Bang on a Can All-Stars

Known worldwide as some of the best contemporary musicians the Bang on a Can All-Stars, who formed in 1992, are recognised for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music.

Bang on a Can is dedicated to making music new. 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.

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. With a massive repertoire of works written specifically for the group’s distinctive instrumentation and style of performance, the All-Stars have become a genre in their own right.

Performing throughout the U.S. and internationally, the All-Stars have shattered the definition of what concert music is today. The group’s celebrated projects include their landmark recording of Brian Eno’s ambient classic Music for Airports, as well as live performances with Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Don Byron, Iva Bittova, Thurston Moore, and others.

Recent project highlights include the premiere performances and recording of Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize winning Anthracite Fields, Field Recordings, a major multi-media project featuring over 30 commissioned works by Tyondai Braxton, Mira Calix, Anna Clyne, Bryce Dessner, Michael Gordon, Jóhann Jóhannsson, David Lang, Christian Marclay, Steve Reich, Caroline Shaw, Julia Wolfe, and more; the world premiere and album release of Cloud River Mountain, a collaboration featuring Chinese superstar singer Gong Linna; and more.

David Lang and Julia Wolfe have both won Pulitzer Prizes for Music with David Lang recently nominated for an Academy and Golden Globe Award for his musical expertise for the film “Youth”.


“A fiercely aggressive group, combining the power and punch of a rock band with the precision and clarity of a chamber ensemble.” – New York Times

“Their reputation preceded them as they’ve been on the cutting edge since 1987 and recognized globally as a distinctly innovative musical entity.” Zaman

“…the All-Stars cooked like only the All-Stars can cook, and their sound crew made them sound great at all times.” – Los Angeles Times

Book your tickets and get a free album download of Bang on a Can

All-Stars ‘ More Field Recordings’.

See review here.

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts, in partnership with Melbourne Recital Centre and Sydney City Recital Hall.

Images: Peter Serling, Stephanie Berger


David Lang                   Cheating, lying, stealing
Michael Gordon           For Madeleine
JG Thirlwell                  Anabiosis
Julia Wolfe                    Believing
Kate Moore                   Ridgeway
Philip Glass                   Closing
Steve Martland             Horses of Instruction

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