Bang on a Can Super-Fans Arrive from Belgium

Today, we spoke briefly to two contemporary music-loving patrons at a Bang on a Can recital. They have traveled to MASS MoCA from Belgium to soak up every part of the Summer Music Festival.


What are your names?

Ariane and Rorbert. (Ariane speaking) I am a musician and an artist. I use cello and singing for healing – art therapy. Robert is not an artist, but we both enjoy music very much. Music is so important to us.


Where are you from?

We came from Belgium to the United States (to North Adams) for the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival. We are spending 1 month here. 1 week of this time we spent in NYC.


How did you hear about Bang on a Can?

We have known Bang on a Can for 5 or 6 years. We first saw Michael Gordon’s Timber years ago in Denmark. We also attended a performance of Steve Reich and Bang on a Can’s music in Toronto, Canada. We love music. We especially like to hear minimalist music.


What has been your favorite performance from Bang on a Can so far?

We loved Ken Thomson’s recital in the galleries. We discovered him at this concert; we did not know his music before. We also very much enjoyed Todd Reynold’s performance on violin. His harmonies are so beautiful.


What are you most looking forward to at Bang on a Can?

We are very excited for the concert at Windsor Lake, on Wednesday, July 25. That will be interesting.


Posted July 23, 2012 by MASS MoCA
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Bang on a Can takes MASS MoCA by Storm

Get ready for our 11th annual Bang on a Can summer music festival! FREE (with gallery admission) concerts every day except Sundays take place in the galleries at 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM. Plus, a few of the Bang on a Can All-Stars will perform Field Recordings on Saturday, July 21, at 8:00PM. Then, brace yourself for endless hours of new music at the Bang on a Can Marathon on Saturday, July 28, at 4:00 PM.

Want to know more about our Bang on a Can friends? Here are some quick stats.

THE ALL-STARS (Photo copyright John Edwin Mason, 2011)


From: Saratoga Springs, NY

Instrument: Cello

Other projects: Member of Metropolis Ensemble, TwoSense, and Typical Music.

Performed with: American Symphony Orchestra, Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, and Windham Chamber Players.

Fun fact: Yale University master’s grad Ashley has appeared everywhere from Carnegie Hall and Boston Symphony Hall to NPR’s Performance Today.

Ashley Bathgate, Charlottesville, Virginia, 19 February 2011.



From: Vancouver, Canada

Instrument: Piano

Other projects: Member of Wordless Music Orchestra, Opera Cabal, Wet Ink Ensemble, ai ensemble, and AXIOM.

Performed with: Bryce Dessner of The National, Glenn Kotche of Wilco, David Longstreth of the Dirty Projectors, Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, and Philip Glass.

Fun fact: Prior to producing the contemporary music series Contagious Sounds, Vicky made her orchestral debut at age 10 with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Vicky Chow, Charlottesville, Virginia, 19 February 2011.



From: Queens, NY

Instrument: Percussion (plus he invents instruments)

Other projects: Percussionist for Sting, member of Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Orchestra Radio France, and Hong Kong Symphony.

Performed with: Steve Reich & Musicians, Philip Glass, Yo-Yo Ma, and Meredith Monk.

Fun fact: When he’s not acting as the percussionist for Blue Man Group, David’s curating Italy’s experimental music festival, Sound Res.

David Cossin, Charlottesville, Virginia, 19 February 2011.





From: Schenectady, New York

Instrument: Bass

Other projects: Member of JD Allen Trio, assistant principal bass of Brooklyn Philharmonic, and assistant bassist with Ray Vega and his Latin Jazz Sextet.

Performed with: Lincoln Center’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Mark Morris Dance Group, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Composer’s Orchestra, Ray Barretto, Paquito D’Rivera, and James Moody.

Fun fact: Originally entering college as a drummer, Gregg went on to become a principal bassist at an orchestra in Barcelona, and then a freelancing jazz bassist in Paris.

Gregg August, Charlottesville, Virginia, 19 February 2011.



From: Boulder, Colorado

Instrument: Electric Guitar

Other Projects: composer and educator, founding member in the virtuoso chamber ensemble BASILICA, assistant professor of Music Theory and Composition at the Ball State University School of Music.

Performed with: Iva Bittova, Don Byron, Bill Frisell, Glenn Kotche (Wilco), Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Steve Reich, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and the goodhands team.

Fun fact: An avid transcriber, Derek is currently working in collaboration with the innovative Swedish band Meshuggah on a series of transcription books encompassing the band’s complete discography.

Derek Johnson, Bordeaux (Photo copyright Christine Southworth)



From: New York, NY

Instrument: Violin

Other projects: founder of Ethel, Typical Music, and Todd Reynolds String Quartet.

Performed with: Tony Braxton, Steve Reich & Musicians, Yo-Yo Ma, and Joe Jackson.

Fun fact: A master of electric guitar and the looping machine, Todd has created Nuove Uova [new eggs], new works for violin and electricity, a new-music cabaret that finds its home at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan.

Todd Reynolds



From: Andover, MA

Instrument: Multiple instruments

Other projects: founder of The Books and Zammuto.

Performed with: Tony Braxton, Steve Reich & Musicians, Yo-Yo Ma, and Joe Jackson.

Fun fact: After a stint in North Adams, MA, Nick and his wife Molly moved to Vermont, where they built their own house (heated entirely from firewood harvest on their own land), music studio (where the Zammuto albums were recorded), and root cellar (where they store all the veggies they grow themselves).

Nick Zammuto

Posted July 10, 2012 by MASS MoCA
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Bang on a Can 2011…Have you heard?

The 10th annual Bang On A Can summer festival 2011 is in full swing. Here are some images from the daily recitals which take place inside our galleries (aside from Sunday) at 1:30 and 4:30! Admission to the museum allows you into the shows for free. Bang on a can will also be having a tribute to composer John Adams this Saturday, as well as a six hour marathon next Saturday the 30th, which will be their last day at MASS MoCA. Come and check them out!











So if you haven’t been yet… Bang On A Can is here at MASS MoCA preforming recitals inside the galleries twice a day until July 30th! Come check it out.

Posted July 21, 2011 by MASS MoCA
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Bang On A Can Special Recital

As members of Bang on a Can start up their daily recitals in our galleries, we would like to draw attention to a special performance  taking place today.

Todd Reynolds, composer, conductor, arranger and violinist, as well as a seasoned member of Bang on a Can, is dedicating today’s recital in honor of the late Steven Bodner who left this community suddenly and at way too young an age in January. Since his arrival in 2000, Steve was a vital part of the Berkshires as a Williams College music department professor, musician, conductor and director of the Symphonic Winds ensemble. He was a dear friend to MASS MoCA, a tireless promoter of music, and a true inspiration to students. We miss him terribly and are  pleased that Todd Reynolds is honoring him this afternoon with the violin, in our gallery of Joseph Beuys and Jörg Immendorff’s artworks. Please join us for this emotional tribute,  Thursday, July 14 at 4:30.

Posted July 14, 2011 by MASS MoCA
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Bang on a Can Week 3 Photo Blog

It’s always surprising how fast the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival flies by. It seems like just yesterday we were sitting in the Bang on a Can/ MASS MoCA staff meet and greet. Over the past three weeks we have made a plethora of new friends, been stunned by the talent these musicians have to offer the world, and have throughly enjoyed every concert, recital, and community event we have had the chance to attend. Help us send these amazingly wonderful musicians off in style at the six hour Bang on a Can Marathon this Saturday.

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Posted July 30, 2010 by Brittany Bishop
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Bang on a Can Week 2 Photos




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Posted July 24, 2010 by Brittany Bishop
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