Bang on a Can All Stars

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Bang on a Can All-Stars
Bang on a Can All-Stars at World Financial Center 2012.jpg
Bang on a Can All-Stars perform at the Bang on a Can Marathon at the World Financial Center, June 2012.
Background information
OriginNew York City, United States
GenresAlt classical, classical crossover, post-minimalism
Years active1992–present
LabelsCantaloupe Music, Sony Classical, CRI Records, Nonesuch Records
MembersRobert Black
Mark Stewart
David Cossin
Vicky Chow
Ashley Bathgate
Ken Thomson[1]
Past membersEvan Ziporyn
Lisa Moore
Steve Schick,
Maya Beiser
Wendy Sutter

The Bang on a Can All-Stars is an amplified ensemble that was formed in 1992 by parent organization Bang on a Can.[2]

Called "a flexible and expert sextet" by the New York Times,[3] the ensemble was formed as an agile group with a set instrumentation to take on touring and recording projects[4] for Bang on a Can that would not be feasible for the organization's massive "Marathon" concert productions.

They appeared as guest stars in the season 17 episode of Arthur, "Binky's Music Madness", with Evan Ziporyn and Julia Wolfe playing themselves.

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2005 the All-Stars were named "Ensemble of the Year" by the Musical America International Directory of the Performing Arts.[5] The ensemble has been heralded as "the country's most important vehicle for contemporary music" by the San Francisco Chronicle.[6]

The very first release of the Cantaloupe Music catalog, the All-Stars' Renegade Heaven was ranked the #1 album of 2001 by New York Times classical music editor Allan Kozinn,[7] and their recording of Terry Riley's In C made the 2001 New York Times top ten lists in both classical and pop.[8]


  • Bang on a Can Live, volume 1 (1992)
  • Bang on a Can Live, volume 2 (1993)
  • Bang on a Can Live, volume 3 (1994)
  • Industry (1995)
  • Cheating, Lying, Stealing (1996)
  • Lost Objects (1997)
  • Music for Airports (composed by Brian Eno) (1998)
  • Renegade Heaven (2001)
  • In C (composed by Terry Riley) (2001)
  • Bang on a Can Classics (2002)
  • Gigantic Dancing Human Machine (music of Louis Andriessen) (2003)
  • ShadowBang (composed by Evan Ziporyn) (2003)
  • Music in Fifths / Two Pages (composed by Philip Glass) (2004)
  • Bang on a Can Meets Kyaw Kyaw Naing (2004)
  • Elida (composer and guest musician Iva Bittová) (2005)
  • A Ballad for Many (composer and guest musician Don Byron) (2006)
  • The Essential Martin Bresnick (2006)
  • The Carbon Copy Building (2007)
  • Music for Airports (Live) (2008)
  • Music from the Film (Untitled) (2009)
  • Double Sextet / 2x5 (music of Steve Reich) (2010)
  • Big Beautiful Dark and Scary (2012)
  • Shelter (Ensemble Signal) (2013)
  • Field Recordings (2015)


  1. ^ Bang on a Can All-Stars Announce Ken Thomson as New Clarinetist, All About Jazz, July 5 2013
  2. ^ Bang on a Can All-Stars
  3. ^ Bang on a Can and Lincoln Center Survive First Concert Unmarked, by Allan Kozinn, New York Times, March 16, 1994.
  4. ^ Into the Middle, Where There's Gravity, by Allan Kozinn, New York Times, March 16, 1995
  5. ^ News in Brief, NewMusicBox, December 31, 2004
  6. ^ San Francisco Chronicle, March 4, 2001
  7. ^ A Bridge to Rock; Fresh Beethoven. The Year in Classical Music, December 23, 2001
  8. ^ Kozinn, Allan (9 November 2009). "A Classic Minimalist Score, Played at Maximal (and Electronical) Length". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  9. ^ Bang on a Can All-Stars, list of albums, Bang on a Can store