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From July 25 through August 1, 2015 Bang on a Can collaborates with MASS MoCA to present the second installment of Bang on a Can Plays Art, a jam-packed, week-long new music extravaganza featuring 13 concerts in 8 days, as the culmination of the annual Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA which begins on July 13. Bang on a Can Plays Art draws inspiration from the visual art on exhibit in the galleries at MASS MoCA. Each concert will showcase music that interacts with the art on various levels – stylistically, thematically, and whimsically – performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Festival Artists and Fellows, and with special guest Alvin Lucier.

Bang on a Can Plays Art kicks off in the afternoon on July 25 with Bang on a Can Plays Francesco Clemente featuring Terry Riley’s rarely played 1965 psychedelic Tread on the Trail, followed by a performance that evening of Bang on Can co-founder Michael Gordon’s oratorio Van Gogh by the Bang on a Can All-Stars with special guest theater director David Herskovits. Festival highlights include three installments of Bang on a Can Plays Clifford Ross featuring John Cage’s monumental Ryoanji (July 26); intimate works by Alvin Lucier (July 30); and Kate Moore’s heartfelt Stories for Ocean Shells (July 31). In addition, Bang on a Can’s World Premiere Composers Concert showcases brand new music by the Festival Fellows (July 27); a performance of David Lang’s darker will include projections by Suzanne Bocanegra (July 28); Bang on a Can Plays Jim Shaw features performances on numerous toy pianos (July 29); Bang on a Can Plays Sol LeWitt and Sayler/Morris features Alvin Lucier in his iconic work I am sitting in a room as well as his mind-bending Silver Streetcar for the Orchestra (July 30); and the annual 6-hour Bang on a Can Marathon at MASS MoCA (August 1) includes more than fifty musicians and composers in six hours of non-stop, boundary smashing music – a feast of sound including classical, contemporary, minimalism, ambient, jazz, experimental, and more – with excerpts from Philip Glass’s legendary Einstein on the Beach, music/video by Christian Marclay, songs by Meredith Monk, the forceful Singing in the Dead of Night by this year’s Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Wolfe, and more. 

Bang on a Can Plays Art is the culmination of our Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art), a musical utopia for innovative musicians in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts, from July 13 through August 1, 2015. The festival is dedicated entirely to the creation, study, and performance of adventurous contemporary music. A three-week intensive of public performances, recitals, and lectures, the Festival will be attended by over 50 cutting-edge composers and performers from around the globe, including over 30 fellows selected from a pool of over 250 applicants from around the world.

Composers will have their new works performed and players will perform in ensembles sitting alongside their teachers. The festival includes daily performances in the museum galleries, free with museum admission, and concludes with a six-hour blow-out Marathon Concert performed by the festival ensembles and special guests. The festival also features African and Latin music workshops, electronics and music business seminars, free events in the community, and more.

The 2015 Festival faculty members are drawn from among the most innovative musicians or our time, including Gregg August (bass), Ashley Bathgate (cello), Vicky Chow (piano), David Cossin (percussion), Michael Gordon (composition), David Lang (composition), Brad Lubman (conducting), Nicholas Photinos (cello), Vicki Ray (piano), Todd Reynolds (violin), Mark Stewart (electric guitar), Ken Thomson, (saxophone/clarinet), and Julia Wolfe (composition).

Ticket Information: Bang on a Can Plays Art Festival Passes are available for $75 for Adults and $37.50 for Children, and include all museum admissions, recitals, concerts, and special events (gallery recitals are space-limited – first come, first served).

Individual tickets to the evening concert on July 25 and the Marathon on August 1 are $24 each. The remaining Bang on a Can Plays Art concerts are free with museum admission. Kids Can Too tickets are $5 per person. MASS MoCA members receive a 10% discount on tickets to any evening event. Tickets are available at the MASS MoCA Box Office 11am-5pm daily, by phone at 413.662.2111 during Box Office hours, or online at

2015 Bang on a Can Summer Festival at Mass MoCA Fellows

Trevor Babb, Guitar, New Haven, CT
Eliza Bagg, Voice, Brooklyn, NY
David Bloom, Conductor, Brooklyn, NY
Yuri Boguinia, Composer, New Jersey, NJ
Robby Bowen, Percussion, New York, NY
Ben Daniels, Composer, Durham, NC
Josh Davies, French Horn, Thornleigh, Australia
Sarah Gibson, Piano, Los Angeles, CA
Sarah Goldfeather, Violin, Brooklyn, NY
Jacobo Hernández Enríquez, Violin, Madrid, Spain
Adam Holmes, Percussion, New York, NY
Zachary Johnston, Violin, Northcote, Australia
Molly Joyce, Composer, Den Haag, The Netherlands (American)
Tristan Kasten-Krause, Double bass, New York, NY
Tamara Kohler, Flute, Melbourne, Australia
Thomas Kotcheff, Piano, Beverly Hills, CA
Mike Laurello, Composer, New Haven, CT
Pascal  Le Boeuf, Composer, New York, NY
Colin Malloy, Percussion, Ashland, OR
Ren Martin-Doike, Viola, Philadelphia, PA
Ian McCollum, Percussion, Lincoln, NY
Kaylie Melville, Percussion, Southbank, Australia
Lara Mitofsky Neuss, Clarinet, San Francisco, CA
Marc Charles-Montesinos, Violin, Barcelona, Spain
Brian Paul, Composer, Brooklyn, NY
Gemma, Peacocke, Composer, New York, NY (New Zealand)
Alexander Pilchen, Violin, Trossingen, Germany (Russian)
Serg Poltavskiy, Viola, Moscow, Russia
Wade Selkirk, Percussion, Holland, MI
Nadine Sherman, Cello, Rochester, NY
Annika Socolofsky, Composer, Ann Arbor, MI
Ashley Stanley, Flute, Brownstown, MI
Kristofer Svensson, Composer, Hong Kong (Swedish)
Cody Takacs, Double bass, Den Haag, Netherlands (American)
Jennifer Tinberg, Clarinet, Tallahassee, FL
Gregory Tompkins, Violin, New Haven, CT
Fay Wang, Composer, New York, NY
Samuel Wells, Trumpet, Bloomington, IN
Aaron Wolff, Cello, Newton Center, MA
Jenny Yum, Violin, New York, NY

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