Fossati’s (flute ’10 and ’11) amazing Afrobeat band Underground System will get us all dancing. Here’s their most recent video:

Gonna be a great show and a killer party/reunion. AND a crucially needed way to support this invaluable program:

The Bang on a Can Summer Festival at MASS MoCA – Each summer since 2002, we’ve headed for the hills of the northern Berkshires to partner with the biggest, most exhilarating contemporary art museum in the country – MASS MoCA. We play more than 30 concerts in and among the galleries, on the stage, all over the town. We breathe in the beautiful surroundings and breathe out new music with all the fearlessness we can muster.


Wednesday, May 13, 20157:00pm

All-Stars CD release party and performance of "Field Recordings"

On May 13, the trailblazing Bang on a Can All-Stars celebrate the release of their latest recording, a 12-track CD and DVD package of Field Recordings, with a live performance of the complete album at The Greene Space at WQXR in downtown NYC. The concert begins at 7pm and will stream live via Q2 Music online. The Greene Space is an intimate concert venue, so tickets ($20) are limited.

Field Recordings features commissioned works by Tyondai Braxton, Mira Calix, Anna Clyne, Bryce Dessner, Florent Ghys, Michael Gordon, Jóhann Jóhannsson, David Lang, Christian Marclay, Steve Reich, Todd Reynolds, Julia Wolfe and Nick Zammuto. The bonus DVD features five collage-style, archival and “found footage” videos that have accompanied recent live performances by the All-Stars.

As David Lang describes it: “Field Recordings is a kind of ghost story. We asked composers from different parts of the music world to find a recording of something that already exists — a voice, a sound, a faded scrap of melody — and then write a new piece around it.” Field Recordings builds a bridge between the seen and the unseen, the present and absent, the future and the past, all channeled through the virtuosity and force of the electric Bang on a Can All-Stars.

Hosted by Q2 Music’s Helga Davis, the evening includes on-stage conversation with performers and composers.  We hope to see you there!

Pre-order the album now! 

All-Stars CD release party and performance of "Field Recordings" NYC

Thursday, May 14, 20157:30pm

Bang on a Can All-Stars: Revolution of the Eye

Bang on a Can All-Stars take the stage to conclude our season-long partnership with The Jewish Museum! The concert highlights the relationship between music and image and the All-Stars will perform music by clarinetist-composer Don Byron along with a screening of Eugene, an early television show by pioneering American comedian Ernie Kovacs. The concert will also include Fade to Slide, a music and video piece from Bang on a Can’s brand new CD Field Recordings and works from the All-Stars’ core repertoire by Bang on a Can co-founders David Lang and Julia Wolfe.

The performance corresponds to the Museum’s exhibition Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television.

Don Byron: Eugene (With video presentation of Ernie Kovacs – American television’s beloved comic iconoclast.)
Don Byron: Basquiat
Christian Marclay: Fade to Slide with film
David Lang: sunray
Julia Wolfe: Lick

(The video of Ernie Kovacs: Eugene provided courtesy of Ediad Productions.)


Bang on a Can All-Stars: Revolution of the Eye New York New York

Sunday, May 17, 20158:00pm

Bang on a Can All-Stars on the CODES Festival in Lublin, Poland

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The Bang on a Can All-Stars will perform Field Recordings, featuring music by Julia Wolfe, Florent Ghys, Christian Marclay, Todd Reynolds, Bryce Dessner, Anna Clyne, Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Tyondai Braxton, as well as 3 world premieres by Polish composers Jarosław Śliwiński, Krzysztof Wołek, and Artur Zagajewski!

The CODES Festival is an international event devoted to the idea of combining the archaic and the new in music. The mixture of two distinctive canons of aesthetics forms a completely unique listening experience where magic and beauty co-exist. The festival gives excellent contemporary music composers and the representatives of the avant-garde jazz an opportunity to meet traditional musicians and artists reconstructing old music. The offer of the Festival includes concerts and the premieres of music projects by recognized artists, as well as young and talented musicians and composers. 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Bang on a Can All-Stars

The Bang on a Can All-Stars make their Miami debut at Miami Light Project with a full day of activities starting with an Orchestra of Original Instruments workshop led by Bang on a Can All-Stars guitarist and instrument inventor Mark Stewart. The program concludes with a blockbuster concert featuring the All-Stars playing music by Bang on a Can co-founders Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe, Philip Glass and Louis Andriessen, plus performances by Miami-based Nu Deco Ensemble and the Spam All-Stars.


Julia Wolfe: Believing
Michael Gordon: Yo Shakepeare
Louis Andriessen: Workers Union
Philip Glass: Closing


Bang on a Can All-Stars Dublin

June 143:00pm4:00pm

Artists at Noguchi – Bang on a Can Music Series with TIGUE

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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.”

Artists at Noguchi - Bang on a Can Music Series with TIGUE Long Island City

June 2112:00pm10:00pm

Bang on a Can Marathon

230 Vesey Street, New York, NY map

Download Free Music From Marathon Performers

Check Out the YouTube Playlist of Marathon Performers

2015 Marathon Live Stream Online

10 HOURS of Live Music. FREE!

On Sunday, June 21, from 12 noon to 10pm, Bang on a Can returns to downtown Manhattan for its annual Bang on a Can Marathon, FREE for the public at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place (230 Vesey Street), co-presented by Arts Brookfield and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as part of the River To River Festival. This annual incomparable super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the world features ten hours of rare performances by some of the most innovative musicians of our time side-by-side with some of today’s most pioneering young artists.

Lead support for the 2015 Bang on a Can Marathon is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation and by ASCAPprotecting, supporting, and fostering the work of composers worldwide.

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Bang on a Can Marathon

June 21, 2015 – 12pm–10pm
Brookfield Place Winter Garden


11:00 AM

Event kicks off with a Street Studio hosted by Found Sound Nation from 11am – 2pm outside the Winter Garden by the North Cove. 

12:00 PM

Lord Nelson, Ah Goin’ An Party Tonight (arr. Kendall Williams)
Kendall Williams, Down Seven
– Crossfire Steel Orchestra, Inc.

Tristan Perich, Surface Image – for solo piano and 40-channel 1-bit electronics
– Vicky Chow, piano

Lainie Fefferman, Tongue of Thorns
– Dither

2:00 PM

Florent Ghys, Music from the album Télévision
– Florent Ghys, bass

LJ White, Wilder Shores (world premiere – with original poetry by Matthew Dickman and Michael Dickman)
– Third Angle New Music

David Lang, face so pale
– Grand Band

Pixies / Charles Thompson, Bone Machine (arr. Peter Hess); River Euphrates (arr. Stephanie Richards); Cactus (arr. Ed RosenBerg III)
– Asphalt Orchestra

Kendall Williams, Rehearsals, MisConception
– Crossfire Steel Orchestra, Inc.

Julia Wolfe, Reeling (from Field Recordings)
Johann Johannsson, Hz (from Field Recordings)
Anna Clyne, A Wonderful Day (from Field Recordings)
Todd Reynolds, Seven Sundays (from Field Recordings)
– Bang on a Can All-Stars

4:00 PM

Somei Satoh, Incarnations
– Tomoko Mukaiyama, piano

Julian Day, Quartz (NY premiere)
– Third Angle New Music

Ivo Papasov, Ivo’s Ruchenitsa, Trakia Suite, Ilikovo Horo (arr. Peter Hess – world premiere of arrangement)
– Asphalt Orchestra

Paul Kerekes, wither and bloom
– Grand Band

6:00 PM

Bobby Previte, Terminals 3 and 4
– So Percussion & Nels Cline, guitar & Bobby Previte, drums

Michael Gordon, Ode to La Bruja, Hanon, Czerny, Van Cliburn and little gold stars… (or, To Everyone Who Made My Life Miserable, Thank You.)
– Grand Band

Cyro Baptista, Forró for All
– Cyro Baptista & Friends

8:00 PM

Lao Luo, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Cloud-River-Mountain (world premiere commissioned by Maria and Robert A Skirnick and Arts Brookfield)
Gong Linna, voice & Bang on a Can All-Stars

Glenn Branca, Ascension Three
-Glenn Branca Ensemble

10:00 PM – END

PLUS Bang on a Can’s social engagement wing Found Sound Nation hosts its Street Studio – a mobile recording studio equipped for passersby and Marathon musicians alike to spontaneously create and record original music!

Many thanks to Steinway for providing seven pianos for this performance.

Bang on a Can Marathon! New York New York

July 97:30pm9:30pm

Todd Reynolds: Repetition and Difference

1109 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10128 map

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!)

Todd Reynolds: Repetition and Difference New York New York

July 15August 1, 2015

Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival @ MASS MoCA

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Bang on a Can returns to MASS MoCA for the annual Summer Festival featuring 40 fellows from around the globe and special guests. Performances at the Bang on a Can Festival at MASS MoCA begin July 15 and include daily recitals in the galleries (1:30pm M-F; 4:30 M-Sat.), all free with museum admission. For an up-to-the-minute list of upcoming concerts in the galleries:

The festival culminates with “Bang on a Can Plays Art,” a jam-packed new music extravaganza featuring 13 concerts in 8 days, from July 25 – Aug 1. Bang on a Can Plays Art draws inspiration from the visual art on display in the galleries at MASS MoCA. Each concert showcases music that interacts with the art on various levels – stylistically, thematically, and whimsically – performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Festival Artists and Fellows, and special guest Alvin Lucier.



Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival @ MASS MoCA North Adams Massachusetts

July 258:00pm10:00pm

A Michael Gordon Oratorio: VAN GOGH – July 25 at MASS MoCA

1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247 map

Saturday July 25, 8pm: Michael Gordon’s Van Gogh

A Michael Gordon Oratorio: Van Gogh

The electric Bang on a Can All-Stars team up with brilliant theater director David Herskovits for Michael Gordon’s oratorio, exploring the life and restless soul of Dutch master Vincent Van Gogh. The text is made entirely out of Van Gogh’s own words, revealed heartbreakingly in his letters to his much more together brother Theo. Joining the All-Stars will be violinist-singers Charles Yang and Eliza Bagg.

Listen to an excerpt from Van Gogh performed by Alarm Will Sound:


A Michael Gordon Oratorio: VAN GOGH - July 25 at MASS MoCA North Adams Massachusetts

August 14:00pm10:00pm

Bang on a Can Summer Marathon – August 1

1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adam, MA 01247 map

Saturday, Aug 1, 4pm-10pm: 2015 Summer Marathon

Bang on a Can Marathon: $15 to $24

The Bang on a Can Marathon is a 6-hour day-night boundary-busting festival finale featuring 50+ musicians and composers from around the world and has become one of the most diverse, open and exciting summer music events in the Berkshires. This year’s highlights include excerpts from Philip Glass’s legendary Einstein on the Beach, music/video by Christian Marclay, songs by Meredith Monk, the forceful Singing in the Dead of Night by this year’s Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Wolfe, an ambitious world premiere by the brilliant Minneapolis based composer Jeffrey Brooks, and more.

Actually, why be coy? Here’s what we’ve programmed so far, not in program order yet:

Andy Akiho – NO one To kNOW
Anna Clyne, A wonderful Day
Chris Cerrone, High Windows
Christian Marclay, Fade to Slide
Claude Vivier, Et je reverrai cette cille etrange
David Lang: How To Pray
Jeffrey Brooks, Capriccio on the Departure of a Beloved Brother
Julia Wolfe, Singing in the Dead of Night
Kyle Gann: Snake Dance 3
Maura Bosch, About the Night
Meredith Monk, Double Fiesta
Michael Gordon, Tree-Oh
Orchestra of Original Instruments, led by Mark Stewart
Oscar Bettison, Gauze Vespers
Paul Dolden, Rave
Paula Matthusen, ontology of an echo
Pere Gudmonsen-Holmgreen, Din Tavshed
Philip Glass, Bed – from Einstein on the Beach
Philip Glass, Knee play 4 – from Einstein on the Beach

Bang on a Can Summer Marathon - August 1 North Adam Massachusetts

August 93:00pm4:00pm

Artists at Noguchi – Bang on a Can Music Series with JG Thirlwell

9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City, NY 11106 map

For the fifth year in a row, Bang on a Can partners with the Noguchi Museum to present an innovative performance series.

JG Thirlwell is a composer/producer/performer based in Brooklyn, who also works under many pseudonyms including Manorexia, Foetus, Steroid Maximus, Baby Zizanie, Hydroze Plus and Wiseblood. He has released over thirty albums, composed commissions for Bang On A Can and Kronos Quartet among others, and creates the musical score for the show Venture Bros on Cartoon Network. Thirlwell will be presenting a program of works for string quartet, including a world premiere and a NY premiere. He will join the quartet for the last piece, which will be for string quartet with electronic treatments. The string quartet is: Adrianna Mateo and Elena Moon Park on violins, Isabel Hagen on viola and Clara Kennedy on cello.

photo of JG Thirlwell: Marylene Mey

Artists at Noguchi - Bang on a Can Music Series with JG Thirlwell Long Island City New York

September 133:00pm4:00pm

Artists at Noguchi – Bang on a Can Music Series with cellist Ashley Bathgate

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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

Artists at Noguchi - Bang on a Can Music Series with cellist Ashley Bathgate Long Island City New York

October 411:00am6:00pm

Asphalt Orchestra – National Sawdust Community Day!

Asphalt Orchestra is delighted to be performing on National Sawdusts community day event! The event includes:

Experimental Australian violinist Jon Rose engages the public with a ten-foot-tall, interactive electronic musical instrument. Via sensors and radio transmission, the movements and speed of the ball determine the sonic results. In partnership with D’Addario, composer and Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, a National Sawdust artist-in-residence, will create an installation in a new work with kids from the Williamsburg-based El Puente Center for Arts and Culture, a National Sawdust partner. Puppeteer/designer/director Julian Crouch and musician/composer Saskia Lane—Birdheart collaborators and National Sawdust curators—join forces with Asphalt Orchestra to lead an interactive puppet parade to the East River. National Sawdust group-in-residence Found Sound Nation, a collective of musicians and artists who leverage the unique power of creative sound-making to help build strong, just, healthy communities, will hold mobile studios throughout the parade for the public.

More info

Asphalt Orchestra - National Sawdust Community Day! Brooklyn New York

October 23November 7, 2015

OneBeat on West Coast tour!

OneBeat on tour in California, Oregon, and Washington

This October, the adventurous music-based diplomacy program OneBeat returns for its fourth year, convening innovative musicians from every region of the world to the U.S. for one exhilarating month of performances, discussions, interactive music-making events, and more. OneBeat grew out of a notion that musical collaboration is a uniquely powerful way to connect people across political and cultural barriers, which can in turn cultivate an international network of sonic changemakers who can make a powerful impact on their local and global communities. 

Tour info

OneBeat on West Coast tour!

October 257:00pm9:00pm

FIELD RECORDINGS in L.A. on October 25

340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095 map

We’re thrilled to bring the dynamic music from our latest record Field Recordings to the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, a chance-taking program and presenter headed by longtime artist champion Kristy Edmunds.


Julia Wolfe Reeling
Florent Ghys An Open Cage
Michael Gordon Gene Takes a Drink with film by Bill Morrison
Christian Marclay Fade to Slide with film
David Lang unused swan
Tyondai Braxton Casino Trem
Jóhann Jóhannsson Hz with film
Todd Reynolds Seven Sundays
Steve Reich The Cave of Machpelah (excerpt from The Cave) (arr. Michael Gordon)
Bryce Dessner Maximus to Gloucester, Letter 27 [withheld] with film
Anna Clyne A Wonderful Day 

more info and tickets


FIELD RECORDINGS in L.A. on October 25 Los Angeles California

Monday, October 26, 20157:30pm

Music for Airports – Santa Ana Sites

120 5th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701 map

The All-Stars will perform Brian Eno’s landmark, ambient album, Music for Airports, breathing life into the electronic masterpiece through with a carefully constructed reproduction of Eno’s album that replaces tape loops with piano, clarinet, bass, guitar, percussion and voices. The eSports Arena is a newly opened, world class gaming venue that will be transformed into a concert hall for one-night only, welcoming music lovers of all ages to experience the modern classic that inspired a genre. The performance celebrates the 10th installment of Santa Ana Sites, a traveling art forum that presents contemporary performances in unexpected spaces.


Music for Airports - Santa Ana Sites Santa Ana California

Tuesday, October 27, 20157:30pm

Music for Airports at San Diego International Airport, Terminal 2

Presented by Art Power at UC San Diego, the Bang on a Can All-Stars will perform their landmark live performance of Brian Eno’s ambient classic Music for Airports on Oct 27. In 1978 Eno redefined how we relate to music in our everyday lives with this mesmerizing, dreamy, intense sonic landscape. In his analog studio, looping bits of tape, Eno never imagined that a new generation of musicians would take his music out of the studio and perform it live. Since their celebrated 1998 recording of Brian Eno: Music for Airports, Bang on a Can All-Stars have brought this work to live audiences across the globe with concerts at many of the most prestigious festivals and venues including Lincoln Center, Royal Festival Hall in London, the Sydney Opera House, and even public performances at Brussels International Airport, Schipol Airport in Holland, and John Lennon Airport in Liverpool. However, this will be the very exciting premiere of the work in an airport on U.S. soil!


Music for Airports at San Diego International Airport

November 57:30pm9:00pm

Jewish Museum – Robert Black, The Hartt Bass Band, and Friends

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Composers who were isolated behind the Iron Curtain had to develop their own unique ways of pushing musical boundaries. Bassist and founding member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars Robert Black anchors a program of chamber music by experimental Soviet composers Galina Ustvolskaya, Arthur Lourie, and Sofia Gubaidulaina. A highlight of the program is a rare performance of Ustvolskaya’s relentless Composition No. 2 for piano, eight double basses, and one giant cube of wood.

This performance corresponds to the Museum’s exhibition Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photos, Early Soviet Film. 

Jewish Muesum - Robert Black

Saturday, November 14, 20157:30pm

Anthracite Fields in PA coal mining region

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On November 14, Julia Wolfe returns to the anthracite coal region in Pennsylvania, which inspired her Pulitzer prize-winning oratorio, Anthracite Fields. In order to share the piece with the community that gave her such invaluable assistance in its creation, Wolfe will give a talk at the Anthracite Heritage Museum in Scranton, and the public is invited to take a tour of the Lackawanna coal mine.  That evening, the Bang on a Can All-Stars and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, conducted by Julian Wachner, will perform Anthracite Fields at the brand-new Allan P. and Marian Sutherland Kirby Center for Creative Arts at the historic Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, PA. The piece is illuminated by the visual projections of scenic designer Jeff Sugg.

This part of Pennsylvania coal region is two and a half hours from Philadelphia and New York City. Perfect for a day trip!

Nov 14 Schedule:

Lackawanna Coal Mine tours available from 10am to 2:45pm
3:15-4:45pm: Anthracite Heritage Museum visit and talk with Julia Wolfe (admission is free on Nov 14)
6:30pm: Pre-Concert talk at the Kirby Center, Wyoming Seminary
7:30pm: Concert (A portion of the proceeds from the concert are to benefit the Anthracite Heritage Museum.)

Anthracite Fields in PA coal mining region Kingston Pennsylvania