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Bang on a Can Launches New 3-Day Music Festival - LONG PLAY - May 1-3, 2020 in Brooklyn

Bang on a Can announces the launch of LONG PLAY, a new, three-day destination music festival, presented for the first time from Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 3, 2020. Featuring dozens of concerts, LONG PLAY also showcases a dense network of pioneering music venues in Brooklyn – with performances at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Roulette, Public Records, ShapeShifter Lab, Littlefield, Brooklyn Music School, BAM Lepercq Space, outdoor events at The Plaza at 300 Ashland, and more. Festival passes and special early bird offers will be available starting on December 16, 2019 at

Bang on a Can’s Co-Founders and Artistic Directors Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, say of the new festival:

“For over 30 years, Bang on a Can has dedicated itself to working the frontier – bringing together the most innovative voices in music and building new audiences for new work. Right now – this minute – is an amazing time to be a musician. Musicians from every corner of the music world are pushing beyond their boundaries, questioning their roots, searching and stretching for the new. There has never been a time when music contained so much innovation and diversity, so much audacity and so much courage. And we want to show you all of it. With the creation of LONG PLAY we are presenting more kinds of musicians, playing more kinds of music, bending more kinds of minds. LONG PLAY expands and enlarges our scope and our reach, and puts more new faces on stages than ever before. It's a lot of music!”

Fueled by more than three decades of Marathon concerts, LOUD Weekend at MASS MoCA, countless world tours and staged productions, Bang on a Can’s LONG PLAY is a supercharged ride through right now – for musicians and audiences alike.

LONG PLAY Highlights (additional artists and more details to be announced in January 2020):

Steve Reich: All Live

Art Ensemble of Chicago

Brian Eno: Music for Airports

Meredith Monk: Memory Game

Ashley Bathgate: Ash

Nik Bärtsch's Ronin

The Ken Thomson Sextet

Bearthoven plays Scott Wollschleger

Horse Lords

Jenny Lin plays Galina Ustvolskaya

John Luther Adams: Strange and Sacred Noise

Arvo Pärt: Kanon Pokajanen

Vox Clamantis – Estonian Voices

Gerard Grisey: Vortex Temporum

Synaesthesis: Another Point of View

Tristan Perich

Zoë Keating

Michael Gordon: Timber

Attacca Quartet plays Caroline Shaw

The Glenn Branca Ensemble

David Lang and Julia Wolfe


Kinds of Kings: Afterimage

Mary Halvorson and John Dieterich

Ian Chang

Michael Pisaro: Ricefall

Kendall Williams – Pan in Motion

Matt Welch

Gabriella Smith

Asphalt Orchestra

Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Tomeka Reid Quartet


National Sawdust Ensemble - Hildegard Competition Winners

Robert Ashley – Matmos performs “The Backyard” from Perfect Lives


Éliane Radigue: L’ile re-sonante

Kris Davis and Craig Taborn


Meara O’Reilly: Hockets for Two Voices

Reg Bloor

Laraaji: Ambient 3 – Day of Radiance

Found Sound Nation

Todd Reynolds, Frode Andersen, Ejnar Kanding

Shara Nova aka My Brightest Diamond

Suzanne Bocanegra: Rerememberer

Additional details and artists to be announced in January 2020.

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