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Bang on a Can

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Technically, the name Bang on a Can refers not to a specific set of musicians but to a yearly festival of new music curated by avant-garde composer/performers Julia Wolfe, David Lang, and Michael Gordon. (Albums by the group are most often credited to the Bang on a Can All-Stars, a relatively stable group of six to eight performers and arrangers who comprise the core of the creative group.) The trio formed Bang on a Can in 1987; over the next ten Read more years, the concept grew from a one-day festival to an impressive array of live and recorded works. The first three Bang on a Can releases were CD anthologies of live recordings taken from the group's 1992, 1993, and 1994 festivals released on their own CRI label as Bang on a Can Live, Vol. 1, 2, and 3. Their studio debut came with 1995's Industry, featuring a track each by Wolfe, Lang, and Gordon and two lengthy chamber music pieces by their spiritual mentor Louis Andriessen. Both Industry and its more eclectic follow-up, 1996's Cheating, Lying, Stealing, were released by Sony Classical. Bang on a Can jumped to Universal's new music imprint Point for their next release, a brilliantly conceived and flawlessly executed re-imagining of Brian Eno's Ambient 1: Music for Airports that often turned Eno's sketches for tape recorders into beautiful works for live musicians.

Next, Lang, Wolfe, and Gordon collaborated on the opera Lost Objects, an extended narrative work with libretto by Deborah Artman featuring vocal soloists, a mixed chorus, a full orchestra and, intriguingly, guest appearances by turntable guru DJ Spooky. Following that masterwork, the group recorded several early pieces by the great minimalist composer Steve Reich and paid tribute to another landmark of modern classical music by reinterpreting Terry Riley's In C for a bevy of electric, electronic, and acoustic instruments. That recording was the first release on Cantaloupe Records, a label owned by Bang on a Can to release albums by affiliated composers and performers. The second Bang on a Can release on the label was 2001's eclectic Renegade Heaven, featuring pieces by Glenn Branca and Phil Kline, as well as Gordon's "I Buried Paul," a tongue in cheek salute to the playing of backwards tapes and other unintentional avant-gardisms in relation to the Paul Is Dead hoax of 1969. Read less
Eno: Music For Airports / Bang On A Can
Release Date: 01/27/2009   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 3077558   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    Big Beautiful Dark And Scary / Bang On A Can All Stars
    Label: Cantaloupe   Catalog: 21074 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Conlon Nancarrow,  Julia Wolfe,  David Longstreth,  David Lang  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can
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  • 2.
    Brian Eno: Music For Airports / Bang On A Can
    Label: Cantaloupe   Catalog: 21045 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Brian Eno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can
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    Reich: Double Sextet; 2x5
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 524853 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Steve Reich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can,  Eighth Blackbird
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    Lang: Untitled [original Soundtrack]
    Label: Cantaloupe   Catalog: 21050 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Lang,  Frédéric Chopin,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Evan Ziporyn,  Lawson White,  David Lang,  Lisa Moore  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can
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    Eno: Music For Airports / Bang On A Can
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3077558 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Brian Eno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can
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  • 6.
    The Essential Martin Bresnick
    Label: Cantaloupe   Catalog: 21041 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Martin Bresnick
    Performer:  Conrad Harris,  Max Mandel,  David Eggar,  Tom Chiu  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flux String Quartet,  Jupiter Trio,  Bang on a Can
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    A Ballad For Many / Don Byron, Bang On A Can
    Label: Cantaloupe   Catalog: 21036 Release Date: 06/13/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Don Byron
    Performer:  Don Byron
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can
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    Bittova: Elida / Iva Bittova, Bang On A Can
    Label: Cantaloupe   Catalog: 21027 Release Date: 06/14/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Iva Bittová
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can
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  • 9.
    Bang On A Can Meets Kyaw Kyaw Naing
    Label: Cantaloupe   Catalog: 21023 Release Date: 09/14/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Khaw Khaw Naing
    Performer:  Khaw Khaw Naing
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can
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    Glass: Music In Fifths, Two Pages / Bang On A Can
    Label: Cantaloupe   Catalog: 21016 Release Date: 09/14/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Philip Glass
    Performer:  Robert Black,  David Cossin,  Lisa Moore,  Mark Stewart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can
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  • 11.
    Shadowbang - Evan Ziporyn, With I Wayan Wija
    Label: Cantaloupe   Catalog: 21015 Release Date: 06/10/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Evan Ziporyn
    Performer:  I Wayan Wija,  Evan Ziporyn,  Robert Black,  Mark Stewart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can
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  • 12.
    Gigantic Dancing Human Machine - Andriessen / Bang On A Can
    Label: Cantaloupe   Catalog: 21012 Release Date: 03/11/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis Andriessen
    Performer:  Steven Schick,  Lisa Moore,  Mark Stewart,  Evan Ziporyn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Icebreaker (Classical),  Bang on a Can
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  • 13.
    Bang On A Can Classics
    Label: Cantaloupe   Catalog: 21010 Release Date: 10/04/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Gordon,  Nick Didkovsky,  Lois V. Vierk,  Anonymous  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can
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  • 14.
    New Line - Gordon, Lang, Wolfe: Lost Objects / Bang On A Can
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 84107 Release Date: 05/15/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Gordon
    Performer:  Joseph Carver,  Lorenzo Alpert,  Hedwig Von der Linde,  James Woodrow  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Epple
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Bang on a Can,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
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    Renegade Heaven / Bang On A Can
    Label: Cantaloupe   Catalog: 21001 Release Date: 03/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Gordon,  Phil Kline,  Glenn Branca,  Arnold Dreyblatt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can
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  • 16.
    Bresnick: Opere Della Musica Povera / Bang On A Can, Et Al
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 868 Release Date: 11/21/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Martin Bresnick
    Performer:  Eva Gruesser,  Lisa Moore,  Patti Cudd,  Patrick O'Keefe  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Leighton Smith,  Marguerite L. Brooks,  Martin Bresnick,  Jesse Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Da Capo Chamber Players,  Zeitgeist,  Bang on a Can  ... 
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    Reich: New York Counterpoint, Eight Lines, Four Organs / Bang on a Can
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79481 Release Date: 04/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Steve Reich
    Performer:  Michael Gordon,  Evan Ziporyn,  Mark Stewart,  Lisa Moore  ... 
    Conductor:  Bradley Lubman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can
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