For fifteen years, Bang on a Can has been discovering and presenting the most exciting performers who have committed their lives to the music of our time. From the beginning, six players in particular kept coming back: six of the festival's most dynamic, intense artists who also happen to be six of the world's most accomplished new music practitioners. These players are the Bang on a Can All-Stars.
The Bang on a Can All-Stars have gained an international reputation for extreme virtuosity and an utterly unique sound, powered by their unusual combination of clarinets and saxophones, electric guitar, cello, bass, keyboards, and percussion. Part classical ensemble, part rock band, part jazz band, the All-Stars' flexibility reflects the vision of Bang on a Can artistic directors Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, who believe in the communicative power of a wide range of music from a new generation of composers and performers.
The Bang on a Can All-Stars perform and record today's most innovative new music, with occasional homages to living masters such as Andriessen, Glass, Reich, and Riley. Recent concert appearances include Lincoln Center, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Kennedy Center, The Walker Arts Center, The Holland Festival, Royal Albert Hall, The Concertgebouw, Sydney Olympics Arts Festival, and many others.
"If all contemporary classical music concerts were like this, there wouldn't be a problem with contemporary classical music. " - Greg Sandow, The Wall Street Journal