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Become Ocean wins a Grammy

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
John luther Adams wins Grammy for Become Ocean

Photo: Mark Abramson for the Wall Street Journal

Amidst all the hubbub during Sunday night's Grammy broadcast, we were thrilled to learn that John Luther Adams got the nod for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for his Pulitzer-winning Become Ocean. Congratulations to JLA, and to all the Grammy winners!

Become Ocean has been one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life,” Adams wrote after hearing the news. “Yet it doesn’t feel as though it belongs to me. The music essentially composed itself, over the course of just a few months. Now it has a life of its own, independent of the composer. This never would’ve happened without the combined efforts of so many other people. And ultimately, of course, it wouldn't have happened without the Pacific Ocean, and this beautiful, beleaguered planet that is our one and only home.”

It's been a long road paved with accolades since we released the Seattle Symphonys recording of Become Ocean (in stereo and 5.1 surround) last September; and now that we can all take a breath, we'd like to thank you for helping to make it happen by offering the two-disc package on sale, direct from Cantaloupe, at 20 percent off for this week only! Just input the promotional code GRAMMY15 at checkout to claim your discount.

Meanwhile, we're looking ahead to all-new releases this year from Michael GordonDavid LangJulia Wolfe and the Bang on a Can All-Stars, as well as new work from Kate MooreAlarm Will SoundGlenn Kotche and DJ Spooky. We'll also have more news very soon from John Luther Adams about his next large ensemble recording, which promises to be yet another grand undertaking of epic proportions.

Stay tuned, and thanks for listening!

An Index of Cantaloupe Artist Streams

Friday, February 6, 2015
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Connect with Cantaloupe Music's entire arist roster on Spotify. 

It's no longer news that streaming services like Spotify are on the rise as a new paradigm of music acquisition. While the new sets of challenges this presents to artists is bound to be discussed and debated for a while, the reality is that it's hard to argue with the convenience of it all.  Since we want you to hear what our artists are up to – because our artists are making awesome music – a moral stance against streaming something we're not really interested in taking.

To our fans who subscribe or go for CDs, vinyl, or downloads: you're near and dear to us!  And in today's recorded music climate, your purchases are actually an act of going the extra mile. We'll certainly never stop providing music in the formats you desire. 

All of this said, we want it to be super easy to stay in touch with all the latest and greatest sounds Cantaloupe artists have to offer - even the stuff on other labels. And as thrilled as we would be if you bought every single album in the catalog, streaming platforms offer a much simpler method of discovering over 14 years of fresh Cantaloupe sound.

Have yourself a clickfest. 

Announcing: Stories for Ocean Shells

Friday, January 16, 2015
Ashley Bathgate & Kate Moore: Stories for Ocean Shells

Cantaloupe presents Stories for Ocean Shells, the culmination of a years-long project between Ashley Bathgate and Kate Moore.

This summer, Cantaloupe presents Stories for Ocean Shells, the culmination of a years-long recording project between by composer Kate Moore and cellist Ashley Bathgate. Join the Indiegogo campaign now!

ashley bathgate

Stories for Ocean Shells is a picture-music book telling tales of travel, love, sadness and beauty - that one great story - the one known as life. A highly personal communication between two artists, one a composer from Australia who landed in The Netherlands, the other a cellist from the states who travels the world on tour. Their lives collide, intersect and intertwine in strange and unexpected ways. This album is their story told from afar like letters of memories, experiences, thoughts and yearning - seeking true honesty and through observation, a quest to see the world through vivid eyes.

kate moore scores

This is ongoing recording project by Moore and Bathgate, who have been working together since 2009, is an epic body of work for the cello in all its glory. Both come from a background playing the major cello repertoire: Elgar, Dvořák, Fauré, Bach, Beethoven. Over a number of years they have worked hard to develop and sculpt their own original language and voice spoken through this instrument; Ashley, through the subtlety and colour of her playing, Kate through composition using the idiomatic and dynamic vocabulary of the cello. The body of compositions and the way in which they are performed by Ashley dive head-on into a powerfully charged physical and metaphysical experience.

Join the Indiegogo campaign now!

Become Ocean nominated for 3 Grammy Awards

Thursday, January 8, 2015
John Luther Adams' Become Ocean is nominated for 3 Grammy Awards

John Luther Adams' Become Ocean is nominated for 3 Grammy Awards in

John Luther Adams' Become Ocean is nominated for Grammy Awards in 3 categories, including Best Engineered Album, Classical, Best Contemporary Classical Composition, and as well as a nom for Ocean collaborator Dmitriy Lipay in the Producer of the Year, Classical category. and with the voting deadline still a week out, we would love your support in spreading the word.

With ballots closing on January 16th, there's still time to help us get the word out. We want to make sure that all voters in the Recording Academy know how deserving this gorgeous piece is for some Grammy gold! If you loved Become Ocean and wish to help Cantaloupe bring home our first ever Grammy Award, join us on the networks with the #GRAMMYs hashtag to help us rally the vote!

Triple Release Day: Ghys, Previte/Sō, Asphalt

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

It's a rarity for us to drop more than one album on a particular release date. But this month, we channeled some unexpected and serendipitous forces, tightened our bootstraps and went through several pots of piping hot coffee to bring you not just one, not even two, but THREE (3) brand new records for you to experience. Get a taste of them all right here!



Asphalt Orchestra Plays Pixies: Surfer Rosa

Asphalt Orchestra

Asphalt Orchestra Plays Pixies: Surfer Rosa

When it comes to seminal albums in alternative rock, Pixies’ 1988 debut Surfer Rosa qualifies as a true game-changer. With strong production and even stronger songs, the album tore a rift in the rock ‘n roll continuum, influencing everyone from Kurt Cobain to Radiohead. That influence remains as steadfast as ever among the feverish minds behind Asphalt Orchestra, the 12-piece New York-based marching band with an eclectic ear for new music and boundary-blurring arrangements. The band’s unpredictable repertoire includes the music of Goran Bregovich, David Byrne, Frank Zappa, Charles Mingus, Tatsuya Yoshida, Meshuggah, Yoko Ono and more, so it’s only fitting they should choose to tackle a boisterous, at times even downright ornery noise-rock classic, right? 

Intrepid, energetic and unconventional, AOPP touches a nerve that connects rock and new music — a daring brew.


 

Télévision

Florent Ghys

Florent Ghys - Télévision

Florent Ghys presents an epic foray into classical forms, musique concrète, samples and sci-fi that warps the very edges of contemporary music. As Ghys himself describes it, “Télévision is about weather reports, digital music, plastic beauty, synesthesia and dance.” All 13 pieces were composed, played, recorded, filmed and mixed by Ghys.

Catch the record release party on November 30 at Joe's Pub, NYC, wsg Foci + Loci and James Moore + Andie Springer!


 

TERMINALS

Bobby Previte ft. Sō Percussion

The four horsemen of Sō Percussion go toe-to-toe with some of the heavyweights of improvised music in Bobby Previte’s luminous masterpiece TERMINALSFeatured soloists John MedeskiNels ClineZeena Parkins and Greg Osby take turns in the forefront to deliver an electrifying part-composed, part-improvised workout spanning two vinyl pieces. 

 

"Best Pixies Cover Album Ever" airs 10.21 on New Sounds, pre-order discount this week

Monday, October 20, 2014
Asphalt Orchestra by Stephanie Berger

Asphalt Orchestra by Stephanie Berger

Out November 18, New Sounds' review URL declares it the "best PIXIES cover album ever". Tune in tomorrow, October 21, to New Sounds' usual 11pm time slot to hear three premiere tracks from Asphalt Orchestra's new PIXIES' Surfer Rosa project, and judge for yourself. “Bone Machine,” “Where Is My Mind?” and “Gigantic” are among the freshly arranged rock classics, each arranged by a different member of the band. 

If you love what you hear, get $5 off your preorder of Surfer Rosa this week when you use the code NewSoundsAOPP at the Bang on a Can Store

Steel Hammer Radio Takeover on SiriusXM, WNYC

Friday, October 10, 2014

Steel Hammer takes over the airwaves on SiriusXM's What's New!WNYC's New Sounds Live. Tune in to SiriusXM's Symphony Hall (ch. 76) for What's New! host David Srebnik's interview with Julia Wolfe. Also on the program: the ever-versatile and always surprising Bang on a Can All-Stars join Wolfe in the studio to perform two pieces — "Mountain" (from Steel Hammer) and "Reeling" (from the upcoming All-Stars project Field Recordings, due out on Cantaloupe in spring 2015).

Tune in to SiriusXM's Symphony Hall (Ch. 76) on Saturday (Oct 11) at 11PM EST.
Rebroadcast: Monday (Oct 13) at 10:15 EST

Steel Hammer will also be performed at Brookfield Place on Tuesday, 10/14, 7:30pm and broadcast live on WNYC's New Sounds Live, hosted by John Schaefer. FREE admission!

New Sounds Live from Brookfield Place with the Bang on a Can All-Stars

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TERMINALS Release Party 10/20

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Terminals @ Helsinki, Hudson NY, 10/20, 8pm

Join BOBBY PREVITE, SO PERCUSSION, and JOHN MEDESKI at Club Helsinki for a special evening of music and raconteuring at the record release party for Previte's TERMINALS.

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Join BOBBY PREVITE, SO PERCUSSION, JOHN MEDESKI and CANTALOUPE MUSIC for a special evening of music and raconteuring at the record release party for Previte's TERMINALS, a new work written for the spectacular Sō Percussion (Eric Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski and Jason Treuting) and a cadre of Previte's favorite improvisers. At 8 pm, Sō will take the stage to play selections from their vast repertoire, which spans the history of percussion music and beyond. Previte will then introduce TERMINALS, holding forth on his sometimes harrowing, always hilarious 40 years in music, which may include the (in)famous ‘Chicago Hotel From Hell’ and ’Johnny’s Gonna Kill Ya’ stories. To cap off the evening, Sō, Previte and keyboard legend Medeski will join forces in a command performance of TERMINALS 4 and 5, for drum set and organ, during which, if you're close enough, you might feel the breeze from the end of Quillen’s whip. 

The evening will be recorded for later streaming on Cantaloupe Music's YouTube channel and other media outlets (to be announced). 

Don't miss this one of a kind event!

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Monday, October 20, 2014, 8:00pm 

Club Helsinki

405 Columbia St

Hudson, NY 12534

Streaming tonight: JLA's Become Ocean release party @ The Greene Space

Friday, September 12, 2014
John Luther Adams

John Luther Adams by Chad Bakta, c/o The New York Times

Tickets are sold out for the release party of John Luther Adams' Become Ocean, presented by Q2 Music, but that doesn't mean you can't still hear the waves. While your computer might not support the luscious 5.1 surround system that will be saturating the The Greene Space tonight, checking in below is certainly the next best thing.

Original stream host by Q2 Music

Bang on a Cantaloupe Summer Sale

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
get your summer boac swag this week.

Maybe the heat-haze is getting to us, but we've been gathering oceans of new merch and collectibles all summer.  We're finally ready to share it with you - take your pick from these all-new Bang on a Can Store exclusives!

t-shirts

Can you believe that we've never had Cantaloupe t-shirts for sale online? We couldn't stand a world where that was the case, so we've designed a whole new line of post-minimal garments featuring our favorite geometric designs: the pervasive green Cantaloupe melon, the Bang on a Can rings in monochrome, and the simantra starburst of Michael Gordon's Timber. And the price is right, too; new summer shirts are on sale for just $10 for a limited time! explore apparel

composer autographs

Every year at the Bang on a Can Marathon, we collect composer autographs: hand-drawn music/art that reflects the personality and immediacy within the artist. The collection is conceptually diverse, with new entries from the 2014 Marathon that include Bryce DessnerJ.G. ThirlwellCaroline ShawMarc Mellits and Meredith Monk. All are worthy additions to any new music collection! explore composer autographs

mystery bundles

Back by popular demand, mystery bundles contain a selection of choice Cantaloupe titles from our 13-year history. A hit at the BoaC Marathon, the bundles were sold out after the first hour, and the contents were swapped like trading cards throughout the rest of the day.

We brought them out again for a few days on twitter and all were switfly snatched up again. We're busting them out one more time for just a week, and after that they're gone until the holiday season. grab your mystery bundle fast!

Faces of Water: Limited Edition Aluminum Prints

Moses Hacmon, the artist of behind the brilliant blue abstraction on the cover of Michael Gordon's Rushes, has partnered with the Bang on a Can Store to bring you a series of truly unique made-to-order prints on aluminum.

Faces of Water is part art, part science, part spiritual awakening. It's a breathtaking, unique collection of photographic images of water that transforms and advances our understanding of this life-giving element and exposes a layer of reality previously hidden from sight. reserve your piece now

fresh melons on spotify

Monday, July 14, 2014

We listen to a lot of music at Cantaloupe HQ. Here's some of the stuff we're into beyond our own label's releases

To kick off our new label profile on Spotify, our office team has started a rolling collaborative playlist to shuffle through while we work. This list will only grow and grow as we all hear new music and reminisce to old favorites, but for now the list already contains Cantaloupe artists doing other projects, as well as some beautiful sounds pretty distant from the established Cantaloupe Zone. 

Join us as we get to know each others' tastes. What else might we like? Add a track to our queue while you listen, and we'll give it a spin in our Brooklyn office!

Become Ocean Presale Begins on PledgeMusic

Friday, July 11, 2014
John Luther Adams discusses the making of Become Ocean

JLA discusses the making of Become Ocean. photo c/o Gabriel Furtado

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John Luther Adams on Become Ocean:

If you stop and think about the oceanic dimension of music, there’s this implication of immersion. We came from the ocean, and we’re going back to the ocean, right? We’re made up mostly of water, and life on earth first emerged from the seas. And with the melting of the polar ice caps and the rising sea levels, we may become ocean sooner than we imagine.

Eventually we begin to realize that we’re part of something much larger than ourselves. Become Ocean embraces this idea, but gets its title from something much more personal for me. Back in the late ’70s, John Cage wrote a mesostic poem called “Many Happy Returns,” in honor of his dear friend—also my mentor and friend—Lou Harrison. He compares Lou’s music to a river in delta, with all these different influences and currents, coming together in a big beautiful sweep of music. And in the last line of the poem, Cage writes, “Listening to it, we become ocean.” I’ve always been struck by what a beautiful image that is.

So now, a little history: some time ago, I was commissioned to compose a piece for the Seattle Chamber Players. Then a few years later, the Seattle Symphony and their music director Ludovic Morlot approached me, and asked if I would be interested in composing something for the Symphony. Part of Ludo’s vision for the orchestra is to bring it into the 21st century, and to put a special emphasis on new music, so of course I was thrilled at the possibilities.

One idea that I suggested was to build on the sound world of an earlier piece I’d composed called Dark Waves, which is a 12-minute piece for large orchestra and electronic sounds. To my surprise and delight, Ludo was very interested. I was calling it “Dark Waves on steroids,” and I knew early on that I wanted to take that oceanic sound and expand it into a much larger timeframe. So the result was Become Ocean.

Preorder now and ride the wave!

iTunes & NYT Agree: 'love fail' is Radiant

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Anonymous 4 @ Bang on a Can Marathon

Anonymous 4 @ the Bang on a Can Marathon, Brookfield Place, NYC

A month after David Lang's newest release, love fail, the chatter still abounds, most recently with a gushing statement by The New York Times on Anonymous 4's "radiant" performance at the Bang on a Can Marathon, and a sizeable official review on iTunes, which offers a glowing recommendation. 

Mr. Lang had been represented by sections of his medievally inflected “love fail,” its radiant harmonies captured by the vocal quartet Anonymous 4 – The New York Times

Glenn Kotche's Fantasyland EP Released

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Glenn Kotche's Fantasyland EP - available now on iTunes.

Glenn Kotche's Fantasyland EP - available now on iTunes.

 

Wilco drummer and composer Glenn Kotche conceived of Fantasyland as a companion piece to his March 2014 Cantaloupe Music release Adventureland for a number of reasons. First and foremost, he felt that the process of composing and recording Adventureland had generated so much outstanding music that he couldn’t possibly fit it on one full-length album.

“I knew almost as soon as I finished sequencing the pieces for Adventureland that I’d come back to it,” Kotche recalls. “When you get the chance to work with so many great musicians — Kronos Quartet, eighth blackbird and Gamelan Galak Tika — you’re bound to have more than you know what to do with. Fantasyland is the next chapter, if you will; I wanted to put it out there for anyone who feels drawn to this music, to dig into it and maybe make some new discoveries of their own — just like I did when I made the original recordings.”

Not merely for completists, Fantasyland stands on its own as a complete experience. Its focal point is the 15-minute Double Fantasy (elements of which provided the grist for the sound collage Triple Fantasy, from Adventureland); featuring Chicago’s eighth blackbird ensemble, the piece is a rousing testament to the versatility of the musicians and the confidence and range of Kotche as a composer of challenging new music.

Fantasyland is available exclusively on iTunes Music.

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