Bang on a Can Week 1 in Pictures

As always we are so delighted to have the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival faculty and staff on campus sharing their music, passion, and talent with the MASS MoCA staff and patrons. Below is a pictorial diary of a variety of events from the first week of Bang on a Can. We are also capturing the whole Festival on video so expect a week 1 video to follow soon! If you haven’t made it to a Bang on a Can event yet you still have two more weeks to experience the wonderful, crazy, and contemporary with these amazing musicians.

Gallery Recitals





Welcome Dinner


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Posted July 19, 2010 by Brittany Bishop
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Video Vortex 7/9/10

Video Vortex = a weekly installment of our favorite videos from MASS MoCA artists and trailers for upcoming events, plus a few random viral creations as well.

Dave Hill

Dave Hill is a master of the Chihuahua Dance!

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Bang on a Can

Wondering what the Bang on a Can Festival of Contemporary Music is all about? This video from PBS NewsHour does a great job explaining it all.

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The Ukuladies

The ladies take on Ghost Riders in the Sky complete with ghost stick pony.

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Happy Friday

Posted July 9, 2010 by Brittany Bishop
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MASS MoCA as Matchmaker


Our former intern Sean Conway sent us a link to this piece from the San Diego City Beat about a project inspired by his time at MASS MoCA. He’s collaborating with Kenny Wollesen who he met here while he was an intern.

There are dozens of collaborations that have been the result of musicians meeting here.  The Bang on a Can Festival (this year its July 14- 31) is particularly fertile ground for the growth of new pairings.

Just call us Yenta….

Posted April 13, 2010 by MASS MoCA
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New Event added for May

foodandfilmWe’re doing a special fundraising event to support summer programming on May 5 at David Lang’s NYC loft.¬† Its an evening of food and film with David (who co-founded Bang on a Can and in his spare time won a Pulitzer Prize two years ago) and our fearless leader Joe as well as filmmaker Jonathan Parker.

Jonathan will show his film,¬† Untitled, a comic satire that’s become an indie hit since its premiere at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in 2009.¬† The New York Times calls it an “acutely witty art world satire.”

After the film stay for takeout from Kelley & Ping and talk about what you’ve just seen.¬† Space is quite limited so reserve today!

Posted March 28, 2010 by MASS MoCA
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La Nave de los Monstruos Journal: Installment #1


We asked the members of ETHEL who are performing their original soundtrack to La Nave de los Monstruos (Ship of Monsters) here on Friday, October 30 in a co-presentation with Cinema Tropical and Williamstown Film Festival to tell us a little bit about the collaborative creative process that went into scoring the film.¬†¬† Ralph Farris, who plays the viola in this rocking string quartet provided the first installment which he entitles “Diving Under the Hood”

Ralph from ETHEL here. Greetings from sunny Manhattan!

ETHEL cannot wait to bring this show to North Adams!

We had a blast putting this live soundtrack together this season (thank you Rachel Chanoff!), and now we’re digging through the whole show, picking everything apart to bring YOU the most coolest day-before-Hallowe’en show y’all have ever seen!

Here’s what-all we’ve been up to of late:

Neil and I just finished two days of high-intensity working sessions together.

—¬†Yesterday was mostly concentrated on the big picture (“What was the name of that toy percussion instrument that you said we should get?”, etc.)¬† …And then I went out and bought me some of those toy percussion instruments. Don’t tell Neil, but his new recorder is green. Should go nicely with my new red slide whistle.
—¬†Today was digging into some particulars (“Are you SURE that we should play a-sharp minor for that funky groove? I mean, the monster seems so peaceful…”) …And then we copied DVDs and made sure we each had the same version of the score, as we are now about to step away from our respective home offices for a few days.

Dorothy has been doing some super-intensive ear training work — she’s been working with the original score, figuring out harmonic structures and melodic elements where we can accompany the already-awesome soundtrack. The result is a very cool blend of old-fashioned orchestral sci-fi awesomeness and lush, super-romantic, kitschy strings.

floating down the Mississippi now (really!); she had pounded out our tech rider and all of the lighting and sound cues before she paddled off. She also said she was gonna determine if that was an F-sharp or G in measure 15 of the overture…
Will check in next week with another update. See y’all on the 30th!

Posted October 20, 2009 by MASS MoCA
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Just doing our job


We were so delighted to receive this email from a Laura Cohen who lives in the Albany area:

I attended the incredible Steve Reich concert on July 25. I’ve been listening to Reich’s music for 30 years, but never had a chance to attend a live concert. The concert you presented was incredible! I still can’t believe that the young performers were able to put together that concert in only 1 1/2 weeks. A miracle! The music is very difficult to perform. It’s a tribute to the talents of these musicians that they were able to pull it off. I’m so impressed, and so grateful to have witnessed it. Music for 18 Musicians is probably my favorite composition in the world, and I’m so grateful that MASS MoCA included this piece in the program. This was the happiest musical experience of my life. Thank you so much!

What’s the happiest musical experience of your life?¬† We hope it was at MASS MoCA.

Posted August 10, 2009 by MASS MoCA
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