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

Bang on a Can turned 25! Thank you to all who shared your memories with us as we celebrated this milestone with the latest All-Stars CD Big Beautiful Dark and Scary. We were thrilled to hear from more than 5000 of you in stories from the sweet to the surreal, from the hysterical to the sublime. And most of all, we were honored to celebrate 25 years of wild and innovative music making- here's to 25 more!

If you missed the download window don't fear: Big Beautiful Dark and Scary will be available exclusively on iTunes starting January 31, with a bonus track entitled Closing, a work written and performed live by Philip Glass and the All-Stars.

The album will be physically released on Cantaloupe Music February 28, 2012 and includes four short films by Dutch video artist Marijke van Warmerdam. It is available for pre-order now on Amazon.

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My Dear Bang On A Can, When we first met, I thought you were too uptown for me. That was before you blew my mind. And opened up a warm world of friends and colleagues. Linda Fisher introduced us in 1990, when we performed at the Marathon on my Musical Shoes. (I miss Linda, who is now living in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery.) You gave me Lincoln Center debut, my BAM debut, and the All-Stars took my headphone-driven pieces to Amsterdam, Israel, and I'm still not sure where else. I never intended this work for instrumental groups, but for hand-picked vocalists and performance artists. Yet after the All-Stars started doing it, Ethel knocked on my door. Through Ethel I met Todd Reynolds, with whom I am jamming still--and on those same shoes, now computerized. Soon Alarm Will Sound, So Percussion, ICE and that amazing Grand Valley State U. ensemble came calling. Imagine me, the once and future solo electronic dance band, seeing my work in the list of the All-Stars repertoire right here in 2012. Bizarre. To you, the absurdity of my one-time-only rule (each performer can do a headphone-driven part only once to preserve the surprise element) wasn't absurd, merely another logistical problem to solve. That felt real fine. "It's a culture", Evan Ziporyn once said to me about Michael Gordon's musical ideas and his signature grouping of 4 eighth notes and 4 quarter-note triplets (not three--FOUR triplets). That pattern and that culture is what blew my mind (not your eclecticism--I worked at the Pyramid Club in the '80s after all). Here was a paradigm that literally busted out of the grid--yet kept the groove. Is that what Bang On A Can has aimed for all along?

Joshua Fried
February 3, 2012 4:58 PM

The memories are countless, from marathons to 2 summer festivals to tours in far-away lands. And the memories keep coming, thanks to the awesome Bang on a Can community! I've got Bang to thank for some amazing stories, friends and even a husband!!

kelli kathman
February 3, 2012 4:58 PM

Through Destination Out radio WFMU

D Broscoe
January 26, 2012 1:20 PM


January 26, 2012 1:09 PM

I was told of BOAC by the tremulous voices of the seven winds.

Kevin Phoenix
January 26, 2012 12:31 PM

I read about it on I've heard of the group before, and would love to learn more about their music.

January 26, 2012 12:30 PM

without a doubt the most interesting music of all time ever.

January 26, 2012 12:22 PM

The Bang on a Can version of In C is my go-to recording for introducing people to that wonderful piece.

January 26, 2012 12:11 PM

Wrote my dissertation on David's music! Big fan of everything the organization stands for in all disciplines.

Andy Bliss
January 26, 2012 12:00 PM

my teacher

Josh Saul
January 26, 2012 11:49 AM

Heard by word of mouth from a friend

January 26, 2012 11:47 AM

Heard about it on NPR!

Sharad Kohli
January 26, 2012 11:37 AM


January 26, 2012 11:33 AM

Through a fellow composer friend via Facebook link.

Alfred Brown
January 26, 2012 11:11 AM

I've listened to your recording of Reich's "2x5 and have watched on the rehearsal on you tube too. It was interesting. So, I would like to hear more.

January 26, 2012 10:52 AM

Heard about you from the npr web site. I've listened to your recording of "In C" on you tube and have wanted to hear more.

CK Johnson
January 26, 2012 10:33 AM

I had the great pleasure and honour to play at the Bang on a Can 12 hour marathon gig (or was it 24 hours?) at the Financial Center NY a few years ago. I play with The Crash Ensemble in Dublin and that was probably the most exciting gig I've ever played. So thank you BOAC. Please, please, please can I have a CD?

January 26, 2012 10:23 AM

I enjoyed hearing Bang On A Can as part of the Reich celebration at the Barbican last year. I have the deepest respect and admiration what they are doing and the music they are bringing in to the world. Long may it continue...

Ben Eshmade
January 26, 2012 10:08 AM

Heard about you through a friend

Abriel Ferreira
January 26, 2012 9:49 AM

In the end, a love for Bang On A Can was the only thing an ex-girlfriend and I had in common.

January 26, 2012 9:45 AM

jared barr
January 26, 2012 8:10 AM

heard about this even in Europe

January 26, 2012 7:35 AM

I first heard about Bang on a Can All Stars while I was taking part of the Radar5 Festival in Mexico City. They were performing Eno's Ambient classic Music for Airports. Or so I remember...

January 26, 2012 7:34 AM

listening to your remarkable recording of riley's "in c" (driving through l.a. in the dead of night last week) reminded me of performing that work thirty five years ago with my friend barney childs and getting my first taste of what music could be beyond just music

saïd ramón ibn araïza
January 26, 2012 6:35 AM

Heard about the album on kusc.

Troy Kawahara
January 26, 2012 6:33 AM

Just heard about this through New Sounds. I admire any musician able to make a living at doing what they love.....especially a collective of 'new music' artists!! Congrats, and wishing you continued happiness!

Todd Husken
January 26, 2012 6:15 AM

Heard about you from a friend, and also from a music teacher. Finally connected the dots. Looking forward to hearing your album!

January 26, 2012 5:21 AM

Sono uomo di poche parole, non so che dire.

January 26, 2012 4:45 AM

Sono uomo di poche parole, non so che dire.

January 26, 2012 4:42 AM

Hearing Ethel in 2004 and their Cantaloupe Music s/t record from 2003 - all the way out in the PNW. For the ferment and fostering, thank you!

January 26, 2012 4:29 AM

KUSC mentioned BoaC on "The Record Shelf," playing a snippet. It's a classical music show: you know, Beethoven, Bach. So I'm here to hear.

Jean Souders
January 26, 2012 4:24 AM

I remember reading about BoaC through Alex Ross some time ago-- and I have been fascinated ever since!

Elisha Marie
January 26, 2012 3:32 AM

cangratu leshan

January 26, 2012 3:32 AM

Making new memories with a friend who said "check it out; you'll dig it!"

January 26, 2012 3:29 AM

I learnt about the album on twitter.. Can't wait to listen to your music!!

Nanda Puan
January 26, 2012 3:24 AM

I heard about Bang on a Can on the last day of a 20th century music class. Also, my interest in the music of Steve Reich (Music for 18) and Evan Ziporyn lead me to some great Bang on a Can recordings. I hope to someday see a live performance!

Adam Buer
January 26, 2012 3:10 AM

I was sent here by trusted friend

January 26, 2012 3:01 AM

I first saw BOAC perform at Stanford in 2010 - Wolfe: Big Beautiful Dark and Scary; Frith: Snakes and Ladders; Andriessen: Life; Lang: sunray; Brian Eno: Music for Airports 2/2; Nyman: Manhatta. Blew me away - I'd been a metalcore kid into classical for years, this show helped illuminate ways in which all the traditions I love can coexist. Thank you!

Brendon Randall-Myers
January 26, 2012 2:45 AM

I was informed by a pickle-eating friend of mine.

Grouber McFudd
January 26, 2012 2:09 AM


January 26, 2012 2:07 AM

Music for 18 Musicians at the WFC at 5 in the morning as the sun was rising - awesome!

January 26, 2012 1:48 AM

I've been a fan for years. Glad to see it going strong.

January 26, 2012 1:48 AM

I had the pleasure of playing piano in the All-Stars for about a year and a half or so. Among the many fun gigs we played, the most memorable was at the High Line Festival curated by David Bowie. Yes, David Bowie booked the All-Stars to play on a triple bill at a rock club in NYC (called the High Line - of course). We were second that night on a bill that included The Legendary Stardust Cowboy and Daniel Johnston. The LSC Cowboy played first. This bawdy, rowdy, rockabilly singer (touting a sizable beer belly) was the guy who, in the late 1960's, inspired David Bowie to create a different persona for himself - Ziggy Stardust. With a southern drawl, he belted out tunes about his spaceship trips to Mars and other intergalactic pursuits, in addition sticking his butt out toward the audience and rubbing it with a towel, the way one might dry themselves after getting out of the shower. Quite a sight! Daniel Johnston played right after our set. His music is pretty much the exact opposite of what the All-Stars played that night - very simple, naive songs that he sang by himself playing acoustic guitar. He was the headliner and most of the audience packed into the club was there to hear his songs. He stood on the stage alone, wearing dirty sweatpants pulled up really high. His lifelong struggle with mental illness was clearly evident. During each tune it was as if the entire audience was there supporting him the way parents would be in watching their child in a school play with rapt attention. He had devoted fans. There were a couple men in the front row crying during some of his tunes. For our set, it was "And now for something completely different!" We kicked into Andreissen's "Worker's Union" - about 16 minutes of pounding unison rhythms. If you're a Bang fan, I'm guessing you've probably heard it. It's a total blast to play. There are no notes written, just intense, pounding rhythms. After about 10 minutes, you could hear the Daniel Johnston crowd audience thinking to themselves (and out loud), "What IS this!?) I played the keyboard with the distortion pedal cranked - It was a blast serving up a type of music that most of the audience had probably never even knew existed. And doing it really LOUD! After the concert, we all hung out backstage and David Bowie came back to say hello. Pencil-thin, wearing a a black tuxedo, his huge mouth smiling ear to ear - not the rock star you would imagine, but more like a dapper maitre'd at a fancy restaurant cheerily thanking us for playing. "The music you played was delightful! What would you CALL that?" After a moment, David Lang answered, "I guess you'd call it European Post-Minimalism." Bowie cheered, "Oh, wonderful. Just delightful!"

Daniel Kelly
January 26, 2012 1:48 AM

I'm new to BOAC, but I just heard a tune from the new album on NPR and love it! I want to hear the rest of the album.

Jon Weiss
January 26, 2012 1:41 AM

from New Sounds link...

Joan Busquets
January 26, 2012 1:28 AM

David Lang came to my campus last year, one of the best concerts i've seen!

Tim Shuster
January 26, 2012 12:59 AM

My mentor and composition teacher suggested I give you guys a listen. I'm very excited to see what this is all about!

Timothy Burns
January 26, 2012 12:34 AM

Encouraged to check this music out by a teacher.

Nich Merriman
January 26, 2012 12:22 AM

I first encountered Bang on a Can live a few years ago in Champaign-Urbana, a surprising occurrence, in that they were good enough to make the trek out to the cornfields of Illinois. While the low turnout for the 8+ hour marathon was criminal, I inhaled deeply of the many terrific performances, with Workers Union being a particular highlight. Thanks so much for all you have done for new music, and for bringing your big sound to smaller areas across the country!

Noah Pollaczek
January 26, 2012 12:13 AM

I have listened, and loved, the music you've played for a long time. Last year's marathon at Mass MoCA was simply amazing.

January 26, 2012 12:03 AM

Huge fan! Thanks!

Brandon Houghtalen
January 25, 2012 11:56 PM

I was involved with the Bang on a Can Festival on two occasions during my formative years. These experiences showed me the importance of being open to a wide variety of musics, and inspired me to follow my own path as a musician. Congratulation on your 25th Anniversary!

Michiyo Yagi
January 25, 2012 11:50 PM

I have heard you talked about for some time but have never yet heard so much as a note of your work. I am look forward to finally getting to.

Eric Peppe
January 25, 2012 11:46 PM

Other Music on KZUM Lincoln, NE. Check it out streaming online.

malcom miles
January 25, 2012 11:40 PM

Hands down, my absolute favorite marathon moment, having been to about 5 of the last 6 marathons--The Books w/Todd Reynolds followed by Michael Gordon's Gotham in 2007. The former was pure bliss, the latter was almost terrifying in its scope, it blew me away.

James Lampe
January 25, 2012 11:22 PM

I played with Evan Ziporyn in an ensemble at MIT and one of my friends has raved about Bang on a Can for the last three years.

January 25, 2012 11:12 PM

NPR, can't wait to listen.

Robert Love
January 25, 2012 10:58 PM

I just found out about BoaC from NPR's deceptive cadence blog. I love the name and am eager to learn about your music!

Isaac López
January 25, 2012 10:55 PM

Just read about you in the paper. The descriptions of the music are terrific. Congrats on the 25th anny.

Alicia Mykolajtchuk
January 25, 2012 10:39 PM

Can't remember the first time but I think it was the marathon some years ago. Have been a fan ever since.

lynne ticke
January 25, 2012 10:35 PM


Jeremiah Hall
January 25, 2012 10:30 PM

I love your version of Music for Airports, and then it was very cool to hear you play a concert at the Krannert Center in Champaign, IL.

January 25, 2012 10:28 PM

I heard about you from my public station (WXXI 91.5). I trust their recommendations so will give you a try. Continued good luck, Dan Dwyer

Dan Dwyer
January 25, 2012 10:28 PM

My friends couldn't stop talking about you guys so I decided to check you out. In love! So amazed!

January 25, 2012 10:01 PM

Heard about this on Deceptive Cadence.

January 25, 2012 9:51 PM

I heard by viewing NPR on my iPad.

Robert Remke
January 25, 2012 9:44 PM

Heard about this through NPR's Deceptive Cadence.

Ryan Ban
January 25, 2012 9:44 PM

Browsing the internet, looking for something by David Lang.

H Jacobs
January 25, 2012 9:36 PM

NPR Deceptive Cadence told me. Stoked, thanks!!

January 25, 2012 9:14 PM

I remember when my grad advisor emailed me while I was reading Chapter 4 of The Game Games Bowl by Tim Buckley and told me to come here, make up a memory and download! And I didn't even have to make one up!

Josh Newton
January 25, 2012 9:12 PM

I've always been inspired by the vision and mission of Bang on a Can. Being asked to participate in the 2003 marathon as a member of Alarm Will Sound–just a couple years after the group was founded–was such validation. It made us feel part of a musical family for whom music-making is serious fun.

Gavin Chuck
January 25, 2012 9:07 PM

I have never been fortunate enough to attend any BoaC event (all-stars, marathon, summer festival) in person, but I enjoyed recordings I've heard. Oh, and a percussionist friend of mine had a fantastic experience in the summer festival.

Michael Ptacin
January 25, 2012 9:03 PM

Hearing Stefan Weisman's Nervous People at a Marathon a bunch of years back. Same concert had Stockhausen's giant tam tam.

Dan Sonenberg
January 25, 2012 8:57 PM

I banged on a can the night I met Eddie Prevost.

January 25, 2012 8:42 PM

Around 1995 or 1996 when I lived in Hoboken, NJ I bought a concert subscription to Alice Tully Hall, and saw BoaCAS perform. I remember Philip Glass was in the audience, and the occasion was a CD release party, either for Vol. 3 or Industry. I remember there was a reception afterwards featuring a large cake with the icing depicting the CD artwork. The first time I had ever seen that done.

Scott Buckner
January 25, 2012 8:36 PM

star ledger

January 25, 2012 8:27 PM

From Doug Adams twitter

Rigoberto Costa
January 25, 2012 8:22 PM

Heard earlier compilation and loved it.

Rob Kotchick
January 25, 2012 8:19 PM

Stumbled upon this at NPR music, thank you!

January 25, 2012 8:18 PM

I heard about you through listening to Reich's Double Sextet / 2 x 5 last year and reading Nyman's book on Experimental music.

January 25, 2012 8:12 PM

Heard about the album through twitter (amazing stuff, that social media), and heard about the group by getting a philip glass cd at the library (amazing things, those libraries)

Judy Jackson
January 25, 2012 8:00 PM

have followed Bang for some time - always interesting

Peter Raczeck
January 25, 2012 7:46 PM

The first time I heard a recording of Bang on a Can was of Robert Black performing "Failing." I was an adolescent musician at the time and found the recording very inspiring. Thank you for the inspiration.

Zachary Taylor
January 25, 2012 7:41 PM

I first heard about Bang on a Can from one of my most influential and favorite professors: Steve Schick.

January 25, 2012 7:26 PM

My earliest memory: waking up in my crib and singing before anyone else in my family was up. My mother finally came in and asked me what I was doing - my reply: I was just trying to be "friendly". Not only is music the universal language of friendship, but it can also distinguish morning people from night people, as my mother tried to explain to me (an impossible task). If only I had had a can to bang on! I suspect that if I play this music early in the morning I'll find out who of my neighbors are morning people, and who are not. Thanks!

Debra Fritz
January 25, 2012 7:23 PM

Introduced to BOAC by friends a long time ago. Heard about this download via Twitter.

January 25, 2012 7:07 PM

First heard you at the New Music Marathon at MIT with Kronos Quartet, Gamelan Galak Tika, Wu Man, etc. It was my first time seeing any of the musicians and groups involved and I enjoyed it very much. My favorite piece you did that night was "Big Beautiful Dark and Scary" so I'm excited to hear this!

January 25, 2012 6:58 PM

My nephew told me on Facebook!

January 25, 2012 6:49 PM

A friend sent me the link as well as a youtube of Cheating, Lying, Stealing, which I had never heard before. Fuck! Sweet.

Karl McComas-Reichl
January 25, 2012 6:42 PM

Had the opportunity to play with Bang on a Can in a dance improv workshop at the University of Illinois in the late 1990s. It was a blast!

Dawson Weber
January 25, 2012 6:41 PM

Hearing the Glenn Branca group fill up the World Financial Center with simple melodies and complex harmonics.

Dylan Treadwell
January 25, 2012 6:27 PM

I followed the link from the NPR deceptive cadence blog, I've read about you guys for years but I still haven't made it to an event. I need to fix that soon.

Michael Plant
January 25, 2012 6:19 PM

Love what I've heard so far!

January 25, 2012 5:42 PM

I've had great friends involved with you guys! Thanks for all you do!

Jacob Harrison
January 25, 2012 5:41 PM

I listened to some great stuff on WFUV and wanted to hear the whole album.

Matthew Silberstein
January 25, 2012 5:40 PM

Very excited about the David Lang world premiere TONIGHT at Stanford, presented by Stanford Lively Arts!

Ben Frandzel
January 25, 2012 5:35 PM

Walking up a big flight of stone steps.

January 25, 2012 5:33 PM

NEW YORK new york APPLE apple

Lilla Nagy
January 25, 2012 5:29 PM

My bass teacher Gregg August is composing a song for Bang on a Can and he told me about the organization. I'm very happy he did!

Nicholas Trautmann
January 25, 2012 5:27 PM

Heard the great excerpts on The Record Shelf. Had to hear more. Congrats on the anniversary.

Jon Tolins
January 25, 2012 5:20 PM

I remember the first time I heard a BOAC sampler: it was like worlds colliding in the best possible way.

Jamie Drake
January 25, 2012 5:14 PM

I remember the first time I heard a BOAC sampler: it was like worlds colliding in the best possible way.

Jamie Drake
January 25, 2012 5:14 PM

I first heard BOAC in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at Northwestern U several years ago. The experience is still hanging with me. Awesome!

Matthew Coley
January 25, 2012 5:08 PM

The first time I heard So play David Lang's So-called Laws of Nature. Wow! Completely blew me away.

January 25, 2012 5:07 PM

Dr. Dan Welcher at UT Austin introduced me to the music of David Lang. I was absolutely blown away, and hooked forever on new music. Long live BoaC!

John Kizilarmut
January 25, 2012 5:01 PM

2007. 26 hours marathon in the WFC winter garden. It happened a day after I've graduated from college, and had my mom, and grandmother in town (they flew in from Poland). We all attended and were blown away. When the sun rose up behind the stage to the "music for 18 musicians" I felt that I can go ahead and die... but finally I figured to just keep collecting such experiences and found myself traveling to the marathon in MOCA in 2010. This time I traveled from Poland where I now live and hope to see you also here one day. Thanks!

January 25, 2012 5:01 PM

A trusted friend told me to find you

January 25, 2012 4:59 PM

First heard BoaC in 2001, and immediately became a fan. Your music is like a beacon in the Big Beautiful Dark and Scary world of contemporary music.

Kirk Brewer
January 25, 2012 4:58 PM

Love Paul Lang's works

Warren Seamans
January 25, 2012 4:58 PM

my daughters friends on facebook : )

Lynn Martin
January 25, 2012 4:57 PM

Heard about this album through a friend

Sophie-Louise Filer
January 25, 2012 4:55 PM

Heard of you on WNYC New Sounds. Thanks very much for this!

January 25, 2012 4:52 PM

two of 'em 1) i first heard do a masterclass, and he recommended that all wind players dabble with yoga at some point. i did, and am eternally grateful. 2) i heard the all-stars with my hero ornette coleman at the walker a couple years ago in the wee hours of the morning. gorgeous and creative.

mike giles
January 25, 2012 4:41 PM

I saw BOaC with Philip Glass and Terry Riley. I never understood minimalism until that concert!

January 25, 2012 4:37 PM

Falling in love with Bang on a Can's recording of Terry Riley's "In C" (still my favorite version), particularly the moments between the 21 and 23 minute markers. Beautiful and moving.

Michael Ulrich
January 25, 2012 4:33 PM

I blame Wire magazine and Emusic. Music for Airports was inspired but Classics, especially Cheating Lying Stealing is best.

Odilon Redo
January 25, 2012 4:27 PM

Heard about you on NPR, and I trust their recommendations! It's always exciting to see where new composition is headed...

Mike Zimmerman
January 25, 2012 4:22 PM

Friend on Facebook.

Stephen Berg
January 25, 2012 4:19 PM

I first discovered you from music blogs a few years back and just rediscovered you from the radio show New Sounds

Yvan Richard
January 25, 2012 4:19 PM

I remember being in a crowd of people whose faces looked like tight fists. It was big. It became beautiful. Then it got dark. And finally it was scary. Very scary.

Simon MacDonald
January 25, 2012 4:18 PM

BOAC Memories…my first marathon in 1994 and hearing the All Stars playing music the way I had always imagined it should be played….my second marathon in 1996 and being able to conduct my piece and feeling a huge pat on the back for what I was doing from people that I had the highest repect for… getting a call in 2002 to write a new work for the All Stars and being absolutely thrilled and humbled to do so..and finally hosting a marathon at the University of Illinois in 2008 and bringing the excitement of BOAC to my campus…Great Memories of Great People doing Great Music! Here’s to 25 more years! Best, Zack Browning

Zack Browning
January 25, 2012 4:15 PM

Heard about this on facebook, looking forward to hearing the album.

Mark Lerner
January 25, 2012 4:14 PM

I've never heard a recording of "In C" like yours...definitely my recommendation for many reasons.

Evan Jones
January 25, 2012 4:12 PM

New Sounds, which I know I can listen to online, but I still dearly miss having it to listen as a broadcast, as I fall asleep. There are still songs I found on it that I dream to....

January 25, 2012 4:12 PM

Big fan. From the Web page.

Reginald Bain
January 25, 2012 4:11 PM

BCMG facebook

January 25, 2012 4:08 PM

From The Record Shelf, Heard On radio station KUSC

Roy B
January 25, 2012 4:00 PM

David Lang was (possibly still is) the composer-in-residence at the Sage Gateshead, got into BoaC that way :)

January 25, 2012 3:58 PM

It is thanks to BCMG that I heard of you guys. I owe them a favour!

Michael Squires
January 25, 2012 3:56 PM

I heard about the album download through twitter but I've always wanted to make it to a concert. This should tie me over till I do.

Matthew Tozer
January 25, 2012 3:48 PM

I've never heard your music but the "big beautiful dark and scary" defintion makes me want to know more about it. And I love this scrapbook idea.

Philippe Dumez
January 25, 2012 3:46 PM

Love those Marathons. Always something new, interesting, unexpected and brilliant. The soundtrack to a modern life.

January 25, 2012 3:46 PM

The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group send me here via Facebook.

Be Jo
January 25, 2012 3:39 PM

Listening to the first CD "Industry" and enjoying it all, but being blown away by the distortion pedal on the 'cello on the title track.

Bruce Petherick
January 25, 2012 3:31 PM

Never heard of you recommended by someone on twitter

Andy beacham
January 25, 2012 3:27 PM

Getting vertigo during the "falling elevator" portion of "Gotham" at Zankel Hall.

Jeremy Beck
January 25, 2012 3:23 PM

First time I heard BOAC was in 1998 in Lithuania. It absolutely blew my mind then. Have been a fan ever since. Now after moving to NYC I am excited to live among such outstanding musicians!

Zibuokle M.
January 25, 2012 3:21 PM

BCMG facebook page

John Connell
January 25, 2012 3:19 PM

Looking forward to once live with sweet memories of experiencing Bang on a Can Live!

Mayke Nas
January 25, 2012 3:17 PM

I used to be in Gamelan Galak Tika, and saw Evan's twitter post

Christopher Kline
January 25, 2012 3:14 PM

hey, 25 years -- now that's a long run as the promoters/composers/cheerleaders/players of new and amazing music. ... and my memories in this incredible journey go way back. I'm looking forward to enjoying many more! congratulations on another milestone!

Peter Serling
January 25, 2012 3:13 PM


Thomas P. Murray
January 25, 2012 3:10 PM

I heard you guys perform 2 x 5 by Steve Reich and was intrigued to hear more!

January 25, 2012 3:03 PM

because a friend share with me the link!

federico ragessi
January 25, 2012 3:00 PM

I was introduced to Bang on a Can by New Sounds.

Russell Wadbrook
January 25, 2012 2:49 PM

I'm a dance fan, so my favorite memories of BOAC are when you played live with Ballet Tech. The live music added something amazing to those performances - the incredibly athletic Yo Shakespeare, and Maya Beiser accompanying the incredible dancer Buffy Miller in Industry. Those are performances I will never forget.

Betsy Carroll
January 25, 2012 2:44 PM

Friends that have gone to the concert

LaIsla Collins
January 25, 2012 2:41 PM

I saw boac on youtube. My theory teacher at FSU emailed us about this offer so thought i'd check it out.

January 25, 2012 2:38 PM

One day I was visiting Dungeness, Kent, England. Normally the turbines in the nuclear power plant make a whistling sound which is barely, or not at all, audible over the wind. This time the wind dropped suddenly & the sound space was filled with a soft, deep, rolling, throbbing boom. It was the most beautiful sound I've ever heard. Looking forward to hearing you guys in Glasgow this year. You were awesome last October - thank you.

Moira Allan
January 25, 2012 2:36 PM

One day I was visiting Dungeness, Kent, England. Normally the turbines in the nuclear power plant make a whistling sound which is barely, or not at all, audible over the wind. This time the wind dropped suddenly & the sound space was filled with a soft, deep, rolling, throbbing boom. It was the most beautiful sound I've ever heard. Looking forward to hearing you guys in Glasgow this year. You were awesome last October - thank you.

Moira Allan
January 25, 2012 2:36 PM

I read everything on twitter!

Heather mcinally
January 25, 2012 2:29 PM

I had the great pleasure of interviewing Julia, David, and Michael a billion years ago the The New Yorker’s Goings On About Town. In C FTW!

Hal Espen
January 25, 2012 2:22 PM

I heard about BoaC from NPR

January 25, 2012 2:21 PM

listening to your porgramm for decades, john

Anja Tchepets
January 25, 2012 2:18 PM

npr music

mike mangino
January 25, 2012 2:16 PM

I have been attending the BoaC Marathons since the late 90's. I was in the audience for the entire 13 hours this past year! I also recall an excellent free concert at Merkin Hall a number of years ago.

Tom X. Chao
January 25, 2012 2:15 PM

I've moved from New York but was on the Upper West Side when the collective would present their marathons at the Symphony Theater. The last time I saw them they featured the "Pat Waing" with Kyaw Kyaw Naing.

Anthony Cobbs
January 25, 2012 2:15 PM

Hi! I just love your recording of B. Eno's "Music for airports"

January 25, 2012 2:09 PM

New Sounds Facebook Post

January 25, 2012 2:09 PM

The first time I went to a BOAC marathon, it was at BAM, and the thing I most remember about it was Steve Martland, whose work just amazed me. I don't know if I'd ever seen that much rock and roll energy in a composed piece before then, and all of a sudden I understood that there was a world of hybrid music awaiting me. Thank you, BOAC, for all you've done to expand our horizons.

David Weller
January 25, 2012 2:09 PM

Just read about you guys and its sounds right up my alley. can't wait to listen.

mark pressler
January 25, 2012 2:06 PM

My music theory teacher at FSU sent out an email about this album and he played some of the music in class today. I thought it sounded new and something that I could keep listening to, so I decided to give it a try!

January 25, 2012 2:04 PM

I loved the marathon at the World Financial Center last year!

Alex Weston
January 25, 2012 2:02 PM

I'm a music major and my teacher suggested it.

January 25, 2012 2:02 PM

Heard about this music on NPR

Noah Orfield
January 25, 2012 2:02 PM

I heard about this album from NPR

January 25, 2012 1:56 PM

I first heard about BOAC through Evan Ziporyn, whose legendary slap tongue makes clarinetists everywhere simultaneously amazed and jealous.

Gregory Oakes
January 25, 2012 1:55 PM

Steve Reich's 2x5! First time I'd heard of the group; better way late than never.

Joel Gettys
January 25, 2012 1:46 PM

I saw BOACAS's amazing performance of "Music For 18 Musicians" last week in La Jolla

January 25, 2012 1:39 PM

Yo! Shakespeare

Randal Davis
January 25, 2012 1:38 PM

I saw the New Yorkers at BAM, have been a fan ever since

Jo Wong
January 25, 2012 1:37 PM

I love your work. I think my first Bang on a Can album was Industry and it really got me listening more and more closely to the works of Andriessen.

Preston Dubuque
January 25, 2012 1:34 PM

I don't have a specific memory, but as a composer, I am interested in checking out what other composers are up to. A fellow grad student in my department posted this link on Facebook.

Roger Foreman
January 25, 2012 1:30 PM

I went to the day festival at world cafe in philly. It was awesome!

Paul Giess
January 25, 2012 1:27 PM

I'm a supporter of BoaC, its composers and performers, and its accomplishments and vision. Looking forward to the next 25 years.

Mike Perdue
January 25, 2012 1:26 PM

Have heard of you for ages, this seemed like a great way to finally hear you.

Guy Stevens
January 25, 2012 1:22 PM

I have no memory I'm afraid - heard about the album via twitter. Happy Birthday!

Tim Rushby
January 25, 2012 1:20 PM

Long life to Bang on a Can All-Stars!!!. Cheers to another 25!!!

Antonio Rosales
January 25, 2012 1:17 PM

I was driving when I first heard "Music for Airports". I was so amazed by the instrumental version (being well acquainted with Eno's original) I had to pull over to the side of the road and just listen.

Catherine Jones
January 25, 2012 1:16 PM

Where have I been for 25 years?

January 25, 2012 1:16 PM

Bonjour from Paris! -Albert

Albert Behar
January 25, 2012 1:16 PM

BonaC Marathon at World Financial Center, Summer 2011. Music from Toby Twining's "Eurydice," Philip Glass at the piano, quiet, dusk moving through the atrium, new friends, I love New York.

Cathy Harding
January 25, 2012 1:15 PM

I love Asphalt Orchestra's engaging and explosive performance at the Bang on a Can Marathon last year at the World Financial Center!

Tara Davis
January 25, 2012 1:14 PM

I've seen the All-Stars many times, but the highlight for me has been their amazing performance with Philip Glass in the 2011 Marathon. Absolutely transcendent and joyful.

Daryl Shawn
January 25, 2012 1:13 PM

Really appreciate the creative approach to presenting new music. Congratulations!

Dick Goodwin
January 25, 2012 1:09 PM

I love how Bang on a Can continues at the vanguard of popularizing music other than the 32 bar strophic form w/ vocals that still dominates commercial radio. By helping to demystify and break down genres, BoaC takes out the intimidation and allows great music to come to everyone.

Bruce Falk
January 25, 2012 1:00 PM

NPR has a great piece on this!

Steve Amos
January 25, 2012 12:59 PM

I heard about BoaC via an article in the MIT student newspaper about 15 years ago. Evan Ziporyn is a professor at MIT. Their version of Eno's Music for Airports is amazing.

Jen Griffin
January 25, 2012 12:56 PM

colleague turned me onto it.

Scott Herring
January 25, 2012 12:54 PM

I heard this story on NPR. Thank you!!!

Brian Spako
January 25, 2012 12:54 PM

Heard about this on the NPR music site and was intrigued.

Ryan Keith
January 25, 2012 12:51 PM


January 25, 2012 12:49 PM

Heard about you through the NPR story

January 25, 2012 12:49 PM

A few years ago, I saw a full day performance (including Bang On A Can) at the University of Maryland. I'm fairly certain Eno's "Music For Airports" was performed in the atrium area, and watching BoaC with Terry Riley was fantastic as well.

January 25, 2012 12:48 PM

Because wonderfully creative music needs to be heard by all.

January 25, 2012 12:43 PM

listening to NPR

January 25, 2012 12:38 PM

I heard about this from my composition professor at Lawrence University.

January 25, 2012 12:31 PM

No memories here but always looking for a new one. My NPR Rss feed is my introduction. I am looking forward to happy surprises. Thanks You All for your generosity.

Michael Finn
January 25, 2012 12:24 PM

I remember something, but I just can't remember what it was. Saw this on Twitter, via Evan Ziporyn.

Shawn Mativetsky
January 25, 2012 12:23 PM

told about this by my music theory teacher

Kevin Lee
January 25, 2012 12:20 PM

I found out about you on NPR and am amazed at what I heard. I don't know how I have not heard about Bang On A Can before, but you will be a part of my playlist from now on.

Kevin Piatek
January 25, 2012 12:16 PM

NPR listening to 3A - WOW

Jim Guzy
January 25, 2012 12:15 PM

I don't remember when I first heard BoaC, but I'm always anxious to hear their next work. And NPR let's me know I can get their next work for free? Excellent.

January 25, 2012 12:14 PM

I first saw BOAC at an LA Phil Green Umbrella night - a potent sonic cocktail.

January 25, 2012 12:14 PM

Got here because of NPR Tumblr! :)

January 25, 2012 12:10 PM

If Doug Adams recommends you, then I'm willing to give you a listen!

A. Burger
January 25, 2012 12:09 PM

Thank you, NPR.

Daniel Uzupis
January 25, 2012 12:07 PM

I love BoaC. I play bass clarinet and I first heard about them through Evan Ziporyn.

January 25, 2012 12:05 PM

Saw this visiting NPR and always interested in what they are listening to.

Edward Cassel
January 25, 2012 12:03 PM

I remember listening over and over to the Bang On A Can Recording of In C and just being mesmorized.

Aleks Sternfeld-Dunn
January 25, 2012 12:02 PM

I read about this on I remember selling Bang on a Can albums in the early 90's during my record store days. Oh, and the old Option Magazine.

Michael Loughry
January 25, 2012 11:59 AM

Doug Adams tweeted about this.

C. R. Mullings
January 25, 2012 11:51 AM

I remember how damn photogenic y'all are:

John Edwin Mason
January 25, 2012 11:48 AM


Kimberly Loeffert
January 25, 2012 11:46 AM

Bang on a Can made a live performance recording of Eno's Music for Airports (which he said couldn't be performed live!). This long, unobtrusive recording carried me through many, many months of reading for my PhD general exams in economic sociology, political sociology, and crime and punishment. Thank you for the great music!

Elaine Enriquez
January 25, 2012 11:36 AM

Friends, posting from FB, and just general "following" of your work over the years. Congratulations and Thank You! All the best to the future!

Adam Foster
January 25, 2012 11:36 AM

went to the BoaC All-Stars 2011 marathon; so nice to have sun stream through the wall of windows in that strange financial building full of sounds.

January 25, 2012 11:35 AM

Heard about it on website.

David Huberman
January 25, 2012 11:33 AM

tumblr -and so curious to hear what the buzz is all about!

January 25, 2012 11:30 AM

My friend Josh likes good music. He recommended this.

January 25, 2012 11:29 AM

Read story on NPR website. Sounds like music i will respond to.

Kevin Crawford
January 25, 2012 11:28 AM

Just saw BOAC kill "2x5" at Disney Hall under the benevolent gaze of Mr. Reich. Marvelous.

January 25, 2012 11:27 AM

Favorite was the concert taped for NPR last year. Highlight of a very strong set was Dave Longstreth's trio of short chamber pieces, "the three little guys", which absolutely floored me.

Patrick Sweeney
January 25, 2012 11:26 AM

Saw you perform Music for Airports in London.

January 25, 2012 11:26 AM

I confess that I've heard very little of Bang on Can's music, though I've heard much of the group. I'm a big fan of David Lang's Little Match Girl Passion so I'm looking forward to getting to know this group as well.

Ryan Schell
January 25, 2012 11:25 AM

My friends have loved bang on a can for years and I have always wanted to go and check it out. Now I live in New York, so I can!

January 25, 2012 11:24 AM

I had never heard of Bang on a Can until this morning, when NPR Music posted this link on Tumblr, but consider me a new fan.

Jordon Nickerson
January 25, 2012 11:24 AM

Amazing discovery for me!

Justin Gavil
January 25, 2012 11:23 AM

Between the highlights of Mass MoCA and the stories my friends tell of being there, I feel like I've personally spent the last several years in the company of BoaC.

Joshua Bornfield
January 25, 2012 11:21 AM

got a link from the kate's fb page :-)

Una Cintina
January 25, 2012 11:17 AM

I was working through a band practice at Hamilton College in the basement of a campus building. BoaC was playing that night in the main concert hall. I remember climbing the stairs out of the basement from practice obsessing over what went wrong and what direction the music needed to go in. I found my way to the BoaC show, sat down in the in back of the half full auditorium and was immediately transfixed by BoaC's performance of Evan Ziporyn's music from shadowbang. I thought this is where my band needs to go. I wanted to be in those deep weird spiraling rhythms and timbres that the ensemble effortlessly tossed about with cool calculus.

January 25, 2012 11:14 AM

I feel like there's never been a time when I didn't know about BoaC. It's existed as this elusive, shadowy ideal of rogue conservatory kids in my head for so long that I sometimes forget they're people.

January 25, 2012 11:13 AM

If it hadn't been for a contemporary experimental music class I took, I may never have heard these fine musicians. Now I can't get enough! And thanks for doing the Nancarrow!

JW Taylor
January 25, 2012 11:13 AM

Came here after listening to a clip on NPR music. Can't wait to hear more.

January 25, 2012 11:09 AM

Heard about you from a colleague.

January 25, 2012 11:09 AM

I remember the day I heard about Bang on a Can through Lukas Ligeti years ago. I am so glad to have gotten to know your music! Keep it up!

Heather Dea Jennings
January 25, 2012 11:09 AM

It's January, I'm snowed in, and I'm looking for something fresh.

Nomo Soffeel
January 25, 2012 11:01 AM

Heard about this from a colleague. Looking forward to it.

Brad Edwards
January 25, 2012 10:58 AM

I heard about this on NPR's Tumblr page. Thanks for all of the great music!

Thomas Doggett
January 25, 2012 10:56 AM

BOAC & Meredith Monk BOAC & Glenn Kotche hearing "Music for Airports" in the atrium at University of Maryland concerts by

Andras Goldinger
January 25, 2012 10:54 AM

Heard about this through Twitter!

January 25, 2012 10:49 AM

Thanks to The Pew Charitable Trusts, Lila-Wallace Readers Digest Fund, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Atlantic Center For The Arts in New Smyrna, Florida, new music came alive in Florida via the Music In Motion program. Our friends at Atlantic Center For The Arts have subsequently graced us with a David Lang residency and outreach event in Orlando. New catchy slogan to chant: Viva BOAACAS and ACA!

matt gorney
January 25, 2012 10:46 AM

Great stuff - thanks!

Bob Jesselson
January 25, 2012 10:45 AM

I have no memories to share but I would like to experience this music. I first heard of the release on NPR. Thanks, Norman Ryan

Norman Ryan
January 25, 2012 10:43 AM

Loved you guys at the MIT marathon. Happy anniversary!

January 25, 2012 10:42 AM

I teach 20th/21st Century Music History and Bang on a Can is part of my syllabus. You're an essential part of music history!

Julie Hubbert
January 25, 2012 10:40 AM


January 25, 2012 10:38 AM

Hearing it on the radio and having to figure out who it was!

Ryan Johnson
January 25, 2012 10:32 AM

From Doug Adams

Steve Johnson
January 25, 2012 10:32 AM

Heard about this album on flip board and wanted to check it out

Adam Kocher
January 25, 2012 10:30 AM

un progetto da sempre molto interessante

ottavio torre
January 25, 2012 10:30 AM

heard about it on tumblr, seems like a really cool concept

Daniel Barclay
January 25, 2012 10:28 AM

Hearing for the first time and I'm in awe.

Joe Orosco
January 25, 2012 10:25 AM

The Jack Quartet playing Xenakis during the 2010 Marathon was the highlight for me.

Mark Murphy
January 25, 2012 10:24 AM

Sometime around 2006 or 2007, I attended a performance by BoaC affiliates Alarm Will Sound at Dickinson University. It was in the midst of the group's year-long residency, and the program's grand finale was a piece where the ensemble, one member at a time, changed over from playing traditional instruments to pressing play on iPods and laptops sitting at their feet. One by one, they switched on and left the stage, until the piece - never losing the beat - was left to conclude via hauntingly thin digital tones piping through computer speakers. Impressive, intense.

John Vettese
January 25, 2012 10:24 AM

Newbie.. but anyone that is revered by NPR is cool with me.

January 25, 2012 10:23 AM

Heard about the group on NPR and wanted to hear the music. Thanks

Robert J Killian
January 25, 2012 10:19 AM

heard about this on NPR, I've respected BoaC since I saw footage of them performing in an airport a few years ago

joe lavender
January 25, 2012 10:18 AM

I heard of you from an NPR tweet. Sounds very interesting.

January 25, 2012 10:17 AM

First heard about you at NPR today.

John Bertorelli
January 25, 2012 10:17 AM

I read an article about Bang on a Can on NPR's website. I'm always looking for a fresh sound -- and I sure found it.

January 25, 2012 10:15 AM

Read about this on NPR's music blog and wanted to check it out.

January 25, 2012 10:04 AM

First heard of you on my friend's college radio station and then NPR! Looking forward to hearing more.

January 25, 2012 10:04 AM

NPR music steered me to your album and I cannot wait to hear it.

January 25, 2012 10:03 AM

I discovered your music on NPR. Thank goodness for NPR.

Charles White
January 25, 2012 10:00 AM

I love what these guys do -- I've never been in the right part of the country to see them but maybe yhos year is an excepton! Congrates on 25 years!

Michael Shaffer
January 25, 2012 10:00 AM

from evan ziporyn's tweet

January 25, 2012 10:00 AM

When BOAC's version of Eno's Music for Airports hit my ear, I floated through daily life for a period of at least 2 weeks with all-day headphones on. Struck by a continuïng high level concentration. Wonderfull! This seems to be the perfect occasion to thank you for that. I will never forget it.

Jörgen van den Wijngaart
January 25, 2012 9:58 AM

I attended a marathon a few years ago at the World Financial Center. Been following Bang on a Can ever since.

January 25, 2012 9:57 AM

My father used to listen to you. Then I read about you (again) on NPR ... and I listened to a few clips. Awesome!

January 25, 2012 9:55 AM

I was in NY for training and got to attend BOAC in 1990. I spent most of the day at the concert and was fortunate to be able to see Meredith Monk's performance. A special day!

January 25, 2012 9:55 AM

Was introduced to Band on a Can while working for Sony Classical in the '90s. Here's to another great 25 years!

Jeff Francis
January 25, 2012 9:55 AM

Heard from NPR's blog and interested in learning more.

January 25, 2012 9:50 AM

My favourite ensemble

January 25, 2012 9:50 AM

I heard about you through the Ecstatic Music Festival last year.

January 25, 2012 9:47 AM

I read about you on the NPR website.

January 25, 2012 9:46 AM

I heard about this through NPR.

January 25, 2012 9:46 AM

npr music

January 25, 2012 9:44 AM

enjoyed listening to you and Jim Svejda on KUSC. thanks for sharing your music.

Will Tham
January 25, 2012 9:38 AM

Meeting and hearing you play at your festival. That's worth at least a thousand memories.

Stephanie Patterson
January 25, 2012 8:58 AM

bang on a can is my favourite ensemble

January 25, 2012 8:47 AM

Heard about on NPR

Jessica Nas
January 25, 2012 8:30 AM

Heard about your album on the Sonic Youth bulletin board.

Martin van Rappard
January 25, 2012 8:25 AM

I've got a strong impression just listening to music on NPR and visited the site

January 25, 2012 8:22 AM

Loved 'Music For Airports'...

Tom Callaghan
January 25, 2012 8:18 AM

an invitation by a friend

January 25, 2012 7:16 AM

Sitting in the heavens watching BOAC at the Royal Albert Hall, late 90's. A good night. Sitting in my lounge listening to BOAC ever since. Many good nights.

Alex Bastedo
January 25, 2012 7:09 AM

I work with Mira Calix

Sebastian Kite
January 25, 2012 6:34 AM

I'll never forget when BoaC's Robert Black visited my music history class in college and showed me how cool and inventive new music could be. I had never imagined one could play the string bass with a mallet and still present a compelling performance, but he did it!

January 25, 2012 6:23 AM

I love Bang On a Can

Danilo Di Termini
January 25, 2012 5:34 AM

I do not have a memory - I was heading into Costso to get some stuff then i heard 'Failing', I was frozen in my car listening to this amazing piece of sound - I am involved in something called Winter Color Guard ( and this piece would be wonderful to be staged by one of these type orginazations. Thanks for allowing me to hear this.

January 25, 2012 5:21 AM

The first time I heard Bang On A Can was in 90's, thanks to the italian Festival Settembre Musica. It was a big shock and I thought "Here it is the future!". But since then, everytime I listen to them, concerts or albums, I think "here it is the future!" Bang On A Can is always where the future is.

Filippo Del Corno
January 25, 2012 5:20 AM article

January 25, 2012 5:00 AM

It is Ju PIng Song who give me the link!

Laurence Thomas
January 25, 2012 4:12 AM

Read about the new album on NPR's website, but been a fan for a while. Way to keep it real!

January 25, 2012 3:47 AM

When I heard about BOAC I couldn't make out if it was a band,a festival, a reunion of famous former band... Now, I realize it is all of the above.

josevim diaz
January 25, 2012 3:34 AM

Watching a guy with long hair, a beard, granny glasses, and obviously a PhD playing electric guitar with studied attention.

Greg Lutz
January 25, 2012 2:44 AM

I first heard Bang on a Can on their Steve Reich album. "Four Organs" was unsettling and irresistible. 12 years later, I finally have a live BoaC memory! Disney Hall in Los Angeles was alive with wonder, exploration, and yep, Steve Reich. Thanks for making my life richer and more beautiful.

Joe C
January 25, 2012 2:31 AM

heard it on NPR site Love IT!!!

pat le donne
January 25, 2012 2:30 AM

I was an 18 year old jazz drumset student in Michigan. Part of my degree requirement was to study classical music for 2 semesters, so I decided to play vibes. my first semester, my teacher hands me a recording of Bresnick's "Songs of the Mouse People". From there, I found out about Bang on a Can. I'm now a classical musician in New York. Words can't describe how awesome this ensemble is.

Joe Tucker
January 25, 2012 2:20 AM

A friend who's opinion I trust led me to this website. I hope I enjoy!

January 25, 2012 2:10 AM

I learned about this Album on the NPR blog, Deceptive Cadence. Thanks!

Michael Vahey
January 25, 2012 1:55 AM

I heard about this from my composition professor, Jay Batzner.

January 25, 2012 1:54 AM

I learned about you from my dad!

Kenzo Vlasman
January 25, 2012 1:53 AM

As a young bassist, Robert Black's performance of "Failing" was one of the first recordings of solo double bass music that I heard. That Bang on a Can album inspired me to seek out new music early in my musical career.

Robert Matheson
January 25, 2012 1:51 AM

First heard about Steve Reich when I was still in China in college about 7 years ago. When I come to BOS, I just happened to know about Bang on a Can, and yes! I went to the concerts the last year in MIT (all of them!) and was very exciting about everything! H5!~~

January 25, 2012 1:50 AM

I remember one of the All-Stars first performances together at the Walter Reade Theater where they premiered the transcription Philip Glass made for them of one of his early (1960s) pieces.

Karen Chester
January 25, 2012 1:45 AM

I remember seeing Bang on a Can perform at Hartt, with an introductory speech by James Sellars. I loved that speech, and the whole show was awesome!

Andy Muench
January 25, 2012 1:31 AM

The first concert -- NYC, 4/12/94: Lick, Arapua, Rzewski #4, Hout, amongst others. A lot of “whats” follow me to London and back. What is a tube screamer? What, no anvil? What is a Boo-Bams-Bamboo tubular drum? Michael, David, Julie, Maya, Robert, Lisa, Steve, Mark, Evan, punks with brains, Stravinsky meets Sonic Youth. Thanks to you all, I hardly have the “whats” anymore, but rather “why nots?” Well done, these 25 years! xo Grace

Grace Row
January 25, 2012 1:18 AM

Soundcheck/ WNYC

January 25, 2012 1:11 AM

3 words: John Luther Adams

Tim Tull
January 25, 2012 1:10 AM

Grandpa Musicbuff tol' me abouch'all.

elaine rowland
January 25, 2012 1:07 AM

Just stumbled onto your site - It was so wonderful. I have lots of listening to do now.

January 25, 2012 12:50 AM

My colleague directed me to this site. She bangs on a piano while I bang on the keys of a flute... Not as cool as banging on cans!

January 25, 2012 12:50 AM

A friend recommended the album and I trust his ear more than most.

Jessica Castillo
January 25, 2012 12:46 AM

I heard about Bang on a Can on wnyc's new sounds. But I have enthusiastically followed the new music scene here for many years. The first year I moved here ad an Art student from a small town I got a job as usher at the Metropolitan Museum's series of live concerts. My favorite was the night Lukas Foss presented an experimental piece in the form of a game that the musicians played on stage. I was in the back when suddenly the composer was standing next to ME the Usher! Asking how it sounded from back there. I was so excited. This story illustrates many of the reasons why I am still interested in new music in NYC and in all sources who keep imagining new potentials!

Pam Frost
January 25, 2012 12:43 AM

A fan of many years (no story comes to mind)!

David Gitin
January 25, 2012 12:38 AM

I heard that Bang on a Can was remaking Brian Eno's "Music for Airports". That sounded cool, but I didn't know the details. When I bought the cd, I read that the band had written out the music and played it live. That was an outstanding idea! That's when I knew that these folks were serious!

Nathan Pease
January 25, 2012 12:37 AM

I stumbled upon the Trance cd and have been hooked since

January 25, 2012 12:30 AM

Heard about you guys through my college's radio station; excited to give it a listen!

January 25, 2012 12:30 AM

Heard from a friend.

January 25, 2012 12:28 AM

big beautiful dispersed and fierce

Morten Sjaastad
January 25, 2012 12:25 AM

Friend recommended this. I have no idea what I'm getting myself into and i hope the SPAM is worth it.

January 25, 2012 12:20 AM

I heard about your album on NPR. (Excited about hearing it)

Tiffany Daniels
January 25, 2012 12:16 AM

Exit Art, May 10 (?), 1987. Helped pick out the pianos, helped set up chairs, saw John Cage, Milton Babbitt, and Steve Reich in the same room, and conducted my piece. An unforgettable day and night. What amazing Vision by three great composers.

Scott Lindroth
January 25, 2012 12:15 AM

My son Sean

Diana Fredenburg
January 25, 2012 12:11 AM

Someone else loves Eno!!and you demonstrate it wonderfully!!!

Judith S Anderson
January 24, 2012 11:57 PM

The BOAC Marathons, and later the All-Stars, provided an organized platform for the herd of cats that constitute the most interesting end of any unofficial music scene. This was all the more important because BOAC appeared just as Manhattan’s Downtown artist’s neighborhoods were receiving the final touches in their transformation into upscale shopping malls, and the increasingly conservative bent of American culture as a whole was beginning to dismantle the public support that had helped to fuel the alternative music boom of the 1980’s. BOAC helped build a well-timed bridge from yesterday’s Downtown towards today’s Brooklyn, redirecting and merging in some useful Uptown traffic along the way. And one nostalgic note about those early marathons – they meant that you no longer had to go to Europe to enjoy a beer in the presence of concert music.

Scott Johnson
January 24, 2012 11:54 PM

Star Ledger

Eloy Argueso
January 24, 2012 11:53 PM

A few years ago, I bought Bang on a Can Classics and from there, I discovered Michael Gordon's haunting "Decasia"... Longue vie to your beautiful and scary "tunes".

francis harper
January 24, 2012 11:51 PM

Heard about your album on NPR

January 24, 2012 11:46 PM

I've never heard you play live, but my first experience with "In C" was through a BoaC recording - thanks!

January 24, 2012 11:46 PM

Seeing Maya play the cello against her own tracks was amazing

Rob Dep
January 24, 2012 11:41 PM

Loved watching Music For Airports live & looking forward to hearing this release & several pieces performed during the tour w/ Glenn Kotche.

Bill W
January 24, 2012 11:25 PM

how great to hear this on NPR...happy anniversary, and best wishes for many more!

marni leikin
January 24, 2012 11:25 PM

Love the music. You guys are awesome.

January 24, 2012 11:21 PM


January 24, 2012 11:17 PM

Heard about the link from Jim Svejda of KUSC. Love Music for Airports.

Joshua Falconer
January 24, 2012 11:13 PM

Too much music fits snugly into categories...long live music that doesn't!

Mark Rohwer
January 24, 2012 10:55 PM

I first listened to the piece Acoustic Aphasia from Lost Objects for a class over 20th Century music. I really enjoyed listening to and analyzing the piece and have been a fan since then.

January 24, 2012 10:55 PM

I saw and heard you perform "Music for Airports," live, several years ago in Chicago. Magnificent and surreal to think of interpreting that piece in concert. Thank you!

Jacque Harper
January 24, 2012 10:52 PM

Un placer poder encontrarme con este material Gracias

Luis Toro
January 24, 2012 10:27 PM

Hearing the music on public radio and being amazed that people could *do* that.

January 24, 2012 10:21 PM

I have met several of your musicians and have such great admiration for your ferocious abilities! Keep making that awesome music!

January 24, 2012 10:19 PM

Heard about your album in a review in The Star-Ledger, a NJ newspaper.

Jeff Falzarano
January 24, 2012 10:15 PM

I'll never forget the first time I heard "Music for Airports." It was my first introduction to the music of Brian Eno (I don't remember what rock I had apparently been under all those years) and the live version continues to ring in my ears.

Joshua Shank
January 24, 2012 10:14 PM

The Star-Ledger

Louis Savarese
January 24, 2012 10:10 PM

I have known about you for a while, but when Kronos played with you at the MIT marathon, I finally got to hear you live. I'm Production Director with Kronos.

Larry Neff
January 24, 2012 10:07 PM

Love your work!

January 24, 2012 10:05 PM

I love the music, and one of these days I'll make it to a concert.

January 24, 2012 9:59 PM

Heard about you from NPR Classical!

January 24, 2012 9:59 PM

Just saw the All Stars, again, at UCSD. Wonderful Reich!

Kip McBane
January 24, 2012 9:46 PM

I just check your site out online periodically and surprise! Thanks.

Greg Kirkpatrick
January 24, 2012 9:37 PM

i heard about this album through tumblr. i follow the conductor of an orchestra, and i listened to one of the songs and i liked how it built on top of one another.

January 24, 2012 9:30 PM

Your recordings of the works of Steve Reich are incomparable. Congrats on turning 25!

Eric K.
January 24, 2012 9:25 PM

Will never forget the live performance of "Music for Airports" at UIUC!

Nora Barton
January 24, 2012 9:14 PM

I was introduced to Bang on a Can by Derek Johnson, but I found this on Facebook. Thank you!

Andy Cowling
January 24, 2012 9:12 PM

a friend of mine told me: "It's gorgeous."

January 24, 2012 9:04 PM

Found out through a friend. Very interested to check it out!

January 24, 2012 8:54 PM

Saw you live and never stopped listening. 25 more please.

Mike West
January 24, 2012 8:52 PM

When Leo and I realized that whenever musicians listen to a new piece they hold their forehead in one hand and look down at the floor...

Kate Lee
January 24, 2012 8:51 PM

Heard you on NPR. How did I miss you all this time?

January 24, 2012 8:32 PM

A just created memory: I listened to a cut from your new album on NPR and was mezmerized by the energy and melodic beat of your sound. Thanks BoaC; thanks NPR. I've just discovered some new (for me) and very toe-tapping beautiful music to add to my iPod collection. 65 and still learning new things every day!

John Murk
January 24, 2012 8:30 PM

Watching Phillip Glass live this summer at the Bang on a Can 24 hour marathon. I didn't last the whole day - but it was grand!

K Kelly
January 24, 2012 8:27 PM

Blog of a friend

January 24, 2012 8:07 PM

Always love the groups NPR Classical features. Looking forward to hearing this album.

Karen L. Sheldon
January 24, 2012 8:06 PM

My friend Dan stopped by for a visit after many years. We talked about music and I asked him what he was listening to these days. He played some Bang On A Can for us from his laptop. Aha!

January 24, 2012 8:05 PM

I've always been very interested in your guys' music.

Cassidy Morgan
January 24, 2012 7:53 PM

I hear about on the radio station KUSC FM Los Angeles, CA. My fav

Barbara Johnson
January 24, 2012 7:41 PM


January 24, 2012 7:41 PM

A guy came to my school and gave a lecture on your album "Lost Objects." Loved it.

Ryan Jonker
January 24, 2012 7:41 PM

Evan Ziporyn's recording of New York Counterpoint blew my mind when I first heard it in high school. It helped me realize that there's way more to clarinet literature than the C.M. von Weber pieces my band director kept throwing at me to learn. Thank you!

January 24, 2012 7:38 PM

Saw a friend's post about this on facebook.

Brett Armstrong
January 24, 2012 7:37 PM

It's all the buzz on facebook...

Joey Russo
January 24, 2012 7:23 PM

I heard about the concert on the Barbican website and would like to share this music with my students and experimental music and sound colleagues at ASU's New College, Phoenix, USA.

Rob Taylor
January 24, 2012 7:15 PM

My memory is of a CD years ago with Robert Black (?) performing a piece talking aloud and playing bass simultaneously. A good friend linked me to this via Facebook.

David Boardman
January 24, 2012 7:08 PM

Heard about this through the ISB on fb.

mario pietra
January 24, 2012 6:55 PM

I had been aware of Bang on a Can for a while, but got even more excited about the group and the music after seeing Robert Black perform solo at the International Society of Bassists convention in San Francisco. Inspiring!

Sam Weber
January 24, 2012 6:55 PM

My cousin : )

January 24, 2012 6:51 PM

I've heard of your work in the past, but hadn't paid much attention until reading about you today on NPR's Deceptive Cadence. Enjoyable and groovy!

January 24, 2012 6:43 PM

It was at your performance in Richmond, Va. some years ago that I realized "In C" is one of the great American symphonies.

Mark Mobley
January 24, 2012 6:40 PM

A friend sent me your link.
January 24, 2012 6:20 PM

I am on the e-Blast list of Lincoln Center's Great Performances. But I have heard BOAC a few times, and actually own a couple of CDs. This is a great promotion!

Kyle Renick
January 24, 2012 6:18 PM

The first time I attended a marathon concert at Winter Garden and stayed for 3 or 4 hours in the evening--beautiful sounds, eclectic groups of exotic instruments--it was very eye-opening. Thank you!

Sharon Webb
January 24, 2012 6:16 PM

everyone is talking about it on facebook....:-p

Dorine Schoon
January 24, 2012 6:12 PM

Always looking for some records to play on the radio at night ...

Jan T
January 24, 2012 6:08 PM

Great music played with passion by people with open minds!

Gary france
January 24, 2012 5:25 PM

Star Ledger review

Eloy Argueso
January 24, 2012 5:24 PM

I am a former Hartt student and know Bang on a Can because of Robert Black!

Adam Fontana
January 24, 2012 5:14 PM

found out on facebook - nice thing to do for 25 year celebration!

January 24, 2012 5:13 PM

My mother calls me into the living room – she says there’s music that sounds like the stuff I like on TV. It’s a documentary about New York composers and when I come in the scene is the All Stars rehearsing Cheating Lying Stealing in some funky Manhattan loft. There’s a little mezzanine-ish room stuck halfway up one wall in the apartment. The music and the space are really, really cool. Later I meet Lisa Moore and Martin Bresnick at the Australian Youth Orchestra summer camp, and they are cool too. I randomly find a copy of Weather in a CD store in Innsbruck. I order a copy of the Cheating Lying Stealing disc on this newfangled thing called Amazon. I attend the very first Banglewood and make up my mind that I too will move to New York and make really cool music. Fast forward, and I am at a party with all the wonderful people I now make music with. Look up, it’s that funny little room halfway up the wall. It’s David Lang’s loft. I’m in the room that started the whole thing, but on the other side. Cool.

Eileen Mack
January 24, 2012 5:13 PM

I only saw you once, here in the Hague last year. You guys rocked!

Janco Verduin
January 24, 2012 5:08 PM

I was banging on this can and someone was like, "pfft, that's already been done." I was like, "nuh-uh, by who then?" And they were like, "Bang On A Can" and I was like, "I was!" Sheesh.

Rusty Banks
January 24, 2012 5:08 PM

Heard of BOAC via many different channels.

January 24, 2012 5:06 PM

A really cool friend told me to listen.

January 24, 2012 5:06 PM

Marathons at the Winter Garden. Always surprising.

Jon Russ
January 24, 2012 4:54 PM

Many thanks. Looking forward to hearing the double album

Daniel Lentz
January 24, 2012 4:48 PM

Still remembering Attacca Ensemble's fantastic performance in the Russion Orthodox church in Amsterdam.. Their Facebook page brought me to this website..

Lisa Vermeer
January 24, 2012 4:42 PM

Heard about the album download via NPR Classical! Thanks

January 24, 2012 4:40 PM

Heard it on the radio. Thanks much!

January 24, 2012 4:38 PM

Heard about you for many years in WNYC through the work of John Schaeffer

January 24, 2012 4:34 PM

No memories, but congrats on 25!

January 24, 2012 4:28 PM

First heard about you through my college aged daughter years ago. So glad I did. Keep making music.

Marianne Kelly
January 24, 2012 4:27 PM

My life has been changed so many times by Bang on a Can that I can barely keep track. There was first hearing Trance in 2000, like a line drawn in the sand, and Phil Kline’s Exquisite Corpses on New Sounds Live a few months later. (I was driving and the radio reception was very spotty, so I pulled over in a good spot to listen to the rest of the piece, my brain exploding with delighted puzzlement.) There was meeting Julie, and hearing My Beautiful Scream at Cabrillo in 2004, and hearing Michael’s Decasia later that fall—a deafening manifesto filling St. Ann’s Warehouse, on what would turn out to be one of the most pivotal nights of my life because of the people I met. There was hearing Reich’s Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ at Banglewood in 2005, played transcendentally by many new friends. There was The Passing Measures and The Little Match Girl Passion. There was Thou Shalt!/Thou Shalt Not!. There was Fuel. There was Lost Objects and Shelter. There was meeting so many of the great friends and collaborators I still work with today—Eileen, Missy, Judd, Todd, Ken, Ted, Caleb—through Bang on a Can events and connections. There was having a model in Bang on a Can that gave so many of us the courage to start our own ensembles and organizations, and to work with a close-knit group of like-minded composers and performers. There was feeling like you were not the only weird one, and that—at last—you could do your own thing, and that would be just fine.

David T. Little
January 24, 2012 4:26 PM

I met Evan a few years ago. Wonderful man and GREAT music! ^__^

John Marr
January 24, 2012 4:15 PM

Just hope you'll stay for another 25!

January 24, 2012 4:15 PM

When I lived near NYC I had the chance to see them a few times and just saw them in Los Angeles. Great show!

Felix Pardalis
January 24, 2012 4:09 PM

A good relative advised me to dowload the lovely album. And so I did, thnaks a lot!

Werry Van Rompaey
January 24, 2012 4:06 PM

Listening to Michael Gordon's Industry for the first time, realizing just how naked a piece could be.

January 24, 2012 3:49 PM

I'll never forgot the first time I heard a recording of Evan Ziporyn playing 'Tsmindao Ghmerto' about 5 years ago. It was stunning. Ever since then I've not been able to think about bass clarinet the same way again.

Joshua W. Mills
January 24, 2012 3:40 PM

I read about your album on the NPR Deceptive Cadence site. I am interested since my daughter is a music major (harp) at ASU and has me listening to all kinds of new music!

linda desjarlais
January 24, 2012 3:40 PM

As a dancer and choreographer I have always been inspired by the multitude of adventurous directions BOAC has explored. For me these trips into a variety of genres and artistic points of view have reminded me that I must always strive to do the same in my own work if it is going to remain alive.

kelly roth
January 24, 2012 3:39 PM

Just found you thru a Facebook friend.

January 24, 2012 3:33 PM

I love this group! I read about the double album download on Facebook.

Denise Davis
January 24, 2012 3:19 PM

Taking in the entire marathon concert in 1991 with James Tenney providing me with a running commentary about the music.

Devin Hurd
January 24, 2012 3:10 PM

You are an inspiration to all of us young composers! Thanks for pushing the boundaries in a refreshing way!

January 24, 2012 3:07 PM

Always looking to expand my horizons, NPR's Deceptive Cadence has hooked me up.

Chip Martin
January 24, 2012 2:36 PM

Congratulations on 25th anniversary BOAC! It was a Revolution and I was glad to be part of it! Victoria Jordanova

Victoria Jordanova
January 24, 2012 2:34 PM

on the radio BBC Radio 3 and maybe John Peel on BBC Radio1 the chaos of dischord and Eno and airports and your repetoire that stretchs back and forwards....

Roger Drury
January 24, 2012 2:33 PM

I didn't know anything about Bang on a Can until I was looking for a job and came across an opening at a record label on Craigslist. I met Kenny at the 2010 Marathon, had a interview a week later, and have been happily running Cantaloupe Music ever since. ( :

Jillian Barr
January 24, 2012 2:28 PM

Bang On A Can was my first introduction to Terry Riley's In C!

January 24, 2012 2:28 PM

I made sketches during the Steve Reich concert at Walt Disney concert last week. It was a great show, something I'd been looking forward to for quite a while, and I got most of the band and Steve to autograph my drawing afterwards.

Ken Perkins
January 24, 2012 2:24 PM

Too many to choose from.

January 24, 2012 2:17 PM

Are You Experienced? in tuba studio class.

Brendan McNamara
January 24, 2012 2:16 PM

My memory is seeing BOAC perform Terry Riley's In C at the Winter Garden (Financial Center, NYC). I found out later that was the performance that was recorded. I worked for Eliot Feld's dance company at the time, which is how I became a fan of BOAC. Mr. Feld was at the performance also, and told me some of the history of that great piece of music.

Betsy Carroll
January 24, 2012 2:16 PM

Your show at Disney Hall this month w LAPhil was bringsownthehouse wonderful!!!!

January 24, 2012 2:13 PM

on FB

January 24, 2012 2:11 PM

Just read about you on Ready to listen to some great music and become a fan!

Roger Valade
January 24, 2012 2:07 PM

"...I thought, who are these wise-ass kids who with one bass-drum kicked the whole history of American music down the stairs and up to the heavens in a single whirl of a bull-roarer.. "yeah I know" said 21st century, "we'd been waiting..." alvin curran

alvin curran
January 24, 2012 2:06 PM

I heard about Bang on a Can on WKCR-FM in New York.

January 24, 2012 2:05 PM

bang on a can is the new frontier of today's music

loris scirea
January 24, 2012 1:58 PM

No memories....just heard for the first time - NPR posted to my FB page. Terrific stuff! Just goes to show that modern music can be and have that most elusive of qualities these days...FUN!

Chris Cork
January 24, 2012 1:53 PM


Ben Cruz
January 24, 2012 1:41 PM

Your performances have always, and always will, inspire me.

January 24, 2012 1:39 PM

My brother had a compact disc only store and carried Bang on a Can cds.

John Simco
January 24, 2012 1:36 PM

student composer, haven't had chance to see boac live... yet!

January 24, 2012 1:35 PM

i love your music, you give a reason to contemporary music to survive

emilio galante
January 24, 2012 1:35 PM

I'm an independent musician and your projects always impress me. I attended the marathon in nyc in 2010, and saw you in dc last year for the all-Reich programme. I hope to see the whole gang again soon. Also, performing at the marathon is a goal I've set for myself, in part because of how appealing you've made the contemporary classical music community seem.

Evan Dice
January 24, 2012 1:34 PM

I first heard of BOAC because of the music of Steve Reich. I am still hooked. Also love the recording of In C by Terry Riley.

January 24, 2012 1:33 PM

I discovered BOAC on eMusic through "Renegade Heaven". It really made me pay closer attention to 21st century music. Thanks!

Renee Perry
January 24, 2012 1:33 PM

A friend gave me your CD of Riley's "In C" and I thought it was great! Keep experimenting!!

Bryan Powell
January 24, 2012 1:30 PM

a music magazine or a colleague, can't remember... and recently, Facebook reminded me about this ensemble ! thanks !

January 24, 2012 1:29 PM

oh, i don't remember how i found you, but you're so f**n cool =)

Laureano López
January 24, 2012 1:25 PM

Heard from BoaC through Attacca Ensemble. This Dutch ensemble is specialized in singing and performing contemporary and minimal music. In March this year we will sing David Lang's most beautiful Little Match Girl Passion. So now I definitely like to get involved in more of your music!!

Janneke Teeuw
January 24, 2012 1:16 PM

You played at my college years ago! I've been a fan ever since.

January 24, 2012 1:16 PM

When you first started, I would go with John Cage to your concerts in the East Village. Bang on a Can is defined in the dictionary of my mind as "a furnace of new music."

Sean Bronzell
January 24, 2012 1:15 PM

through facebook

January 24, 2012 1:15 PM

Sandusky Register

January 24, 2012 1:14 PM

when first discovering experimental music, i stumbled across BOAC's version of Eno's Music for Airports and was very moved. Thanks for this new project.

Steven Millward
January 24, 2012 1:04 PM

NPR turned me on to you.

Mike Vlasman
January 24, 2012 1:02 PM

listening for the first time

January 24, 2012 1:01 PM

a good friend said i had to listen...i did..she was right...she always is.

January 24, 2012 1:01 PM

don't have one but read about your group Star Ledger

January 24, 2012 12:58 PM


Nikolai Antonie
January 24, 2012 12:54 PM

Sorry, I don't have a real story or any memories as I just learned about you last night on KGNU Boulder/Denver radio. Thought it was Bithchin'! Gracias.

January 24, 2012 12:54 PM

NPR gave you rave reviews! Can't wait to hear the album!

Mark Kenyon II
January 24, 2012 12:54 PM

Saw you play about a year ago but have been buying your CDs for years. Not a memory but I'm obviously a fan!

Stan Harrison
January 24, 2012 12:50 PM

My mum got me into the all-stars. She's one cool mum.

Matt Huxley
January 24, 2012 12:47 PM

BOAC is simply legendary. Props on turning 25!

Jay Mobley
January 24, 2012 12:43 PM

heard through Evan

Paul Bowman
January 24, 2012 12:43 PM

A friend mentioned BOAC at work

Rhea Speights
January 24, 2012 12:42 PM

no memory just curious c/o

January 24, 2012 12:35 PM


Marc Posner
January 24, 2012 12:35 PM

Having enjoyed Eno's Music for Airports since the 80's, I was so excited and impressed to hear BoaC's cover! Before buying the whole thing for myself, I had heard a story on it on NPR…which is where I learned about this download…can't wait to hear it! ☺

January 24, 2012 12:23 PM

This will be the first time I've heard Bang on a Can so the memories have yet to be uploaded.

Simon de Bruxelles
January 24, 2012 12:16 PM

Lucky enough to have performed at the 2001 and 2007 Marathons. Most vivid memory of seeing Schick and All-Stars playing Cheating, Lying, Stealing! Etched in my mind forever!

Todd Meehan
January 24, 2012 12:15 PM

It’s sitting at the picnic tables outside at Mass MoCA drinking wine, eating grilled chicken and listening to new sounds with Terry Riley or whoever the guest composer was wandering around, and Bang On A Can’s live performance of In C, which I liked better than the original record.

Hal March
January 24, 2012 12:11 PM

I heard the All-Stars in PDX play Eno's Music for Airports....loved the piece, love David/Michael/Julia's music! Cheers, ron

Ron Blessinger
January 24, 2012 12:03 PM

I learned about BOAC when I tried to search about musical projects of Mr. Ziporyn's beyond his experimental gamelan. My first introduction was the Music for Airport album, a rendition that I think adds more subtlety to Eno's already brilliant music. I'm quite sure that some Javanese melodic accent has been embedded somewhere in Part 4 in the BOAC's version. Or perhaps it's just my ears. :)

Gamantyo Hendrantoro
January 24, 2012 12:01 PM

a friend told me

massimo moretti
January 24, 2012 11:57 AM

I've known about you for a long time but have not yet had the pleasure of hearing you live. I'm looking forward to it.

Jim Dalton
January 24, 2012 11:56 AM

Still in love with Music for Airports

David Gladstein
January 24, 2012 11:47 AM

the BoaC marathon!

Justin Smith
January 24, 2012 11:45 AM

January 24, 2012 11:43 AM

Saw you live for the first time in Shanghai, at the James Cohan Gallery, in 2009. Great show, and afterwards some of you joined some of us for drinks at Jenny's Bar on Donghu Lu. A wonderful evening!

Ben Houge
January 24, 2012 11:40 AM

I remember playing at the very first Bang on a Can Concert at Exit Art in 1987: I performed John Zorn's "Road Runner" and Lois V Vierk's "Manhattan Cascade," and it was a thrilling experience to have these heard alongside so many other wonderful works. I also remember that when Michael Gordon called me about playing, I had just come off a couple of unfortunate experiences with theatre where I had been stiffed and I casually mentioned that it's usual to have a contract. It's something that Michael still reminds me of occasionally and good-naturedly, which I appreciate. I remember Mary Ellen Child's "Click" for three sets of claves from another year, and the Jack Quartet's stunning realization of a Xenakis quartet and the fabulous Dutch percussion group (name?) from 2 years ago, doing an intriguing and brilliant piece with chalkboard. The memories go on and on...Mazel Tov! 25 more!

Guy Klucevsek
January 24, 2012 11:29 AM

In Philly, me front row with a wicked flu, all y'all with the Wilco guy. Amazing night.

Chad Kinsey
January 24, 2012 11:19 AM

Bang on a can with eighth blackbird playing Reich’s Double Sextet at the London Barbican in 2011. Something I will never forget.

Ollie Cartwright
January 24, 2012 11:19 AM

I saw Bang on a Can for the first time with Steve Reich last Tuesday at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

Magnum Nadal
January 24, 2012 11:17 AM

I had my first date with a girl I soon fell in love with at the 2008 Bang on a Can marathon. The fact that she not only agreed to join me, but stuck around until 5am... it was a special night.

Daniel Cwirka
January 24, 2012 11:16 AM

a great group!! congrads! - GP

gene pritsker
January 24, 2012 11:16 AM

I have seen you perform in Berkeley, CA, at CAL Performances. It is time for you to return, past time. Thanks for doing this - great idea to make your music more available.

Edward Hannemann
January 24, 2012 11:12 AM

The first time we heard the All-Stars was at Mass MoCA - I think it was Ben Katchor's Copy Cat Building. A friend visiting from NY got us comp tickets because, coincidentally, her business partner is married to Mark Stewart. Our son was on a hiatus from conservatory and joined us --his musical path forever altered when the first ever BOAC Summer Institute was announced from the stage. We're grateful he took us along into this world of new music, which has expanded our musical tastes and provided plenty of exciting performances.

January 24, 2012 11:12 AM

I remember first hearing about BOAC when I was an undergraduate composer at UC Santa Barbara. I (we) couldn't name one composer in the group and being 3,000 miles away across the country had NO IDEA what any of the music sounded like, but like Composers in Red Sneakers in Boston (which started 5 years earlier) it didn't seem to matter. Somehow the *name* itself told the story: "We're composers outside the box. We're young, hip, and don't give a rat's ass about Carnegie Hall or the NYPhil (or BSO). We have the same 'DIY' ethos as The Ramones, and compose the music we want to." Like Sneakers, BOAC was immediately embraced by and inspired young student composers a continent away, even though we hadn't heard a single not. That means something.

Lansing McLoskey
January 24, 2012 11:07 AM

I went to school with a couple of you, I keep track over the years, reading about it in the NYT and so forth.

David Perry
January 24, 2012 11:05 AM

I heard about this album through Evan, with whom I'm familiar via Gamelan Galak Tika. (:

January 24, 2012 11:04 AM

Winter Marathon, NYC, 10 years ago... I was a student and the experience was the beginning of a new path for me. Thank you.

January 24, 2012 11:04 AM

Someone I follow on twitter retweeted a tweet about it.

David F. Place
January 24, 2012 10:56 AM

un concert au Luxembourg avec Iva Bittova ... enthousiasmant ! euphorisant ! ...

André Pons-Valdès
January 24, 2012 10:54 AM

Thanks for the gift!

Eve Harrison
January 24, 2012 10:48 AM

From the dubious joy of facebook...

Laura Holloway
January 24, 2012 10:46 AM

The first time I encountered Bang on a Can was in 2002 when I listened to a Mixed Tape. A friend put "Cheating, Lying, Stealing" on the tape corresponding to parts of "Neuromancer", a 'Hoerspiel' made from William Gibson's novel, music and text fit wonderfully. Consequently I got both, 'Classics' and the Hoerspiel & have followed Bang on a Can ever since. Stephan (Munich)

Stephan Lidl
January 24, 2012 10:43 AM

i'm stiudent of music

January 24, 2012 10:41 AM

I had received (and I think reviewed at the time) the first 2 BOAC cds from C.R.I... this site was recommended by a musician friend. (from Italy, best)

Walter Rovere
January 24, 2012 10:10 AM

Bang on a Can's all-day marathon in Philadelphia -- wave after wave of great performances!! It was so cool to sit and just be immersed in music all day -- I hope to experience another one!

Mika Godbole
January 24, 2012 9:55 AM

Received an e-mail from bang a can.

Ali Bashey
January 24, 2012 9:24 AM

thanks for the gift vive la MUSIQUE!!!

January 24, 2012 9:21 AM

I mostly know about Bang on a Can by reputation - I heard about this album on Soundnotion - looking forward to checking it out!

Tim Reed
January 24, 2012 9:13 AM

Robert Black is my friend

Kleber Patricio
January 24, 2012 9:10 AM

hartstikke mooi, jongens. . . ga zo door ! ! !

Bas A.
January 24, 2012 9:08 AM