This summer for the fourth year, Bang on a Can and the The Noguchi Museum partner once again for Music in the Garden, an innovative performance series held in the Museum's celebrated sculpture garden.

Electric guitarist Grey Mcmurray and composer/ multi-instrumentalist Caleb Burhans partner for the last concert of the 2014 Music in the Garden series on September 14, with McMurray performing Burhans's works:

Caprice #2, Caprice #1, Caprice #8, Caprice #5, Caprice #6, Caprice #3

Hear more from Caleb Burhans with Evensong, his debut album as a lead composer and recording artist released by Cantaloupe Music.

Free with museum admission.

Bang on a Can returns to the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place (220 Vesey Street) with its annual incomparable super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the world! The 2014 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.

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

What do the Bang on a Can All-Stars look like as animated aardvarks? Find out this Wednesday when the band visits the PBS KIDS’s popular cartoon ARTHUR, in an episode called Binky’s Music Madness airing nationwide on May 14, as part of ARTHUR Arts Week!

For the occasion, we’re offering ARTHUR fans (and the public in general) a FREE DOWNLOAD of the music featured on the episode, from the All-Stars 2012 album Big Beautiful Dark and Scary. Two years in the making, the animated All-Stars lineup includes founding Bang on a Can All-Star clarinetist Evan Ziporyn, percussionist David Cossin, guitarist Mark Stewart, bassist Robert Black, cellist Ashley Bathgate, and pianist Vicky Chow. Bang on a Can co-founder composer Julia Wolfe is also portrayed and recorded her own speaking role for the episode.
 

Julia Wolfe's long awaited Steel Hammer featuring the Bang on a Can All-Stars and Trio Mediaeval is now available on Cantaloupe Music

Inspired by her love for the music and lore of Appalachia, Julia Wolfe based her text for Steel Hammer (called a “wild hybrid” by The New York Times) on over 200 versions of the John Henry ballad, exploring the subject of human vs. machine in the quintessential American legend. Featuring the haunting vocalizations of Norway’s Trio Mediaeval, Steel Hammer also stretches the standard instrumentation of the Bang on a Can All-Stars with wooden bones, mountain dulcimer, banjo and more.

Thank you to all who joined us in paying tribute to a great friend and colleague, Mary Lou Aleskie, at this year's annual benefit! Executive Director of the renowned International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut, Mary Lou’s continued support for our work and her dedication to so many other remarkable artists and arts professionals and the field as a whole is truly visionary!

The evening at City Winery featured performances by our very own Bang on a Can All-Stars, Cynthia Hopkins, and Don Byron. Stay tuned for pictures coming soon!

 

On May 30 & 31, Julia Wolfe's newest work Anthracite Fields received its New York Premiere at the NY PHIL BIENNIAL!

Anthracite Fields explores coal-mining life and the fields of central Pennsylvania near Wolfe's hometown. She draws from oral histories, interviews, speeches, geographic descriptions, local rhymes, and coal advertisements in creating a unique oratorio that provides an intimate look at a particular slice of American life. The multi-media live performance features scenography and projections by Jeff Sugg.  

On April 18, the Bang on a Can All-Stars perform new and recently commissioned works from their impressive collaborations with leading Japanese composers plus celebrated core selections from their innovative American and Asian repertoire.

The program at Stony Brook's Charles B. Wang Center Theatre features works by Mamoru Fujieda, Akiko Ushijima, Somei Satoh, Tan Dun, Julia Wolfe, and Steve Martland.

It's party time again. And YOU'RE invited! Michael Gordon wants to tell you all about it here.

Join us for the Second Annual "Banglewood Benefit" this April 30 from 8pm- midnight at JACK, a performance space in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Last year's party was a raging success, with a live karaoke band of Banglewood Alums and dozens of high-energy singers who will not be quitting their day jobs. And we raised $10,000 towards the Festival!

This year, we're doing an informal concert followed by a wild and wooly dance party. We'll be treated to a smorgasbord of great musical bits from alums David Broome, Ruby Fulton, Adam Cuthbert, Joe Tucker, New Thread Quartet, Nouveau Classical Project, kills to kisses, and more, plus a special appearance by Polygraph Lounge, featuring Bang on a Can All-Star Mark Stewart and Rob Schwimmer, along with All-Star David Cossin. And then DJ Jacob Cooper will "tear the roof off the sucka."