CANTALOUPE MUSIC is the record label created and launched in March 2001 by the three founders of New York's legendary Bang on a Can organization -- composers Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe -- with 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 edgy and adventurous sounds.
Our goal is to provide a home for contemporary classical and post-classical music that is, in the words of Michael Gordon, "too funky for the academy." Throughout its nearly 15-year history, Cantaloupe has repeatedly received Top Ten of the Year accolades from such publications as The New York Times, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, The Guardian (UK), The Wire (UK), Newsday, Mojo magazine, the San Jose Mercury News, Gramophone, Billboard, Stereophile, and Time Out New York. Cantaloupe releases have also been featured on CNN, NPR, BBC, PitchforkMedia and other major tv/radio/online outlets.
Cantaloupe is globally distributed in physical CD and digital formats by Naxos, which is the world's leading classical music label and distributor. Physical and digital versions of our recordings are also available from the Bang on a Can store. Each release has extensive background information on the web, with the composers' own words about their music, news, upcoming performance dates, artist bios and links.
Dedicated to fostering and promoting the work of composers across the entire artistic spectrum, Bang on a Can has created a home for musical innovators, iconoclasts, rebels and pioneers. Founded in 1987 by Gordon, Lang and Wolfe, the non-profit has grown from a one-day festival into a multi-faceted organization. The decision to launch Cantaloupe Music represents the culmination of 15 years of forward-thinking concerts, and a decade of successful recording projects on multiple major record labels. As a result, Cantaloupe has become a widely respected creative hub for new music, consistently reaffirming Bang on a Can's commitment to the composer community and its audience.