We've had the honor and pleasure of performing Cage's works throughout our over 25 history, from the very beginning!  This season we continue the tradition at the Sydney Opera House's John Cage Centenary Celebration in November, as the Bang on a Can All-Stars celebrate with three incredible concerts.

As ‘descendants’ of Cage, the All-Stars bring their unique visceral and sonic approach to the seminal works of this master composer, alongside and their own core repertoire of music by Louis Andriessen, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Kate Moore, Terry Riley, and Julia Wolfe.  

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Bang on a Can’s own unstoppable All-Stars return to Poland’s Sacrum Profanum on September 11! This year's special “Made in Poland” appearance features a world-premiere super-mix of music by Marcin Stańczyk, an alumnus of the Bang on a Can Summer Festival at MASS MoCA.  The program is a combination of solo and ensemble works featuring members of the All-Stars, culminating in a collaboration with Poland’s DJ Envee (who recently appeared on the 25th Bang on a Can Marathon in NYC.)

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On Thursday, September 13 and Friday, September 14 Bang on a Can’s virtuoso neo-marching band Asphalt Orchestra will make its first West Coast appearance, bringing both its inventive indoor and guerilla outdoor personas to the stages and streets of Los Angeles, California!

On September 13 at Valley Performing Arts Center at California State University, the band performs Unpack the Elephant - its stage show bringing the eclectic spirit of the renegade group to the stage featuring music by Frank Zappa, David Byrne and Annie Clark, Björk, and new music by members of the band.  Get your FREE TICKETS here.

On September 14 Asphalt Orchestra will morph into an outdoor flash force, springing jazz, prog-rock, and world music on the mobile masses of Downtown Los Angeles.  Presented by ArtsBrookfield, the band will perform 3 FREE flash sets from 12pm-1pm in Downtown LA featuring music written for the band by luminaries including David Byrne & Annie Clark, Goran Bregovic, Tatsuya Yoshida and more. See the exact performance times and locations here.

Bang on a Can kicks off the new season in Canada!  On September 1 and 2, we're bringing our all-world versatility and polyrhythmic virtuosity to Toronto in collaboration with Contact Contemporary Music's INTERsection Festival.

September 1 features a FREE eight-hour ear-bending Marathon concert showcasing the uncategorizable core Bang on a Can sound: works by Louis Andriessen, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Julia Wolfe, and more. On September 2 there's a killer double bill of two of Brian Eno's greatest ambient classics: Bang on a Can performs Eno's landmark Music for Airports alongside Contact's sublimely gorgeous arrangement of Discreet Music. 

Watch a clip of the Bang on a Can All-Stars performing Music for Airports on YouTube.  Get more information and tickets here.



  • George Crumb - Ancient Voices of Children
  • Steve Reich - Cello Counterpoint
  • Dan Becker - S.T.I.C
  • Lou Harrison - Violin Concerto
  • David Crowell - Waiting in the Rain for Snow


  • Ken Thomson - Incoming
  • Hans Abrahamsen - Schnee, Canon 2B
  • Giacinto Scelsi - Okanagon
  • Pauline Oliveros - Sonic Meditation
  • David Lang - sunray
  • Missy Mazzoli - Shy Girl Shouting Music


  • Jeffrey Brooks - After the Treewatcher
  • Steve Reich - Eight Lines
  • Julia Wolfe - Lick
  • Michael Gordon - Four Kings Fight Five
  • Steve Reich - Clapping Music
  • Steve Reich - 2x5


This summer we're thrilled to be partnering once again with the Noguchi Museum on the Music in the Garden Series! Through its Second Sundays program, the Noguchi Museum assembles renowned experts in the arts, architecture and design fields to engage in dialogues that complement the Museum's mission and exhibitions.

The series concludes on September 8 with the celebrated percussion quartet Mantra Percussion performing Michael Gordon's tour de force work Timber.

July 11-28
MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA

Thank you for joining us at the 11th Annual Bang on a Can Summer Festival!  It was a joyous ride of beautiful music making, featuring over 30 recitals and concerts in all.  We were joined by special guest Steve Reich on hand for our signature Marathon concert in addition to an international cast of composer and performer fellows from around the corner and around the globe!

Watch videos filmed throughout the festival on YouTube and stay tuned for information about the 2013 Festival coming in the fall.

12 Hours of FREE Live Music!

Sunday June 17, 12 noon – 12 midnight
World Financial Center Winter Garden

Thank you to all who celebrated our 25th Birthday Marathon on June 17! 

Read the New York Times review here

See photos from the show here!