LONG PLAY? No :( Canland? Yes :) So we've got some good news and some bad news...first the bad news. We've now spoken to all the artists and partners and can now officially confirm that the inaugural run of our LONG PLAY festival has been postponed indefinitely. As soon as the world heals to the point we can once again throw parties and concerts, we'll LOUDLY reschedule. To all ticket holders - look for an email this week regarding refunds and donations. Our ticket hub Eventbrite is working with us to make sure we respond efficiently to all requests and concerns. Since 1987 we've done our best to save, record and video as many of our programs as possible. We're now busily putting the finishing touches on an ALL ACCESS archive of all 33 years of music-making. We're calling it Canland. Our vision for Canland is that it's not just a museum-like catalog, but a meeting place for the extraordinary world we have built together over these many years, a place to connect and reconnect with the music, the composers, the performers, the experiences we've shared, and most important, with one another during this very unusual time of separation. Here's just one of the magical moments that you'll find in our Canland archives. On May 11, 1989 John Cage took the stage before the marathon and read this mesostic...

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The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) is a 3-week musical utopia for innovative composers and performers in the beautiful Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts. The program is dedicated entirely to adventurous contemporary music. 2020 Special Guest Artists - KRONOS QUARTET!

Festival dates: July 13-Aug 3, 2020

APPLCATIONS ONLINE NOW, and due Jan 7, 2020

Join us at Merkin Hall on January 28 for the 2020 Peoples Commissioning Fund Concert, pesented by Ecstatic Music and hosted by John Schaefer and New Sounds Live.

The All-Stars will perform world premieres by:

Amanda Berlind
Alvin Curran
Hildur Guđnadóttir
Qasim Naqvi

Plus Phil Kline's Exquisite Corpses (a 1998 PCF commission!) and Julius Eastman's Stay On It.

 

Hard to believe how quick we have a recording to share! 


From the NY Philharmonic comes a live recording of Julia Wolfe's profound "Fire in my mouth", a heartfelt tribute to the lives of the women of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and the activists who changed history as a result.

 

Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble and Bang on a Can All-Stars perform MEMORY GAME at Big Ears 2020!

Meredith Monk and Bang on a Can have been on a rich and lively musical ride together for over 30 years and now have an evening-length series of songs called  MEMORY GAME to share with the world. Join us at Big Ears Festival for a weekend full of world-class music, art, film, and more! Tickets on sale now.

The Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival (at 300 Ashland Plaza, corner of Flatbush and Lafayette) is an annual celebration of Downtown Brooklyn’s cultural community and the artists, writers, and performers who inspire the borough’s creative spirit. The Oct 4-6 festival will host free, special programming, including theater, poetry, dance, music, and performance, from some of Brooklyn’s most celebrated cultural organizations. 

Saturday, October 5 is DBAF’s Community Day, offering several hands-on activities with artists and institutions, including Mark Stewart’s Orchestra of Original Instruments, an instrument-building workshop led by guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Mark Stewart (Bang on a Can All-Stars) to create instruments and sound-makers from ordinary materials that will lead into an interactive, group fanfare performance.

At 4:30pm, Asphalt Orchestra, Bang on a Can’s radical street band that brings ambitious processional music to the mobile masses, performs their singular takes on music by the Pixies, Thomas Mapfumo, Charles Mingus, Frank Zappa, and more. 

It's all FREE!

3-4:30 Mark Stewart's Orchestra of Original Instruments

4:30 Asphalt Orchestra

Theo Bleckmann Performs Hello Earth! - The Music of Kate Bush

Grammy nominated jazz singer and new music composer Theo Bleckmann takes on the mysterious songbook of British pop icon Kate Bush in a project that goes beyond re-creating her music to further realms of sound and interpretation. Joining him in this venture are long-time collaborator percussionist Ben Wittman, bassist Chris Tarry, and keyboardist Henry Hey, along with special guest, multi-instrumentalist Caleb Burhans on viola, guitar, and laptop. This season’s Bang on a Can performances celebrate the power of artists voices, which resonates with themes in the Museum’s fall exhibitions.

Theo on youtube singing Kate Bush's Bertie