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From Cantaloupe Music: “Big Beautiful Dark and Scarey” Releases February 28, 2012

Cantaloupe Music is the recording arm of Bang On a Can, the original New Music DIY organization.

Bang On A Can All-Stars Big Beautiful Dark and Scarey
Cantaloupe CA21074 releases 02/28/12

The Bang on a Can All-Stars have recorded their first studio album in five years and is the first to include the All-Stars’ current line-up: Ashley Bathgate, cello; Robert Black, bass; Vicky Chow, piano; David Cossin, percussion; Mark Stewart, electric guitar; and Evan Ziporyn, clarinets. With Big Beautiful Dark and Scary, the Bang on a Can All-Stars show off their blazing speed, polyrhythmic virtuosity and all-world versatility in a return to the core Bang on a Can sound – an uncategorizable supermix of classical and electric instruments that is part classical ensemble, part rock band.

The album is the first in a decade that features the All-Stars exclusively, rather than as part of a collaborative project. Each of the pieces on the double-CD calls upon a different kind of virtuosity, demonstrating the range of musical abilities and experiences arguably unique to this ensemble. Recorded in New York City, all of the music on Big Beautiful Dark and Scary (including the arrangements of the works by Conlon Nancarrow) were written for and premiered by the Bang on a Can All-Stars.”

Bang on a Can @ 25, Lincoln Center Celebration

Bang On a Can is the original DIY New Music Organization

“On April 28, Bang on a Can is celebrating its 25th birthday in an extraordinary triple-bill in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall! The festivities open with MIT’s Gamelan Galak Tika performing its signature piece, Evan Ziporyn’s Tire Fire, then continues with Bang on a Can’s electrifying mobile ensemble Asphalt Orchestra giving the New York premiere of new work by Tatsuya Yoshida. The evening culminates with the Bang on a Can All-Star’s performance of the U.S. premiere of Field Recordings, a major new nine-composer multimedia project that uses film, found sound, and archival audio and video (enhanced by conceptual set designer Jim Findlay) featuring works by Tyondai Braxton, Florent Ghys, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Evan Ziporyn, Mira Calix, Christian Marclay, and Nick Zammuto.”

Asphalt Orchestra

Bang On A Can All-Stars

Beginning February 16, tickets will be on sale for $25 for 25 days, celebrating this milestone season! Visit the Bang On A Can web site for ticket purchasing information.

From Deceptive Cadence at “A Quarter-Century Of Banging, And Still As Fresh As Ever”

Deceptive Cadence helps celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original D.I.Y. music collaboration, Bang On A Can.

Members of the Bang on a Can All-Stars playing in Shanghai in 2009.

See the full article here.

Asphalt Orchestra @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Bang On a Can is the original DIY New Music Organization

On January 20, renegade street band Asphalt Orchestra celebrates the opening of the New American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art! This premiere performance event choreographed specifically for the Charles Engelhard Court by Mark DeChiazza and Susan Marshall features all-American music by Frank Zappa, Stew and Heidi Rodewald, and the Laneville-Johnson Union Brass Band.

Asphalt also presents a world premiere arrangement of Daniel Read’s Cavalry and William Hauser’s Sons of Sorrow (arr. Ben Holmes)— hymns inspired by field recordings from the 1940s-60s of the Shape Note singing tradition, a distinctly American music developed as a pedagogical tool in New England in the late 18th Century, and later practiced primarily in Southern churches.

Performances are at 4pm, 6pm, and 8pm in the Charles Engelhard Court- free with museum admission. More information here

From Cantaloupe Records: David Lang “This Was Written By Hand”

Cantaloupe Music is the recording arm of Bang On a Can, the original New Music DIY organization.

David Lang This Was Written By Hand
Cantaloupe CA21073 (11.15.11)

“Although Lang is known for his fearless innovation and daring experiments, a certain amount of introspection and longing is not unknown in his work. His latest album, this was written by hand, is the perfect marriage of the composer’s relentless need to expand the forms of classical music and his desire the recover lost memories. The CD is made up of two compositions, the title work this was written by hand and memory pieces, both performed by Andrew Zolinsky. Zolinsky and Lang have a history of collaboration, as Zolinsky gave the first performances of both the works on this disc, as well as the premiere of fur, commissioned by the BBC, and the ensemble works how to pray and forced march.

David Lang

this was written by hand is a 10-minute piece for solo piano. The inspiration for the piece came from the physical process of writing music. ‘Writing music [used to be] an intensely physical activity,’ Lang muses in the album’s liner notes. ‘I got my first computer in 1993, and I have not written music with a pencil ever since, but I wonder how – or if – the means of my writing had any effect on the writing itself. I wrote this piano piece to find out.’ The second part of the release is the eight-sectioned ‘memory pieces.’ Each was written to honor a friend of the composer who have passed away. They serve, however, less as monument than as an attempt to enclose a specific memory about the loved one. Lang explains, ‘Each of these little pieces highlights some aspect of my relationship with each friend. I hope this will help me hold on to these memories just a little while longer.'”

Bang on a Can All-Stars @ Zankel Hall To Celebrate 25 Years of D.I.Y. Music

Bang On a Can is the original DIY New Music Organization

“On November 5 the Bang on a Can All-Stars take the stage at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in their first New York performance of Bang on a Can @ 25 Years!

At the centerpiece of the program is the New York premiere of Life by the revolutionary Louis Andriessen, with film by Marijke Van Warmerdam. Also on the program is the quiet and poignant for Madeleine by Bang on a Can co-founder Michael Gordon; the hard-driving sunray by Bang on a Can co-founder David Lang; the poly-rhythmic Glamour Girl by Lukas Ligeti (founder of Burkina Electric); the sizzling Instructional Video, Matt Damon, Breakfast at J&M by David Longstreth (of the Dirty Projectors); and the dramatic and mesmerizing Ridgeway by Australian composer Kate Moore.
And stay tuned for the upcoming All-Stars two-CD set titled Big Beautiful Dark and Scary featuring work by Louis Andriessen, Michael Gordon, David Lang, David Longstreth, Kate Moore, Conlon Nancarrow, Julia Wolfe, and Evan Ziporyn to be released on Cantaloupe Music in early 2012.”

New From Cantaloupe Records: Music By Martin Bresnick and Annie Gosfield For Lisa Moore and So Percussion

Cantaloupe Music is the recording arm of Bang On a Can, the original New Music DIY organization.

Martin Bresnick Caprichos Enfaticos
Cantaloupe CA21075 Releases 10/25/11

Martin Bresnick

Composer Martin Bresnick returns to follow up his first Cantaloupe release, The Essential Martin Bresnick (2006) with Caprichos Enfaticos (Emphatic Caprices). A concerto in eight movements for piano/keyboard and percussion quartet, Caprichos Enfaticos was commissioned by Meet the Composer for Cantaloupe artists Lisa Moore, pianist, and So Percussion. The 8 movements are accompanied by interpolated DVD projections (available on Youtube), created by Johanna Bresnick based on Francisco Goya’s book of etchings Los Destastres de la Guerra, or The Disasters of War, a piece that laments the excesses and tragedies of war.

Lisa Moore

So Percussion

Says Bresnick, ‘The titles of the eight movements are either by Goya himself, or suggested by his ideas. A farandula, or farandole, was a chain dance popular in Provence, although it’s origins are much older. The dance is often in 6/8 time, with a moderate to fast tempo. In modern Spanish, a farandula is a company of actors.’

Martin Bresnick is presently the Professor of Composition and Coordinator of the Composition Department at the Yale School of Music. His principal teachers of composition include Gyorgy Ligeti, John Chowning, and Gottfried von Einem.

Lisa Moore Lightning Slingers and Dead Ringers
Cantaloupe CA21061 Releases 10/25/11

Lisa Moore is back with her second EP, Lightning Slingers and Dead Ringers, written specifically for her by composer Annie Gosfield, who is described as ‘…a major figure of the downtown scene with pieces that use nonmusical sounds in a strikingly expressive manner.’

Annie Gosfield

Wondering where such an eclectic title comes from? A “Lightning Slinger” is an archaic term for a telegraph operator, and an apt simile for a pianist who translates musical ideas into an electric medium. This piece is performed on a piano and a keyboard sampler simultaneously, so that the pianist can use piano techniques and interpretive skills in both the acoustic and electronic realms. A “Dead Ringer” literally means an exact substitute of something. The dead ringers in this case are samples of piano sounds: the detuned, retuned, pinging, sliding, and rattling sounds are altered piano, prepared piano, and inside the piano techniques, which sometimes resemble guitar, bass, and even synthesizer sounds.

The last track, Brooklyn, October 5, 1941 was inspired by the 1941 Dodgers vs. Yankees World Series, and is performed with two baseballs and a catcher’s mitt. The baseballs are rolled, rubbed and struck on the keys, strings, and soundboard of the piano, and the mitt provides an expanded span for giant clusters and chords.

Lightning Slingers and Dead Ringers was commissioned by Lisa Moore with funding provided by Meet the Composer’s Commissioning USA and The Argosy Fund for New Music.

Bang On A Can All-Stars at Zankel Hall

Bang On a Can is the original DIY New Music Organization

The Bang on a Can All-Stars take the stage at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall on Saturday, November 5 to perform the New York premieres of Louis Andriessen’s Life with film by Marijke Van Warmerdam and David Lang’s sunray. Also on the program is Michael Gordon’s for Madeline, Kate Moore’s Ridgeway, three pieces commissioned by Bang on a Can from David Longstreth of the Dirty Projectors, and Lukas Ligeti’s Glamour Girl. Get your tickets here.

Recordings of these works and more appear on the All-Stars’ first studio album in five years: a two-CD set titled Big Beautiful Dark and Scary to be released on Cantaloupe Music in January 2012.

Original article is here.

New From Cantaloupe Records: Florent Ghys “Baroque Tardif”

Cantaloupe Music is the recording arm of Bang On a Can, the original New Music DIY organization.

Florent Ghys Baroque Tardif
Cantaloupe Records CA21052 (09/27/11)

“Following his 2009 EP release, Baroque Tardif: Soli (CA21051), Florent Ghys is back with a full-length album, Baroque Tardif, revealing the various directions his work has taken him the last four years.


The answer to the common question musicians often get – “what kind of music do you play?” – is summed up neatly in this title (meaning “late Baroque”). Says Florent, ‘When I was a teenager I had an odd classical guitar teacher who was convinced that baroque music would come back one day and would crush all other kinds of music. I remembered this peculiar idea while working on the first draft for this album since the pieces in it are often very dense and contrapuntal. Baroque Tardif could be like the resurrection of a very late baroque’

Baroque Tardif encompasses a diverse medley of multimedia experimentation. Phase parisienne features some contrapuntal experiments while Quatrieme implores an extended canon technique. Pull blanc , chemise rouge, always remaining playful and modal, brings out an accessible pop side to Florent’s music. The album also unveils Florent’s personal vocal technique, as in Simplement, in which his voice sings on top of a speech sample. Even more compelling is the dominate use of solfege (do re mi…) as lyrics, leading the listener to consider voice as an instrument.

As with his first EP, Florent has recorded this album using a unique and personal tuning of the double bass, bringing the instrument nearer from the cello and extending the range of possibilities of his virtual “multiple-me ensemble” made of basses, guitars, voices and percussion.”

Bang on a Can’s 25th Anniversary Season

Here is Bang On A Can’s 25th Anniversary news:

“When we started Bang on a Can in 1987 in an art gallery in SoHo, we never imagined that our one-day, 12-hour marathon festival of mostly unknown music would morph into a big international organization dedicated to the support of experimental music. But it has, and here we are in 2011 about to launch our 25th Anniversary Season!

We have a tremendously exciting year planned for this milestone season. The calendar features the Bang on a Can All-Stars in a dizzying array of collaborations with friends old and new, joining forces with Norwegian superstars Trio Mediaeval (in Steel Hammer by Julia Wolfe); with percussion legend Steven Schick (in an evening of music by Steve Reich in Los Angeles); with an all-new expanded live tour of the Brian Eno ambient classic Music for Airports; and with a host of composers, visual and sound artists (in the premiere of a new evening-length touring project, Field Recordings, a collaborative program created from found sounds, images, and voices featuring works by Tyondai Braxton, Nick Zammuto, Christian Marclay, Mira Calix, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Evan Ziporyn ).

The season also includes the premiere of a newly staged show featuring the avant marching band Asphalt Orchestra, new CD releases on Bang on a Can sister-label Cantaloupe Music, and more. See the full season calendar online. We are so gratified to still be hard at work, all these years later. The reason is really clear to us: we started this organization because we believed that making new music is a utopian act, that people needed to hear this music and they needed to hear it presented in the most persuasive way, with the best players, with the best programs, for the best listeners, in the best context. Our commitment to changing the environment for contemporary music has kept us busy and growing for the last 25 years, and we are not done yet. We hope to see you this season.”

David Lang

Julia Wolfe

Michael Gordon

Bang On a Can All-Stars

Asphalt Orchestra

From Cantaloupe Records: Michael Gordon’s “Timber”

Cantaloupe Music is the recording arm of Bang On a Can, the original New Music DIY organization.

Michael Gordon Timber
Cantaloupe CA21072 (08/30/11)

“Musical pioneer and Bang on a Can co-founder Michael Gordon’s subtle rhythmic investigations and fearless compositional inventions have led WNYC to note, ‘ Gordon’s music is an outgrowth of his underground New York rock band experience combined with formal music training from Yale, so it’s no surprise that he’s obsessed with the nature of rhythm. ?[He] has built his career on exploring rhythm and what happens when different rhythms are piled on top of each other, to mesmerizing effect.’ For his most recent composition, Gordon has ventured outside the realm of traditional instrumentation to achieve an evening-length tour de force.

His new work, Timber, is scored for six wooden 2x4s, each cut into different sizes, giving each one a slightly different pitch. Called a ‘simantra’, this percussion instrument was first devised by composer Iannis Xenakis. Far from a gimmick, the instrumentation allows Gordon to create the impression that the sound is traveling around and through the room by subtly shifting the accent of sound from one player to another. The result is a meditation on sound and rhythm, bringing the physicality, endurance and technique of percussion performance to a new level.”
See the full article here.

From Cantaloupe Music: Arnold Dreyblatt Resonant Relations

Cantaloupe Music is the recording arm of Bang On a Can, the original New Music DIY organization.

“Composer’s Notes by Arnold Dreyblatt

On “Resonant Relations”

With support from the Irish Arts Council in 2004, I was commissioned by the Crash Ensemble, Dublin to compose a new work. During a series of intense working visits over a one and half year period, members the ensemble was introduced to the Dreyblatt tuning system. The Crash Ensemble is the only group outside of my own previous ensembles which has learned to perform in my intonation of 21 unequal tones based on the first eleven partials of the harmonic series and their multiples. The resulting work, Resonant Relations was composed for flutes (wooden and metal), trombone, violin, viola, cello, contrabass, harpsichord, and percussion (timpanies, snare and bass drum, metal pieces).

The work was first performed at the Sugar Club in Dublin on 27 October 2005 in a program co-curated with Crash artistic director Donnacha Dennehy which included performances of compositions by my two composition teachers La Monte Young and Alvin Lucier.”

Crash Ensemble

Arnold Dreyblatt Resonant Relations
Cantaloupe CA21046

Release date: 06/28/11

From Cantaloupe on Arnold Dreyblatt:

“Among the second generation of New York minimal composers, Arnold Dreyblatt has developed a unique and original approach to composition and performance. He has invented a set of new and original instruments, performance techniques, and a system of tuning. Working closely with various ensembles and in theatrical and installation projects, he creates a music with exciting rhythms and rich textures, an exploration of the potential inherent in the natural overtone series. The musicians who have performed with Dreyblatt generally come from vastly varied musical backgrounds and interests – in common, however, is a sensitivity for an approach to music making, sonority and hearing which Dreyblatt has been developing together with musicians over the last twenty-five years. In his former Orchestra, all the members contribute to this music with their own ideas and performance techniques, gradually forming an individual musical role within the ensemble dynamic. Just as this music essentially exists only in performance, the combined acoustic effect results from a sum which is greater than its parts. Arnold Dreyblatt’s compostions involve a re-thinking of sound making tools; modified and newly created acoustic instruments are utilized for specific timbral effect and perform in an unusual tuning system. Traditional and non-traditional percussion instruments accentuate the rhythmic character of the music.

Arnold Dreyblatt was born in New York City in 1953. He has been based in Europe since 1984 and is presently living in Berlin. Dreyblatt studied Film and Video Art at the State University of New York at Buffalo (M.A. from the Institute for Media Studies) with Woody and Steina Vasulka and later Music Composition with Pauline Oliveros (1974), La Monte Young (1974-76) and with Alvin Lucier at Wesleyan University where he received an M.A. in Music Composition in 1982.

From 1979-1997 he was director and composer for his music ensemble, The Orchestra of Excited Strings. The ensemble performed extensively in the United States from 1979-83 and recorded an LP for India Navigation Records in 1982 entitled, Nodal Excitation (IN 3024). In 1984, Dreyblatt moved his base of operations to Berlin where he formed a new ensemble while composer-in-residence at Künstlerhaus Bethanien. This ensemble has performed throughout eastern and western Europe as well as in the States at numerous festivals, museums, galleries and other music venues. An LP entitled Propellers in Love was issued by Künstlerhaus Bethanien in 1985. This recording was reissued by Hat Art Records in 1986 on compact disc along with newly recorded material. In composing a performance opera entitled Who’s Who in Central & East Europe 1933, Dreyblatt formed a new ensemble in 1991. The ensemble also recorded a number of pieces in New York with clarinetist Andy Statman which appeared on A Haymish Groove, issued by Extra Platte, Vienna, 1992. In 1995, recordings by the ensemble were released by Zaddik Records (produced by [the great] John Zorn) under the title Animal Magnetism.

In 1998, his first recording, Nodal Excitation, was re-mastered by Jim O’Rourke and was released by his Dexter’s Cigar label. Also in 1998, Table of the Elements Records released a compilation of Solo and Ensemble pieces entitled The Sound of One-String. In 2000, the Bang On A Can All-Stars recorded a version of Dreyblatt’s Escalator for Cantaloupe Records. A complete CD entitled The Adding Machine, also involving musicians from the Bang On A Can All-Stars, was issued by Cantaloupe in 2002.

In 1991, Dreyblatt composed Who’s Who in Central & East Europe 1933 as a co-production between Inventionen ’91/DAAD, Berlin and Wiener Fest Wochen, Vienna. He has received commissions from among others: “Ars Electronica”, Linz (1988), Oeyvaer Desk, Den Haag (1989), Prime Foundation, Groningen (1989), DAAD- Inventionen ’91, Berlin (1990), Werkstaat Berlin, 1991, Podewil/US Arts Festival, Berlin (1993), Bang in A Can All-stars Ensemble, New York (1996), Saarlandischer Rundfunk (2002) and Academy of Art, Berlin (2003), Crash Ensemble Dublin (2005); Austin New Music Coop (2007).

He has been a guest composer at The Music Gallery, Toronto; STEIM, Amsterdam; Het Apollohuis, Eindhoven; K?nstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin and has received numerous Grants and Stipendiums including: Creative Artist Public Service Program, New York (1979-80); Overbrook Foundation, New York (1983-85); Luftbrückendank Stiftung, Berlin (1985); Philip Morris Art Prize (1991); Kunstfonds e.V., Bonn (1992), Kulturfonds e.V., Berlin (1995), Foundation for Creative Performance Arts, N.Y.C. (1998) and Förderpreis, Akademie der Kunste, Berlin (2000).

In recent years, Dreyblatt has been increasingly involved in integrating archival and biographical texts with his sound work in performance and installation. In 1997, he disbanded The Orchestra of Excited Strings, which had been performing continuously in New York and then in Europe since 1979. He began a period of commissioned compositions on the one hand, and occasional solo and smaller group projects. He has worked with the Bang On A Can All-Stars in New York and founded a new Orchestra in 2000 with the assistance of Evan Ziporyn and David Weinstein which resulted in the Cantaloupe CD: The Adding Machine. Recent Commissions include a String Quartet (Music for 16 Strings) for the Pellegrini Quartet in Freiburg (2003); Resonant Relations for the Crash Ensemble Dublin (2005); and Kinship Collapse for the Austin New Music Coop (2007). He has recently been touring with a new solo performance version of Nodal Excitation (1979) and continues to lead composition and performance workshops, such as at the “Music Gallery”, Toronto, 2007.

From Nadia Sirota on Q2: “More Bang on a Can for Your Buck”

Nadia Sirota on Q2 streams weekdays at 12:00 noon and midnight at Q2

Olivia Giovetti fills in for Nadia Sirota

Olivia Giovetti

Nadia Sirota

Bang on a Can Marathon (Stephanie Berger)

Some people say that summer starts with Memorial Day. I say it starts with the annual Bang on a Can Marathon concert. I love camping out at the World Financial Center for the day and absorbing 12+ hours of new music the way some of my fellow guidettes absorb the rays of the sun on the Jersey Shore. (Plus, you don’t have to worry about slathering on SPF for BOAC.) The holy trinity of Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe have been serving up these new music benders for almost 25 years—the marathon is almost old enough to rent a car!—and each year it’s mind-boggling how they make the logistics of getting hundreds of performers into one space in one day.

I can’t wait for this Sunday’s show—Asphalt Orchestra playing Björk and Goran Bregovic! Signal performing Julia Wolfe’s Cruel Sister! Talea Ensemble coming back with more Fausto Romitelli! A world premiere from Todd Reynolds!—but there’s still six days to go. That’s twelve marathons’ worth of wait! So we’re doing our best at Q2 to fill 20 of those hours with more Bang on a Can awesomeness than anyone should be allowed to have. We’re previewing the fantastic composers and performers on this year’s lineup and revisiting private live recordings from the ghosts of marathons past, getting you pumped for Sunday’s big game.

From The New York Times: “Paying Tribute to ‘Subversive’ Album”

This is copyright protected, so just a few notes

Published: June 10, 2011

“In a musician’s life, few moments reveal themselves to be genuinely subversive. But when the clarinetist Evan Ziporyn first heard Brian Eno’s Music for Airports in 1978, he knew such a moment was at hand. ‘ It upended certain ideas a lot of us were holding,’ Mr. Ziporyn said

Brian Eno

Evan Ziporyn

On Tuesday, Mr. Ziporyn’s sextet, the new-music group Bang on a Can All-Stars, will bring the first of four parts of Music for Airports, along with five other works, to Yale Law School as part of the courtyard concert series at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven. He expects that some listeners will find the piece as provocative as he did when he first heard it.”


See the full article here.

Also, see my previous post,

From Bang On A Can: The Bang On A Can Marathon!!

At New York City’s World Financial Center Winter Garden for 13 hours of live music from 11am to midnight on Sunday, June 19th! Our Marathon concert is FREE and open to the public!

Asphalt Orchestra


Bang on a Can All-Stars


A whole new generation including Bryce Dessner, Christine Southworth,Kati Agóc, Roshanne Etezady,
A rare performance by New York’s legendary Glenn Branca of his massive hour-long work Ascension: The Sequel


the NY premiere of Fausto Romitelli’s theatrical An Index of Metals performed by Talea Ensemble
Richard Ayres’ Three Small Pieces for String Quartet performed by the ferocious JACK Quartet


Philadelphia’s Prism Saxophone Quartet playing Xenakis’ crazy-hard Xas
The US premiere of Poul Ruders’ brand new Songs and Rhapsodies performed by Athelas Wind Ensemble with accordionist Frode Andersen
Toby Twining marking his return to New York with a new band of singers and the release of his CD Eurydice
The incomparable and outer-planetary Sun Ra Arkestra
Signal performing Julia Wolfe’s blistering string orchestra work Cruel Sister



Milan’s unparalleled chamber band Sentieri Selvaggi including music by Carlo Boccadoro, Filippo Del Corno, Michael Nyman and more


Evan Ziporyn’s beautifully buzzing clarinet quartet Hive


Young People’s Chorus of NYC teaming up with cellist Maya Beiser on Michael Harrison’s meditative Hijaz and then with JACK Quartet for Michael Gordon’s Exalted




David Lang’s hard-rocking electric guitar duet Warmth


[the relative sizes of these photos do not imply anything about the relative talents of the performers and composers.]

featured virtuosic solo performances by Timo Andres, Alejandro Escuer playing Gabriela Ortiz, Todd Reynolds, and MORE!

Visit Bang On A Can for more information, like times of performances, which are approximate.

Cantaloupe Re-releases Brian Eno’s “Music for Airports”

The original:

Brian Eno Music for Airports
Polydor (1978)

From Cantaloupe Records:

Composers:Brian Eno, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon, Evan Ziporyn Music For Airports
Peformers Bang On A Can: Maya Beiser cello, Evan Ziporyn clarinets, Mark Stewart guitar, Steven Schick percussion, Lisa Moore piano, Robert Black bass
Point Music (1998)

“Before the term “ambient” came to be applied to everything from the eerie soundscapes of the Aphex Twin to such hybrids as ambient-techno and “illbient,” there was Brian Eno’s MUSIC FOR AIRPORTS. A definitive precursor of today’s ambient music, this four-part instrumental piece is devoid of all but the most basic aspects of song and, therefore, challenges listeners to re-imagine what music might be. As easy to listen to as it is ignore, the piece hardly seems as though it would benefit from being played by live musicians. But the New York-based Bang on a Can ensemble proves otherwise. Recontextualizing AIRPORTS–originally an all-synthesizer work–serves to bring its Zen-like elements into bolder relief. The magisterial calm of “1/1″ is enhanced with touches of instrumentation behind and around its central six-note piano phrase. In the two sequences that follow, a choir of heavenly voices fades in and out against the sparest of sonic landscapes. While the concept of “music for airports” evokes a certain chilly, antiseptic feeling, the essential humanity of the music is always evident, becoming all the more apparent in this “performance” recasting. “

At the Bang On A Can Store $15

Read David Lang in the New York Times – “A Pitch For New Music”

May 11, 2011
A Pitch for New Music
By David Lang

This is copyright protected material, and I would no more try to dissect David Lang’s writing than I would his wonderful music. I never ever pretend to be a critic. Suffice it to say for those who do not know, David Lang is one of the founders of Bang On a Can, one of the now oldest and most prestigious of “New Music” organizations anywhere on the planet.

In this article, David writes – passionately and knowingly – about Baseball, the old and the new, and the relationship that he sees between Baseball and serious music.

That is about all I am going to say. See the article here.

David Lang

Bang On A Can Marathon!!

“Sunday June 19
Bang on a Can Marathon
Presented by Bang on A Can and Arts World Financial Center

Bang on a Can returns with its incomparable 12-hour super-mix of genre-defying music featuring over 150 astounding musicians and composers from throughout the world. Highlights include Philip Glass performing live with the Bang on a Can All-Stars; music by Bryce Dessner of The National; sonic downtown legend Glenn Branca; the outerplanetary Sun Ra Arkestra; the Asphalt Orchestra playing music by David Byrne/Annie Clark, Yoko Ono, and Frank Zappa; the intrepid Signal in a blistering string orchestra work by Julia Wolfe plus New York premieres by Richard Ayers, Fausto Romitelli, Poul Ruders, Toby Twining and much more! 12pm-12am. World Financial Center Winter Garden, 220 Vesey Street. “

What’s that saying? “Be there or be square!”

My Music Sources

These are my sources for music and information. If you have any suggestions for me, I would appreciate seeing them in Comments.

All About Jazz – For all of the news of the Jazz world

American Mavericks – A history of serious music in America from Minnesota Public Radio

American Composers Forum – Fostering artistic and professional development

Bang On A Can – At the heart of the Downtown New York New Music scene

Blue Note Records – an iconic Jazz label still putting out great recordings

Cantaloupe Music – the recording arm of Bang On a Can

Classical Discoveries – Marvin Rosen’s Wednesday survey of great new music and the avantgarde on WPRB, Princeton, NJ

Cuneiform Records – great taste in new music

ECM – possibly the finest recording company in the world

The GreeneSpace, the live presentation space of New York Public Radio with programming from WNYC, WQXR, and Q2

Hearts of Space – Stephen Hill’s great weekly mix of music for relaxation, contemplation, mediation, and…
This is a paid service.

Innova – creating an environment for new compostion and musical maturation.
The recording arm of American Composers Forum

Live365 – niche audio streaming – any genre or sub-genre you want. This is a paid service.

New Amsterdam Records – “…a non-profit-model record label and artists’ service organization that supports the public’s engagement with new music by composers and performers whose work grows from the fertile ground between genres….”

NPR/music – Jazz, Classical, interviews, news, concerts, “first listens”, artist profiles

Q2 on the internet, “for the new music we crave” the home of New Music

WBGO bringing Jazz from Newark, NJ to the world

WNYC – the home of John Schaefer’s Soundcheck and New Sounds programs

WPRB, Community Radio, Princeton, NJ
For the most serious presentation of Classical music and the most erudite presentations of Jazz

THE BANG ON A CAN BENEFIT:”Honoring Michael Kushner on May 17 at City Winery!”

“For those who don’t know Michael, he’s Executive VP of Business & Legal Affairs at Atlantic Records. But on the 17th we honor him for his 20 years of brilliant leadership on our Board of Directors, featuring live performances by Bang’s cutting edge street band Asphalt Orchestra and excerpts from a new Michael Gordon piece played by the electric ensemble Mantra Percussion.

Michael Gordon

Asphalt Orchestra

Mantra Percussion

Each year we celebrate the world of challenging new music by making even MORE music possible. We can’t do our job- commissioning, presenting, producing, recording, teaching- without you. We ask you to dig as deep as you can, and in return, we’ll give you one fantastic night out! But even if you choose to simply make a donation or purchase a journal ad, we’ll send you a link to some fantastic new Bang on a Can” music. Here are the details:

$5,000 BANG BENEFACTOR: one premium table of up to 10 guests; recognition as a lead sponsor of the Benefit; a full-page ad in the Benefit Journal; season-long recognition as a lead sponsor of Bang on a Can at all our concerts and projects; up to 10 VIP passes for premium seating at the Bang on a Can Marathon (6/19/11).

$500 BANG BACKER: one ticket to the dinner and concert; 2 VIP pass for premium seating at the Bang on a Can Marathon; 2 complimentary tickets to the Bang on a Can Summer Marathon at MASS MoCA (7/30/11).

(we’ll also open the doors at 9PM for a special after-party – drinks and music for just $50 – stay tuned for more info!)

Feel free to purchase tickets or tables as gifts, and we will invite artists by lottery with your compliments!

Take out a Congratulatory Ad (you can make your own, or we’re happy to design one for you if you prefer) ($1,000 for full-page; $600 for half-page)

For tickets visit the Bang on a Can benefit page. Contact Tim Thomas at the below for more info.

Tim Thomas

From Cantaloupe Music: Julia Wolfe “Cruel Sister”

” Provocative and intense, Bang on a Can and Cantaloupe Music founder, Julia Wolfe’s music combines minimalist techniques, repetitive rhythms, sustained harmonies with a rock sensibility. Her music has been described as “invariably fresh and surprising” by the New York Times, and she was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her 2009 composition Steel Hammer.

Ms Wolfe

Cruel Sister, composed in 2004, is a 35-minute long piece for string orchestra. It was originally written for the Munich Chamber Orchestra and premiered in New York in February at the Miller Theater to positive reviews. Wolfe elaborates on Cruel Sister: ‘ [It] takes its title from a dark and fantastic old English ballad of the same name. I first heard a beautiful and eerie rendition of the song while in college, on an album by the British folk/rock group Pentangle. While there are no musical references to the original tune, the story of the ballad inspired a response. I was fascinated and horrified by the overwhelming greed and jealousy of the tale.” The New York Times said of the Miller Theater performance of the work, “The harp music at the wedding is suggested at first by the violas playing staggered staccato notes. Soon the entire ensemble breaks into aggressive pizzicatos: a horrific din of plucking, the ‘harp gone mad,’ as Ms. Wolfe put it. The piece ends with just a hint of a sad song, as if coming from some far-off place.’

Cruel Sister Julia Wolfe
Cantaloupe CA21069
Released: 03/29/11


1. Cruel Sister: Part 1
2. Cruel Sister: Part 2
3. Cruel Sister: Part 3
4. Cruel Sister: Part 4 [ MP3 ]
5. Fuel: Part 1
6. Fuel: Part 2
7. Fuel: Part 3
8. Fuel: Part 4
9. Fuel: Part 5

Ensemble Resonanz


Fuel, on the other hand, is a collaboration with filmmaker Bill Morrison which examines the impact of globalization. Commissioned by Ensemble Resonanz, a Hamburg-based group of 18 musicians, Fuel was premiered in 2007 as a multi-media performance. The ideas for the piece came about through conversations related to the necessity and controversy of fuel. Ensemble Resonanz violinist, Juditha Haeberlin then challenged Wolfe to create something virtuosic, something to push the limits of the ensemble. Her request merged with the sounds of transport and harbors – New York and Hamburg – large ships, creaking docks, whistling sounds and a relentless energy.”

At Amazon, the CD $14.93. The .mp3 album no information.

From Hammered! at Q2: “Meet The Percussion Family”

(I love all of the new art work at Q2, I would like to see credits for the work)

Presenting the piano as percussion instrument
Monday, March 28, 2011

“If the piano is a legitimate member of the percussion family, then it most certainly gets strange looks at reunions. This week on Hammered! we’re embracing this familial black sheep and showcasing composers that utilize the piano for what it is: a percussion instrument.”


See the full article here.

From Bang On A Can: “Music of Steve Reich @ Carnegie Hall”

“On April 30th Carnegie Hall is celebrating the 75th birthday of minimalist great Steve Reich with the All-Stars, eighth blackbird, Kronos Quartet, and So Percussion. The concert that features three New York premieres of his recent works: on the bill is Mallet Quartet, WTC 9/11, 2×5 and Double Sextet.”

Steve Reich

Bang On A Can All-Stars

eighth blackbird

Kronos Quartet

So Percussion

This concert is part of the The Originals series.
Tickets from $15 – $70

From Cantaloupe News:”London’s Barbican Centre features Cantaloupe Founders at Reich Festival in May “

March 17, 2011

“Going to be in London this spring? Then you won’t want to miss the London’s Barbican Centre presenting concerts of music by Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe for the Reverberations Festival: the Influence of Steve Reich.

MIchael Gordon

David Lang

Julia Wolfe

Steve Reich

For Gordon, Lang and Wolfe, the work of Steve Reich has been immensely influential. This was the music that changed their world. For them, it was clear that Reich “had unleashed a hidden and locked-up power of the sounds between the sounds.” When they met in New York City in the early 1980s, Reich’s music was what they played for each other and what that they discussed. With the festival in May, the Barbican Centre recognizes this influence and the role these composers have toward influencing the next generation of composers and musicians.”

See the full article here.


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