Bang on a Can offer double album free for first 25 days of 2012; yes, Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth is involved

Bang on a Can offer double album free for first 25 days of 2012; yes, Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth is involved

Ah, 2012 is here. The dark vacuum of hopelessness known as 2011 has finalized its reign of terror, and there’s a unanimous feeling of a new beginning inside all of our hearts. This will be our year. The year things happen. Let’s start it off with a bang. A BANG ON A CAN, THAT IS! **someone in the distance boos me**

Bang on a Can, an organization designed as a vehicle for new innovative and experimental music that throws annual summer festivals, has released a new record by The Bang on a Can All-Stars via Cantaloupe Music. The All-Stars, which features Ashley Bathgate on cello, Robert Black on bass, Vicky Chow on piano, David Cossin on percussion, Mark Stewart on guitar, and Evan Ziporyn on clarinet, will be releasing their fifth studio album, Big Beautiful Dark and Scary, February 28. But seeing as it’s both 2012 (the new and brighter future) and the 25th birthday of Bang on a Can, the album is available for free download for the first 25 days of the year! In exchange, listeners need only share a memory, thought, story, or photo of Bang on a Can from the last 25 years to be displayed online. The result will be a scrapbook of memories from all fans of the group. New to Bang on a Can? That’s fine, too. Just mention this news story!

The record features contributions by artists such as Louis Andriessen (with film), David Longstreth (from Dirty Projectors), Conlon Nancarrow, Kate Moore, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Evan Ziporyn.


Disc 1:

01. Julia Wolfe: Big Beautiful Dark and Scary
02. David Lang: sunray
03. Michael Gordon: For Madeline

Evan Ziporyn: Music From Shadowbang
04. Angkat
05. Ocean
06. Meditasi, Head

Disc 2:

David Longstreth
01. Instructional Video
02. Matt Damon
03. Breakfast at J&M

Conlon Nancarrow (arr. Evan Ziporyn): Four Player Piano Studies
04. Study 2a
05. Study 3a
06. Study 3c
07. Study 11

Louis Andriessen: Life (with films by Marijke van Warmerdam)
08. Part I: Wind
09. Part II: Couple
10. Part III: In the distance
11. Part IV: Light
12. Kate Moore: Ridgeway

Bang on a Can 25th Anniversary Season Schedule (with a couple NY events to be confirmed):

01.17.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Walt Disney Concert Hall
01.18.12 - La Jolla, CA - Conrad Prebys Concert Hall at UCSD
03.10.12 - Cambridge, MA - MIT Kresge Auditorium
03.17.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Muziekgebouw
03.20.12 - London, UK - The Barbican
03.23.12 - Glasgow, UK - Glasgow’s Concert Halls, Minimal Extreme Festival
03.24.12 - Glasgow, UK - Glasgow’s Concert Halls, Minimal Extreme Festival
04.05.12 - New London, CT - Connecticut College, Palmer Auditorium
04.12.12 - Naperville, IL - North Central College
07.08-29.12 - North Adams, MA - MASS MoCA (Bang on a Can summer festival)

• Bang on a Can 25th Birthday Download:
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