Bang on a Can Marathon Live Online – April 18!

New Commissions! On April 18, Bang on a Can presents its 2nd entire marathon of PREMIERES! 15 brand new works by 15 pioneering composers. Tune in to hear 4 hours of nonconformist, noncommercial, mind-blowing music.  Andy Akiho! Carman Moore! Joan LaBarbara! Matana Roberts! Kelly Moran! Rudresh Mahanthappa! and so many many more.

This concert is FREE!  But please do consider purchasing a ticket. That helps us pay more players, commission more composers, and make more music.

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First Fridays with Robert Black – April 2

April’s First Fridays with Robert Black brings you large music from small countries. Experience pieces from Iceland’s Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, Lithuania’s Martinaitytė Žibuokle, and Latvia’s Krists Auznieks. Deep oceans – expansive skies – dazzling lights – music that shares a fascination with ethereal sounds and earthly sonics. Chill with the aural aurora, celebrate at the harmonics happening, immerse in the overtone orgy.

PROGRAM 

Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir – Pending
Žibuokle Martinaityte – Abyssal Zone
Krists Auznieks – Arise

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 live stream

Bang on a Can Marathon – MaerzMuzik Edition – March 21!

Bang on a Can partners with Berliner Festspiele to bring you a LIVE ONLINE MARATHON as part of the MaerzMuzik Festival of Time Issues. The concert features a bunch of über-cool artists and pieces we’ve programmed over the past year for further consumption. In previous times we’d have packed up and hauled it all to Deutschland, but now we all can enjoy the Fesival for Time Issues in, well, real time, all around the world.

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Three online shows March 5, 6, 7!

Friday, March 5, 2021 at 12pm ETFirst Fridays with Robert Black (Bang on a Can All-Stars’ bassist) – our monthly performance series launched in October 2020, which continues with music for solo bass by James Tenney, Stuart Saunders, and Rifat Komachkov.

Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 2pm ETThe live-from-Berlin viewing of celebrated German Dance Company Sasha Waltz & Guests dancing to Terry Riley’s ground-breaking score In C, featuring Bang on a Can’s critically acclaimed recording.

Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 3pm ETMichael Gordon and Bang on a Can All-Star pianist Vicky Chow host a watch party for the video premiere of Sonatra, a fiendishly and infamously difficult piano work by Gordon, with a Q&A moderated by pianist/music critic Ethan Iverson.

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First Fridays with Robert Black – Feb 5

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

Laaraji and L’Rain Live Online – Feb 4

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.

Make your year end donation here. THANK YOU!

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.

Bang on a Can 2020 Marathons – see them all again!

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.