Summer Music Festival
MassMoCA is housing the Bang on a Can Summer Festival from July
9 through July 29 in 2007. The Festival consists of several
programmes, such as the institute, the marathon and performances
by the Bang on a Can All-Stars.
Bang on a Can has a strong connection and history with Dutch
In 2007 two Dutch composers will be invited for a residency
with workshops and performances of their new work.
The Bang on a Can All-Stars have commissioned a new work by
Cornelis de Bondt and their famous marathon will consist of
compositions by Martijn Padding, Louis Andriessen and others.
We will spend three weeks immersed in recent music that has
changed the world. Available studies include Balinese music
workshops, improvisation, as well as performance coaching, master
classes, music business seminars and more. Composers will have
their works performed. Players will perform publicly in ensembles
sitting alongside their teachers. There are daily performances
in the museum galleries, free and open to the public. Our special
guest artist for 2007 is Don Byron. He will join us for the
last week of the festival.
About the Residency and The Marathon
At this time the submissions for the residency are still in
process. Two Dutch composers will be invited for a residency
during the summer festival. The residency concludes with a six-hour
blow-out Marathon Concert featuring performances by the student/faculty
The faculty includes some of the most innovative musicians of
our time. These are musicians who have dedicated their lives
to commissioning, rehearsing, recording and performing music
beyond the cutting edge.
The Marathon embodies everything that Bang on a Can believes
about the world. Six hours of uncompromising, adventurous music
from between the cracks, performed by the people who play it
the best, presented to an enthusiastic audience in the most
informal and inviting way. The marathon is part concert, part
utopian vision. It is a manifesto in the form of a concert.
About Bang on a Can All Stars
The Bang on a Can All-Stars, New York's high-energy electric
chamber ensemble premieres a new collaboration with the stunning
Czech avant-folk songstress Iva Bittová. Bittová's
haunting and riveting performance blends vocal and violin pyrotechnics
with a theatrical flair on a par with performance art icons
Laurie Anderson and Meredith Monk. Also don't miss the world
premiere of a brand new work by the Dutch composer Cornelis
de Bondt, commissioned for Bang on a Can, plus music by Michael
Gordon, Gregg August and stunning film by the legendary Bill
"Bittová is ...a marvel in person. Physically slight
and wearing a red cocktail dress, she emitted an incredibly
improbable combination of sounds with pinpoint precision, as
casually as most people would a folk song or nursery rhyme.
Imagine Minnie Ripperton as a chattering fairy or Meredith Monk
on helium gas." Philadelphia Inquirer
Bang on a Can brings its signature event back to the Berkshires!
30+ musicians and composers of the Bang on a Can Summer Music
Festival at Mass MoCA join up with American Jazz innovator Don
Byron for a six-hour non-stop concert program highlighted by
music performances with this celebrated clarinetist-composer.
It's a lexicon of American 20th and 21st century music as rendered
"There are other places to hear new contemporary music,
but it is seldom offered with such a potent blend of intensity,
authority, and abandon."
The Guardian (London):
"Radical...demands to be heard."
The New York Times:
"A fiercely aggressive group, combining the power and
punch of a rock band with the precision and clarity of a chamber
"The Bang on a Can All-Stars present new music the
way it should be presented -- with passion, precision, dynamism,
stylistic authority and a welcoming informality." -