Peoples Commissioning Fund Concert – January 20 – attend the concert in person, or stream it online

Featuring an expanded line-up of the Bang on a Can All-Stars!

We’re thrilled to be able to tell you about this Thursday’s PCF concert at Merkin Hall, and even more excited to say you can join us in person OR experience the show online via! Either way you’re in for a treat…fresh music, phenomenal band, beamed to your home wherever you are in the world. This performance is part of the Kaufman Center’s Ecstatic Music Festival and is co-presented by New Sounds Live with host John Schaefer.

It’s such an incredible lineup. We’re presenting an unprecedented, expanded All-Stars featuring three outstanding additional players in Allison Loggins-Hull on flute, Jen Baker on trombone and David Byrd-Marrow on horn. We’re premiering new commissions from Tomeka Reid, Ken Thomson, Fred Frith, Nick Dunston, Soo Yeon Lyuh, Aeryn Santillan, Jeffrey Brooks and Trevor Weston.

We want you to come if you can, if you feel safe. Merkin’s protocols are strong – you must be vaxxed and masked and we’ll be sure to make space between individuals or small groups wishing to sit together.  You can purchase tickets in advance or wait to see how things play out…and if you want a live update just send a note to Tim Thomas asking about ticket availability or safety concerns.  For those who come, we can guarantee some great music and socially-distanced companionship. And the joy that comes with experiencing music for the very first time – together.

Please stay safe and don’t hesitate to reach out to us about anything at all.

P.S. – a big shout-out to commissioners on next week’s show, including Jane & Richard Stewart, Charles Reade, Robert D. Bielecki, Lisa Bauso & Joe Rojas, Richard Ferrante, Robert & Pamela Howell, Arlene & Larry Dunn and the Antonia and Vladimer Kulaev Cultural Heritage Fund.


  • Fred Frith: Which It Is *
  • Tomeka Reid: UNTETHERED*
  • Jeffrey Brooks: Santuario II**
  • Nick Dunston: Fainting is Down, Whooshing is Up**
  • Ken Thomson: Performative*
  • Soo Yeon Lyuh: See You on the Other Side** (with Soo Yeon on haegum)
  • Aeryn Santillan: disconnect.**
  • Trevor Weston: Rainbows and Butterflies**

*world premiere

**world premiere arrangement

The world premiere arrangements were originally commissioned and premiered as solo works during the Bang on a Can Online Marathons in 2020-2021, and have been newly arranged for this nine-piece ensemble.

More info and tickets for the in-person show

Live Stream