Bang on a Can Needs You!
This year's People's Commissions are going to four outstanding composers with four very different musical worldviews. The common denominator is musical fearlessness.
Nicole Lizée is the mad scientist, a true original, inspired by the sounds of gadgets and soundtracks and turntables and anything that makes noise; Trevor Weston's music creates aural universes and logical puzzles drawn from his ever-fertile imagination; Josué Collado Fregoso loves tight hockets and highly syncopated percussive soundscapes with twists and turns and unexpected surprises. And words cannot describe the omnivorous creativity of one of music's great visionaries - Henry Threadgill - who manages to defy gravity every time he writes and plays. It's always been a dream of ours to have a piece by him, and this year the dream comes true!
With your help, each composer will soon finish a brand new piece for the Bang on a Can All-Stars to be performed in a World Premiere concert on March 6th at Merkin Hall in NYC, to be recorded and broadcast by WNYC's New Sounds.
If you can this year, please support the People's Commissioning Fund and all the work we do towards our mission to bring radical creativity to an open-eared world. And if you give before December 31, we'll give you early access to our long-awaited Bang on a Can Archive! 31 years of video, audio, posters, press and programs. Sometimes it's good to look back, even as your eyes stay focused on the road ahead!
With a performance of Julia Wolfe's "Anthracite Fields" coming right up at Carnegie Hall on December 1, it's fun to think about all we've done this year. Since January alone, Bang on a Can in its many forms has been to Portland, DC, Nantes, Krems, Knoxville, New Jersey (!), all over China, Charleston, Baltimore, Berlin, Holland, Houston, Vail, Sydney, Melbourne, the Berkshires, Scranton, Delaware and more. Recordings, broadcasts, commissions, live streams and lots of programming right here in NYC - it's all part of the ongoing experiment that we launched all those years ago.
And it never, ever gets old.
To another incredible year!!!
Please be sure to note in the comment field on the donation page if you would like your gift to go to a specific program. Just write "marathon" or "peoples commissioning fund" or "banglewood" or "found sound nation" or...well, you get the idea!
Gifts up to $100
First, we send you all our love and appreciation! Then you receive credit on the People's Commissioning Fund & Marathon concert programs and an invitation to the PCF concert's pre-show reception.
Gifts from $125 - $499
Receive the above plus VIP reserved seating FOR TWO at the People's Commissioning Fund Concert at Merkin Hall on Wednesday, March 6 2019 at Merkin Hall.
$500 - $999
Receive all of the above and TWO free CD's of your choice from sister label Cantaloupe Music
$1,000 or more
Receive all of the above and free VIP tickets to any and ALL 2018 Bang on a Can concerts and events.