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

First Fridays with Robert Black – Fri, Oct 1

First Fridays with Robert Black
October 1, 2021 at 12 noon ET

PROGRAM: “20th Century Giants” 
John Cage – 59 1/2” (1953)
Elliott Carter – Figment III (2007)
Giacinto Scelsi – Mantram (undated)
Iannis Xenakis – Theraps (1976)

We’re back with Season 2 of First Fridays with Robert Black! This month’s program brings you “classic” pieces from some of the 20th Century’s major composers: John Cage’s minute-long piece jammed packed with squawks, squeaks, thumps, bumps and plenty of silence, the intense and dense lyricism of Elliott Carter, Giacinto Scelsi’s eastern tinged melismatic mantra, and a mind-boggling, Herculean epic from Iannis Xenakis.

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, tickets, and LiveStream

L’Rain at the Noguchi Museum – Sept 24!

On Friday, September 24, 2021 at 6:30pm, Bang on a Can and The Noguchi Museum present the next concert in our Artists at Noguchi season. Celebrating our eleventh season of collaboration, the Bang on a Can | Artists at Noguchi series features musicians performing an inclusive blend of music from across genres and across the world.

Under the mononym, L’Rain, Brooklyn native Taja Cheek has quickly become an acclaimed figure in New York experimental music. A multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and vocalist, her songs are equally rooted in r&b, jazz, noise, and pop, at once visceral, spiritual, ethereal, and urgent. Her performances are informed by her interest in the history of contemporary art and the legacy of downtown performance in New York City. She is particularly interested in exploring the complex nuance of black grief and its proximity to black joy, using voice memos and other manipulated samples recorded in her hometown as inspiration and source material.

MORE INFO AT THE NOGUCHI MUSEUM WEBSITE

Bang on a Can | Artists at Noguchi – Jessica Pavone – Aug 13

Friday, August 13, 2021
Doors 6:15pm | Performance 6:30pm–7:30pm
The Noguchi Museum | 9-01 33rd Road | Long Island City, NY
www.noguchi.org/bangonacan

Celebrating our eleventh season of collaboration, on Friday, Bang on a Can and The Noguchi Museum present the first of three concerts in the 2021 Artists at Noguchi season, a monthly series of performances in the Museum’s garden and galleries.  On August 13, violist and composer Jessica Pavone will present an acoustic program of original music for solo viola. The New York Times has described Pavone’s music as “distinct and beguiling…its core is steely, and its execution clear.” Her indeterminate pieces for solo viola stem from years of concentrated long tone practice and an interest in repetition, song form, and the interplay between musical instrument and the human body. She combines her long-tone rituals with delay, understated melodies, and sparse lyrical content while continuously experimenting with new forms within the music. The compositions are informed by her physical relationship to her instrument and the role the body plays in the sound and intention. In 2011, Pavone was featured in NPR’s “The Mix: 100 Composers Under 40” and The Wire magazine has since praised her “ability to transform a naked tonal gesture into something special.”

This 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 are required.

The Bang on a Can | Artists at Noguchi series features musicians performing an inclusive blend of music from across genres and across the world. Concerts in September and October will be announced soon.

First Fridays with Robert Black – Aug 6

August 6, 2021 at 12 noon ET

PROGRAM

Jakhongir Shukur: Potter’s Wheel
Carman Moore: STALLION
James Sellars: Prelude from Suite

The August edition of First Fridays with Robert Black brings you three master compositions by three master composers – Jakhongir Shukur’s Potter’s Wheel, a gently beguiling perpetual motion machine, Carman Moore’s STALLION, a charming and witty gallop, and the achingly beautiful Prelude by James Sellars from his 5 movement Suite.  A program guaranteed to touch the heart, titillate the mind, and make you smile.

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.

First Fridays with Robert Black

Daily Concerts @ MASS MoCA – Now thru July 29

If you are lucky enough to visit MASS MoCA In the coming days you are likely to hear sounds coming from every nook and cranny. But at 1:30 and 4:30 PM the fellows and faculty of the summer festival present extraordinary music to the public, free with museum admission. Best of all, these uncommon performances happen in and among the art itself.

FRIDAY, JULY 30

1:30 (Wardwell Gallery)

ams by Nathan Bales

Raina Arnett (violin), Brian Krock (clarinet), Emma Antonides (viola), Annaliese Kowert (violin), Lila Meretzky (piano), Camellia Aftahi (bass)

haven’t yet by Luke Ellwood

Luke Ellwood (clarinet), Raina Arnett (violin), Emma Antonides (viola), Nick Photinos (cello)

 

LOUD Weekend @ MASS MoCA – Special Guests Kronos Quartet!

Bang on a Can and MASS MoCA Present
LOUD Weekend

Friday, July 30 & Saturday, July 31, 2021

We’re back! We’re live! We’re LOUD WEEKEND! This year we welcome our friends the Kronos Quartet, the intrepid troubadours of experimental music who come bearing ear-bending world premieres by Terry Riley, Mary Kouyoumdjian and Sky Macklay.  We pay tribute to Martin Bresnick, a shining light of American music celebrating his 75th birthday.  We open the second LW as we did the first, with the overlooked, and now newly discovered minimalist giant Julius Eastman.  We walk into the wondrous world of Dana Jessen and her switched-on bassoon featuring George Lewis’s ground-shaking Seismologic.  We welcome the joyous jazz-infused music of singer/violinist Mazz Swift.  We take an other-worldly trip into Gérard Grisey’s Vortex TemporumRobert Honstein takes us on an exquisite sonic walking tour through the rooms of his childhood home.  We are transported into the voices, songs and stories that run through Nathalie Joachim’s powerful Famn d’Ayiti.  And so much more!

We pay special tribute to our friend and mentor, the late-great Louis Andriessen.  And we are honored to present the world premiere of one of Frederic Rzewski’s last compositions, Amoramaro, which he wrote for the amazing pianist Lisa Moore.

We spent the pandemic presenting 10 online solo marathons – commissioning composers, supporting musicians, doing what we could to keep the experimental music world alive.  Running throughout Loud Weekend are 19 of these Pandemic Solos, all receiving their first performances in front of a live audience, all commissioned by Bang on a Can. Plus – a highlight of every summer – world premieres by the newest freshest voices of the Composer Fellows!

FULL SCHEDULE

A fully loaded, 2-day, eclectic super-mix of minimal, experimental and electronic music

General Admission 2-Day Pass $95; Preferred 2-Day Pass $150

MASS MoCA Member Pre-sale Thursday, June 24 at 12pm EDT

General Tickets Available Friday, June 25 at 12pm EDT

TICKETS

Bang on a Can LOUD Weekend at MASS MoCA hourly schedule (subject to change):

Friday, July 30, 2021: 4pm-11pm

3:30pm

O of OI (The Orchestra of Original Instruments)

[Front Courtyard]

4:00pm

JULIUS EASTMAN, Femenine 

[Hunter Center]

5;30pm

LISA MOORE plays FREDERIC RZEWSKI’s Amoramaro (World Premiere) and more

Philip Glass Mad Rush | Don Byron Seven Etudes | Frederic Rzewski Amoramaro | Martin Bresnick Ishi’s Song, Bundists 

[Building 6 Event Space]

5:30pm

ARLEN HLUSKO plays “The Pandemic Solos”, commissioned by Bang on a Can

World premieres by Gabriel Kahane, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Leyla McCalla [Spencer Finch Gallery]

6:45pm

MARTIN BRESNICK 75TH BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE

Martin Bresnick Caprichos Enfaticos and Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano 

[Hunter Center]

8:15pm

Bang on a Can Summer Festival Faculty play “The Pandemic Solos”, commissioned by Bang on a Can

TODD REYNOLDS plays world premiere by Dai Wei and music by Paul De Jong

LAUREN RADNOFSKY plays world premiere by Brad Lubman

GREGG AUGUST plays world premiere by Ailie Robertson

[Club B10]

8:15pm

BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS play music by Louis Andriessen, Philip Glass, and Meredith Monk

Meredith Monk Spaceship (arr. Michael Gordon) | Louis Andriessen Workers Union | Philip Glass Closing (arr. Michael Riesman)

[Building 6 Event Space]

9:00pm

KRONOS QUARTET plays music by Jlin, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Tanya Tagaq, Stacy Garrop, Mary Kouyoumdjian*, Abel Meeropol, Antonio Haskell, Jacob Garchick (*world premiere)[Hunter Center]

10:15pm

GÉRARD GRISEY, Vortex Temporum

[Building 6 Event Space]

10:15pm

BANDA DE LOS MUERTOS

[The Chalet]

Saturday, July 31, 2021: 10:30am-11pm

10:30am 

“Listening Session” with DAVID HARRINGTON (Kronos Quartet)

[Club B10]

11:00am

ROBERT BLACK plays “The Pandemic Solos”, commissioned by Bang on a Can

World premieres by Žibuoklė Martinaitytė, Jakhongir Shukur, María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir

[Building 6 Events Space]

12:00pm

NEWEST VOICES WORLD PREMIERE COMPOSER CONCERT

Music by Nathan Bales, Erich Barganier, Christian Quiñones, Theo Baer, Melika Fitzhugh, Brian Krock, Lila Meretzky

[Hunter Center]

1:45pm

DANA JESSEN plays Through a Fragile Traverse with video by Eli Stine

Dana Jessen, Through a Fragile Traverse plus George Lewis, Seismologic 

[Club B10]

2:00pm

MICHAEL GORDON, Weather One | DAVID LANG, almost all the time

[Building 6 Events Space]

3:00pm

STEVE REICH, Quartet | JULIA WOLFE, Dark Full Ride

[Hunter Center]

4:00pm

ROBERT HONSTEIN, Soul House

[Building 6 Events Space]

4:15pm

SHELLEY WASHINGTON, Uniforms, Silk, Big Talk 

[Club B10]

5:00pm

NATHALIE JOACHIM sings Fanm d’Ayiti

[Hunter Center]

6:00pm

BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS play “The Pandemic Solos”, commissioned by Bang on a Can

World premieres by Anna Clyne, Nick Dunston, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Aeryn Santillan.

[Club B10]

6:00pm

BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS play “The Pandemic Solos”, commissioned by Bang on a Can

World premieres by Leila Adu, Jeffrey Brooks, Sophie Cash, Florent Ghys, Trevor Weston.

[Hunter Center]

7:00pm

15-minute POP UP TBA?

7:30pm

KRONOS QUARTET plays music by Nicole Lizee, Terry Riley*, Soo Yeon Lyuh, Bryce Dessner, Sky Macklay*, Michael Gordon (*world premiere)

[Hunter Center]

9:00pm

MAZZ SWIFT

[Club B10]

9:00pm

SOO-YEON LYUH plays music for the Haegum

[The Chalet]

10:00pm

BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS play TERRY RILEY, Autodreamographical Tales

[Hunter Center]

“I’ve rarely witnessed such a seamless melding of art and music.” – New York Magazine

“nothing could have prepared me for the whirlwind…” – The Boston Globe