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Listen: Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert

Thursday, February 26, 2015

On Feb. 26, the Bang on a Can All-Stars presented world premieres of new music by Wilco's Glenn Kotche, Jace Clayton (aka DJ/rupture) and Donnacha Dennehy. Listen to the entire concert.

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New Sounds

Bang on a Can PCF Works

Monday, February 23, 2015

Listen to works from the Bang on a Can People’s Commissioning Fund, from Dan Deacon, Christine Southworth, Daniel Wohl, & Marc Mellits, all played by the Bang on a Can All-Stars.

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New Sounds

New Sounds Year In Review 2014: 1

Monday, December 22, 2014

WNYC
Sample notable new music releases from 2014, according to clarinetist and music producer Isabel Kim who has been working for New Sounds as often as we can get her since 2013.
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New York Now

Listen: Julia Wolfe's 'Steel Hammer' with Bang on a Can All-Stars

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

October 14, Bang on a Can All-Stars took the stage at Brookfield Place for a performance of Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer. Stream the entire show, hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer.

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New Sounds

New Sounds Live: Julia Wolfe's 'Steel Hammer' at Brookfield Place

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Recorded live from October 2014, the Bang On A Can All-Stars and vocalists Emily Eagan, Katie Geissinger, and Molly Quinn take on Wolfe's piece based on the legend of John Henry. 

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New Sounds

Based on American Folk Songs

Friday, October 10, 2014

Listen to music inspired by American folksong for this New Sounds, including tunes from Sam Amidon, Robert Plant, and Julia Wolfe's "Steel Hammer," about the legend of John Henry.

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WQXR Blog

The 10 Strangest Ensemble Names Ever (And The Stories Behind Them)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Some chamber groups are named after locations, composers or even their founders. Here are ten stranger names that go beyond the obvious.
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New Sounds

Bang on a Can at 25

Sunday, September 07, 2014

For more than 25 years, Bang on a Can has been a force in new music. The three co-founders join this New Sounds to celebrate a quarter-century of "Big Beautiful Dark and Scary."

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Mixtapes

Dawn of Midi on Tightropes and Intelligible Shapes

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Blending elements of free jazz, IDM and contemporary classical with the occasional house beat, Dawn of Midi have developed a sound uniquely their own. The trio performs at this month's Bang on a Can Marathon. Hear their Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Top 5 @ 105

Top Five Incubators of New Music

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

As the New York Philharmonic launches its first biennial, in what promises to be an important showcase for new music every two years, here are five established festivals it joins as new music incubators.

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Q2 Music

Video: Mark Stewart's Island of Misfit Toys

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

For the latest episode of Q2 Spaces, we visited Bang on a Can co-founder Mark Stewart's home and studio in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

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New Sounds

A Musical Travelogue

Saturday, May 24, 2014

There’s an hour of music for far-off places on this New Sounds program.  Listen to a work written by Princeton professor Paul Lansky, called “Travel Diary.”  From a new recording by the Meehan/Perkins Duo, the work is a "kind of meditation on travel particularly for those who don't do it that much." Parts were inspired by an actual cross-country trip taken by the composer and his family, wrong turns and a younger child asking "Are we there yet?"

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Julia Wolfe Bores a Hole Through the Mountain with 'Steel Hammer'

Monday, April 21, 2014

"Steel Hammer," the new album by Bang on a Can co-founder Julia Wolfe, features a musical retelling of that great American tall tale of John Henry. Stream the album in full all this week.

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New Sounds

Bang on a Can PCF Concert 2014

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

From the New Sounds Live Concert Series, listen to portions of the Bang on a Can People’s Commissioning Fund Concert 2014 – a partnership with the Ecstatic Music Festival, recorded live at Merkin Hall this past March.  Hear Bang on a Can co-founders Julia Wolfe's “Lick” and David Lang's Schubert-inspired “Death Speaks” with guest vocalist Shara Worden. There’s also music by one of the three PCF-commissioned composers, the Brooklyn-based electroacoustic composer Daniel Wohl.  

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Michael Gordon Goes for Broke with 'Rushes' for Bassoon Septet

Monday, March 24, 2014

Why is it that so many composers are reticent to write for the bassoon? Stream Michael Gordon's fiendishly difficult 'Rushes' for bassoon septet all this week and find out.

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New York Now

Listen: Bang On A Can's People's Commissioning Fund Concert

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Last Thursday, Q2 Music presented a live audio stream of the Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert featuring music of Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry.

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New Sounds

From the Bang On A Can Founders

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to music from the founding composers of New York’s Bang on a Can organization: David Lang, Michael Gordon, and Julia Wolfe.  Since 1987, this collective has been a force in new music, commissioning works from new composers, presenting and recording new work, and educating and developing new musicians.  Hear music recorded at the 2009 Bang on a Can Marathon by co-founder Julia Wolfe, featuring two ensembles from Denmark. It’s “Thirst,” part of larger, collective work by all three founding composers,“Water,” which is a “meditation on the poetry of water, what it means to have it, how we misuse it and how we struggle for it.”

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Hammered!

Notes from Down Under: Australian Keyboard Music

Monday, February 24, 2014

Pianist and new-music specialist Lisa Moore closes her Hammered! residency with a week of music exploring the thriving contemporary-music scene and pianists of her native Australia. Listen weekdays at 10 am.

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New Sounds

Bang on a Can at 25

Monday, August 12, 2013

Bang on a Can, the composers collective and revolutionary force hatched a quarter century ago as a plot in an East Village diner, celebrates a milestone anniversary of creating and presenting new music on this New Sounds show.  The Bang on a Can All-Stars, the resident ensemble of six musicians, give the unofficial US premiere of 3 parts of the suite "Field Recordings," with works by BoaC Co-founder Julia Wolfe, Florent Ghys, and Evan Ziporyn.  Plus works by Bang on a Can's two other co-founders, David Lang and Michael Gordon.

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New Sounds

Bang on a Can PCF Concert 2011

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Hear the world premiere of Bryce Dessner's "O Shut Your Eyes Against the Wind," performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars from the People's Commissioning Fund Concert at Merkin Hall, recorded as part of New Sounds Live and the Ecstatic Music Festival.   Incidentally, Bryce plays with both the vocal-chamber-rock ensemble, Clogs, and the indie rock hometown heroes, the National.  Also, we will hear the other world premieres commissioned by the people: Nick Brooke's playful "Menace (Sousa Medley)" and Karsh Kale's world premiere, "Crawl Walk Run Fly."

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