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. 

Thank you to all who came out for our first annual Benefit Party for the Summer Festival at MASS MoCA, joining us in toasting the Festival and its nearly 400 alumni who are out in the world breaking boundaries and rewriting the rules of the "new music" universe! 

Even if you couldn't come to the karaoke shindig, it's not too late to contribute to the cause.  Donate any amount, and we'll send you music and gifts and shower you with thanks for your role in the revolution.

On March 14 Bang on a Can’s radical partnership between artists and audiences to commission new works from adventurous composers returns to New York City’s Merkin Hall with a program of ear-bending world premieres commissioned by the people! Part of the Ecstatic Music Festival, the performance will include new works by cutting-edge multimedia composer Anna Clyne, hypnotic electronic guru Dan Deacon, electro-acoustic experimentalist and installation artist Paula Matthusen, and Icelandic electronica minimalist Jóhann Jóhannsson, as well as the world premieres of avant-indie rocker Tyondai Braxton’s Trems and cross-genre composer/performer Fay Kueen Wang's Weltinseln featuring Wang performing alongside the All-Stars.

More information and tickets here.

On March 4 Bang on a Can presents the second of a pair of concerts in conjunction with the MoMA exhibition Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925, revealing how pioneering European composers of 100 years ago forever changed music in New York.  Curated by Bang on a Can co-founder and artistic director David Lang, each concert pairs two composers— an early-20th-century innovator, and a New Yorker he influenced— and is performed nearly exclusively by alumni and faculty of the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA, a veritable who’s who roster of cutting-edge performers on the New York new music scene. 

The first concert, Consonant Abstraction: Claude Debussy and Steve Reich, was on February 26 (hear the show here!); the second, Dissonant Abstraction: Arnold Schoenberg and Morton Feldman, on March 4. 

More information and tickets here

On January 25 and 26 the Bang on a Can All-Stars perform their first concerts of 2013 along the East Coast!  

January 25 brings the band to the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC in a program featuring music by Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Kate Moore from Big Beautiful Dark and Scary (recently named one of iTunes "Best of 2012 Albums"), as well as works by long-time genre-busting collaborators Don Byron and Thurston Moore

On January 26 the All-Stars will perform the ground-breaking multimedia project Field Recordings at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University featuring new works by Tyondai Braxton, Mira Calix, Florent Ghys, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Christian Marclay, Todd Reynolds, Julia Wolfe, and Nick Zammuto.  

More info and tickets here

2012 was an extraordinary year for Bang on a Can, celebrating our 25th Year of curating, commissioning, presenting, recording, and performing experimental music.  Check out highlights from this landmark season here.

Happy 2013 from all of us at Bang on a Can!