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.

Read The New York Times review here and see a Brooklyn Vegan photo feature here

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. 

This Sunday, June 16 Bang on a Can returns to lower Manhattan with its annual incomparable super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the globe!  The 2013 Bang on a Can Marathon will feature 9 hours of rare performances by some of the most innovative pioneering musicians of our time side-by-side with some of today’s newest exciting young artists.

FEATURING MUSIC by Hans Abrahamsen, Derek Bermel, Jeffrey Brooks, Caleb Burhans, Peter Evans, Michael Gordon, John King, David Lang, Lukas Ligeti, Annea Lockwood, Nico Muhly, Tamar Muskal, Angélica Negron, Charlie Piper, Kendall Williams, Julia Wolfe, Shara Worden, Tatsuya Yoshida, Tom Ze, and more.

FEATURING PERFORMANCES by Alarm Will Sound, Asphalt Orchestra, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Maya Beiser with the Provenance Project Band, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Le Cabaret Contemporain, David Cossin & Ben Reimer, Peter Evans, Monica Germino, Hotel Elefant, Yungchen Llamo & Anton Batagov, NYU Steel Pan Ensemble, NYU Contemporary Music Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Talk Normal, TILT Brass, Shara Worden, and more.

See the full schedule here.

Co-presented by LMCC and Pace University as part of the River To River Festival 2013. 

On May 18 & 20 Bang on a Can brings its polyrhythmic virtuosity and all-world versatility to the Beijing Modern Music Festival, celebrating the breadth of the genre-busting Bang on a Can sound with two boundary bending programs of music by co-founders and artistic directors Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe.

Performed by the Bang on a Can Festival Ensemble, a band of cutting-edge New York new music performers led by veteran Bang on a Can violinist Todd Reynolds with virtuoso performers from the annual  Bang on a Can Summer Festival @ MASS MoCA, including David Friend (piano), Mariel Roberts (cello), Jessica Schmitz (flute), Ashley Smith (clarinet), and Ellery Trafford (percussion), these two concerts feature an uncategorizable supermix of music, combining classical virtuosity with the power and energy of orchestra, rock, jazz, and experimental tradition. 

More information here.

This May the unstoppable Bang on a Can All-Stars return to Europe!  From May 7 - 17, the band reunites with Trio Medieval for Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer in Brugge, London, and Uppsala; makes their Icelandic debut with the major multimedia project Field Recordings in Reykjavik; and celebrates the core Bang on a Can sound with music by Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Louis Andriessen, Brian Eno, and Steve Reich in Norwich and Brugge.  

More information here.

Thank you to all who joined us on June 11 for our annual Bang on a Can Benefit!  This year we honored David Bither, Executive Vice President of Nonesuch Records with an intimate once-in-a-lifetime concert featuring our very own Asphalt Orchestra, Bang on a Can All-Star David Cossin with Glenn Kotche (of Wilco fame), virtuoso violinist Todd Reynolds performing Michael Gordon's Light is Calling, sublime folksters Carolina Chocolate Drops, and the wildly creative singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart.

Stay tuned for photos coming soon!

This spring Bang on a Can’s virtuoso neo-marching band Asphalt Orchestra pounds the pavement, bringing both its inventive indoor and guerilla outdoor personas to the stages and streets!

On April 12 at Northwestern University the band makes its Chicago area debut  bringing the eclectic spirit of the renegade group to the stage featuring music by Frank Zappa, Tatsuya Yoshida, David Byrne and Annie Clark, Björk, and new music by members of the band.  More information and tickets here.