Bang on a Can Marathon is back again

David Miller

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Photo by Stephanie Berger

Rejoice: On June 22, Bang on a Can Marathon, the legendary composer-heavy NYC mainstay, returns to Manhattan’s Brookfield Place Winter Garden for a jam-packed day of free live music. Still going strong since its start in '87, the left-field festival is taking compositions by the likes of Julia Wolfe, JG Thirlwell, David Lang, and the National’s Bryce Dessner and blowing them up huge with full on orchestral accompaniment. “Imagine Lollapalooza advised by the ghost of John Cage,” Vanity Fair wrote about the show—that sounds pretty cool. And, plus, it's free.

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Check out the full lineup and schedule below:

2pm:
Great Noise Ensemble
Carlos Carrillo: De la brevedad de la vida
Armando Bayolo: Caprichos

Adrianna Mateo, violin
Molly Joyce: Lean Back and Release

Great Noise Ensemble
Marc Mellits: Machine V from 5 Machines

Bearthoven
Brooks Frederickson: Undertoad

Anonymous 4
David Lang: love fail (selections)

4pm:
Dawn of Midi
Amino Belyamani and Aakaash Israni: Excerpt from Dysnomia

Roomful of Teeth
Caroline Shaw: Allemande and Sarabande from Partita for 8 Voices
Judd Greenstein: AEIOU

Contemporaneous
Andrew Norman: Try

Meredith Monk & Theo Bleckmann
Meredith Monk: Facing North

6pm:
Jherek Bischoff & Contemporaneous
Jherek Bischoff: Works TBA

Meredith Monk, Theo Bleckmann, & friends
Meredith Monk: Panda Chant II from the Games

Jace Clayton, electronics; David Friend, Emily Manzo, piano; Arooj Aftab, voice
Julius Eastman and Jace Clayton: Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner

Bang on a Can All-Stars
JG Thirlwell: Anabiosis
Paula Matthusen: ontology of an echo
Julia Wolfe: Big Beautiful Dark & Scary

8pm:
So Percussion
Bryce Dessner: Music for Wood and Strings

Bang on a Can All-Stars & friends
Louis Andriessen: Hoketus

Mantra Percussion
Michael Gordon: Timber

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