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Bang on a Can Marathon 2017: Kaki King, Laraaji, Innov Gnawa & more

Asphalt Orchestra at Bang on a Can Marathon, 2015. (photo by Stephanie Berger)

The 2017 edition of the Bang on a Can Marathon, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, will take place at the Brooklyn Museum on Saturday, May 6, from 2 to 10 PM. This year’s lineup includes Kaki King, Innov Gnawa, Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble, ambient music pioneer Laraaji, the Bang on a Can All-Stars and more. Admission is a suggested donation of $16 before 5 PM and will be free after courtesy of Target First Saturdays. Check out the full lineup and schedule below.

You can catch Bang on a Can All-Stars at Zankel Hall on Wednesday, April 19 as part of the Steve Reich–curated Three Generations series.


2 pm Music: Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Steel Hammer by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe.

3:30 pm Music: Brooklyn-based Innov Gnawa performs music in the Moroccan gnawa tradition.

4 pm Music: A rare solo set by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, singer, and violinist Caroline Shaw.

4 pm Music: The Young People’s Chorus of NYC, led by Francisco Nuñez, performs Joan La Barbara’s A Murmuration for Chibok, which honors the Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in 2014.

4 pm Music: Oliver Lake Crash Bang Trio with Bill McClellan and Reggie Nicholson perform works by renowned saxophonist Oliver Lake.

5 pm Music: Acoustic performance by Rabbit Rabbit’s Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi.

5-6 pm Music: Bang on a Can’s marching band, Asphalt Orchestra, performs Gigantic, by The Pixies’ Kim Deal, and Bizness, by tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus.

5-9 pm Found Sound Nation’s Street Studio: Record original music in Found Sound Nation’s mobile recording studio.

6 pm Music: Performance by Brooklyn-based guitarist Kaki King.

6-8 pm Music: The Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble performs Louis Andriessen’s De Staat (“The Republic”) at 6 pm and the New York premiere
of Michael Gordon’s No Anthem at 7 pm.

*6-8 pm Hands-On Art: Use everyday materials to craft your own musical instrument. After Hands-On Art, become a player in the Orchestra of Original Instruments in the Beirgarten. All ages welcome.

7 pm Music: The all-female a cappella group Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble performs selections from Monk’s Cellular Songs.

7-8 pm Pop-Up Poetry: Pop-up spoken word performances and conga drumming in the fifth-floor American Art galleries. Curated by Jaime Lee Lewis with performances by Jennifer Falu, Hadaiyah Bey, Ahlaam Abduljalil, Jamie Falu, and Jaime Lee Lewis.

7:30-8:30 pm: Laraaji performs ambient music featuring piano, zither, and mbira.

8 pm Music: Amir ElSaffar’s Two Rivers Ensemble blends Iraqi maqam music with contemporary jazz.

8 pm Music: Just Ensemble performs David Lang’s just (after song of songs), which was featured in the 2015 Oscar-nominated film Youth, by Paolo Sorrentino.

8:15-9 pm Orchestra of Original Instruments: Bring your handmade instrument from Hands-On Art and join a live group arrangement, led by musician and instrument designer Mark Stewart.

9 pm Music: Composer Kendall Williams directs Brooklyn’s steal pan band Pan in Motion.

9 pm Music: Asphalt Orchestra performs Ivo’s Ruchenitsa, by Ivo Papasov.

9 pm Music: Women’s Raga Massive pays special tribute to A Year of Yes with an all-female Indian raga ensemble.

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