Bang on a Can

Bang On a Can - Cheating, Lying, Stealing

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AllMusic Review by Nitsuh Abebe

New York's Bang on a Can festival has made a few interesting strides in infusing classical composition with the fire and openness of rock music; many of the results may come off as more "Downtown"-style wankery, but much of the music compiled on Cheating, Lying, and Stealing (composed by seven Bang on a Can "all-stars") manages to get past this into rather appealing territory. Musicians like Annie Gosfield add the clang and discordance of the Downtown scene to classically-shaped pieces; Frederic Rzewski transforms simplistic folk melodies into a virtuousic piano composition; Hermento Pascoal adds elements of dissonance and atonality to the plush roots of Brazilian jazz; and David Lang, Evan Ziporyn, Louis V. Vierk, and Nick Didkovsky contribute pieces as well.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Bang on a Can 10:30 Amazon
2 Bang on a Can 05:20 Amazon
3 Bang on a Can 05:23 Amazon
4 Bang on a Can 04:12 Amazon
5 Bang on a Can 10:43 Amazon
6 Bang on a Can 02:56 Amazon
7 Bang on a Can 02:19 Amazon
8 Bang on a Can 01:21 Amazon
9 Bang on a Can 01:47 Amazon
10 Bang on a Can 00:27 Amazon
11 Bang on a Can 02:36 Amazon
12 Bang on a Can 00:16 Amazon
13 Bang on a Can 01:14 Amazon
14 Bang on a Can 01:14 Amazon
15 Bang on a Can 01:59 Amazon
16 Bang on a Can 06:21 Amazon
17 Bang on a Can 08:41 Amazon
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