Applications for the 2022 Media Workshop at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival are online now!

Bang on a Can Media Workshop at MASS MoCA

An exploration of contemporary music criticism and journalism

July 23 – Aug 1, 2022

More info and online application

Applications due March 24, 2022

“One of the most meaningful and impactful experiences of my writing career thus far.”  – Maggie Molloy, workshop participant

Bang on a Can, our special guest faculty John Schaefer and Terrance McKnight, and 6 writers in the early stages of their careers will gather at MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA) to explore the role of criticism and journalism in today’s dynamic contemporary music scene.

The aim of the workshop is to help writers generate a vocabulary, syntax, and context that is most useful for readers/ listeners and to make modern music and criticism more accessible, welcoming, and exciting to all audiences.

The workshop will take place during the final week of the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA (July 23-Aug 1, 2022) — a residency and festival for composers and performers (13 faculty, 30 performers, and 9 composers) and will include daily meetings with faculty and daily writing assignments. Additionally, participants will be “embedded” in the festival activities, attending rehearsals, workshops, and performances, enabling more insights into the process of bringing music to the stage.

More info and online application

Long Play Festival! April 29 – May 1, 2022

“Right now – this minute – is an amazing time to love music. Musicians and listeners from every corner of the music world are pushing beyond their boundaries, questioning their roots, searching and stretching for the new. There has never been a time when music contained so much innovation and diversity, so much audacity and so much courage. And we want to show you all of it. With the creation of LONG PLAY we are presenting more kinds of musicians, playing more kinds of music, bending more kinds of minds. LONG PLAY expands and enlarges our scope and our reach, and puts more new faces on stages than ever before. It’s a lot of music!”

Michael Gordon, David Lang & Julia Wolfe

Peoples Commissioning Fund Concert – January 20 – attend the concert in person, or stream it online

Featuring an expanded line-up of the Bang on a Can All-Stars!

We’re thrilled to be able to tell you about this Thursday’s PCF concert at Merkin Hall, and even more excited to say you can join us in person OR experience the show online via live.bangonacan.org! Either way you’re in for a treat…fresh music, phenomenal band, beamed to your home wherever you are in the world. This performance is part of the Kaufman Center’s Ecstatic Music Festival and is co-presented by New Sounds Live with host John Schaefer.

It’s such an incredible lineup. We’re presenting an unprecedented, expanded All-Stars featuring three outstanding additional players in Allison Loggins-Hull on flute, Jen Baker on trombone and David Byrd-Marrow on horn. We’re premiering new commissions from Tomeka Reid, Ken Thomson, Fred Frith, Nick Dunston, Soo Yeon Lyuh, Aeryn Santillan, Jeffrey Brooks and Trevor Weston.

We want you to come if you can, if you feel safe. Merkin’s protocols are strong – you must be vaxxed and masked and we’ll be sure to make space between individuals or small groups wishing to sit together.  You can purchase tickets in advance or wait to see how things play out…and if you want a live update just send a note to Tim Thomas asking about ticket availability or safety concerns.  For those who come, we can guarantee some great music and socially-distanced companionship. And the joy that comes with experiencing music for the very first time – together.

Please stay safe and don’t hesitate to reach out to us about anything at all.

P.S. – a big shout-out to commissioners on next week’s show, including Jane & Richard Stewart, Charles Reade, Robert D. Bielecki, Lisa Bauso & Joe Rojas, Richard Ferrante, Robert & Pamela Howell, Arlene & Larry Dunn and the Antonia and Vladimer Kulaev Cultural Heritage Fund.

Program

  • Fred Frith: Which It Is *
  • Tomeka Reid: UNTETHERED*
  • Jeffrey Brooks: Santuario II**
  • Nick Dunston: Fainting is Down, Whooshing is Up**
  • Ken Thomson: Performative*
  • Soo Yeon Lyuh: See You on the Other Side** (with Soo Yeon on haegum)
  • Aeryn Santillan: disconnect.**
  • Trevor Weston: Rainbows and Butterflies**

*world premiere

**world premiere arrangement

The world premiere arrangements were originally commissioned and premiered as solo works during the Bang on a Can Online Marathons in 2020-2021, and have been newly arranged for this nine-piece ensemble.

More info and tickets for the in-person show

Live Stream

First Fridays with Robert Black – Dec 3

First Fridays with Robert Black

December 3, 2021 at 12 noon ET

PROGRAM – “Strange Places”
Michael Gordon – Paint It Black (1988/91)
John Luther Adams – Three High Places (2017)

​From the gritty attitude and harsh sonic ​energy of ​the ​punk ​​underworld to a trippy inner-mind meditation exploring the crisp​,​ borealis purity of the Alaskan wilderness, First Fridays with Robert Black takes us on a sonic journey to strange and beautiful places. ​ ​Compositions by ​Michael Gordon and John Luther Adams​ pilot our aural explorations.

First Fridays with Robert Black is a monthly series of virtual mini-concerts featuring brand-spanking new, recently new, and kind of new music for solo double bass – streaming from his home studio in Hartford, Connecticut, at noon (EST). Whether you’re having your morning coffee in Los Angeles, or lunch in New York, or that first glass of wine in Paris, or a late supper in Tashkent, tune in for some cool and compelling music.

This is a free concert! But please consider purchasing a ticket just the same. Doing so will help us to do more performances, pay more players, commission more composers, and share more music worldwide.

More info and livestream

All-Stars perform “In C” live with Sasha Waltz & Guests – Dec 10-12 in Berlin and livestream on Dec 12

Bang on a Can All-Stars and Sasha Waltz & Guests
In C: Live

Live in-person performances: Dec 10-12 at radialsystem in Berlin
Live Stream: Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 12pm ET at live.bangonacan.org

On December 10-12, 2021 at radialsystem Berlin, the Bang on a Can All-Stars will give their first performances abroad since the pandemic. Celebrated German dance company Sasha Waltz & Guests present their latest work, In C, for the first time in-person, with live music, performed by our All-Stars. This In C is a brand new dynamic dance work based on Terry Riley’s revolutionary and open composition by the same name. Sasha Waltz and her dancers developed choreographic material that mirrors the variable structure of the original score and therefore always leaves room for new variants.

Sasha Waltz explains her vision for the project:

“The score of In C consists of fifty-three musical phrases and reads like stage directions for musicians. The thought of translating these detailed instructions into dance through a choreographic exploration of the music appealed to me. The result is an experimental system of fifty-three movement phrases for a structured improvisation with clear rules and laws. The length of the piece remains variable, as does the number of musicians and dancers.”

More info for the live performances in Berlin, Dec 10-12

More info for the livestream on Dec 12.

Video trailer

Bang on a Can at Big Ears – March 24-27, 2022

Big Ears Festival is back in 2022! It’s all happening March 24-27 in Knoxville, TN. Bang on a Can All-Stars will perform “Memory Games” with Meredith Monk,  and will also perform Terry Riley’s “Autodreamographical Tales.” The full line up is outstanding, and we can’t wait to see you there!

More info

139 Performances From Our Online Marathons: SEE THEM ALL NOW!

In just one year, we were able to broadcast more than 145 performances, during EIGHT Online Bang on a Can Marathons. And there’s more to come!

Among these stunning displays of radical creativity you’ll find 70 world premiere commissions, dozens more exclusive, unique performances from today’s most brilliant players and makers, plus conversations with the artists.

Here, for the first time, we have collected and edited nearly all these concerts and conversations in one place, for all the world to experience.  Enjoy!

See them all now!

We are grateful that so many people have helped us make these performances possible.  You can too – please consider a gift to help us continue our work:  to present and commission the very most exciting new music from wherever it may be found.

First Fridays with Robert Black – Nov 5

First Fridays with Robert Black

Livestream – November 5, 2021 at 12 noon ET
live.bangonacan.org

PROGRAM -“Bass Players for Black Composers (Collective)”
Yaz Lancaster – Wind_Down_2 (2020)
Mason Bynes – The [WRECK}oning (2020)
Nick Dunston – Mulch Awareness Month (2020)
Joy Guidry – In My Bed (2020)

This month, First Fridays with Robert Black will delve deep into the collective “Bass Players for Black Composers.” This new organization is on a mission to connect talented, black composers with new performers and audiences. We’re going to hear cool grooves, ambient beauty, quirky energy, joyful sonics, delightful double bass doings, and more from Yaz Lancaster, Nick Dunston, Mason Bynes, and Joy Guidry.

First Fridays with Robert Black is a monthly series of virtual mini-concerts featuring brand-spanking new, recently new, and kind of new music for solo double bass – streaming from his home studio in Hartford, Connecticut, at noon (EST). Whether you’re having your morning coffee in Los Angeles, or lunch in New York, or that first glass of wine in Paris, or a late supper in Tashkent, tune in for some cool and compelling music.

This is a free concert! But please consider purchasing a ticket just the same. Doing so will help us to do more performances, pay more players, commission more composers, and share more music worldwide.

more info and livestream

Bang on a Can and the Noguchi Museum present Lee Ranaldo and Dither – Oct 22

On Friday, October 22, 2021 at 6:30pm, Bang on a Can and The Noguchi Museum present Lee Ranaldo who will give a special performance of his Hurricane Transcriptions with electric guitar quartet Dither and drummer Brian Chase. Ranaldo says, “This piece has its origin on the day in October 2012 when Hurricane Sandy struck New York City. I noticed the strong winds were creating strange acoustic effects, which sounded like demented choirs, dense tonal clusters and harmonies, both consonant and dissonant. The gale was playing the city buildings like a giant Aeolian harp! I grabbed my portable digital recorder, suited up and went out into the storm to collect these sounds. As I walked the streets in my neighborhood the sounds shifted on every corner. I recorded what I could. Over the following week, with New York’s power grid a casualty of the storm, I transcribed what I heard and from these sonic impressions I built the piece, initially for a European orchestra, now realized for the current ensemble.”

The performance will take place in The Noguchi Museum’s first floor gallery, with only 30 public tickets available. Tickets are $10 (the same price as museum admission) and allow patrons access to the galleries and garden after hours. Doors open at 6:15pm and the performance runs from 6:30pm–7:30pm. Masks and proof of vaccination are required. More information is available at 718.204.7088 or www.noguchi.org/bangonacan. The Noguchi Museum is located at 9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard), Long Island City, NY.

More info and tickets