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Lawrence Schenbeck
PS Tracks, October 2013

Bang On A Can made its name by combining the raw power of DIY rock with Minimalism and a dash of uptown academic pretense. That has served them very well, collectively and individually. Like their previous collaboration Lost Objects, Shelter is an oratorio. The libretto, by Deborah Artman, ranges far and wide, as does the music, delivered powerfully by conductor Brad Lubman and Ensemble Signal. © 2013 PS Tracks Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, April 2013

It has a probing, insightful libretto by Deborah Artman. The work is performed with energy and care by Ensemble Signal under Brad Lubman with Martha Cluver, Mellissa Hughes and Caroline Shaw as the vocal soloists.

Taken together as a total package it is triumphant, a work of significant depth, expressive power and singular form. The performance is exciting, the music essential…

In any event it is an important work to hear for anyone who wants to keep up with the newest new music and where it may be going. © 2013 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



Daniel Stephen Johnson
WQXR (New York), April 2013

…a way of singing that manages, miraculously, to seem at once utterly unaffected and drop-dead stylish. [The trio’s] siren-like wailing on “Is the Wind” is just stunning, and Brad Lubman’s chamber orchestra Signal, itself a supergroup of sorts, brings both the noise and the precision that this hard-rocking, dissonant repertoire needs, whether in the magisterial brass writing of “American Home” or that movement’s hair-metal guitar flourishes.

The often severe writing allows for moments of surprisingly subtle emotion… © 2013 WQXR (New York) Read complete review





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