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Rick Anderson
Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist, October 2018

In the spirit of this now-longstanding tradition, the Bang on a Can All-Stars commissioned a series of work by contemporary composers, all of which were to be based on (or in some way interact with) field recordings of one kind or another. This is the second collection to result from that commissioning project and it’s absolutely fascinating: from the charming piece that incorporates women talking about their quilting projects (Caroline Shaw’s Really Craft When You) to the Middle Eastern modalities of Glenn Kotche’s Time Spirals, there is great stylistic diversity here… Highly recommended to all libraries. © 2018 Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist Read complete review



Nathan Faro
American Record Guide, May 2018

My favorite work is Kotche’s ‘Time Spirals’. He constructs a kinetic line from modulating, repeating octaves. This forms a backdrop for the perverse instrumental solos and recorded snippets of crowds, crying babies, white noise, and more. The result is something akin to a whirlwind, surreal Pictures at an Exhibition. Lussier’s hilarious ‘Nocturnal’ ends the album, building timbre, rhythm, and melodic contour on a recording of snores. © 2018 American Record Guide




Doug Simpson
Audiophile Audition, March 2018

Shaw begins the first disc with the seven-minute “Really Craft When You,” which hems together the accented and cadenced voices of 1970s North Carolina and Virginia quilters talking about their craft fused with David Cossin’s drum beat, Mark Stewart’s riffing electric guitar and Ken Thomson’s lyrical clarinet. The result is a gradually escalating melding of spoken word and a repeating musical motif. Clayton’s acoustic-electronic piece, “Lethe’s Children,” (named after the legendary river of forgetfulness) is altogether different. …One of the most aggressive tracks on CD 1 is Kotche’s madly twisting “Time Spirals,” which includes field recordings from parades, festivals, protests and declamatory electronic toys: sounds which Kotche collected while touring and traveling the world. The first disc closes with Muhly’s “Comfortable Cruising Altitude,” …sometimes soothing and sometimes dissonant but always complementary music. © 2018 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Textura, December 2017

The concept in play is an interesting one that offers limitless compositional possibilities: each composer was asked to explore the field of recorded sound itself, whether it be to select something in an already recorded form or something new, and to create an original piece in concert with that originating material. On this collection, ambient phenomena and archival recordings blend with the group’s contemporary classical playing in material that extends from soothing ambient to nightmarish soundscaping.

…the Bang on Can All-Stars deserve credit for resolutely continuing its commitment to experimental work, thirty years after Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe co-founded the Bang on a Can organization. © 2017 Textura Read complete review



Daniel Stephen Johnson
WQXR (New York), November 2017

At times intense, unsettling and raw, the Bang on a Can All-Stars’ new release More Field Recordings, serves as a shadowy sequel to their charming and equally substantial 2015 Field Recordings album. As their titles suggest, both chapters in this project exploit sounds captured in the real world, combining audio from outside the concert hall with the sound of Bang on a Can’s storied chamber ensemble. © 2017 WQXR (New York) Read complete review





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