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For nearly two decades, the electric chamber music ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars has been creating a rich tapestry of experimental instrumental and mechanical sounds. The six-member group, which was formed in New York in 1992 by the composers Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe, takes inspiration from classical, jazz, rock, world and new sounds to make its powerful, exacting compositions.
The group’s origins reflect its musical evolution. Bang on a Can All-Stars was born from Bang on a Can, an organization dedicated to innovative, experimental music that started with a one-day music festival that took place in Soho in 1987.
This track, "Instructional Video," will be released on the Bang on a Can All-Star's new studio album next January. The record, Big Beautiful Dark and Scary, is the first studio album the group has released in five years. "Instructional Video" was written for the ensemble by the Brooklyn indie rocker David Longstreth, whose own band is called the Dirty Projectors.