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

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, Sony, CRI, Nonesuch
MembersRobert Black
Mark Stewart
David Cossin
Vicky Chow
Ashley Bathgate
Ken Thomson[1]
Past membersEvan Ziporyn
Lisa Moore
Steve Schick,
Maya Beiser
Wendy Sutter[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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

Awards and recognitionEdit

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