Prom 37

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 10:15pm

The after-hours late-night atmosphere is a fitting backdrop to the pulsing rhythmic repetitions of Minimalism’s founding father, Steve Reich. Relive the experimentation of It’s Gonna Rain – the tape piece that first put Reich on the map back in 1965 – its hypnotic layers of spoken sound transforming a street preacher into a strange, disembodied instrument.

The Desert Music twitches and throbs with life, offering a meditation on fragments of William Carlos Williams’s poetry. The BBC Singers are joined by contemporary specialists the Endymion ensemble.


Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2AP United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7589 8212

Music in the Garden @ The Noguchi Museum: JACK Quartet

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 3:00pm

Bang on a Can and The Noguchi Museum partner for the fourth summer in presenting Music in the Garden, an innovative performance series held in the Museum's celebrated sculpture garden on Sunday afternoons at 3pm. All concerts are free with Museum admission.

On August 10, the celebrated New York string ensemble JACK Quartet will perform works from composer Ken Thomson's new CD from Cantaloupe Music, THAW.

Free with museum admission.

The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard)
Long Island City, NY 11106
Touring in support of: 

Radio Rewrite @ MASS MoCA

Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 4:00pm

As part of the Bang On A Can Summer Institute's Marathon, participting fellows from the festival will be performing Steve Reich's Radio Rewrite.

87 Marshall St
North Adams, MA 01247


Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 3:00pm

The So Percussion Summer Institute (SoSI) is an intensive two-week chamber music seminar for college-age percussionists and composers. The four members of So Percussion serve as faculty in rehearsal, performance, and discussion of contemporary music.

The seminar closes with the Summer Institute Closing Marathon featuring the students of the seminar performing works by Michael Gordon, John Cage, Dmitri Tymoczko, Ju Ri Seo, Dan Trueman, and more!

Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio, Lewis Center for the Arts
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08542

Bang on a Can Plays Natalie Jeremijenko

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 4:30pm

Spectacle beneath the upside-down trees! Or is that above? Wilco’s explosive drummer and percussionist extraordinaire Glenn Kotche is joined by a host of players for a percussion extravaganza, under Natalie Jeremijenko’s twisted Tree Logic. Loud, hard-rocking, and a lot of fun.

87 Marshall St
North Adams, MA 01247

Bang on a Can Plays Anselm Kiefer

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 8:00pm

Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas is quickly becoming a superstar of contemporary music, and one of his greatest hits is his piece In iij. Noct. Not for listeners who are afraid of the dark, this piece is performed in a completely lightless room, with the musicians spread around the audience. A one-of-a-kind music experience.

87 Marshall St
North Adams, MA 01247

Bang on a Can Plays Sol LeWitt

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 4:30pm

Frequent Summer Festival guest Steve Reich joins us for a concert of his works, including Electric Counterpoint and more, in the midst of MASS MoCA's kaleidoscopic Sol LeWitt galleries. Reich was good friends with Sol LeWitt from their days as young artists on the New York scene together in the 1960s. Reich will talk about about his relationship with Lewitt after the performance.

87 Marshall St
North Adams, MA 01247

Bang on a Can @ Windsor Lake

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 7:00pm

Join the entire Bang on a Can Summer Festival and most of our friends and neighbors of North Adams at beautiful Windsor Lake for our annual avant-variety show. Bring a lawn chair or sit on the grass. Bring a bathing suit and a picnic supper. 

87 Marshall St
North Adams, MA 01247

Bang on a Can plays Mark Dion

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 4:30pm

Everything in its right place. Morton Feldman changed the meaning of the word quiet with his meditative and ethereal music. Feldman's music is finely detailed and rigorously made, and it seems somehow fitting to perform it at the entrance of Mark Dion’s encyclopedic Octagon Room.

87 Marshall St
North Adams, MA 01247

Bang on a Can Plays Ann Hamilton

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 4:30pm

MacArthur Prize-winning artist Ann Hamilton has created a series of wearable hand-made paper components in her artistic residency at Dieu Donné. With the help of Bang on a Can All-Stars Mark Stewart and David Cossin, an ensemble of Bang on a Can Fellows will premiere a piece specially created to explore the sound vocabulary of paper through body movements. 

87 Marshall St
North Adams, MA 01247

Bang on a Can World Premiere Composer Concert

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 4:30pm

The Bang on a Can Summer Festival has become a meca for curious and powerful young composers from around the world. This concert featuresnine world premieres by this year's composer fellows, written specifically for this concert, and performed by all of this year's performer fellows and most of its faculty.

87 Marshall St
North Adams, MA 01247


Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 4:30pm

In the middle of Teresita Fernández’s dynamic, monumental works, the Bang on a Can Festival String Orchestra plays a monumental work of its own. Conductor Brad Lubman leads the strings in a performance of Julia Wolfe's intense and harrowing Cruel Sister, based on a chilling folk song of two sisters tragically in love with the same man.

87 Marshall St
North Adams, MA 01247

My Brightest Diamond @ MASS MoCA

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 10:00pm

Shara Worden keeps singing, now as her indie alter ego My Brightest Diamond. A frequent collaborator with such artists as Sufjan Stevens and David Byrne, My Brightest Diamond plays a special solo late night set.

87 Marshall St
North Adams, MA 01247

Eight World Premieres @ Mizzou International Composers Festival

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 7:30pm

Over 215 composers from around the world submitted portfolios to participate in the festival and eight were selected. The festival concludes with the world premieres of eight works composed for acclaimed new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound by the festival’s eight resident composers: Ian Dicke, Holly Harrison, Texu Kim, José Guillermo Martínez Rubiano, Nicholas S. Omiccioli, Michael Lee Schachter, Ashley Fu-Tsu Wang, and Christopher Weiss.

Missouri Theatre
203 South 9th Street
Columbia, MO 65201

Bang on a Can Plays Izhar Patkin

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 4:30pm

Rooms within rooms: artist Izhar Patkin's The Wandering Veil divides Mass MoCA's largest gallery into a maze of smaller spaces. So does Terry Riley's In C, the national anthem of minimal music. Bang on a Can Plays Art kicks off with Riley's landmark work, with musicians spread throughout, among and within Patkin's massive installation in MASS MoCA’s largest gallery.


87 Marshall St
North Adams, MA 01247

eighth blackbird at Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 7:30pm

This exuberant, triple Grammy–winning contemporary classical sextet, eighth blackbird tackles a wide-ranging program, including N.Y. premieres by forward-looking young composers (Dessner of The National/Clogs, steel pan innovator Akiho) and contemporary masters (Bang on a Can’s David Lang, the influential Ligeti).

Erase by Andy Akiho (New York Premiere)
Murder Ballades
 by Bryce Dessner (New York Premiere)
Counting Duets
 by Tom Johnson/Études by György Ligeti
these broken wings 3
 by David Lang

Damrosch Park Bandshell
Amsterdam Ave. and W. 62 St.
New York, NY 10023

John Luther Adams's Sila: The Breath of the World (World Premiere)

Friday, July 25, 2014 to Saturday, July 26, 2014

Following the Alaska-based, 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer’s acclaimed Inuksuit, this site-determined piece flows from John Luther Adams' ongoing engagement with sound in outdoor space. Inspired by the Inuit concept of sila, the spirit that animates the world, 80 leading contemporary musicians are guided by the pace of their own breaths, blending composition and sonic environment into an expansive and immersive listening experience. This performance will be featuring members of Contemporaneous, The Crossing, eighth blackbird, Face the Music, Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, Hotel Elefant, JACK Quartet, Meehan/Perkins Duo, Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, TIGUE, and TILT Brass.


Hearst Plaza
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

Mizzou International Composers Festival

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 7:30pm

This concert is the culmination of a week of intense collaborative workshops through which Alarm Will Sound continues to bring the work of today's most imaginative composers to Columbia, MO. A festival built around the close cooperation of musicians and composers—in some cases, the composers are the musicians—leads to performances that have an unusual degree of artistic insight. The program ranges across many current musical styles, including the music of Beat Furrer, Nico Muhly, John Adams and Tyondai Braxton. Furrer and Muhly, both renowned worldwide for their artistic achievements, are Guest Composers at the Festival, and this opening concert highlights how the Festival has become an important event on an international scale.

Missouri Theatre
203 South 9th Street
Columbia, MO 65201

TURNmusic @ Green Mountain Club

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 8:00pm

Conductor, Anne Decker, has mixed her musical tastes to create a unique series of contemporary chamber music performances.

Conductor, Anne Decker, has mixed her musical tastes to create a unique series of contemporary chamber music performances.

The mission of TURN is threefold: to perform music that is defined by quality - not by genre, to present professional music concerts in relaxed venue, and to offer affordable ticket prices.

Music by Colin J. McCaffrey, Sarah Kirkland Snider, David Biedenbender, Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, Judd Greenstein, Jason Treuting, and Julia Wolfe - BYOB and Food - Post Concert Bonfire

Throughout the series you can expect a wide range of styles. July's program features an acoustic set with chamber music written by singer/songwriters and classical composers. The music will give you the opportunity to groove, reflect, and think.

Green Mountain Club
4711 Waterbury-Stowe Rd.
Waterbury Center, VT

Stones Fest

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 9:00pm

Glenn Kotche and fellow Wilco bandmate Pat Sansone perform at the Stones Fest in New Orleans.

501 Napoleon Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115

Carmel Bach Festival

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 5:00pm

David Lang's Pulitzer Prize winning piece, the little match girl passionwill be performed at The Carmel Bach Festival.

Cottage 16
10th and Mission St.
Carmel, CA
Phone: 93921

Bang on a Can Summer Festival

Monday, July 14, 2014 to Saturday, August 2, 2014

From July 14 - August 3, 2014 we will head to the Berkshire mountains of MA for a three-week utopian residency for innovative composers and performers of contemporary music at one of the foremost US contemporary art museums, MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art).

87 Marshall St
North Adams, MA 01247

Music in the Garden @ The Noguchi Museum: Bang on Ja-Pan

Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 3:00pm

Bang on a Can and The Noguchi Museum partner for the fourth summer in presenting Music in the Garden, an innovative performance series held in the Museum's celebrated sculpture garden 

On July 13, Music in the Garden will present Bang on Ja-pan, a concert specially curated by Bang on Can including music by Japanese composer Dai Fujikura alongside two contemporary Japanese masters, Toru Takemitsu and Somei Satoh. The music will be performed by flutists Kelli Kathmann and Jessica Schmitz, and singer Daisy Press, all alumni of the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA.

Free with museum admission. 

The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard)
Long Island City, NY 11106

Bang on a Can @ The Jewish Museum: Other Primary Structures

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 7:30pm

Bang on a Can and The Jewish Museum continue their season-long partnership in presenting Other Primary Structures featuring performances by Bang on a Can All-Stars Vicky Chow and David Cossin with Dither Quartet’sTaylor Levine and James Moore. This concert of music by Louis Andriessen, Philip Glass, Michael Gordon, and John Zorn is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Other Primary Structures. 


The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street
New York, NY 10128

Sō Percussion and Man Forever Tour

Sunday, July 6, 2014 to Sunday, July 13, 2014

Man Forever is an exploratory percussion project helmed by John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions), one of New York’s most versitile and critically lauded collaborators and a founding member of Oneida. Since its inception in 2010, Man Forever has hosted an impressive list of guest performers, but few have been as specially qualified to perform Colpitts’ technically challenging meditative workouts as Sō Percussion, the United States’ premiere contemporary percussion ensemble.  Following a collaborative performance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in June of 2013, So and Colpitts entered the studio together to record Ryonen, two pieces that combine the former’s precision and ingenuity with the latter’s restless punk spirit. While previous Man Forever records were inspired by blissful, overwhelming confusion, Ryonen derives its power from its clarity and immediacy. 

July 6th - New London, CT - Hygenic Art Park - tickets

July 7th - Boston, MA - Middle East Upstairs - tickets

July 8th - Montreal, QC - Casa del Popolo - tickets

July 9th - Harrisburg, PA - Second City Sanctuary - tickets

July 10th - Chicago, IL - Constellation - tickets

July 11th - Kalamazoo, MI - Louie's Trophy House - tickets

July 12th - Detroit, MI - Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit - tickets

July 13th - Toronto, CA - The Jam Factory - tickets

Bang on a Can Marathon

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Bang on a Can returns to the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place with its annual incomparable super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the world! The 2014 Bang on a Can Marathon will feature eight hours of rare performances by some of the most innovative musicians of our time, side-by-side with some of today’s most pioneering young artists.

PLUS Bang on a Can’s social engagement wing Found Sound Nation hosts its Street Studio — a mobile recording studio equipped for passersby and Marathon musicians alike to spontaneously create and record original music!

Winter Garden
220 Vesey Street
New York, NY
Touring in support of: 

The Voodoo Orchestra North plays the music of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew

Monday, June 16, 2014 to Monday, August 25, 2014

The Voodoo Orchestra began in 1999 in the Tap Bar of the Knitting Factory in New York City. Every Tuesday night, Bobby Previte would assemble some of New York’s great improvisers to play the entirety of BITCHES BREW, the seminal 1970 recording by Miles Davis. Begun just for the sheer joy of playing this groundbreaking electric music, a buzz about the band soon started and they were recruited for the Vancouver and Saalfelden festivals, and opened the “Wall to Wall Miles” festival at Symphony Space in  New York.

Previte continues this band today as a workshop for teaching students and local musicians. Armed with the charts that he transcribed from the records, he travels to locations around the world, rehearses the musicians for two days and directs them in a concert performance. The musicians who experience this are transformed overnight; many remark that playing this music is cathartic and life-changing. Previte’s Bitches Brew Project is the perfect vehicle for teaching musicians patience, thoughtfulness, deep listening, and above of all, how to banish fear from their playing.

The workshop band can be any size from six musicians onward, as the instrumentation is open ended. A perfect workshop or artist residency project.

The Voodoo Orchestra North wil be performing Bitches Brew on:

June 16, 2014

July 7, 2014

August 4, 2014

August 18, 2014

August 25, 2014 

Helsinki Hudson
405 Columbia St
Hudson, NY 12534

Julia Wolfe w/ Bang on a Can All-Stars: Anthracite Fields

Friday, May 30, 2014 - 8:00pm

The Bang on a Can All-Stars & The Choir of Trinity Wall Street conducted by Julian Wachner join forces for the NY Premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields, part of the NY Phil Biennial, a Musical Playground of the Here and Now.

Lincoln Center - Avery Fisher Hall
10 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
Touring in support of: