On September 16 and 17, the Bang on a Can All-Stars return for the third consecutive year to the Sacrum Profanum Festival in Krakow, Poland, performing their legendary arrangement of Brian Eno’s Music for Airports and a set from their ever-growing multimedia performance Field Recordings. In Krakow, the All-Stars perform a new addition to Field Recordings by composer/guitarist Bryce Dessner of The National, alongside music by Jóhann Jóhannsson, Julia Wolfe, Florent Ghys, Christian Marclay, Todd Reynolds, Tyondai Braxton, Mira Calix, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Steve Reich, and Nick Zammuto. Braxton and Calix join the All-Stars onstage for the performance. More information and tickets here.
This fall our exhilarating marching band Asphalt Orchestra brings its infectious energy to the stage in Unpack the Elephant, featuring music by Frank Zappa, David Byrne and Annie Clark, Björk, and music by members of the ensemble. Touring coast to coast throughout September and October, Unpack the Elephant made its first fall appearances in Kansas, New Hampshire, and California, and continues on to the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA on October 26. Guerrilla flash performances also pop up all along the way—stay tuned to @Asphalt_Orch on Twitter for the latest news.
This week, Found Sound Nation's OneBeat returns to New York City, brining its signature international sound to Brooklyn's Irondale on October 5 for a blow-out tour finale Marathon!
OneBeat is an international cultural exchange that celebrates the transformative power of the arts in partnership with the U.S. Department of State. Beginning in early September, the second annual OneBeat has brought together 25 musicians from 16 countries around the world for four weeks to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music. OneBeat 2013 began with a two-week residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida (Sept. 9-21), followed by a two-week tour of the Eastern seaboard featuring performances, youth workshops, and public music-making events in Charleston, SC (Sept. 22-25); Durham, NC (Sept. 26-28); Floyd, VA (Sept. 29-30); Washington, DC (Sept. 30-Oct. 2); and New York, NY (Oct. 2-5). More information and tickets here.
On August 23, the Bang on a Can All-Stars perform their ongoing major multimedia project Field Recordings at the Edinburgh International Festival!
The performance marks the UK premieres of new additions to the evening-length project written by Todd Reynolds, Anna Clyne, and Jóhann Jóhannsson, plus the world premiere of a new arrangement by Steve Reich of his The Cave of Machpelah (an excerpt from The Cave). Field Recordings also includes music by Tyondai Braxton, Mira Calix (appearing live with the All-Stars), Florent Ghys, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Christian Marclay, Julia Wolfe, and Nick Zammuto.
More information and tickets here.
Thanks to 204 generous donors, we have successfully reached our fundraising goal to create Possessed, Robert Black's soon-to-be multimedia release on Cantaloupe Music!
Thank you for your generosity in making the project a reality. Release details coming this fall!
This Saturday, the Bang on a Can All-Stars celebrate the summer season with two outdoor concerts on Governors Island (1pm & 3pm), bringing their polyrhythmic virtuosity and all-world versatility to the Rite of Summer Music Festival!
The All-Stars will showcase the core Bang on a Can sound with a program featuring an uncategorizable supermix of music by Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, alongside genre-busting works by frequent collaborators Louis Andriessen, Thurston Moore, and Steve Reich.
Both concerts are FREE; July 14 raindate. More information, including directions to Governors Island, here.
Asphalt Orchestra returned to Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival on July 28, giving the world premiere of the new project ASPHALT ORCHESTRA PLAYS THE PIXIES: SURFER ROSA, honoring the ground breaking album’s 25th anniversary.
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.
From July 17- August 3 we returned to MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) for our 12th Annual Summer Music Festival, a utopian residency program dedicated entirely to the creation, study, and performance of the most adventurous music of our time.
Performance highlights of the three-week intensive included daily recitals in the museum galleries at 1:30pm (M-F) & 4:30pm (M-Sat) (free with museum admission) featuring festival faculty and fellows; Bang on a Can All-Stars and special guests performing Julia Wolfe’s mesmerizing evening-length art ballad Steel Hammer on Saturday, July 27; the Composer Premiere Concert on Monday, July 29 showcasing brand new works written by the Summer Festival composition fellows; and the 12th Bang on a Can Marathon at MASS MoCA, the annual 6-hour day-night boundary-busting festival concert featuring 50+ musicians and composers from around the world, which closes the Festival on Saturday, August 3.
Thank you for all the fellows, faculty, and fans who joined us! Stay tuned for application information for the 2014 festival coming in the fall.