‘A fiercely aggressive group, combining the power and punch of a rock band with the precision and clarity of a chamber ensemble.’ The New York Times
Philip Glass, Brian Eno (Music for Airports), Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, Julia Wolfe and Steve Martland
New York's electric Bang on a Can All-Stars, one of the world's leading cutting edge music ensembles, perform a programme of blockbuster UK and US composers including their acclaimed live arrangement of Brian Eno's ambient classic Music for Airports, music by NY legends Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Meredith Monk, plus Bang on a Can co-founder Julia Wolfe and Britain's own late great Steve Martland.
The six-piece ensemble (Ashley Bathgate cello, Robert Black bass, Vicky Chow piano, David Cossin percussion, Mark Stewart guitars and Ken Thomson clarinets) are recognized worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music. Freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music, this six-member amplified ensemble has consistently forged a distinct category-defying identity, taking music into uncharted territories and shattering the definition of what concert music is today.
Bang on a Can plays 'a central role in fostering a new kind of audience that doesn’t concern itself with boundaries. If music is made with originality and integrity, these listeners will come.' The New York Times
Since its first Marathon concert in 1987, Bang on a Can has been creating an international community dedicated to innovative music, wherever it is found. With adventurous programs, it commissions new composers, performs, presents, and records new work, develops new audiences, and educates the musicians of the future. Bang on a Can is building a world in which powerful new musical ideas flow freely across all genres and borders.