Télévision, the newest album from long-time Bang on a Can collaborator Florent Ghys, is out now on Cantaloupe Music!

Télévision traverses classical forms, musique concrète, samples and sci-fi, delivering a multi-media experience warping the very edges of contemporary music.  

As Ghys himself describes it, “Télévision is about weather reports, digital music, plastic beauty, synesthesia, and dance.” All 13 pieces were composed, played, recorded, and filmed by Ghys — he plays, performs and perpetrates double bass, applause, bass drum, editing, guitar, hair dryers, hand claps, hi-hat, Max programming, mouth hi-hat, piano, shakers, snare, solfège, video, voice and weather reports.

Applications for the 2016 Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA are online now, due January 14!

From July 11 - July 30, 2016 we will head to the Berkshire mountains of MA for a three-week utopian residency for innovative composers and performers of contemporary music at one of the foremost US contemporary art museums, MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art).

The Festival includes daily recitals in the galleries (1:30pm M-F; 4:30 M-Sat.), daily rehearsals and composition seminars on topics including the business of music and technology; special guest artists; concerts in the community; and the festival finale -- the "Marathon" -- a six-hour musical celebration. 

Our special guest artist for the 2016 festival is John Luther Adams.

Out now on Cantaloupe Music: Asphalt Plays Pixies: Surfer Rosa, the latest album from our radical street band!

The Pixies released Surfer Rosa – the band’s first full-length record – in 1988. A cult hit then, the album’s influence has grown to mammoth proportions over the years; it is now considered one of the most important recordings of its time.  

Asphalt Orchestra takes the originals both literally and inspirationally, discovering a new direction for exhilarating acoustic music by paying tribute to a modern monument with "inventive, idiomatic arrangements.” (The New York Times

Bang on a Can continues its season-long partnership with The Jewish Museum, presenting a series of dynamic musical performances from June 2014 to May 2015 inspired by the Museum’s diverse slate of exhibitions.

November 6 features renowned jazz saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Steve Coleman and friends Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet, and Anthony Tidd, bass, in a rare appearance without percussion accompaniment. The performance coincides with the Museum’s exhibition, From the Margins: Lee Krasner | Norman Lewis, 1945-1952.

The Bang on a Can All-Stars bring Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer to New York's Winter Garden at Brookfield Place featuring special guest vocalists Katie Geissinger, Emily Eagan, and Molly Quinn.

Inspired by Wolfe's love for the music and lore of Appalachia, Steel Hammer is based on over 200 versions of the John Henry ballad, exploring the subject of human vs. machine in the quintessential American legend. 

OneBeat goes West: Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation brings 25 musicians from 16 countries around the world to the U.S. for one month to collaboratively compose, produce, and perform original music and develop strategies for social engagement through music.

The program begins with a two-week residency from October 8-21 at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, CA, and continues with a two-week tour featuring performances, youth workshops, and public music-making events in Los Angeles, Arizona, and New Mexico

This fall, Bang on a Can's exhilarating marching band Asphalt Orchestra releases its latest performance, Asphalt Orchestra Plays Pixies: Surfer Rosa, on Cantaloupe Music! Praised by The New York Times as 'inventive, idiomatic arrangements,” the Asphalt album pays tribute to the groundbreaking original and its influence permeating most walks of musical life. 

In celebration of the release, the band will journey to Oklahoma State (September 12), performing selections from the album alongside classic band tunes.

This September, the Bang on a Can All-Stars kick off the 2014/15 season returning for the fourth consecutive year to Krakow’s Sacrum Profanum Festival

The September 17 concert features the All-Stars with Sonic Youth stalwart Lee Ranaldo (performing his work How Deep Are Rivers written for the band via the People's Commissioning Fund); the All-Stars with Polish new jazz DJ Skalpel (playing Philip Glass' early work Two Pages), and PCF-commissioned Field Recordings works by Richard Reed Parry, Alvin Lucier, Daniel Wohl, and Dan Deacon.