CANTALOUPE MUSIC is the record label created in March 2001 by the three founders of New York's legendary Bang on a Can Festival: composers Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, and Bang on a Can managing director Kenny Savelson. Cantaloupe Music has made a massive impact in the new music community, and been recognized by critics and fans around the globe for its adventurous sounds.
Our goal is to provide a home for "music that slips between the cracks." In its decade long history, Cantaloupe has repeatedly received "Top 10 of the Year" accolades from publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian (UK), The Wire, the New Yorker, Newsday, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Mojo, the San Jose Mercury News, Gramophone, Billboard, Stereophile, and Time Out NY. Its releases have also been featured on CNN, PitchforkMedia, NPR, PaperThinWalls, BBC, and other major tv/radio/online outlets.
Cantaloupe is proud to announce our recent partnership with global distributor, NAXOS. Naxos is the world's leading classical music label and will distribute the Cantaloupe catalog in physical and digital formats throughout the world. Physical and digital versions of our records are also available from the Bang on a Can Store. Each release has extensive background information on the web -- the composers' own words about their music, news, upcoming performance dates, artist bios, and links.
Through Cantaloupe Music, Bang on a Can continues its mission to spread the gospel of risk-taking new music. Bang on a Can -- dedicated to the work of composers across the entire aesthetic spectrum -- has created a home for musical inventors, misfits, and pioneers. Founded in 1987 by Gordon, Lang and Wolfe, the non-profit has grown from a one-day festival to a multi-faceted organization. Their decision to launch Cantaloupe Music represented the culmination of 15 years of ground-breaking concerts and a decade of successful recording projects on multiple major record labels.