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Industry: Bang on a Can and New Music in the Marketplace

William Robin


Amidst the heated fray of the Culture Wars emerged a scrappy festival in downtown New York City called Bang on a Can. Presenting eclectic, irreverent marathons of experimental music in crumbling venues on the Lower East Side, Bang on a Can sold out concerts for a genre that had been long considered box office poison. Through the 1980s and 1990s, three young, visionary composers—David Lang, Michael Gordon, and Julia Wolfe—nurtured Bang on a Can into a multifaceted organization with a major record deal, a virtuoso in-house ensemble, and a seat at the table at Lincoln Center, and in the process c ... More

Keywords: Bang on a Can, new music, institutions, capitalism, contemporary music, marketplace, United States

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190068653
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190068653.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Robin, author
Assistant Professor, Musicology & Ethnomusicology Division, University of Maryland School of Music

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