Bang On A Can

Bang on a Can is a multi-faceted musical organization based in New York City. It was founded in 1987 by three American composers who remain its artistic directors: Julia Wolfe, David Lang, and Michael Gordon. It is a major force in the presentation of new concert music, and has presented hundreds of musical events worldwide. The San Francisco Chronicle has called Bang on a Can the country's most important vehicle for contemporary music. It is perhaps best known for its 12-hour Marathon Concerts during which an eclectic mix of pieces are performed in succession over the course of many hours while audience members, who are encouraged to maintain a jeans-and-tee-shirt informality, are welcome to come and go as they please. Among the many Bang on a Can events were performances by John Cage, premieres of Glenn Branca’s epic symphonies for massed electric guitars, and fully staged operas of hobo-legend Harry Partch, featuring the composer's original instruments. In 2002, Bang on a Can began the yearly Summer Institute of Music [2], a program at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) for young composers and performers. This program is sometimes referred to by the nickname Banglewood in reference to the nearby, but far more traditional Tanglewood Music Festival. The three artistic directors occasionally collaborate by jointly composing a large work, often without revealing which sections each contributed. Examples include: * The Carbon Copy Building — a...

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