New Year! New Hope! New Commissions! On February 21, Bang on a Can presents an entire marathon of PREMIERES! 16 brand new works by 16 pioneering composers. Tune in to hear 4 hours of nonconformist, noncommercial, mind-blowing music. Alvin Lucier!  Jennifer Walshe! Matthew Shipp! Ingrid Laubrock! Gabriel Kahane! and many many more.

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.

More info on the Feb 5 program coming soon

Bang on a Can, BOMB Magazine and the Jewish Museum present:

Laraaji and L'Rain in conversation, featuring a live performance by Laraaji
Thursday, February 4th, 2021 7:30pm streaming at live.bangonacan.org 

Laraaji and L’Rain are both long champions of NYC’s DIY scenes, whose music represents two distinct voices in the evolution of ambient music.

Laraaji’s unique approach to music making has led to his renown as a composer, experimentalist, and mystic. His criterion album Day of Radiance, volume 3 of BrianEno’s iconic Ambient series, remains a touchstone of meditative music as well as long form solo improvisation.

L’Rain is the mononym of Brooklyn based multi-instrumentalist Taja Cheek whose songs enigmatically blend spiritual music, tape loops, pop and RnB.

Bang on a Can, and BOMB Magazine will present L’Rain and Laraaji in conversation at the Jewish Museum. In addition to an artist discussion, the event will feature a live concert performance by Laraaji from his home studio in New York City.

Bang on a Can means a lot of things to us.  It means live performance in front of enthusiastic audiences, which none of us can really have right now.  It means music-curious people rubbing elbows with each other, in packed concert halls, talking to each other about the role that music plays in their lives, which we can't have now either.  But it also means supporting a community of artists, commissioning new work from composers, providing live paid performance opportunities to amazing musicians, and introducing listeners worldwide to music that can change their lives. Those are things we can do now!  And they are things we need now. We are all waiting for the world to heal, but until it does, we all have to do what we can.  

Thank you so much for your support of our mission.

Marathons 2020: May 3, June 14, Aug 16, Oct 18 

24 Hours of Music!

90+ Performances, 130+ Performers and Composers!

Bang on a Can means a lot of things to us. It means live performance in front of enthusiastic audiences, which none of us can really have right now. It means music-curious people rubbing elbows with each other, in packed concert halls, talking to each other about the role that music plays in their lives, which we can't have now either. But it also means supporting a community of artists, commissioning new work from composers, providing live paid performance opportunities to amazing musicians, and introducing listeners worldwide to music that can change their lives. Those are things we can do now! And they are things we need now. We are all waiting for the world to heal, but until it does, we all have to do what we can.

Since May we have presented four 6-hour Marathon concerts live online - 24 hours of uncompromisingly adventurous, searching music, including 31 brand new works commissioned and premiered from musicians' homes around the country and across the world, played by some of the most amazing performers on the planet. In all, Bang on a Can signed more than 150 paychecks to working composers and performers to create and play the music on these marathons and in this new virtual world we've been able to curate and commission more widely than ever. The breadth of composition, creativity, and performance has been astounding. And we are just getting started.

To date we’ve aired each live performance once. Having recently looked through the 90+ performances and interviews, we are inspired to share all of the music and conversations in an end-of-year celebration - a testimonial and toast to the amazing creativity and perseverance of our global music community during 2020. To our audiences and friends worldwide - you’ve always been there for us, part of a family of listeners, supporters, donors, ambassadors and advocates; we hope you enjoy this music and please consider making a contribution so we can do more.
 

First Fridays with Robert Black returns on Janary 1, 2021!

More info coming soon

Bang on a Can is excited to present the OneBeat Marathon – Live Online – on Sunday, November 15, 2020 from 12-4pm ET, curated by Found Sound Nation, its social engagement wing. Over four hours the OneBeat Marathon will feature live-streamed multimedia performances by musicians from 14 countries stretching over five continents to transport audiences to a paradigm-bending sonic universe.

OneBeat, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and produced by Found Sound Nation, is redefining music diplomacy.  For the past decade, OneBeat residency programs have convened young pioneering musicians from across the world to dive into the musical unknown together and build a global network of artists committed to civic discourse. The OneBeat Marathon will begin a year-long celebration of online events and programs to commemorate OneBeat’s 10th anniversary in 2021.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 8pm ET
Virtual performance followed by Q & A with the artists
Free - No advance registration required.

Celebrating their tenth year of collaboration, on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 8pm ET, Bang on a Can and The Noguchi Museum present excerpts from Duet Behavior 2020 by Meredith Monk and John Hollenbeck, a first-time performance of Monk’s music as it has never been experienced. Through a conversational approach, long-time friends and colleagues Monk and Hollenbeck will expand and improvise on pieces from across Monk’s 50+ year catalogue, combining her pioneering vocal magic with his inventive and masterful percussion to generate new arrangements of Monk’s iconic compositions.

The duets were performed together but from separate locations – Hollenbeck in Montreal and Monk in upstate New York – using Zoom for the visuals and Jamulus, a tool which enables musicians to perform in real-time over the internet, for the sound. The resulting video presentation was produced by The House Foundation for the Arts.

The Noguchi Museum's director Brett Littman will join Monk and Hollenbeck for a Q & A via Zoom after the performance.