Since 1987, the Bang on a Can Marathon has been held in many NYC venues -- from its start at Exit Art Gallery to the RAPP Arts Center, to years at La Mama, Town Hall, The Kitchen, New York Society for Ethical Culture, Lincoln Center, the Henry Street Settlement, Symphony Space, BAM, and most recently, the Winter Garden.  We have had a wonderful 10 years presenting the Marathon at the Winter Garden, but this festival-scale production is no longer the right match for the newly renovated space and we will not be holding the Marathon there this summer.  Bang on a Can is grateful for the venue's many years of support and looks forward to collaborating on other projects with them in the future.  We're super excited to re-imagine this signature event and we're planning a massive, celebratory 30th Anniversary Marathon for spring 2017 -- details to be announced soon!

Meanwhile, we are inviting all New Yorkers and fans near and far to come to the 2016 Bang on a Can Marathon at MASS MoCA this summer on July 30, featuring guest artist-in-residence John Luther Adams.  Check back about a chartered bus from NYC to North Adams for the event!

Read article about the Marathon in NYTimes ArtsBeat.

Bang on a Can invades De Doelen with its incomparable super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the world!  The day-night concert will feature performances by some of the most innovative musicians of our time.

Full program and concert schedule.

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Highlights include a world premiere collaboration between New York’s electric Bang on a Can All-Stars and Dutch comrades Ensemble Klang, performing brand new music by Pete Harden; Bang on a Can’s acclaimed live arrangements of Brian Eno’s ambient classic Music for Airports, performed together with musicians of CodArts Rotterdam; a set of classic core repertoire from New York’s celebrated Bang on a Can co-founders Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, plus late-great UK composer Steve Martland’s trademark work Horses of Instruction; Ensemble Klang performing Fuse by Rotterdam’s own eclectic and electric composer Jan-Bas Bollen, plus Peter Adriaansz’ radiant and mesmerizing Nu descendant un escalier, the fast and furious ppop by Oscar Bettison, and Tom Johnson’s whimsical and epic Narayana’s Cows; special gems from the Bang on a Can All-Stars’ 2015 record release Field Recordings including a choice pick from Anna Clyne and a new film/score by visual art-star Christian Marclay; refreshing highlights from Bang on a Can All-Stars’ own Dutch repertoire including the electro-acoustic Fix/us by Martyn Padding and Dutch master Louis Andriessen’s scenic and meditative Life with films by video artist Marijke Van Warmerdam; and don’t miss your chance to break bread with all of the artists along the way during the “tafelmuziek” dinner party!

Bang on a Can is delighted to return to the Netherlands  - reuniting with Trio Mediaeval - for 2 performances of Steel Hammer!

April 20 - Steel Hammer in Rotterdam

April 21 - Steel Hammer in Amsterdam


The All-Stars return to London for their second installment of Field Recordings!

April 17 at 7:30pm - Barbican Centre

On the program:

Julia Wolfe,   Reeling
Bryce Dessner, Gloucester 27 [with film]
Dan Deacon,  Sago An Ya Rev
Daniel Wohl,   Holographic
Christian Marclay,  Fade to Slide [with film]
Steve Reich,  The Cave of Machpelah
Todd Reynolds, Seven Sundays
Ben Frost,  Negative Ghostrider
Jóhan Jóhannsson, Hz [with film]
Alvin Lucier,  Firewood
Richard Reed Parry, The Brief  and Neverending Blur
Paula Matthusen, the ontology of an echo
Anna Clyne,  Wonderful Day 

Found Sound Nation, Bang on a Can's social engagement wing, is trying on a new hat. Curator! And this show is going to be a blast. People's Champs delivers a killer set, opened by their collaborations with high schoolers from FSN's partner school BCAM.

People's Champs & BCAM: Stories from My Brooklyn

Saturday, February 13, 8:00 PM
National Sawdust

$25 General Admission (Discount code, Buy One Get One free: STUDENT)

People's Champs & BCAM's performance is the culmination of a two-week music, production & songwriting workshop. In this special collaboration, students from Bedford Stuyvesant's BCAM High School will be led by experimental-dance-soul-funk collective People's Champs and trombonist & OneBeat exchange alum Alex Asher in the creation of new, original music. 

Ruminating on the theme "My Brooklyn -- Stories from My Brooklyn", People's Champs and BCAM will address topics of place, ownership, justice, change and community in Brooklyn.  The collaborative performance will be followed by a set of original music from People's Champs' debut LP “American Dreamers.” 

This is the first of a special series of events curated by Bang on a Can's Found Sound Nation, a collective of artists who design collaborative music creation projects with the goal of building healthy communities, including the OneBeat international music exchange. Our events challenge the traditional concert experience by presenting adventurous original works that amplify the voices of youth and underrepresented communities, and connect people across cultural and geographic divides. 

Featuring: Students from the Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School (BCAM) led by Brian Satz aka B-Satz (Bajah & Dry Eye Crew, Blitz the Ambassador)

People's Champs collaborators:
Alex Asher - Trombone
Starr Busby - Vocals
Seth Johnson - Guitar
Cole Kamen-Green - Trumpet
Dov Manksi - Keyboards
Jordan Scannella - Bass
Justin Goldner - Bass
Madhu Siddappa - Drums
David Frazier Jr. - Drums


The Dosti Music Project brings together a group of musicians from Pakistan, India, and the U.S. for a month-long residency and tour. An initiative of the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan, produced by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation, Dosti invites four Pakistanis, four Indians, and two U.S. musicians from a wide variety of traditions, ranging from Sufi singing to beat-making to avant-guard jazz, to collaboratively write, record, and perform original music, re-invent traditional music, and develop initiatives that will make a positive impact on communities locally and internationally. Dosti, which means friendship in both Urdu and Hindi, seeks to transcend political and cultural barriers through cross-cultural musical collaboration.

On April 16, Pulitzer-Prize winning Anthracite Fields will have its European premiere in Copenhagen, Denmark, with the Danish National Vocal Ensemble, conducted by Ralf Chaczewsky. 4:00pm at the Queens Hall, in the Black Diamond, the brand new extension of the Danish National Library.

Listen up Saratoga Springs, NY; Burlington, VT; Harford, CT; Holland, MI and Columbus, OH!!! The Bang on a Can All-Stars are coming at you in February!