Presented as part of Westminster’s Transforming Space project, the All-Stars and the Westminster Choir perform Julia Wolfe's Pulitzer prize winning oratorio Anthracite Fields, in the monumental space of the Roebling Wireworks in Trenton, NJ. Staging for this performance by Doug Varone!

Pre-Performance Talk for both April 21 and 22 shows at 7:15 p.m - Julia Wolfe, conductor Joe Miller and historian and preservationist Clifford Zink will present a talk about Anthracite Fields, the significance of the performance site and the Transforming Space project before each performance. Coal from the Anthracite mines played a vital role in Trenton's industrial success, which inspired the slogan "Trenton Makes, the World Takes."

The Bang on a Can All-Stars and special guests perform the music of Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, as part of the project curated by Steve Reich - Three Generations - celebrating his 80th birthday! 

Carnegie Hall on April 19!

Bang on a Can All-Stars

Kelli Kathman, Flute
Roberta Michel, Flute
Peter Hess, Saxophones
David Friend, Keyboard
Michael Gordon, Keyboard
Nathan Koci, Accordion
Todd Reynolds, Violin
Gregg August, Bass


JACK Quartet


DAVID LANG cheating, lying, stealing
JULIA WOLFE Early That Summer

Performance includes a discussion with Steve Reich, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Michael Gordon


Our Bang on a Can All-Stars and Julia Wolfe head to the heart of coal country for two big productions of Pulitzer Prize winner Anthracite Fields. First at Penn State on Thursday the 30th of March, and then at Bucknell University on Saturday April 1. The two central Pennsylvania shows are close enough together you could go to both and emulate the great tradition of following favorite bands on the road!

Bang on a Can All-Stars perform on the Warhol Museum's Sound Series, performing music from the Field Recordings project at the Carnegie Lecture Hall.


Julia Wolfe, Reeling
Christian Marclay, Fade to Slide [with film]
Michael Gordon, Gene Takes a Drink [with film by Bill Morrison]
David Lang, unused swan 
Steve Reich, The Cave of Machpelah (excerpt from The Cave)
Tyondai Braxton, Casino Trem
Jóhann Jóhannsson, Hz [with film]
Gabriella Smith, Panitao
Bryce Dessner, Letter 27
Anna Clyne, A Wonderful Day 
Nick Zammuto, Real Beauty Turns

The Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Field Recordings at Georgia Tech on March 11!

Julia Wolfe, Reeling
Florent Ghys, An Open Cage
Michael Gordon, Gene Takes a Drink with film by Bill Morrison
Christian Marclay, Fade to Slide with film by Christian Marclay
David Lang, unused swan
Tyondai Braxton, Casino Trem
Jóhann Jóhannsson, Hz with film
Todd Reynolds, Seven Sundays
Steve Reich, The Cave of Machpelah
Bryce Dessner, Letter 27 with film
Anna Clyne, A Wonderful Day

Julia Wolfe and the Bang on a Can All-Stars are bringing Anthracite Fields to Illinois!

Illinois - March 3

Krannert Center at University of Illinois


Coming up in Feb - Asphalt Orchestra's Berlin debut as part of the "Festival USA" at the Konzerthaus Berlin! In addition to the late night show on Feb 17, we'll be popping up in locations and times tba on Feb 16. 

On the program:

Frank Zappa, Zomby Woof (arr Peter Hess)
Thomas Mapfumo,  Ngoma Yekwedu (arr Alex Hamlin)
Charles Mingus,  The Shoes of the Fisherman's Wife Are Some Jive Ass Slippers (arr Jose Davila)
Ken Thomson, Turn Around
Meredith Monk, St Petersburg Waltz (arr Ken Thomson)
tUnE-yArDs/Merrill Garbus, Bizness (arr Ken Thomson)
Michael Gordon, Tree-oh (arr Ken Thomson)
Pixies/Kim Deal, Gigantic (arr Nathan Koci)
Ivo Papasov, Ivo's Ruchenitsa (arr Peter Hess)

30th Anniversary BANG ON A CAN MARATHON

Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 2-10pm
8 hours of Live Music!

We'll have a live stream of the performance via Little Dog Live.

For the whole schedule head to the Events Page.

part of Target First Saturday at Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY
Admission: FREE with Museum admission

Suggested donation $16 before 5pm; free after 5pm courtesy of Target First Saturdays.

In our 30th year, Bang on a Can is committed more than ever to an increasing and inclusive worldwide community dedicated to innovation through music – a world where ideas flow freely across boundaries whether they are musical, geographical, spiritual. Expressed another way:

“Thirty years ago we started dreaming of the world we wanted to live in. It would be a kind of utopia for music: all the boundaries between composers would come down, all the boundaries between genres would come down, all the boundaries between musicians and audience would come down. Then we started trying to build it. Building a utopia is a political act – it pushes people to change. It is also an act of resistance to the things that keep us apart.”  - Gordon/Lang/Wolfe

To celebrate 30 in style, Bang on a Can comes to Brooklyn with its annual incomparable super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the world! The 2017 Bang on a Can Marathon will feature 8 hours of rare performances by some of the most innovative musicians of our time side-by-side with some of today’s most pioneering young artists.

Highlights of the 2017 30th Anniversary Bang on a Can Marathon include the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble directed by Timothy Weiss, playing Dutch composer Louis Andriessen’s hard-driving Platonic masterpiece De Staat (“The Republic”), written as a commentary on the debate about the relation of music to politics; Brooklyn’s historic and mesmerizing Pan In Motion playing music by composer Kendall Williams; Bang on a Can co-founder and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe’s folk ballad Steel Hammer, based on over 200 versions of the John Henry ballad, a quintessential American legend of the laborers that worked the railroad; renowned saxophonist, composer, painter, and poet Oliver Lake, co-founder of the internationally acclaimed World Saxophone Quartet; Joan La Barbara’s A Murmuration for Chibok, which honors and keeps in the present over 250 school girls abducted in Chibok, Nigeria by Boko Haram in 2014, performed by the award-winning Young People’s Chorus of NYC, led by Francisco Nuñez; New York’s legendary and inspirational composer-singer Meredith Monk leading the women of her acclaimed vocal ensemble in a set of shimmering a cappella pieces from her work-in-progress, Cellular Songs; Bang on a Can’s extreme mobile ensemble Asphalt Orchestra performing music by Merrill Garbus/ tUnE-yArDs, Kim Deal/Pixies, and more; a rare solo set by Pulitzer-prize winning composer-singer-violinist Caroline Shaw; Amir ElSaffar’s Two Rivers Ensemble, an all-star sextet of jazz and Middle Eastern musicians that blends maqam music of Iraq and contemporary jazz; the distinctive and exceptional indie-guitarist Kaki King; the powerful grooves of Women's Raga Massive; the New York premiere of Michael Gordon’s No Anthem; the ambient music world of Laraaji; the Moroccan grooves of Brooklyn’s Innov Gnawa; the Brooklyn premiere of David Lang’s Just, featured in last year’s Oscar nominated film Youth by Paolo Sorrentino, and more. 

PLUS Bang on a Can’s social engagement wing Found Sound Nation hosts its Street Studio  from 5-9pm- a mobile recording studio equipped for passersby and Marathon musicians alike to spontaneously create and record original music!

Lead Marathon support by ASCAP

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