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!

 

Applications for the 2013 Bang on a Can Summer Festival at MASS MoCA are online now!  This summer's festival runs from July 15 - August 4, and the application deadline is January 16

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) is a three-week residency for innovative composers and performers in the Berkshire mountains of Western Massachusetts.

Read more about the festival here, and learn how to apply here

On December 8, the Bang on a Can All-Stars return to New York's Japan Society for Rimpa Re-imagined, a hot-off-the-press muliti-media program unveiling recently commissioned world premieres by jazz giant Vijay Iyer and Japan’s post-minimal innovator Mamoru Fujieda.  Also featured is Japanese titan Somei Satoh's Shu, performed to a world premiere Rimpa-art-inspired visual landscape by cutting-edge motionographer Nobuyuki Hanabusa.

This concert is presented in conjunction with the Japan Society's exhibition Silver Wind: The Arts of Sakai Hōitsu (1761-1828), showcasing one of the master painters of the Rimpa School.  

This event is SOLD OUT. A wait-list for tickets will be available one hour before curtain at the box office. More information here

Last year, Bang on a Can’s technology-based musical outreach program Found Sound Nation won a big grant to partner with the US Department of State to create a revolutionary residency program called OneBeat. OneBeat crosses boundaries of nationality, culture and ethnicity to create new sounds and international musical friendships that prove to the world that people of all origins can work peacefully together. 

And now, after a month of residency and touring OneBeat comes to New York City for its final two shows! Participants in this cultural exchange program have formed small collaborative ensembles that improvise across genres, reinvent traditional tunes, compose original work, and record in the state-of-the-art OneBeat mobile studio.  On October 5 & 6, OneBeat arrives in Brooklyn for two very special shows featuring the program fellows joined by a host of internationally acclaimed guests: Friday, October 5 at Roulette happens in Downtown Brooklyn with Jolie Holland, Dave Douglas, Matt Garrison, Brandon Seabrook, and more; Saturday, October 6 at The Autumn Bowl takes place in a huge raw factory space in Greenpoint with Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Blitz the Ambassador, Jolie Holland, Sam Hillmer, and more.

Learn more about OneBeat in The New York Times and watch performance videos here.