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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.  

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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.
 

OneBeat Marathon – a Global Celebration – November 15

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.

Bang on a Can and The Noguchi Museum present Meredith Monk & John Hollenbeck – Oct 28

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.

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First Fridays with Robert Black continue November 6

First Fridays with Robert Black continues on Friday November 6, 2020 with some trippy music from Australia.  First up will be music from Young Green Tree – Song of the Republic by Colin Bright.  This music, inspired by the 1887 Henry Lawson nationalist poem of the same title, is itself under the spell of the vast timelessness of the Outback.   Kate Moore’s The Hermit Thrush and the Astronaut rounds out the show.  Full of buzzing, didgeridoo-like energy, it is inspired by “the infinitely varied birdsong of the hermit thrush and the stone engraving of an astronaut on the door of the Salamanca cathedral in Spain – it is something ancient, something modern, something timeless.” 

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 (EDT).  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.

Robert Black launches "First Friday" concert series Oct 2!

Bang on a Can presents First Fridays with Robert Black
Live | October 2. 2020 | 12pm (noon) EDT

PROGRAM:
Hans Werner Henze: S. Biagio 9 Agosto ore 1207 (1977)
Peter Velikonja: Uncle (1990)

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 my home studio in Hartford, Connecticut, the October 2, noon (EDT) program will include the dark, somber, brooding lyricism of Hans Werner Henze’s S. Biagio 9 Agosto Ore 1207 contrasted with the bright, mesmerizing, resonant patterns of Peter Velikonja’s Uncle.  So, 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.

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Michael Gordon's "House Music" performed by Ashley Bathgate – September 23

On Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 8pm ET, Bang on a Can presents a special one-hour live, online event featuring cellist Ashley Bathgate performing Michael Gordon’s House Music. Gordon composed House Music for Ashley, and it was written to be performed only in intimate spaces, such as a living room, for a small audience. Gordon explains his intentions behind the music: “House Music remembers the time when radio, stadium concerts and CDs did not yet exist. Music was something to enjoy in a homey atmosphere.”

House Music is an hour-long concert of virtuosic cello songs, premiered by Bathgate in The Tiny Cello House on the IJ waterfront in Amsterdam as part of the 2018 Cello Biennale Amsterdam. For this special live-stream event, she will broadcast directly from her home to yours, speaking informally, recreating the experience of being together in a living room. Tickets for this event will be limited to maintain the intimacy of a house concert. Ticket includes access to a post-show zoom meeting with the artists.

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The next live streamed Bang on a Can Marathon is October 18!

On October 18, from 3-9pm EDT Bang on a Can re-ignites with 6 hours of nonconformist, noncommercial, boundary-smashing music. We kick off at 3pm with a special birthday tribute to master composer George Crumb (91 years young!), and close off with a solo sonic adventure featuring guitarist-composer Bill Frisell.  Don’t miss 9 world premieres commissioned especially for the day, a rare solo appearance by David Longstreth (of Dirty Projectors) plus music and performances by Hauschka, Nathalie Joachim, Tania León, William Parker, Nels Cline and Yuka C. Honda, Du Yun, and many more greats.