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They’re quaking in NYC today over the preorder announcement for Jason Treuting’s new star-studded project GO PLACIDLY WI...
04/05/2024

They’re quaking in NYC today over the preorder announcement for Jason Treuting’s new star-studded project GO PLACIDLY WITH HASTE. Featuring collabs with So Percussion, Sam Amidon, Angélica Negrón, Iarla O'Lionaird and more, it’s out on double vinyl May 10th!

14 track album

AVAILABLE NOW: In case you missed it last Friday, Alex Weiser's gorgeous new recording 'in a dark blue night' is streami...
04/03/2024

AVAILABLE NOW: In case you missed it last Friday, Alex Weiser's gorgeous new recording 'in a dark blue night' is streaming on all digital services! Get your ears on it today, or order the CD from our Bandcamp page:

Listen to In a Dark Blue Night by Alex Weiser, Various Artists.

TONIGHT: Join us online for a special preview of Alex Weiser's new recording 'in a dark blue night,' hosted by the Tenem...
03/26/2024

TONIGHT: Join us online for a special preview of Alex Weiser's new recording 'in a dark blue night,' hosted by the Tenement Museum of NYC's Lower East Side. More info:

Join us and YIVO on March 26th for a night of musical performances celebrating the release of Pulitzer Prize-finalist Alex Weiser’s new album.

Reasons to be cheerful: On Tuesday April 16, The Town Hall presents Ghost Train Orchestra and Kronos Quartet, together o...
03/12/2024

Reasons to be cheerful: On Tuesday April 16, The Town Hall presents Ghost Train Orchestra and Kronos Quartet, together on stage for the first time, to perform the music of Moondog. And with special guests Marissa Nadler, Joan As Police Woman, Karen Mantler and David Byrne, this promises to be a celebration like no other!

More info and tickets here: https://thetownhall.org/event/kronos-quartet-and-ghost-train-orchestra-play-moondog

Coming soon: ‘in a dark blue night’ is composer Alex Weiser’s love letter to NYC, and the follow-up to his critically ac...
03/11/2024

Coming soon: ‘in a dark blue night’ is composer Alex Weiser’s love letter to NYC, and the follow-up to his critically acclaimed song cycle ‘and all the days were purple’ (a 2020 Pulitzer Prize finalist). You can preorder the CD and stream “Coney Island,” featuring mezzo-soprano Annie Rosen, on our Bandcamp page now!

Available March 29, with an exclusive pre-launch event on March 28 at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in NYC 🎶

12 track album

TONIGHT at The Jewish Museum in NYC: the Bang on a Can All-Stars play the music of Philip Glass. Doors 7PM, tickets $22....
02/15/2024

TONIGHT at The Jewish Museum in NYC: the Bang on a Can All-Stars play the music of Philip Glass. Doors 7PM, tickets $22. We'll see you there!

The Jewish Museum is dedicated to the enjoyment, understanding, and preservation of the artistic and cultural heritage of the Jewish people.

Folks, it's GRAMMY weekend, so cross your fingers and toes for David T. Little, Anne Waldman and Timur and The Dime Muse...
02/02/2024

Folks, it's GRAMMY weekend, so cross your fingers and toes for David T. Little, Anne Waldman and Timur and The Dime Museum in the Best Opera Recording category, and let's bring this one home!

https://davidtlittle.bandcamp.com/album/black-lodge

To our NYC fans: For two nights only this weekend, David Lang's beloved ‘the little match girl passion’ will be performe...
01/05/2024

To our NYC fans: For two nights only this weekend, David Lang's beloved ‘the little match girl passion’ will be performed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by the very same singers who recorded it for release in November (available on vinyl and CD, by the way — please visit our Bandcamp page).

And both performances are FREE with museum admission! 🎶

Details Molly Netter, sopranoKate Maroney, altoGene Stenger, tenorDashon Burton, bass David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Little Match Girl Passion, based on a Hans Christian Andersen story and modeled after Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, has become a beloved Met holiday tradition over the last...

In a streamlined update to one of the centerpiece tracks from 2022’s critically lauded BATHYMETRY (hailed by none other ...
12/04/2023

In a streamlined update to one of the centerpiece tracks from 2022’s critically lauded BATHYMETRY (hailed by none other than the beloved indie rock band Wilco as an “album of the year”), synthesist and composer Matt McBane drops “Groundswell (single edit).” Scored for two drum sets (panned left and right), Moog synthesizer, vibraphone and tam-tam, the groove-bending workout suggests electro-acoustic references as far-flung as Eno, Ferrari and Kraftwerk, and offers an immediately accessible window into a sonic environment of interlocking patterns, hyper-dynamics and ecstatic meditation.

Released in celebration of two upcoming performances of BATHYMETRY and two performances of its companion piece TOPOGRAPHY – dates in the graphic.

https://mattmcbane.bandcamp.com/track/groundswell-single-edit

This Saturday November 18, we hope you'll join Ghost Train Orchestra for an enchanted evening at Roulette in Brooklyn to...
11/14/2023

This Saturday November 18, we hope you'll join Ghost Train Orchestra for an enchanted evening at Roulette in Brooklyn to celebrate the music of Moondog. Special guest vocalists include Joan As Police Woman and Karen Mantler, as well as one *very* special surprise guest (you'll just have to be there to find out!).

Tickets are going fast: https://roulette.org/event/ghost-train-orchestra-plays-moondog/

OUT TODAY on all platforms (and available on CD and LP): an all-new recording of David Lang's ‘the little match girl pas...
11/10/2023

OUT TODAY on all platforms (and available on CD and LP): an all-new recording of David Lang's ‘the little match girl passion,’ with bonus tracks!

In producing an update of his Pulitzer-winning work, composer David Lang sought to deliver “...a leaner version of the piece, a more human version, one that emphasizes every breath, and that heightens the individuality of each singer.”

Featuring inspired performances by singers Molly Netter, Kate Maroney, Gene Stenger and Dashon Burton, who are joined by the renowned Trio Mediæval — singing the bonus track “I want to live,” as well as an updated version of “just (after song of songs)” — and Sarah Brailey, performing the album premiere of “let me come in,” this new recording accomplishes everything that Lang set out to explore, opening up fresh vistas of accessibility to a beloved work in modern choral music.

Listen to the little match girl passion by David Lang, Various Artists, Jeffrey Douma.

11/03/2023

Get your ears on Rakhi Singh's recording of Julia Wolfe's "LAD" — lauded by The Times and The Sunday Times as "even more intense than the original" — on her new album PURNIMA, out now!

https://lnk.to/purnima

First round voting closes tomorrow! Sandbox Percussion Matt McBane
10/19/2023

First round voting closes tomorrow! Sandbox Percussion Matt McBane

The estimable Jim Farber weighs in on Songs and Symphoniques: The Music of Moondog, for The Guardian. The new album is o...
09/26/2023

The estimable Jim Farber weighs in on Songs and Symphoniques: The Music of Moondog, for The Guardian. The new album is out THIS FRIDAY on CD, double LP and all streaming services: https://ghosttrainorchestra.bandcamp.com/album/songs-and-symphoniques-the-music-of-moondog

“Despite its grounding in the external world, Moondog’s music has an otherworldly feel, a sense emphasized by his visual presentation. ’Like Sun Ra, Moondog created a cult of personality and a whole mythology around him,’ says Ghost Train Orchestra’s Brian Carpenter. ’There’s a cinematic feel to his music too, like the score to a movie nobody made.’” https://www.theguardian.com/music/2023/sep/26/moondog-eccentric-musician-songs-and-symphoniques

The eccentric musician, dressed like a Viking playing songs on the streets of New York, is being celebrated by names such as Rufus Wainwright and Jarvis Cocker on a new album

OUT TODAY: Why Spend A Dark Night With You? (ft. Joan As Policewoman)"There have been times in my life where the only th...
09/08/2023

OUT TODAY: Why Spend A Dark Night With You? (ft. Joan As Policewoman)

"There have been times in my life where the only thing I wanted to listen to is Moondog. When nothing makes sense, Moondog’s music does. It feels like a mantra. It feels like he’s tapped into the movement of the planets and the stars — and yes, the moon.

Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra is one of the most alarmingly versatile and wildly creative ensembles in NYC, featuring the best musicians this city has to offer. They are the perfect group to interpret and honor the tradition of Moondog. Max Moston, who I met in my years of playing with Anohni & The Johnsons, created this stirring arrangement for “Why Spend A Dark Night With You?” To me, it feels like a swiftly moving current I’ve slipped into and have begun singing because it felt like the only way to avoid sinking. If that feels a bit uncomfortable, maybe this is Moondog."

17 track album

🔊✨OUT TODAY!🔊✨Building on the momentum of her spring 2023 release HYMN with pianist Vicky Chow, composer Cassie Wieland’...
08/25/2023

🔊✨OUT TODAY!🔊✨

Building on the momentum of her spring 2023 release HYMN with pianist Vicky Chow, composer Cassie Wieland’s evocative, vibrant work for granular synthesis and signal-processed solo piano gets an energetic summer remix from percussionist and composer Evan Chapman. Improvising on a drum kit outfitted to trigger samples of Chow's original recording, Chapman taps into what he says was “...a fun feeling to know where you’re headed, but to have to work to discover how you’ll eventually arrive there.”

Listen to HYMN (Evan Chapman remix) by Cassie Wieland, Vicky Chow, Evan Chapman.

Out Next Friday 8/25:Building on the momentum of her spring 2023 release HYMN, which fulfilled a years-long collaboratio...
08/18/2023

Out Next Friday 8/25:

Building on the momentum of her spring 2023 release HYMN, which fulfilled a years-long collaboration with pianist Vicky Chow, composer Cassie Wieland’s evocative, vibrant work for granularly synthesized and electro-acoustically affected solo piano has borne an energetic percussion-forward summer remix. This reimagination of Wieland's music, recorded at Roulette Intermedium, began as an homage on social media by percussionist and composer Evan Chapman. "I‘ve been a fan of Cassie Wieland's music for many years now," writes remixer Chapman, "first having been captivated by the way her percussion works such as 'Weeds' and 'Slip' perfectly walked the line between contemporary concert music and pop-influenced ambient music.”

Chapman changed up his laptop-centric creative process for this track, improvising on an augmented drum kit equipped with a Roland SPD-SX drum pad to trigger samples of Vicky Chow's original recording of HYMN amidst acoustic drums. Those hybrid musical gestures went on to become the building blocks for the remix. “I wrote the climax of this track first and then reverse-engineered a dynamic build towards it later. It was a fun feeling to know where you’re headed, but to have to work to discover how you will eventually arrive there.”

Remix drops next week – hear the original EP featuring Vicky Chow now:
https://cassiewieland.bandcamp.com/album/hymn

Out Today: CAMPAIGN SONGS ((Michael Gordon & Kronos Quartet)on 7" LP + DigitalListen/order here: https://lnk.to/campaign...
07/21/2023

Out Today: CAMPAIGN SONGS ((Michael Gordon & Kronos Quartet)

on 7" LP + Digital

Listen/order here: https://lnk.to/campaign-songs

Premiered online between October and November 2020, Campaign Songs is a collaboration with Kronos Quartet intended to galvanize voter turnout in the 2020 election. Recorded in isolation by each member of the Quartet, the eight short pieces that comprise Campaign Songs were accompanied by specially-made video works touching on racial, climate, and economic justice issues.

The pieces, arranged by Michael Gordon, draw from the canon of American patriotic, political, and folk music, including Woodie Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land,” “God Bless America,” (a campaign song for both Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his 1940 opponent Wendell Willkie), “When Johnny Comes Marching Home,” (a campaign song for James A. Garfield), “America the Beautiful” and “The Star Spangled Banner.” Campaign Songs will be released on 7-inch vinyl in spring 2023.

Ghost Train Orchestra & Kronos Quartet's upcoming album "Songs and Symphoniques: The Music of Moondog" is featured on St...
07/04/2023

Ghost Train Orchestra & Kronos Quartet's upcoming album "Songs and Symphoniques: The Music of Moondog" is featured on Stereogum.

Check out the full article here and pre-order the album on Bandcamp. Releases September 29!

Ghost Train Orchestra and Kronos Quartet have arranged a Moondog tribute album, Songs And Symphoniques: The Music Of Moondog, which will be released on September 29. “The first Moondog record I heard was the 1969 orchestra record simply titled Moondog,” Ghost Train Orchestra’s Brian Carpenter ...

Shot on 16-mm film by director Jenni Hensler, “High On A Rocky Ledge” (featuring Marissa Nadler) is the first single and...
06/30/2023

Shot on 16-mm film by director Jenni Hensler, “High On A Rocky Ledge” (featuring Marissa Nadler) is the first single and video from the forthcoming album Songs and Symphoniques: The Music of Moondog.

The album features brilliant new re-imaginings of the music of Louis Hardin, aka Moondog, the blind composer who lived on the streets of Manhattan and became known in the 1960s as “the Viking of Sixth Avenue” for his striking appearance. His music was an inspiration to Philip Glass and Steve Reich, who referred to him as “the godfather of minimalism.”

Conceived as a collaboration between the Brooklyn-based Ghost Train Orchestra and Kronos Quartet, the project expanded to include numerous guest vocalists, including Nadler, acclaimed singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, Joan Wasser (aka Joan As Police Woman), Jarvis Cocker of Pulp fame, and vocalist Petra Haden, known for her striking a ca****la works. Collectively it’s a stunning and talented lineup, digging deep to revitalize Moondog's uplifting message for a new generation.

Ghost Train Orchestra & Kronos QuartetSongs and Symphoniques: The Music of Moondog out September 29, 2023Pre-order vinyl and CD here: https://ghosttrainorche...

“Listen closely and feel the music. The sound, the look, the feel — it affects me. It gets inside my head, inside my bod...
06/27/2023

“Listen closely and feel the music. The sound, the look, the feel — it affects me. It gets inside my head, inside my body. My hands move, the bass sings, the landscape responds and directs the movements, controls the sound. The music comes...from I don’t know where. I close my eyes. I lose myself. I give in. I surrender. I am transported. I am...possessed.” — Robert Black

Our dear friend Robert Black. 1956-2023

https://bangonacan.org/our-dear-friend-robert-black-1956-2023/

J. G. Thirlwell’s Dystonia debuts at No. 12 on Billboard's Classical Crossover Albums!!
06/16/2023

J. G. Thirlwell’s Dystonia debuts at No. 12 on Billboard's Classical Crossover Albums!!

The video for David T. Little's "A Theory of Puncture" from Black Lodge premieres today on Foxy Digitalis! Check out the...
06/15/2023

The video for David T. Little's "A Theory of Puncture" from Black Lodge premieres today on Foxy Digitalis! Check out the video below and order your copy of the album on Bandcamp.

David T. Little’s Black Lodge project is a wild trip. “It was 113° in the Mojave when we arrived to capture the long shadows cast by the setting sun,” Little shares. The extreme environme…

We have TWO new titles featured in Bandcamp's Best Contemporary Classical for May 2023: Žibuoklė Martinaitytė & Synaesth...
06/06/2023

We have TWO new titles featured in Bandcamp's Best Contemporary Classical for May 2023: Žibuoklė Martinaitytė & Synaesthesis' Hadal Zone, and J. G. Thirlwell & Mivos Quartet's Dystonia!

From the reviews by Peter Margasak:

"[Martinaitytė has] crafted a sonic profile that matches the relentless dark of the deep sea, and if we’re patient with our senses, the variegated details begin to seep through."

'[Thirlwell] proves that he’s much more than a fan [of New York's contemporary classical scene] with Dystonia, a wildly visceral, driving string work played here with typical precision and fury by Mivos Quartet."

Find the CDs on our Bandcamp page: https://cantaloupemusic.bandcamp.com/music

A long-overdue portrait album, a three-LP box set exploring an underrated female composer's work, reinterpretations of the Fluxus oeuvre, and much more.

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