more from
Cantaloupe Music
We’ve updated our Terms of Use to reflect our new entity name and address. You can review the changes here.
We’ve updated our Terms of Use. You can review the changes here.
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $10 USD


  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Beautiful 6-panel CD package designed by Denise Burt (, with photography by Bill Albertini

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Passion via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days
    Purchasable with gift card

      $20 USD or more 


The Passion 21:30


As a longtime friend of Bang on a Can’s founding composers and a creative firebrand in his own right, Jeffrey Brooks makes music that shimmers with bold intensity and an enveloping warmth. Big expressive gestures, heavy basslines, echoes of pop and rock, jagged dissonance and New York-style “downtown” noise are all signatures of his vibrant and electric sound.

He first met Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe while a student at Yale in the mid-1980s, eventually returning to his home state of Minnesota and taking up residence in Minneapolis, where he was artistic director of the American Composers Forum from 1990 to 1995. Brooks might be best known for his wind ensemble work Dreadnought (1996), but perhaps just as significantly, he is one of the few modern classical composers with a penchant for chasing rhythm in a way that even dancefloor DJs can understand.

“I think there’s music that you can really get your head around intellectually,” Brooks observes, “and there’s music that you can get your head around emotionally one way or another, and then there’s music that you can just experience physically, with the subwoofers going through your body—like dance music. And the music I try to write has all three of those things.”

The Passion collects three of his most compelling works: After the Treewatcher (2012), Capriccio on the Departure of a Beloved Brother (2015, dedicated to Steve Martland) and the epic title piece (2017). Featuring edgy, raucous performances by the Bang on a Can All-Stars and the New York-based large ensemble Contemporaneous (conducted by David Bloom), the recording is, in essence, a tribute to the lasting power of friendship, and a triumph of the human spirit.


released May 10, 2019


all rights reserved



Jeffrey Brooks Minneapolis, Minnesota

Brooks is associated with the post-minimalist composers of Bang on a Can. He was closely involved in shaping the aesthetic profile of the early festivals in the 1980s. His music fits the BoaC image in terms of rhythmic drive, single-minded approach to form, and use of amplified instruments. But his work is also characterized by attention to counterpoint and an almost neoclassical sensibility. ... more

contact / help

Contact Jeffrey Brooks

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Report this album or account

If you like The Passion, you may also like: