We're launching our season at the Noguchi Museum!
First up, Miles Okazaki performs Work: the compositions of Thelonious Monk for solo guitar. Miles Okazaki was armed only with his solo guitar when he recorded all 70 known compositions by Thelonious Monk. It’s an undertaking of such ambition, even Monk never got there. Okazaki speaks of the work in visual, special terms – “It’s like a crystal…it’s got all these angles inside of it…It’s three-dimensional…And it’s African rhythmically.”

June 9, 3pm, Free.

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Bang on a Can joins Doug Varone and Dancers for: "in the shelter of the fold / epilogue"
In an intricately woven tapestry of sound, shape, momentum, and stillness, choreographer Doug Varone and his 13-member ensemble contemplate our private and public relationship to faith. in the shelter of the fold / epilogue comprises six interconnected vignettes, featuring original music by Lesley Flanigan, Julia Wolfe, David Lang, Raz Mesinai, and Kevin Keller, masterfully interpreted by Flanigan, PUBLIQuartet, and the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Drawing upon Varone’s own personal questions about prayer as both a spiritual and secular dialogue, this episodic work digs deep to ask how and why we find shelter in the unknown.

4 shows, June 5, 6, 7, 8 at 7:30pm

The Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Field Recordings on May 16 at the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville in Quebec!

And on May 23, Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum present Meredith Monk!

More info on these shows and all our upcoming events.

HONORING ELIZABETH DILLER

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
The Lepercq Space at BAM
30 Lafayette Street, Brooklyn, NYC

  • 6pm Cocktails

  • 7pm Dinner & Concert

  • 8pm Awards & More Music

Bang on a Can comes to Denver on April 12 and Dallas on April 15, including a performance of Michael Gordon's Big Space (Denver) and Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields (Dallas)

More info on our events page

The Bang on a Can Media Workshop at MASS MoCA is an exploration of contemporary music criticism and journalism taking place from July 27-Aug 5, 2019.

“One of the most meaningful and impactful experiences of my writing career thus far.”  - Maggie Molloy 2018 participant

Bang on a Can, our special guest faculty, John Schaefer (of WNYC's New Sounds), Will Robin (writer and musicologist), and 4 writers in the early stages of their careers will gather at MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA) to explore the role of criticism and journalism in today's dynamic contemporary music scene. 

The aim of the workshop is to help writers generate a vocabulary, syntax, and context that is most useful for readers/ listeners and to make modern music and criticism more accessible, welcoming, and exciting to all audiences.

Applications are due March 28.

The Peoples Commisioning Fund Concert is Bang on a Can's annual performance of world premieres commissioned by our fans especially for the All-Stars! We'll present new works by Josue Collado, Nicole Lizee, Trevor Weston, and Henry Threadgill, and will also be performing classics from Annie Gosfield, Andrew Dreyblatt and Glenn Branca. We are delighted to be part of the Ecstatic Music Festival, and to have this performance hosted by John Schaefer and New Sounds Live.

David Lang returns to the LA Opera with the west coast premiere of his intimate work for baritone, piano and chamber ensemble - the loser - starring baritone Rod Gilfry 

Music, libretto and stage direction: David Lang
Text adapted from the novel by Thomas Bernhard, translated from German by Jack Dawson

Scenery: Jim Findlay
Costumes: Suzanne Bocanegra
Lighting: Jennifer Tipton

Two shows, Feb 22 and Feb 23