Bang on a Can All-Stars - Big Beautiful Dark and Scary

whooho! New album! For free!!?

A student in my electronic music class handed me the reworking of Music for Airports and changed blind reverence to curious joy. It was the first time I understood that 'experimental' didn't need to mean 'dour and humorless.' Thanks for opening my ears.

Can't remember the first hearing... but it made me search out more and more

Bang on a can All stars with Iva Bittova in Luxembourg, 2008, one of the best concert I ever attend in Luxembourg, and a revelation for me !

Non li conosco

thank you for the gift
vive la musique!!!!

Started listening BoaC a lot when performing Reichs 2x5 for the first time in Holland!

Well, I had heard about the Bang on a Can Festival and had very much wanted to attend. One year my best friend and his brother went, and they saw Juana Molina (a favorite of mine the discovery of whom randomly and excitingly predating my general discovery of similarly interesting, quirky music). I couldn't go with them, and was quite jealous. The next year I was determined to finally go (why else do I live in this city?). I was on a date, and my date expressed interest, and so we went. We sat on the stairs and listened to performance after performance, until it was about 4am (it was back when the Marathon went all night instead of all day, something which I miss). Finally she had to head home (secretly I think she had stuck it out that long just for me). I walked her to the subway (I had my car and was going the opposite way), and while she waited for the train we kissed for the first time. Even to my own surprise, when I ascended from the subway, a bit bewildered (this was an early and confusing relationship) and exhausted, I felt compelled to go not to my car but rather back to the World Financial Center. When I returned, there were only a couple of acts left. I found a bench (the atrium, once quite full, now largely empty and seemingly only populated by the truly dedicated) and involuntarily lay down. The final performance, I believe, was either an experimental cellist or bassist (I could look it up, but for this purpose I prefer the vagary of my memory), and as I drifted unwillingly asleep to her strange sounds, I was content that I had made it to the end (if not from the very beginning, disappointingly; one day I will attend an entire marathon). Throughout the performance, and especially as I walked out, bleary-eyed, into the dawn, I reflected on the beauty of this event: not only a series of music in this strange space, this awkward but beautiful atrium, acoustically imperfect, the best seat (for a while) a random spot on the grand, cold, hard staircase, but also such odd, wonderful, unique music, an experience I could replicate in pieces elsewhere (So Percussion blew me away during the Marathon, having climbed those same steps to play right in front of me on drums and coffee mugs, and so I later sought them out at a random space at the edge of Williamsburg), but the whole of which is singular. The relationship with the girl didn't last, but my interest in Bang on the Can, somewhere at the edge of music, has persisted. I appreciate that you're still here, though I will say that, if you're interested in being as bad-ass as you once were, you'll move the marathon back into middle of the night. It's there that one's dedication, and the reward of discovery, will emerge with the dawn.

My brother told me I should download and listen to this music so that is what I'm going to do!

You guys are awesome. That is all.

Time to celebrate all accomplishments!

I am a new fan of David Lang. I first heard him on Lalala dance. I think he is one of the greatest composers of this century!

Congratulations from frozen Siberia - Republic of Tuva. We played on BOAC in 2006 if I remember correctly and got a lot of positive emotions and energy from the crew and audience. that was great time!

My introduction to Bang on a Can was a performance of Brian Eno's "Music for Airports" at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at University of Maryland in 2009. I am a recovering addict and the date of the performance was exactly one year to the day that I got clean. I had not heard of Bang on a Can before that, but I was a big fan of Brian Eno. It was definitely one of the most memorable musical experiences of my life. The choice to perform
in the open entrance hall with all the natural light, rather than on stage, was perfect. It was a transporting, beautiful and spiritual experience. The rest of the days selections (including a beautiful Georgian Choral piece arrange for Bass Clarinet and performed by Evan Ziporyn and Ensemble performances with Glenn Kotche and Terry Riley) were also fantastic.

I have only had one opportunity to see BoaC perform since then, at Strathmore in Bethesda, MD performing some pieces by Steve Reich, one of my favorite composers. It was also a wonderful experience. I have even written about BoaC in a paper on the topic of minimalism and post-minimalism. I was describing the eclectic approach of the program selections for BoaC performances and wrote: "The result is neither a disjointed hodge-podge, nor a monolithic blur. What emerges is a presentation of a diverse collection of music that manages to highlight the elements that distinguish the works from each other while at the same time suggesting profound similarities."

Thanks again for everything you do. Please play more in the DC area!

heard BOAC for the first time on kusc. absolutely gorgeous sounds!

A friend of mine recommended this album to me, knowing that I was partial to contemporary composers.

I first heard about Bang on a Can through ABC Classic FM - very glad I did!

I remember conducting Michael Gordon's music Anne LeBaron's music. It was loud and the stage was filled with instruments. what a blast! This was 1987 may be?

More please.

Bang on a Can Marathon 2009 pretty awesome ideas...

I first heard about you from a program on the ABC (Australia) Classic FM called "New Music up Late" presented by Julian Day. Have also followed Lisa Moore's career with great interest and have also been to see another group affiliated with you - sorry name has slipped my mind.

I was blown away by the Tristan Perich '1-bit symphony' project and have been a fan ever since.

I heard a snippet of this album on KUSC when Jim Svejda was previewing the his upcoming Record Shelf show, and I had to hear more.

I heard about you on Brooklyn Vegan. I am certainly old enough to have heard of a band that has been around for 25 years, but I have not heard of you. It is healthy to boldly venture into uncharted territory, so here I go.

The lights were off for the start of my performance of Evening Chant but I needed to see the music. So at one point I said "let there be light" and low and beyold the lights came on. I've tried the line in other situations in an attempt to protray god-like qualities, but, to no avail. Only the Can gets me...

I first heard about BoaC when I heard Robert Black performing a Steward Saunders Smith work on Bass.

Bravo, BOAC! Happy 25th! I am proud to have worked with you. BOAC's Revolution is as real and as meaningful as the Vienna Secession. The two revolutions are like bookends around a period of chaos, destruction, postwar rebuilding, and Cold War.

I'd like to remind you all that Mark Stewart dubbed me Banjo Bill. I'd like that to stick.

Just about a month ago I blogged about BOAC's work with the Dirty Projectors. It is as if the BOAC brass were reading my mind. I blogged about it immediately, because the BOAC collaboration with Dirty Ps brings to our attention this important development--youth culture is catching up with Stravinsky. Dirty, and other groups--including some newgrass groups--are making music without triads. It is not atonal music, but it shows functional (triadic) harmony receding. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of this development. BOAC has found a way to emphasize it--their Zankel Hall collaboration with DP's founder, last month.

I am active on the other end, with the composers who feel uncomfortable about BOAC's seizing the reins and going in an uncomfortable direction. To hell with 'em. Someone had to do it. It forced some of these uptown people to try to do what they were doing, but do it better. So I credit BOAC with improving the product of their adversaries.

--Banjo Bill

Recent memory: concert last week with Steve Reich and Steve Schick, featuring Music for 18 Musicians. It transported me utterly, and moved me spiritually. And the party afterwards was lots of fun.

online review

I first read about BOAC in the liner notes to one of Glenn Branca's symphonies, I believe, and then sadly pretty much forgot about them until the jazz editor for the website that I run ( posted a story about BOAC's anniversary, and I decided that enough was enough - I had to hear them, finally.

Beautiful memories of fantastic recordings. Friend of Friend. Performance memories all in the future.

We attended our first marathon at the Winter Garden four or five years ago, and have been to as many concerts as possible since then. We're very glad about the residency at MassMOCA, and even happier about the events here in Cambridge.

I heard Bang on a Can in Paradiso, years and years ago - Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I was drawn to the performance because it featured Andriessen, and I liked to hear the piece live.
I was absolutely blown away, did not really know what to think of it. Later on I discovered the work of your composers on CD - still love them. Happy birthday, BoaC !!

Un amico e da Mondo Jazz, ho saputo...grazie, raramente si può scaricare gratuitamente legalmente!!! Auguri per il 25mo...e tanti ancora insieme.

I heard you on KUSC radio in Los Angeles.

Hi; Just discovered your music today in a post on Facebook...Thank you for giving us this opportunity to learn more @ you!

da amici

...via a B&H news article about Andriessen "Life"

1-bit Symphony. Probably the coolest little project I've ever heard of.

First heard about Bang on a can on Music for Airport. It was really a good work

my good friend is very enthusiastic about it....

I heard about this from my wife, what a memory that is!

I remember seeing a curious CD called "Industry" in, of all things, a news-print brochure for the Columbia Record Club (remember them?) back in the early 90's. The cover looked cool, and I liked the title, and the fact that it was in the "classical" section was funny, so I went for the "Buy 1, get 10 FREEEEEE!" deal and got it. David Lang's "The Anvil Chorus" blew my mind, and I was a convert forever after.

Heard Jim Shvader on KUSC and he was delighted, so I'm delighted.

Bang on a Can's involvement in the Reverberations festival at the Barbican Centre last year made me seriously envy musical American-ness. The UK should be learning so much more from their projects and outlook.


While writing my first novel, Bang on a Can was my frequent soundtrack. According to the sneaky know-it-alls at iTunes, I have played “In C” 298 times and “Music for Airports” 193 times. I remember listening to Bang on a Can and Iva Bittova one lazy, late-Sunday morning as a hummingbird hovered over the bougainvillea outside my living room window; and I had a pre-pancake epiphany: I needed to make music that, in the brief time span of one song, could tease, caress, soothe, exhilarate and liberate. Thank you Bang on a Can for your zestful eclecticism and abundant inspiration.

I read about this online, excited!

Enjoyed your music on KUSC the other night.

Mine's more of a non-memory, I guess: I'd wanted to come to New York all my life, and finally managed it in 1998 and 1999. I think it was just before the first of those trips that I E-mailed you guys in the hope of seeing the All-Stars live in NYC, and asked if you were doing any gigs during my time in the city. It turned out you were going to be in England (I think it was for the Huddersfield Festival) so we were still on opposite sides of the Atlantic.

I saw Bang on a Can at UCLA's Royce Hall when I was a percussion student there. It was awesome! I remember being particularly impressed by the performance of Andriessen’s “Workers Union”.

Beautiful performances of Brian Eno's Music for Airports (quite a while ago)

David Lang's Sweet Air ..... in Italy

Stamping in the Dark was performed by the "Festival Stompers" at Ethical Culture in '92, which is what my cv says. Vaguely I remember Fiddle Studies done, maybe at LaMama before.

I heard about this album from my friend on Facebook.

first hearing on am sound from coast with huge waves...

Well... I don't have a memory because I just found out about BOAC. A good friend of mine just introduced me to their music and it moved me, so here I am, writing these words.

Bang on a Can, quite simply, changed the course of my musical life.

Upon my arrival at the first of two summers I spent at the Summer Festival at MASS MoCA, I went from quietly dipping my toes in the contemporary music world, to all-out flaunting my obsession with other like-minded "misfits". It was all downhill from there!

Thanks BOAC for 25 years of inspiration...with many more to come!

By attending concerts at Lincoln Center, and the subsequent emails I receive from them.

I finally got to hear Bang On A can at Disney Hall and it was a wonderful performance.

great bang!

i participated in the first funky bang marathon, at the gallery space on broadway....i remember the set-list for the day being posted on the wall, lots of people coming and going, doing my 2 little solo pieces, seeing friends do their thing....relaxed, diverse, fun.

Jazz blog


A friend of mine had considered applying for their summer program and I decided to give it a listen. Left up the BOAC player for about a month.

I've heard BOAC a couple times at MIT and it really expanded my ideas of what music could sound like. I have also studied with some of them and they are awesome people.

Thank you for making new music heard.

In the late 90's Glenn Branca hired me to help tune instruments at the old Alice Tully hall for an All Stars performance of one of his pieces. I was standing on stage during sound checks as they performed this very weird piece and I was impressed that they took the music every bit as seriously as the composer himself. It truly is a composers' ensemble.

I love the aesthetic of BOAC and sometimes that aesthetic has informed my own direction as a composer and arranger. Thank you.

I've known of BOAC since 2001 or so -- I love the recording of Terry Riley's "In C". Sorry to miss Terry & Co. just up the road in Knoxville recently -- keep the music coming!

heard you live at El Rey in LA in 1998. One of my vivid memories of that concert is Steven Schick's snare drum playing in Gordon's "I Buried Paul" - had a lot of color and nuance and attitude. Loved that concert and the venue.

I adore great music - a friend recommened your album - so here I am on your site...

A friend told me that I should check this out after he heard me talking about Tom Waits.

I remember seeing something about this on facebook.

Ever since I went to Bang on a Can's Summer Festival I have been part of an incredible community of musicians. Thank you BOAC!

I saw Bang on a Can play at Royce Hall when I attended UCLA. Amazing performance!

I attended concerts by The Relache Ensemble in Philly in the late 80's, so Bang on a Can was a natural progression. I recall they performed similar composer's works.

Congratulations for 25 years! You are just one of my favourite new music ensembles! Looking forward to your new album!!!

I heard this from Facebook's cantaloupes music. Love music!

Whenever there's a musical event that I wish wish wish I could go to, Bang on a Can is there. I have no idea how long ago I first heard you (it was a while ago), and one day I hope to see you live and in person.

e-Mail from your music publisher

The first year I went to the BOAC marathon, planning to stay for an hour, but stayed for 8 hours.

went a few years ago and saw Yo La Tengo play. thanks!

I like the Bang on A Can idea. Not familiar with the band but I thrive on hearing new music.

Love you guys! Keep doing what you do!

Heard Cheating, Lying, Stealing and immediately loved it. It happened more than 10 years ago.

A friend told me about this and suggested I check it out. Since he's a musical BAMF, I happily obliged this request :3

Read the reviews and look foward to experiencing the music

Went to your recent concert at Carnegie and was so happy by the presence of the composers. It is such a wonderful thing to be part of a living, breathing musical community, and to witness the creators of music -- from composer to musician -- come together in a celebration of imagination.

Bang on a can marathon at WTC in 2009. It was amazing and so was the space.

I heard you from Internet,though I had not heard your music,but I want to know you from this album.THX!!:-)

Thanks for everything you do to create and support new music!

It was a great time!

Occupy cans and drums in a circle.

Climbing a fence into the local park to walk around, drunk, on New Year's Eve.

I arrived at the Bang on a Can Marathon after a long party. I had a vestigial buzz from the night's drugs. Some people were chirping Stockhausen. Outside the windows was a crane moving slowly in the sunrise. So happy.

I think it must have been around the time that I purchased music by Charles Ives (John Lindberg's 'Ruminations upon Ives and Gottschalk') or the first Claudia Quintet albums, that i was drown into the contemporary music (composers) of the Bang of the Can org. Still love the continued interaction with jazz, folk (All Stars with Iva Bittovà) and electronic music 'e.g. Alarm will Sounds Aphex Twin album'.
This reminds me that I still have to listen to the new So Percussion's project with Dave Douglas...
Many congratulations!

The first BoaC marathon I went to was magical. Every 2-3 hours a friend and I would pop out of the Miller Theatre and get caught in the pulse of the city. Upon re-entering the Miller we'd be whisked back to faraway worlds. Great fun.

Loved meeting Evan Zipporan in Atlanta and using "this is not a clarinet" in a 6th grade math class!

I found Bang on a Can quite randomly whilst searching the net for music, You have certainly challenged, inspired and confused me... Opened up my mind!

from internet, i heard here has a great music !!

listening to Harry Partch music years and years ago in a small theater in the village (was it Bleeker St.?). A black box theater with a history.

have always enjoyed/admired the marathon!

I heard of Bang on a Can from a friend, She likes your music very wel. So she makes me that interesting that i was looking for a playlist. But now i can hear it too!

Newark Star Ledger

I first heard parts of the Music for Airports CD on the radio, maybe it was New Sounds on WNYC? Beautiful music.

Banglewood 2007. The most beautiful and authentic music and colleagues I have ever had the privilege to work with. Thank you!

The downloaded stopped! I would really like to hear something new!

I heard about Bang on the Can from an Irish composer friend of mine.

I just searched for Steve Reich's "In C" on iTunes. Your performance was a bull's eye in my opinion, and since, I follow what you do. Thanks for the music!

I'm always looking for new music for choreography and saw bang on a can music listed on a jacket cover -refreshing and unique!

via the Barbican website

Good memory of Bang on a Can at Zankel Hall when I had first moved to NYC. Gave me confidence that diversity and creativity were going to be fundamental parts of my experience in this city. All personified in a great musical group!

I found out about Bang on a Can when I saw a review of the Music for Airports piece. As a huge Eno fan, I was surprised to like the arrangement more than the original (which I love). I have since bought a bunch of BOAC cds and also some by associated composers. I listen to In C constantly and now I am completely enthralled with Michael Gordon's Timber. Looking forward to the new set.

From a friend through Facebook.

Heard about you in an article in UK newspaper The Independent.

My first contact with BoaC was in 1995-96, at the Penn State music library, in the raucous form of 'Yo Shakespeare'. At the time (my freshman year of college) I didn’t imagine that six years later I would be hearing the piece live in London. Another five years down the line and I found myself back in the British capital for the 70th birthday tribute to Steve Reich at the South Bank Centre, where I caught up with Shakespeare again – this time on a bill with 'Four Organs'! Rock and roll!

Now I live in Holland, and one of the cultural advantages of my new home is frequent visits by the BoaC All Stars.

The first time I heard about Bang on a Can was at Biennale Music Festival in Venice. A great edition directed by Uri Caine. It was a real shock for me to listen live masterpieces like David Lang's Cheating, Lying, Stealing or Julia Wolfe's Lick. That songs stuck in my brain like peanut butter. Luckily it was not the last time I've been at a Bang on a Can concert: I also listened to their live concert in Monfalcone, tiny city close to Udine. That time they were not a surprise to me, but a great confirmation of an ensamble able to play amazing music, making the avant-garde less boring and more engaging. That time I discovered the wonderful collaboration with Don Byron, one of my favourite. Thank you guys! Please come back soon in Italy and have another 25 baaaaang years!!! :)

I listen Bang on a Can All-stars in a small city in Italy (Monfalcone) in 2007. One of the best new-music group ever. thanks!

To be invited to your Festival with my Orkest De Volharding was a glorious moment in the history of our group. After that the wealth of different compositions by the hand of the All-Stars for De Volharding meant a solid bond for many,many years. Great music, great friendships! Long live Bang on a can all-stars! Jurjen Hempel

Very vividly remember seeing Bang on a Can in Huddersfield in the mid-nineties play classics like Tom Johnson's Failing and an early blew me away!

About 10 years ago I became a big fan of the Kronos Quartet. I was looking around for other ensembles that perform music by living composers and I kept coming across references to Bang On A Can, both the festival and the all-stars. I really wish you could do a festival on the West Coast. I live in San Francisco but I'd even travel to Los Angeles if that's where you performed it.

Bang on a can allstars' performance of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen's Convex-Concave-Concord at the Athelas New Music Festival some years ago took everyone in Copenhagen with surprice. No one in Denmark has ever heard Pelle's music sound like that. Great fun! I love it.

I have two memories, though specific to Michael Gordon. I first came across a performance of Yo Shakespeare, by Icebreaker, in London 1995ish..something like that. It was crazy - I had been working on a music project which involved overlapping time signatures, with a fairly mathematical basis (this was a band called Geiger Counter) and it was incredible to see such an ensemble working in that field. We were struck with the need to know more about Michael, and bang on a can. In 1997 me and my writing colleague took part in a ensemble workshop, which was part of an event to launch MG's Trance at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall. The workshop was run by members of Icebreaker, so and was a great opportunity to play the foyer before Trance was unleashed. Unfortunately Michael wasn't in attendance - I believe a wintry New York kept him at home. Since then, I've enjoyed much music from the All Stars - Julia Wolfe, Damian Le Gassick - the sounds are so fresh and hard. Seeing MG's Lovebead at the proms has to be a highlight of gigs I've been too - he played hardcore to the toffs!!..That rocked. And lastly, the Barbican last year for Steve Reich's birthday - again, Rewriting Beethoven's Fifth..the highlight of the event.
I apologize to go on about Micheal, but he brought me into your world, and it's broadened my pleasure of music, inspired me in my writing, and just glad there are other people writing such awesome music.

My first memory of Bang on a Can
Is Robert Black playing Tom Johnsons "Failing" for double-bass
and I was hooked

From friend of mine

Nice ti listen your new recors, zhanks,

I've known Steven Schick many years and have seen him perform David Lang's "Anvil Chorus" several times. Steve was the one who introduced me to this amazing BOAC group. Congrats on an amazing 25 years and for all your contributions to the world of percussion and new music.

i've had friends play bang on a can, and hope to weasle my way in through them. one day.

University of Maryland, College Park at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center....I was like WOW! I was a dance student that was taken back by how each work fascinated me. Bought Bang On A Can Classics right there. I used this work when I did movement/creative movement with children for an internship I did. I especially am drawn in with David Lang- Cheating, Lying, Stealing. Thank you for your commitment to your passion.

I first listened to Band on a Can when preparing David Lang's Cheating Lying and Stealing for a recital. Great recording!

The Record Shelf on KUSC

I saw the movie {untitled] and really enjoyed David Lang's soundtrack. That led me to the rest of Bang on a Can and I really enjoy it!

I heard about the album from my brother, who heard Bang on a Can on the radio and he thought it sounded like some Frank Zappa he heard years ago (he has dozens of Zappa albums). However, I first heard Bang on a Can music played by Eighth Blackbird a few years ago when I was most eager to hear them play a Steve Reich debut. I was even more ravished by the BoaC piece than by Steve Reich and have meant to return to BoaC ever since.

Playing Yo Shakespeare on Rock Band with the performers -- before they went on stage to really play it.

I heard a review of your new album tonight on KUSC -- just a few teasers, sound-wise, but enough to mesmerize me and make me run for the computer to download your album. Can't wait to discover your ensemble!

My friend came to visit me in Australia. He drank all my gin. But we enjoyed having him anyway. He put me on to this.

Heard it on the radio

just heard about you for the first time on jim svejda's record shelf on KUSC. all I can say is thanks and wow!

I heard Jim Svedja on KUSC interview one of the band members and then tonight on another of his programs, he gave the album a strong recommendation.

I have recently heard some of your music and heard about this offer on Jim Svejda's radio programs on KUSC (in my case, on the internet).

My dad said I would like this. I'm hoping I do.

If Jim Svejda likes it, I like it!

KUSC on the way home from a 12 hour shift at Cottage Hospital. The name intrigued me, the music is delightful.

I've heard about Bang on a Can for several years, and always meant to check the group out. Now I hear it's celebrating its 25th anniversary? Where've I been all your life?

Jim Svejda sent me here. And I like it.

Jim Svejda, on KUSC, has promoted you enthusiastically and I trust his judgement. Besides I have heard you, too, enthusiastically.

Bang on a Can at MASS MoCA
creates destination in the Berkshires every summer.

I've read about Bang on a Can for years, but never actually HEARD it. I finally did tonight on "The Record Shelf", and I discovered that I've been missing out.

Heard about you through KUSC and LOVED what we heard. Thank you!

I just heard about this album on Jim Svejda's radio show. I'm listening to it now, and I think this is so cool.

I saw a fellow percussionist wearing a BOaC All-Stars shirt.

Bang on a Can is responsible for a lot of artistic goodness that has come my way. I always wanted to go to New York to attend the marathon, and the first time I got the opportunity to do so was when BOAC invited me to perform on the 1996 festival at Lincoln Center. They had heard a recording of my “The MUNI Section” and wanted me to do a live version of that. I had created the track in the studio, and suddenly was faced with learning how to perform it live with my looping technology and my gesture controller. The live version became a staple of my repertoire for many years to come. Also, I became so hooked on BOAC Marathons that I started traveling to NYC annually so not to miss any of them. I was later commissioned by BOAC (and the People’s Commissioning Fund) to compose “The Schmetterling”, and was honored by multiple opportunities to perform it with the Allstars on both coasts of the US and in Europe. I really LOVE Bang on a Can! Thank you for all the great work you’ve put into the world!


Pamela Z

I first heard of Bang on a Can with their (your?) recording of Brian Eno's "Music for Airports." I was so impressed that anyone would undertake a performance of this quintessential ambient piece - a piece whose primary intent is NOT to be listened to. I am a DJ on KALX Berkeley and I LOVE Bang on a Can. I applaud their daring and their impressive eclecticism and heartily congratulate them on their silver anniversary.

I heard your music on the radio and I find your music help me concentrate and relax.

introduced via a marathon years ago.... the discovery continues

Modern, serious, contemporary, creative music needs more outlets such as this. If not, we are going to be stuck with 'top of the pops'. Keep up the good work

I will never forget the Music Marathon in the Winter Garden in July 2009. I heard Lionheart and Ethel play Phil Kline songs. I was blown away by Signal's rendition of Michael Gordon's Trance. I went this summer to Mass Moca to hear Michael Gordon's splendid THE LIGHT OF THE DARK. We stayed long into the night listening from the courtyard speakers and then back into the auditorium for the
Evan Ziporyn arrangements of Nic Baertch compositions. After it was over we spoke to the composers and performers in the courtyard. What fun is was.

My boyfriend told me to listen because it was amazing.

I've been banging a can for decades now.

Very much appreciated seeing then-local Jee-Eun Kim (pianist de force) on the bill at 2008 Marathon in Urbana IL; also the film accompaniment (if memory is correct...)? + powerful All-Stars introduction the year or two prior here. Thanks to all for championing the ethic...various creative ethics...

I went to the Bang On A Can marathon two years ago and stayed until the end!!

I went to the Bang On A an marathon two years ago and stayed until the end!!

My Bang on a Can CD is a couple of years old yet is so fresh and still is one of my favorites. I have yet to get tired of it...keep it coming and I really look forward to this new one.

Been a fan since I heard their take on In C, and it really opened me up to composers that have stunned me and still are, from Julia Wolfe's piece for 9 bagpipes at Le Poisson Rouge to people who are unrelated but still humming with that energy like Tyondai Braxton and Missy Mazzoli.

I don't have a memory for I don't know to much about the band. Downloading the CD will help in the memory department though.
I read an article in the paper about the band and that piqued my interest...

The first time I heard Bang on a Can was with Steve Reich's album featuring "Double Sextet" and "2X5." I was floored by the phenomenal performances of each part, each note more explored than the last. Wonderful, wonderful work.

Hoping to one day attend the Summer Festival after hearing about it!

Heard an interview on KUSC.

I ' ve never heared nothing bout you but there's a song on 22tracks that I love to pla again and again, grate sound¡

I heard about this from my college professor

My friend told me about it and said it was amazing and that I should listen to it.

A friend told me!

I liked it ... it worked for me. (ok there is really a different thing to say but i messed up and did not download in the allowed 48 hours).

I just heard part of your album last night at a friend's, and I really liked it. Thanks for offering it for free!

I heard them on Jim Svejda's KUSC-FM radio program on Jan 19th. I was amazed by their music, and even more amazed at their beautiful version of Brian Eno's Music for Airports!

I wanted to host Bang On A Can in the music series I direct in Milan, Three or four years ago I failed, since my budget was cut, but I dont want to stop trying. I'm quite hopeful for the 2012/2013 season.

I remember your festival at the World Financial center, Fund.

Vi conosco poco. Ma quel poco mi ha convinto a conoscervi meglio.

I have no memories of Bang on a Can yet, but hopefully will form some in a few minutes! Thanks for the gift, and thanks to my father for passing along the link.

Word of mouth. Thanks!

My friend told me that a friend told him that a friend told her that a friend told her mom that avant garde is the new jam.

heard about it from Il Giornale della Musica

Thanks to Mr. Evan Ziporyn as well as Steve Reich, I am now a Bang on a Can fan. Thanks for the music!

I heard about the record on The Wire magazine webbpage.

Read it on facebook

Someone told me to get this

Received an e-mail from Bang on a Can.

Lincoln Center email

Bang on a Can All-Stars, Kronos Quartet, and many others at MIT last Spring.

i remember reading about boac all-stars on r/contemporary. that was 2 seconds ago. never heard 'em goes!

from Jim Sveda's program

I heard about this album from a friend. We listened to it one night and I loved it.

I'm a fan of Jim Svejda on KUSC and he promoted Bang on a Can. I can't wait to hear this new album! Thank you in advance!

Heard about your album through KUSC radio in LA. Have heard your work on and off through the years--love it!! Hope to make it to a festival one of these years. :j

My summer at the second "Banglewood" residency at MASSMoCA changed my life. As a composer, I've really enjoyed being part of what feels like not just a vibrant musical community, but a community of friends. Thanks, Bang on a Can!

sent you one already. memorable you are at every turn.

friend of the family going back 25 years... love to all of you!

In the early days of Icebreaker, we played Michael Nyman's 'Think Slow, Act Fast' in BOAC. Icebreaker at that time was a very boozy and hooligan group, and had somewhat 'misbehaved' at a reception Michael, David and Julia took us to on the day before our performance. Apparently, when Michael heard us play he said "how can they party so much and still play that well?!" :-) Happy Birthday, guys...

I've come to know Bang on a Can all stars through the great work of John Schaefer and his New Sounds program on WNYC.

My teacher recommended this to me and I know he has great taste.

I started listening to the BOAC All- Stars back in the CRI days. I saw them live in NYC about 15 years ago and that really sealed the deal...

On a beautiful summer day some 10 or a dozen years ago, while lying in the grass of the National Design Museum gazing up at cloud forms, Bang on a Can filled the sound space with Reich's 4 Organs and New York Counterpoint at a most generous volume.

I've always been interested in new music ever since discovering Philip Glass and Steve Reich in the 70s, and I've heard music from some of the names associated with Bang on a Can down through the years. I first heard about Bang on a Can itself a few years back through the project with Don Byron.

WaY out hEre in the MidwEst, we manAged to convInce SO percUssion to visiT dayton Oh. . . and our horiZons were opened! We fOllow bOAc and more now . . .

Loved hearing Evan Ziporyn, Matthew Ritchie and the Dessners at MIT years ago. I am a big fan of BOAC! Esp, the Brian Eno live recordings.

June 2011- part of the 'River' fest opening day. Great cool to see Phillip

Amazing concert with Meridith Monk a couple of years ago at the Clarice Smith Center at the U of Maryland.

I found a link to your site via I am interested in The types of artists you represent.

I can't remember when I first heard about Bang on the Can Festival, but I've been to many at the WFC. I look forward to it every year. and attend despite the fact that I live way up town. I place what I hear up with the main stream of contemporary music. I think you have brought down barriers significantly to the benefit of what one must call one's soul. So much of what one hears explores new sonorities and emotion which increasingly link up with past great and low traditions in music.

A friend has just told me about it!

I have not yet heard them. i just read an article in the newark star ledger about them and was intrested in hearing them. 25 yrs... congrats. amazed i havent heard of them.

Radio Popolare Milano

I first heard BOAC in high school, and you've been an integral part of my music life since. Thanks!

A friend took me to a BOAC concert last year. Been a fan since and excited to check out new album!

Just heard Michael Gordon's Timber by Mantra Percussion and brought back that thrill and anticipation of listening to Steve Shafer's New Sounds on WNYC often with Bang on a Can brilliance.


I honestly never heard of Bang on a can..... that's my BAD. So now i am setting the record straight!

Congratulations you all for some very good work done all 25 years.

A piece In C on the radio,

A Double Sextet in a hall.

Endless vibrating meditations.


interested in you project!

thank you

The recent shows at MIT - Marathon in July, w/ Terry Riley in December were excellent! It's great to see this music live in the Boston area. I'm looking forward to other upcoming shows in this series.

Thanks to Bang On A Can and MIT for bringing this kind of music to this listener.

Had heard about BOAC for years on John Schaefer's New Sounds show, loved the Music for Airports recording, but only 2 years ago finally went to a Marathon. That's now one of the musical highlights of my year. Looking forward to the next 25 years of great music!

I heard you on Radio Popolare Milano this morning and just have to hear more. Best wishes and thanks for sharing

thank you

I heard about you from my dad.

Fading light over the crashing waves.

From Mirjam Zegers

already 25 years!

Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, some years ago!

Your Steve Reich renditions, both live and on cd, gave me another perspective and further understanding of his music. Congratulations from Amsterdam.

the Books at the marathon late at night after an already amazing day of music.

through M.Zegers at Facebook

My memory was one night waking up with the scare that my fingers cramped and I would never ever could play music again.....the worst dark and scary nightmare a musician can have.

Beginning of March the Attacca Ensemble from Amsterdam - the Netherlands will perform the wonderful David Lang piece: Little Match Girl Passion. see

A friend recommended me...

I've heard of this through Anthony Fiumara on Facebook. He's the leader of the fantastic Lunapark ensemble.

Good ol' facebook of course

I've just heard your music for the first time on RTR fm online. What can I say, here I am, better late than never!

Lots of good memories: happy birthday BOAC!

I first heard 'Industry' by Michael Gordon in a composition lesson and then heard it again in the film 'Hunger' and was absolutely blown away. Ever since then I've been a fan of Bang on a Can and everything that comes from it!

Italian private radio (Radio Popolare)

I've met Steven Schick in the Darmstadt's Ferienkurse in 92-94. Incredible musicien! I have some BOAC CD's at home. Thanks for sharing free your work!!

i heard about this through the lincoln center email list. i've been meaning to check out bang on a can for years. well, now's my chance!

Really want to check this out. Received very positive recommendations from friends.

BOAC played at the Perth Concert Hall last year. It is a great venue with good acoustics. The can played expertly and made me go and buy a few of their Cds online.

I can't say how I first became interested in BOAC specifically, but late 90s/early 00s I became more and more interested in modern American composition, so it was only natural that I would stumble across cantaloupe/BOAC. Being from Australia I have unfortunately never seen the ensemble live. First BOAC CD I purchased was the Andriessen CD 'Gigantic Human Dancing Machine'

This past week created some very special memories for me with BOAC. The chance to share the stage with BOAC All-stars and with my fellow members of rfbf, and performing for Music for 18 Musicians for Steve Reich in both Disney Hall and in San Diego was wonderful! To look up during both rehearsal and performance and seeing everyone around us on stage and in the audience smiling and enjoying the music, created several moments I will never forget.

The public's big endorsement at the end of M.Gordon's "Van Gogh" during our Fiarì Ensemble performance in Turin, nov.2008. It happened every time we have performed music of Micheal, Julia or David!
I wish other 25 years (and more) of good music!