Thanks for watching!

The event is past, but there’s much more coming up!

Also, we experienced some as-yet-unexplained cut-outs during the show. Fortunately, this was not from the production side, so we have the full show archived. The glitches took place between our outputs and the inputs to the various sites that hosted the show (, youtube, facebook etc.)



Below is the whole show without glitches or cut-outs! We’ll leave it up thru the Ides of March.

Bang on a Can Marathon
February 21, 2021

New Year! New Hope! New Commissions! On February 21, Bang on a Can presents an entire marathon of PREMIERES! 16 brand new works by 16 pioneering composers. Tune in to hear 4 hours of nonconformist, noncommercial, mind-blowing music. Alvin Lucier!  Jennifer Walshe! Matthew Shipp! Ingrid Laubrock! Gabriel Kahane! and many many more.

Big thanks to John Schaefer and Caryn Havlik for helping us present the big show today. Their New Sounds program on WNYC continues to help make NYC the world’s home to challenging and exciting new music. Thanks to you both and your whole team.

This concert is FREE!  But please do consider purchasing a ticket. That helps us pay more players, commission more composers, and make more music. The pandemic is still here. An entire ecosystem of composers and performers needs our attention, our love, and our financial support. All Marathon performers and composers are participating live and being paid by Bang on a Can. Please help us do that!

– Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe: co-founders and co-artistic directors



JAKHONGIR SHUKUR Potter’s Wheel, performed by ROBERT BLACK

JENNIFER WALSHE Happiness Starts Right Now


GABRIEL KAHANE Hollywood & Vine, performed by ARLEN HLUSKO


GREGORY SPEARS A Distant Ridge of Earth, performed by DAVID BYRD-MARROW

KRISTINA WOLFE new work performed by MOLLY BARTH

AMIR ELSAFFAR Thaw, for bass clarinet solo, performed by KEN THOMSON

BORA YOON Postcards from the Pacific


MATTHEW SHIPP Spaceman’s Blues

JOEL THOMPSON Supplication and Compensation, performed by ANTHONY ROTH COSTANZO




EVE BEGLARIAN A Solemn Shyness, performed by LARA DOWNES


MOLLY HERRON Canon No. 4, performed by MAYA STONE

ALVIN LUCIER  Weirs for electric guitar and resonant objects, performed by MARK STEWART


All works commissioned by Bang on a Can with generous support from the following:
Jakhongir Shukur, Potter’s Wheel, was commissioned with support from Liz & Greg Lutz and Pamela Drexel
Jennifer Walshe, Happiness Starts Right Now, was commissioned with support from Richard Ferrante
María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, Pending, was commissioned with the support of the Carl Meier Family
Gabriel Kahane, Hollywood & Vine, was commissioned with support from Raulee Marcus & Stephen Block
Gregory Spears, A Distant Ridge of Earth, and Molly Herron, Canon No. 4, were commissioned with support from Herb Leventer
Bora Yoon,
Postcards from the Pacific, was commissioned with support from Russ Irwin
Matthew Shipp,
Spaceman’s Blues, was commissioned with support from Jack Homer & Emily Hartzog

Joel Thompson, Supplication and Compensation, was commissioned with support from Dave Lake & Linda Wright
Rohan Chander, △ or THE TRAGEDY OF HIKKOMORI LOVELESS, was commissioned with support from Maria & Robert A. Skirnick

Eve Beglarian, A Solemn Shyness, was commissioned with the support of Oscar Gerardo
Alvin Lucier, Weirs for electric guitar and resonant objects, was commissioned with support from Jane & Dick Stewart

additional major commissioning support for 2021 from




Suggested Ticket Levels


A big virtual hug and thank you for helping make this and future virtual Marathons possible.


We’d love to list you! For $25 or more, we’ll put your name on the Marathon 2020 website as Ticket Buyer. It’s that easy. Buy a ticket, be a supporter.

$100 and above

Receive the above and reserved seating! Okay, that’s silly. You can sit wherever you want. BUT $100 and above makes you a donor, not just a ticket buyer, and you can get a tax deduction and name on the Marathon website as a PRODUCER! Because you helped us produce the show, and that’s really, really important.

$1,500 – Commissions!

This is a very special category indeed. We are going to try to commission as many pieces as we can over the next few months, before we can all settle into a venue together to hear music together. So…for each $1,500 gift, we will apply the funds in equal parts to the composer, to the performer and to the Marathon 2020 fund that keeps this all going. If you want to know more about these commissions, just send an email to Tim Thomas, [email protected]. Or, when you give $1,500, we’ll contact YOU with info on your composer and when the piece will be premiered. You will also receive a signed score from the composer and our undying gratitude.


A blast from last year’s Marathons:


Jody Elff – live stream producer and engineer
Peter Wise – live stream coordinator
Denise Burt – logo design

This performance is a continuation of Bang on a Can’s online offerings during the pandemic shutdown. Bang on a Can has presented over 90 performances including 31 newly commissioned world premieres and dozens of composers and performers. The Marathons feature interviews with the composers in between each performance, offering insights into their music, work, and life during this time.


Bang on a Can is grateful for the support of these crucial 2020-21 Funders:



Commissioners of New Work at the live online Bang on a Can Online Marathons include Stephen Block, Margaret Cullum, Lawrence Greenfield, Russ Irvin,  David Lake & Linda Wright, Herb Leventer, George Lewis, Raulee Marcus, Rob Mason, Gordon Nicol,  Maria & Robert A. Skirnick, Jane & Richard Stewart, Connie Steensma & Rick Prins.

Support of the Marathon Performers comes from the Williamson Foundation for Music. Support of Composers/Commissions comes from the ASCAP Foundation. Both funders have been key supporters of our Summer Festival at MASS MoCA, which we look forward to in 2021!

Marathon 2020 producers at $100 and Above: Robert Abrams, Eric Anderson, Polly Apfelbaum, Victoria Aschheim, Katherine Barton, Catherine Benoit, Gina Biver, Stephen Block, Jeffrey Bishop, Susan Boiko, Donald Brenneis, Elizabeth Brown, Jeffrey Calman, Ashley Capps, Kathryn Carnicia, Mark Cohen, Julie Courtney, Roberta Cummings, Phil D’Elia, Werner deFoe, Paul Dellevigne, Nina Di Leo, Yun Du, Amy Zell Ellsworth, David Falconer, William Falls, Neil Feldman, Julia Fought, Richard Frank, Philip George, Daniel Glidden, Peter and Celia Gourevitch-Falicov, Diane Guvenis, Karen Halvorson, Ann Hamilton, Adrienne Harris, Guy Hedreen, Logan Holmes, Jake Holmes, Karen Holtzman, Bernard and Marilyn Horowitz, Bronwen Jones, Gary Karr, Kevin Kennefick, Christine Kim, Alice Kornhauser, Richard Kuczkowski & Mia Leo, Lisa and Chris Kuneman/Zappala, William Kurtzer, Robert Kyr, David Lake, Jack Lampl, Daniel Lang, Lisa Lang, Michele Lerner, Scott Lescher, Carla Lord, Addison MacDonald, William Macholdt, Paula Matthusen, Sean McCain, Bill Morrison, Jeremy Mindich, Ruben Naeff, Cooper Neil, L J Newman, Ken Nielsen, Bruce Oltman, Luis Orozco, Sara Renar, Doug  Perkins, Sara Renar, Mark Robbins, Norman D. Ryan, Karen Sander, Tim Savinar, Marilyn Scannell, Diane Schelp, Cis and Jim Serling, Hubertus Siegert, Clark Silcox, Mark Solomon, Alan Stanbridge, Tom Steenland, Robert Stein, April Stewart Klausner, Dava Stravinsky, Michael Thomson, Kyle Tieman-Strauss,Emily Todd, Cia Toscanini, Vince Tseng, John Underkoffler, Vanetta Vancak, Dan VanHassel, Libby Van Cleve & Jack Vees, Debra Vilinsky, Andrew Wallach, Adam Watkins, Stefan Weisman, Claire Weisz, Curtis Wenzel, Harry White, Vina Williams, Kristina Wolfe, Scott Wollschleger, William Worn, Andrew Flora Wong, Bonnie Wright, Bora Yoon, Peter Zirnite

And thank you to our Ticket Buyers at $25 and above: Christopher Adler, Geoffrey Albert, James Alexander, Laura Alexander, Peter Allen, Simon Allen, Jim Allen, Abiud Amaro Diaz, Charles Amirkhanian, Nancy Anderson, Marc Andren, Rita Asch, Arthur Baer, Arthur Baer, Richard Baitz,  Lawrence Banks, Robert Barber, Steve Bartek, Ellizabeth Bassemir, Mark Beiderbecke, Leonard Belasco, Mary Berlow, Andrea Berne, Paige and Tom Bevis, Ted Bietz, Larry Birstock, Mark Blackman, Larry Blatecky, Fred D Bogin, Mark Borg, Juli Borst, Teddy Dean Boys, Margit Brand, Emanuele Breda, Tim Brennan, Monique Briggs, Susan Brilliant, Lisa Brinker, Joey Brown, Jon Brunelle, Pat Burkhard, Sharon Burklund, Ty Burr, Mickey Butts, Madelyn Byrne, Vicki Cabot, Colin Cahill, Leslie Cardell, Robert Carley, Aannette Carlozzi, Omar Carmenates, Frederick Casey, Jody Cassell, Thomas Catlaw, Daniel Chandler, Charles Chapman, Carlton Chase, David Chase, Roger Chase, Paul Chavez, Young Soon, Cho Jaquet, Tom Choi, Laura Christensen, Ty Citerman, Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, John Coldwell, Ashley Collins, Matt Comeione, Heidi Coplin, Tom Corrado, Lindsay Coughtry, Mitzi Cowell, Jason Crimmins, Rodney Crumrine, Karen Cummings, Corey Curtis, Aaron Cutler, Gregory Darms, Michael Daugherty, Kim Davies, Sheila Davies Sumner, Nathan Davis, Paul Dellevigne, Katharine DeShaw, Patricia Deuter, Mario Diaz de Leon, Robert Dickerson, Fiona Digney, Sean Donovan, Jean Dowdall, Jakob Dr. Sinzinger, Pamela Drexel, David Drexler, Janice Driesbach, Dana Duff, Lynn Easley, Elaine Edelman, Diane Eisenstat, Stephen Engelmann, Janeil Engelstad, Matthew Evangelista, Mike Evers, Mike Evers, Michael Fagan, Margery Fain, Ted and Leila Falk, William Falls, Ralph Farris, Susan Feder, Alan Feller, David Felton, Melissa Ferreira, Thomas Field, Chris Fielder, James Findlay, Kelly Fitz, Donald Fortescue, Alice Fox, Daniel Fox, Verena Foxx, Susan Frankel, Michael Frankhuizen, Tovia Freedman, Kaja Gam, Ariana Garber, Sandra Garner, Alan Gaynor, Katie Geissinger, Katie Geissinger, Andra Georges, Monica Germino, Ron Gianola, Rachel Gibson, Nancy Ginter, David Gladstein, Neil Glassman, Rose Gonzalez, Brian Good, Matthew Gordon, Jack Gorman, David Gorsline, Thomas Granvold, David Graves, Wade Greene, Judd Greenstein, Arwen Griffith, Gareth Griffiths, Cheri Grinnell, Augusta Gross, Robert Grubbs, Dave Grzyb, Rhoda Gubernick, John Guppy, Donald Haig, Elisabeth Halliday-Quan, Rachel Hands, Bob Harberts, Elliot Harmon, Brian Harris, Michael Harrison, Steven Hart, Susan Hartzell, Anne Hege, Charles Hendrick, George Henik, Jerome Hentsch, Juan Herrera, Barbara Hertel, Orit Hilewicz, Christopher Hill, Christopher Hill, Richard Hoffman, Schuyler Hoffman, Vicki Holcomb, James Holt, Jeaninne Honstein, Robert Honstein, Susan Horowitz, Stephen Horton, JC Hotchkiss, Philipp Hullmann, Jon Hurd, Mark Irwin, Ava Jacobi, Scott Jackson, Risa Jaroslow, Kelly Jarrett, Alan Jenkins, Sarah Jesudason, Carla E. Jimenez, Carl Johnson, Donald Johnson, Brooke Johnson, Christina Johnson, Alexander Johnston, Zoe Johnstone, Mary Margaret Jones, John Jowett, Arnold Kalmbach, Kent Karnofski, Tom Kanthak, Lisa Kaplan, James Karela,  Melanie Kasten-Krause, Pavel Katsev, Shinji Kawamoto, Debra Kaye, Robert Kearney, Cheryl Keepers, Tracy Kellmer, Daniel Kelman, Daniel Kelman, Daniel Kelman, Dawna Kemper, Clement Kent, Richard Kent, David Keogh, Paul Kerekes, Sue Killam, Isabel Kim, Byron Kim, Dave King, Pamela Kivelson, Robert Klavas, Guy & Jan Klucevsek, Elizabeth Knowles-O’Hare, Stephen Kolderup, Jamey Kollar, Rosalie Kornblau, Thomas Kriegsman, Tracy Kukkonen, Paricia Kulawiak, Dik Lampen, Jodie Landau, Lisa Lang, Dan Langa, Daniel Langa, Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, Sarah Lazin, Julie Lees, Herb Leventer, Marsha Levin-Rojer, Renee Levine Packer, Mark Lewin, Harold Lichtin, David Lieberman, George Liebert, Kirsten Lies-Warfield, Leah Lievrouw, Wendy Lindbergh, Denise Loggins, Jane Lombard, Terry Longshore, Selene Ma, David MacDonald, Colin MacDonald, Thomas Mack, Edward MacKay, George Mallis, Ross Marshall, Alexandra  Martinez, Bill Mascioli, John Mastarone, Melissa Mazzoli, Laurie McCants, David McGuire, David McGuire, Maureen McLane, Rohana McLaughlin, Craig McNutt, Aaron Miller, Jeffrey Mills, Linda Milstein, Patrick Miqueu, Paula Mlyn, Andrea Moed, Gayle Morgan, Elizabeth Morrison, Marilyn Munsterman, Sean Murphy, Cooper Neil, Thomas Neiman, Tobin Nellhaus, Russell Nelson, Brandon Neubauer, Cynthia Nicely, Mark Niedermier, Michael Niemann, Robert Nirkind, Eleanor Nussbaum, James O’Donnell, Peter O’Gorman, Rick O’Neal, John O’Shaughnessy, John O’Toole, John Ochsendorf, Selma Odom, Takuya Oi, David Oppenheimer, Michael Organ, Nicholas Osborn, Charles Outhier, Stephanie Palmer, Mark Palmgren, Isabelle  Pannetonh, Mindy Paquin, Helen Park, Francis Patrick, Yves Perrier, Miriam Pierce, Day Piercy, Janice Pilch, Diana Pinto, Alli Poirot, James Poke, Claudia Portogallo, Kristin Pulkkinen, Sue & Mike Radlauer, Dean Rainey, Patricia Raley, Monika Rammelt, Brendon Randall-Myers, Namira Rasman, Jeanee Redmond, Rachel Reichman, Linda Reinisch, Marja Rexwinkel, Zach Rice, Michael Roach, Meghan Robertson-Labbee, Phyllis Robinson, Rogerio Rodrigues,  Sara Ronar, James Rosenfield, Randy Rosso, Marina Rothman, Jay Rozen, Nancy Ruppenthal, Lite Sabin, John Sagan, Jeanne Saier, Frank Sakalinis, Paul Salinger, James Sanford, Nathan Schimke, Ursel Schlicht,  Janet Schreiber, Gabriel Schuyler, Collette Sell, David Senie, Daryl Shawn, Richard Shaw, Jason Sigal, Steve Silberman, Kate Simmons, Barbara Simms, Debra Simon, Dutcher Snedeker, Alisa Solomon, Eva Soltes, Justin Sowa, Sergio Spedo, Kathy Stackhouse, Douglas Stapleton, Peter Stastny, Naomi Stein, Peter Stepek, Jill Strominger, David Suisman, Jameson Swanagon, Steven Swartz, Mazz Swift, Diana Sworakowski, Irene Talbott, Donna Tapper, Naomi Tarantal, Peter and Janann Taylor, Sarah Teitler, Chris Theofanidis, James Thirlwell, Doug Thomas, Jean Thomas, Kyle Tieman-Strauss, Marika Tjelios, Ola Torstensson, Cia Toscanini, Jonathan Tregear, Chris Trivell, Michael Tucker, Stan Tymorek, Jose Uribe, Jacqui Uys, Hans van Bemmelen, Henk van den Brink, Kees van Prooijen, Daniel Van Hassel, Matthew Vernon, Anton Vishio, Alexandra Walcott, Joel Walfish, Andrew Walker, Kelly Walker, Adam Walter, Stephen Want, Joseph Ward, Sara Washington, Philip Webb, David Weiner, David Weller, Brad Wells, C. Alex Wells, William Wells, Martha Westerdahl, Linda Westrick, Christopher White, LJ White, Audrey Williams, Timothy Wilson, Jane Winter, Eric Winter, Jocelyn Wolfe, Flora Wong, William Worn, Anna Wyss, Anna Wyss, Lynn Yellen, Bora Yoon, Scott Yost, Tanya Young, David Young, Pamela Z, Jonas Zimmermann, Judith Zissman



Bang on a Can’s 2020 programs are made possible with generous lead support from: Amphion Foundation, ASCAP and ASCAP Foundation, Atlantic Records, Daniel Baldini, Stephen A. Block, Bishop Fund, Jeffrey Calman, Charina Endowment Fund, City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, Exploring the Arts, Howard Gilman Foundation, Jaffe Family Foundation,, Alan Kifferstein & Joan Finkelstein, Michael Kushner, Leslie Lassiter, Herb Leventer, MAP Fund, Raulee Marcus, MASS MoCA, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Jeremy Mindich & Amy Smith, Elizabeth Murrell & Gary Haney, National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, New York Community Trust, New York State Council on the Arts (with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature), Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Scopia Capital Management, Matthew Sirovich & Meredith Elson, Maria & Robert A. Skirnick, Jane & Dick Stewart, Sandra Tait and Hal Foster, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Williamson Foundation for Music, Adam Wolfensohn & Jennifer Small, and Wolfensohn Family Foundation.

Bang on a Can’s Board of Directors: Michael Kushner, president; Sandra Tait, vice-president; Alan Kifferstein, Treasurer; Robert A. Skirnick, secretary. Betto Arcos, Daniel Baldini, Jeffrey Bishop, Stephen Block, Jeffrey Calman, Michael Gordon, Lynette Jaffe, David Lang, Leslie Lassiter, George Lewis, Raulee Marcus, Elizabeth Murrell, Jane Stewart, Julia Wolfe, Adam Wolfensohn

Bang on a Can Staff:

Artistic Directors: Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe
Executive Director: Kenny Savelson
Development Director & OneBeat Oversight: Tim Thomas
Project Manager: Philippa Thompson
Producer: Sruly Lazaros
1Beat Co-Directors: Chris Marianetti, Jeremy Thal, Elena Moon Park
1Beat Managers: Kyla-Rose Smith and Ezra Tenenbaum
Accounts Manager: Brian Petuch
Online Store Manager: Adam Cuthbert
Archive Content Manager: Matt Evans
Assistant Store Manager: Cassie Wieland
Publicity: Jensen Artists