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Review of the 2018 Peoples Commissioning Fund concert at Merkin Hall, by Tristan McKay.

"And if there’s one thing to celebrate about Bang on a Can (other than the fabulous music), it is the warm sense of community: the vibe was something like a family reunion, with the house filled by students, founders, Bang on a Can Summer Festival alumni, composers and performers, and of course enthusiasts and supporters."

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Bang on a Can at 30 - an article in 2-parts by Allan Kozinn!

Part 1 - Creating the Space

"In May 1987, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Michael Gordon — three composers not long out of Yale University, in New York to kickstart their careers — decided to try mixing composition with entrepreneurship by presenting a 12-hour, new-music marathon at Exit Art, a gallery at Broadway and Prince Street, in SoHo."

Part 2 - Opening the Flood Gates

"With a structure in place, anything was possible, and tendrils sprang rapidly." 

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Feature by Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim

"Perhaps the most radical notion that has taken root thanks to Bang on a Can is that of success through generosity, with composers attending each other’s concerts, playing each other’s music and founding record labels that foster new voices."