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Bang on a Can announces the launch of LONG PLAY, a new, three-day destination music festival, presented for the first time from Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 3, 2020. Featuring dozens of concerts, LONG PLAY also showcases a dense network of pioneering music venues in Brooklyn – with performances at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Roulette, Public Records, ShapeShifter Lab, Littlefield, Brooklyn Music School, BAM Lepercq Space, outdoor events at The Plaza at 300 Ashland, and more. Festival passes and special early bird offers will be available now at

Tell the world that the experience of lifetime is a just a free, short application away. 

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) is a 3-week musical utopia for innovative composers and performers in the beautiful Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts. The program is dedicated entirely to adventurous contemporary music. 2020 Special Guest Artists - KRONOS QUARTET!

Festival dates: July 13-Aug 3, 2020

APPLCATIONS ONLINE NOW, and due Jan 7, 2020

Join us at Merkin Hall on January 28 for the 2020 Peoples Commissioning Fund Concert, pesented by Ecstatic Music and hosted by John Schaefer and New Sounds Live.

The All-Stars will perform world premieres by:

Amanda Berlind
Alvin Curran
Hildur Guđnadóttir
Qasim Naqvi

Plus Phil Kline's Exquisite Corpses (a 1998 PCF commission!) and Julius Eastman's Stay On It.


Hard to believe how quick we have a recording to share! 

From the NY Philharmonic comes a live recording of Julia Wolfe's profound "Fire in my mouth", a heartfelt tribute to the lives of the women of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and the activists who changed history as a result.


Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble and Bang on a Can All-Stars perform MEMORY GAME at Big Ears 2020!

Meredith Monk and Bang on a Can have been on a rich and lively musical ride together for over 30 years and now have an evening-length series of songs called  MEMORY GAME to share with the world. Join us at Big Ears Festival for a weekend full of world-class music, art, film, and more! Tickets on sale now.

The Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival (at 300 Ashland Plaza, corner of Flatbush and Lafayette) is an annual celebration of Downtown Brooklyn’s cultural community and the artists, writers, and performers who inspire the borough’s creative spirit. The Oct 4-6 festival will host free, special programming, including theater, poetry, dance, music, and performance, from some of Brooklyn’s most celebrated cultural organizations. 

Saturday, October 5 is DBAF’s Community Day, offering several hands-on activities with artists and institutions, including Mark Stewart’s Orchestra of Original Instruments, an instrument-building workshop led by guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Mark Stewart (Bang on a Can All-Stars) to create instruments and sound-makers from ordinary materials that will lead into an interactive, group fanfare performance.

At 4:30pm, Asphalt Orchestra, Bang on a Can’s radical street band that brings ambitious processional music to the mobile masses, performs their singular takes on music by the Pixies, Thomas Mapfumo, Charles Mingus, Frank Zappa, and more. 

It's all FREE!

3-4:30 Mark Stewart's Orchestra of Original Instruments

4:30 Asphalt Orchestra