Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) is a residency for composers and performers of contemporary music at one of the foremost US contemporary art museums. The Festival is dedicated entirely to adventurous contemporary music. We will write it. We will perform it. We will think about it and we will talk about it. We will spend three weeks immersed in recent music that has changed the world. Composers will have new works performed by festival ensembles. Players will perform in ensembles sitting alongside the faculty. There will be daily recitals in the museum galleries and major concerts on the weekends. The Festival also includes music business, technology, and art seminars, Balinese and Latin music seminars, an Orchestra of original instruments, improvisation, and more.

The faculty will be drawn from among the most innovative musicians of our time: Gregg August, bass; David Cossin, percussion; Michael Gordon, composition; David Lang, composition; Brad Lubman, conducting; Nicholas Photinos, cello; Todd Reynolds, violin; Christine Southworth, gamelan; Mark Stewart, guitar; Ken Thomson, saxophone/clarinet; Julia Wolfe, composition; Evan Ziporyn, clarinet and composition; and more special guests!

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA is located in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains in Western Massachusetts. MASS MoCA presents exhibitions and performances by renowned artists and cultural institutions, but it also is a place where the process of creativity is explored. Bang on a Can is thrilled to work with them in building a bridge between the arts.

Contact: Bang on a Can, 80 Hanson Pl., #701 Brooklyn, NY 11217, + 718-852-7755,
Application Deadline: January 17, 2011

Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival was featured on PBS. See the NewsHour segment here: