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Bang on a Can Marathon – MaerzMusik Edition

4 hours of live concert

The legendary Bang on a Can from New York present four hours of live concert in their “Marathon” – a utopian musical format first created in 1987, which is now reaching an ever-wider audience in digital form.

View of the roller floor in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele before the renovation in 2010

View of the fly tower in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele before the renovations in 2010

© Berliner Festspiele, photo: Kordula Rüter

In early March 2020, in the beginning of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Bang on a Can – the multi-faceted and highly influential New York City-based contemporary music organisation – recognised that they were going to have to completely shift everything, and fast. Seeing friends and colleagues lose almost all of their work opportunities, they considered how best to support musicians and audiences through this sudden process of survival and transformation.

They turned to the place where it all began for them – the Bang on a Can Marathon. They quickly learned the tools necessary to stream performances from people’s homes and studios, and to engage with tens of thousands of viewers worldwide. In this new virtual world they have been able to curate and commission more widely than ever.

For MaerzMusik 2021, Bang on a Can presents a special edition of their Marathon Live Online – four hours of live performances from both sides of the Atlantic, reflecting the diversity and breadth of their community. Bang on a Can was founded in 1987 by three American composers who remain its artistic directors: Julia Wolfe, David Lang, and Michael Gordon. Called “the country’s most important vehicle for contemporary music” by the San Francisco Chronicle, the organisation focuses on the presentation of new concert music, and has presented hundreds of musical events worldwide.

Programme details will be announced at a later date.


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