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?
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!!
Through Destination Out radio WFMU
I was told of BOAC by the tremulous voices of the seven winds.
I read about it on NPR.org. I've heard of the group before, and would love to learn more about their music.
without a doubt the most interesting music of all time ever.
The Bang on a Can version of In C is my go-to recording for introducing people to that wonderful piece.
Wrote my dissertation on David's music! Big fan of everything the organization stands for in all disciplines.
Heard by word of mouth from a friend
Heard about it on NPR!
Through a fellow composer friend via Facebook link.
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.
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.
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?
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...
Heard about you through a friend
In the end, a love for Bang On A Can was the only thing an ex-girlfriend and I had in common.
heard about this even in Europe
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...
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
Heard about the album on kusc.
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!
Heard about you from a friend, and also from a music teacher. Finally connected the dots. Looking forward to hearing your album!
Sono uomo di poche parole, non so che dire.
Sono uomo di poche parole, non so che dire.
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!
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.
I remember reading about BoaC through Alex Ross some time ago-- and I have been fascinated ever since!
Making new memories with a friend who said "check it out; you'll dig it!"
I learnt about the album on twitter.. Can't wait to listen to your music!!
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!
I was sent here by trusted friend
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!
I was informed by a pickle-eating friend of mine.
NPR SOUNDCHECK !
Music for 18 Musicians at the WFC at 5 in the morning as the sun was rising - awesome!
I've been a fan for years. Glad to see it going strong.
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!"
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.
from New Sounds link...
David Lang came to my campus last year, one of the best concerts i've seen!
My mentor and composition teacher suggested I give you guys a listen. I'm very excited to see what this is all about!
Encouraged to check this music out by a teacher.
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!
I have listened, and loved, the music you've played for a long time. Last year's marathon at Mass MoCA was simply amazing.
Huge fan! Thanks!
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!
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.
Other Music on KZUM Lincoln, NE. Check it out streaming online.
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.
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.
NPR, can't wait to listen.
I just found out about BoaC from NPR's deceptive cadence blog. I love the name and am eager to learn about your music!
Just read about you in the paper. The descriptions of the music are terrific. Congrats on the 25th anny.
Can't remember the first time but I think it was the marathon some years ago. Have been a fan ever since.
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.
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
My friends couldn't stop talking about you guys so I decided to check you out. In love! So amazed!
Heard about this on Deceptive Cadence.
I heard by viewing NPR on my iPad.
Heard about this through NPR's Deceptive Cadence.
Browsing the internet, looking for something by David Lang.
NPR Deceptive Cadence told me. Stoked, thanks!!
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!
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.
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.
Hearing Stefan Weisman's Nervous People at a Marathon a bunch of years back. Same concert had Stockhausen's giant tam tam.
I banged on a can the night I met Eddie Prevost.
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.
From Doug Adams twitter
Heard earlier compilation and loved it.
Stumbled upon this at NPR music, thank you!
I heard about you through listening to Reich's Double Sextet / 2 x 5 last year and reading Nyman's book on Experimental music.
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)
have followed Bang for some time - always interesting
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.
I first heard about Bang on a Can from one of my most influential and favorite professors: Steve Schick.
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!
Introduced to BOAC by friends a long time ago. Heard about this download via Twitter.
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!
My nephew told me on Facebook!
A friend sent me the link as well as a youtube of Cheating, Lying, Stealing, which I had never heard before. Fuck! Sweet.
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!
Hearing the Glenn Branca group fill up the World Financial Center with simple melodies and complex harmonics.
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.
Love what I've heard so far!
I've had great friends involved with you guys! Thanks for all you do!
I listened to some great stuff on WFUV and wanted to hear the whole album.
Very excited about the David Lang world premiere TONIGHT at Stanford, presented by Stanford Lively Arts! http://livelyarts.stanford.edu/event.php?code=HILL
Walking up a big flight of stone steps.
NEW YORK new york APPLE apple
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!
Heard the great excerpts on The Record Shelf. Had to hear more. Congrats on the anniversary.
I remember the first time I heard a BOAC sampler: it was like worlds colliding in the best possible way.
I remember the first time I heard a BOAC sampler: it was like worlds colliding in the best possible way.
I first heard BOAC in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at Northwestern U several years ago. The experience is still hanging with me. Awesome!
The first time I heard So play David Lang's So-called Laws of Nature. Wow! Completely blew me away.
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!
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!
A trusted friend told me to find you
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.
Love Paul Lang's works
my daughters friends on facebook : )
Heard about this album through a friend
Heard of you on WNYC New Sounds. Thanks very much for this!
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.
I saw BOaC with Philip Glass and Terry Riley. I never understood minimalism until that concert!
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.
I blame Wire magazine and Emusic. Music for Airports was inspired but Classics, especially Cheating Lying Stealing is best.
Heard about you on NPR, and I trust their recommendations! It's always exciting to see where new composition is headed...
Friend on Facebook.
I first discovered you from music blogs a few years back and just rediscovered you from the radio show New Sounds
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.
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
Heard about this on facebook, looking forward to hearing the album.
I've never heard a recording of "In C" like yours...definitely my recommendation for many reasons.
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....
Big fan. From the Web page.
From The Record Shelf, Heard On radio station KUSC
David Lang was (possibly still is) the composer-in-residence at the Sage Gateshead, got into BoaC that way :)
It is thanks to BCMG that I heard of you guys. I owe them a favour!
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.
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.
Love those Marathons. Always something new, interesting, unexpected and brilliant. The soundtrack to a modern life.
The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group send me here via Facebook.
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.
Never heard of you recommended by someone on twitter
Getting vertigo during the "falling elevator" portion of "Gotham" at Zankel Hall.
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!
BCMG facebook page
Looking forward to once live with sweet memories of experiencing Bang on a Can Live!
I used to be in Gamelan Galak Tika, and saw Evan's twitter post
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!
I heard you guys perform 2 x 5 by Steve Reich and was intrigued to hear more!
because a friend share with me the link!
I was introduced to Bang on a Can by New Sounds.
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.
Friends that have gone to the concert
I saw boac on youtube. My theory teacher at FSU emailed us about this offer so thought i'd check it out.
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.
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.
I read everything on twitter!
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!
I heard about BoaC from NPR
listening to your porgramm for decades, john
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.
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.
Hi! I just love your recording of B. Eno's "Music for airports"
New Sounds Facebook Post
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.
Just read about you guys and its sounds right up my alley. can't wait to listen.
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!
I loved the marathon at the World Financial Center last year!
I'm a music major and my teacher suggested it.
Heard about this music on NPR
I heard about this album from NPR
I first heard about BOAC through Evan Ziporyn, whose legendary slap tongue makes clarinetists everywhere simultaneously amazed and jealous.
Steve Reich's 2x5! First time I'd heard of the group; better way late than never.
I saw BOACAS's amazing performance of "Music For 18 Musicians" last week in La Jolla
I saw the New Yorkers at BAM, have been a fan ever since
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.
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.
I went to the day festival at world cafe in philly. It was awesome!
I'm a supporter of BoaC, its composers and performers, and its accomplishments and vision. Looking forward to the next 25 years.
Have heard of you for ages, this seemed like a great way to finally hear you.
I have no memory I'm afraid - heard about the album via twitter. Happy Birthday!
Long life to Bang on a Can All-Stars!!!. Cheers to another 25!!!
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.
Where have I been for 25 years?
Bonjour from Paris! -Albert
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.
I love Asphalt Orchestra's engaging and explosive performance at the Bang on a Can Marathon last year at the World Financial Center!
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.
Really appreciate the creative approach to presenting new music. Congratulations!
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.
NPR has a great piece on this!
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.
colleague turned me onto it.
I heard this story on NPR. Thank you!!!
Heard about this on the NPR music site and was intrigued.
Heard about you through the NPR story
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.
Because wonderfully creative music needs to be heard by all.
listening to NPR
I heard about this from my composition professor at Lawrence University.
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.
I remember something, but I just can't remember what it was. Saw this on Twitter, via Evan Ziporyn.
told about this by my music theory teacher
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.
NPR listening to 3A - WOW
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.
I first saw BOAC at an LA Phil Green Umbrella night - a potent sonic cocktail.
Got here because of NPR Tumblr! :)
If Doug Adams recommends you, then I'm willing to give you a listen!
Thank you, NPR.
I love BoaC. I play bass clarinet and I first heard about them through Evan Ziporyn.
Saw this visiting NPR and always interested in what they are listening to.
I remember listening over and over to the Bang On A Can Recording of In C and just being mesmorized.
I read about this on NPR.com. I remember selling Bang on a Can albums in the early 90's during my record store days. Oh, and the old Option Magazine.
Doug Adams tweeted about this.
I remember how damn photogenic y'all are: http://johnedwinmason.typepad.com/john_edwin_mason_photogra/bang-on-a-can-all-stars/
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!
Friends, posting from FB, and just general "following" of your work over the years. Congratulations and Thank You! All the best to the future!
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.
Heard about it on NPR.org website.
tumblr -and so curious to hear what the buzz is all about!
My friend Josh likes good music. He recommended this.
Read story on NPR website. Sounds like music i will respond to.
Just saw BOAC kill "2x5" at Disney Hall under the benevolent gaze of Mr. Reich. Marvelous.
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.
Saw you perform Music for Airports in London.
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.
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!
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.
Amazing discovery for me!
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.
got a link from the kate's fb page :-)
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.
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.
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!
Came here after listening to a clip on NPR music. Can't wait to hear more.
Heard about you from a colleague.
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!
It's January, I'm snowed in, and I'm looking for something fresh.
Heard about this from a colleague. Looking forward to it.
I heard about this on NPR's Tumblr page. Thanks for all of the great music!
BOAC & Meredith Monk BOAC & Glenn Kotche hearing "Music for Airports" in the atrium at University of Maryland concerts by
Heard about this through Twitter!
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!
Great stuff - thanks!
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
Loved you guys at the MIT marathon. Happy anniversary!
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!
Hearing it on the radio and having to figure out who it was!
From Doug Adams
Heard about this album on flip board and wanted to check it out
un progetto da sempre molto interessante
heard about it on tumblr, seems like a really cool concept
Hearing for the first time and I'm in awe.
The Jack Quartet playing Xenakis during the 2010 Marathon was the highlight for me.
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.
Newbie.. but anyone that is revered by NPR is cool with me.
Heard about the group on NPR and wanted to hear the music. Thanks
heard about this on NPR, I've respected BoaC since I saw footage of them performing in an airport a few years ago
I heard of you from an NPR tweet. Sounds very interesting.
First heard about you at NPR today.
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.
Read about this on NPR's music blog and wanted to check it out.
First heard of you on my friend's college radio station and then NPR! Looking forward to hearing more.
NPR music steered me to your album and I cannot wait to hear it.
I discovered your music on NPR. Thank goodness for NPR.
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!
from evan ziporyn's tweet
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.
I attended a marathon a few years ago at the World Financial Center. Been following Bang on a Can ever since.
My father used to listen to you. Then I read about you (again) on NPR ... and I listened to a few clips. Awesome!
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!
Was introduced to Band on a Can while working for Sony Classical in the '90s. Here's to another great 25 years!
Heard from NPR's blog and interested in learning more.
My favourite ensemble
I heard about you through the Ecstatic Music Festival last year.
I read about you on the NPR website.
I heard about this through NPR.
enjoyed listening to you and Jim Svejda on KUSC. thanks for sharing your music.
Meeting and hearing you play at your festival. That's worth at least a thousand memories.
bang on a can is my favourite ensemble
Heard about on NPR
Heard about your album on the Sonic Youth bulletin board.
I've got a strong impression just listening to music on NPR and visited the site http://bangonacan.org/
Loved 'Music For Airports'...
an invitation by a friend
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.
I work with Mira Calix
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!
I love Bang On a Can
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 (www.wgi.org) and this piece would be wonderful to be staged by one of these type orginazations. Thanks for allowing me to hear this.
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.
It is Ju PIng Song who give me the link!
Read about the new album on NPR's website, but been a fan for a while. Way to keep it real!
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.
Watching a guy with long hair, a beard, granny glasses, and obviously a PhD playing electric guitar with studied attention.
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.
heard it on NPR site Love IT!!!
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.
A friend who's opinion I trust led me to this website. I hope I enjoy!
I learned about this Album on the NPR blog, Deceptive Cadence. Thanks!
I heard about this from my composition professor, Jay Batzner.
I learned about you from my dad!
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.
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!~~
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.
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!
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
3 words: John Luther Adams
Grandpa Musicbuff tol' me abouch'all.
Just stumbled onto your site - It was so wonderful. I have lots of listening to do now.
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!
A friend recommended the album and I trust his ear more than most.
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!
A fan of many years (no story comes to mind)!
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!
I stumbled upon the Trance cd and have been hooked since
Heard about you guys through my college's radio station; excited to give it a listen!
Heard from a friend.
big beautiful dispersed and fierce
Friend recommended this. I have no idea what I'm getting myself into and i hope the SPAM is worth it.
I heard about your album on NPR. (Excited about hearing it)
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.
My son Sean
Someone else loves Eno!!and you demonstrate it wonderfully!!!
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.
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".
Heard about your album on NPR
I've never heard you play live, but my first experience with "In C" was through a BoaC recording - thanks!
Seeing Maya play the cello against her own tracks was amazing
Loved watching Music For Airports live & looking forward to hearing this release & several pieces performed during the tour w/ Glenn Kotche.
how great to hear this on NPR...happy anniversary, and best wishes for many more!
Love the music. You guys are awesome.
Heard about the link from Jim Svejda of KUSC. Love Music for Airports.
Too much music fits snugly into categories...long live music that doesn't!
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.
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!
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Hearing the music on public radio and being amazed that people could *do* that.
I have met several of your musicians and have such great admiration for your ferocious abilities! Keep making that awesome music!
Heard about your album in a review in The Star-Ledger, a NJ newspaper.
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.
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.
Love your work!
I love the music, and one of these days I'll make it to a concert.
Heard about you from NPR Classical!
Just saw the All Stars, again, at UCSD. Wonderful Reich!
I just check your site out online periodically and surprise! Thanks.
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.
Your recordings of the works of Steve Reich are incomparable. Congrats on turning 25!
Will never forget the live performance of "Music for Airports" at UIUC!
I was introduced to Bang on a Can by Derek Johnson, but I found this on Facebook. Thank you!
a friend of mine told me: "It's gorgeous."
Found out through a friend. Very interested to check it out!
Saw you live and never stopped listening. 25 more please.
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...
Heard you on NPR. How did I miss you all this time?
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!
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!
Blog of a friend
Always love the groups NPR Classical features. Looking forward to hearing this album.
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!
I've always been very interested in your guys' music.
I hear about on the radio station KUSC FM Los Angeles, CA. My fav
A guy came to my school and gave a lecture on your album "Lost Objects." Loved it.
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!
Saw a friend's post about this on facebook.
It's all the buzz on facebook...
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.
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.
Heard about this through the ISB on fb.
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!
My cousin : )
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!
It was at your performance in Richmond, Va. some years ago that I realized "In C" is one of the great American symphonies.
A friend sent me your link.
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!
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!
everyone is talking about it on facebook....:-p
Always looking for some records to play on the radio at night ...
Great music played with passion by people with open minds!
Star Ledger review
I am a former Hartt student and know Bang on a Can because of Robert Black!
found out on facebook - nice thing to do for 25 year celebration!
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.
I only saw you once, here in the Hague last year. You guys rocked!
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.
Heard of BOAC via many different channels.
A really cool friend told me to listen.
Marathons at the Winter Garden. Always surprising.
Many thanks. Looking forward to hearing the double album
Still remembering Attacca Ensemble's fantastic performance in the Russion Orthodox church in Amsterdam.. Their Facebook page brought me to this website..
Heard about the album download via NPR Classical! Thanks
Heard it on the radio. Thanks much!
Heard about you for many years in WNYC through the work of John Schaeffer
No memories, but congrats on 25!
First heard about you through my college aged daughter years ago. So glad I did. Keep making music.
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.
I met Evan a few years ago. Wonderful man and GREAT music! ^__^
Just hope you'll stay for another 25!
When I lived near NYC I had the chance to see them a few times and just saw them in Los Angeles. Great show!
A good relative advised me to dowload the lovely album. And so I did, thnaks a lot!
Listening to Michael Gordon's Industry for the first time, realizing just how naked a piece could be.
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.
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!
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.
Just found you thru a Facebook friend.
I love this group! I read about the double album download on Facebook.
Taking in the entire marathon concert in 1991 with James Tenney providing me with a running commentary about the music.
You are an inspiration to all of us young composers! Thanks for pushing the boundaries in a refreshing way!
Always looking to expand my horizons, NPR's Deceptive Cadence has hooked me up.
Congratulations on 25th anniversary BOAC! It was a Revolution and I was glad to be part of it! Victoria Jordanova
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....
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. ( :
Bang On A Can was my first introduction to Terry Riley's In C!
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.
Too many to choose from.
Are You Experienced? in tuba studio class.
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.
Your show at Disney Hall this month w LAPhil was bringsownthehouse wonderful!!!!
Just read about you on NPR.org. Ready to listen to some great music and become a fan!
"...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
I heard about Bang on a Can on WKCR-FM in New York.
bang on a can is the new frontier of today's music
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!
Your performances have always, and always will, inspire me.
My brother had a compact disc only store and carried Bang on a Can cds.
student composer, haven't had chance to see boac live... yet!
i love your music, you give a reason to contemporary music to survive
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.
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.
I discovered BOAC on eMusic through "Renegade Heaven". It really made me pay closer attention to 21st century music. Thanks!
A friend gave me your CD of Riley's "In C" and I thought it was great! Keep experimenting!!
a music magazine or a colleague, can't remember... and recently, Facebook reminded me about this ensemble ! thanks !
oh, i don't remember how i found you, but you're so f**n cool =)
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!!
You played at my college years ago! I've been a fan ever since.
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."
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.
NPR turned me on to you.
listening for the first time
a good friend said i had to listen...i did..she was right...she always is.
don't have one but read about your group Star Ledger
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.
NPR gave you rave reviews! Can't wait to hear the album!
Saw you play about a year ago but have been buying your CDs for years. Not a memory but I'm obviously a fan!
My mum got me into the all-stars. She's one cool mum.
BOAC is simply legendary. Props on turning 25!
heard through Evan
A friend mentioned BOAC at work
no memory just curious c/o npr.org
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! ☺
This will be the first time I've heard Bang on a Can so the memories have yet to be uploaded.
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!
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.
I heard the All-Stars in PDX play Eno's Music for Airports....loved the piece, love David/Michael/Julia's music! Cheers, ron
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. :)
a friend told me
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.
Still in love with Music for Airports
the BoaC marathon!
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!
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!
In Philly, me front row with a wicked flu, all y'all with the Wilco guy. Amazing night.
Bang on a can with eighth blackbird playing Reich’s Double Sextet at the London Barbican in 2011. Something I will never forget.
I saw Bang on a Can for the first time with Steve Reich last Tuesday at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
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.
a great group!! congrads! - GP
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.
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.
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.
I went to school with a couple of you, I keep track over the years, reading about it in the NYT and so forth.
I heard about this album through Evan, with whom I'm familiar via Gamelan Galak Tika. (:
Winter Marathon, NYC, 10 years ago... I was a student and the experience was the beginning of a new path for me. Thank you.
Someone I follow on twitter retweeted a tweet about it.
un concert au Luxembourg avec Iva Bittova ... enthousiasmant ! euphorisant ! ...
Thanks for the gift!
From the dubious joy of facebook...
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)
i'm stiudent of music
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)
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!
Received an e-mail from bang a can.
thanks for the gift vive la MUSIQUE!!!
I mostly know about Bang on a Can by reputation - I heard about this album on Soundnotion - looking forward to checking it out!
Robert Black is my friend
hartstikke mooi, jongens. . . ga zo door ! ! !