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Sometimes it seems like every musician in New York has played with the Glenn Branca Ensemble. That's not entirely true, but it's close. Here are some current and past ensemble members, and their non-Branca work.
Steven Antonelli Jonathan Bepler Page Hamilton
Eric Hubel Brannon Hungness Algis Kizys
Phil Kline Carolyn Master Miriam McDonough
Thurston Moore John Myers Lee Ranaldo
Dave Reid David Rosenbloom Wharton Tiers
Ellen Watkins    
STEVEN ANTONELLI has been with the ensemble since 1995, playing on Symphony Nos. 8 & 10. He is currently playing with the New York Mandolin Orchestra. His previous bands include S'Go, The Difference, the Virgil Moorefield Ensemble and the Jeffery Lohn Ensemble
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JONATHAN BEPLER played guitar on Symphony No.5 and Symphony No.6 between 1985 and 1996. He was the instrument tuner in 1985 and helped make some of the instruments with 32 and 64-note scales. John is a composer who has been involved in numerous collaborative projects including dance and film scores. Recent recordings include: Soundtrack CD for Matthew Barney's Cremaster 5, RCA Red Seal (BMG), 1997 featuring Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, Music for Cremaster 2, Jonathan Bepler, 1999 featuring Norian Philharmaonic Orchestra, Tabernacle Bass Choir, Organ at Riverside Church, Dave Lombardo, drums. Jonathan's comments on working with Glenn: "I've always been influenced by Glenn's awesome energy and lovely sounds."
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PAGE HAMILTON played guitar on Symphony No.6. He has also played with Band of Susans, David Bowie, Ben Neill and Elliot Goldenthal. His previous band was Helmet and he is currently working on a new project, as yet unnamed. Page's comments on Glenn: "One of the most important periods in my musical life was playing with Glenn....it has influenced everything I've done since 1988".
ERIC HUBEL played guitar on Symphony No.6 and Symphony Nos.8 & 10. His other projects include The Hallicrafters (Shortwave radio mixmasters with Algis Kizys)
BRANNON HUNGNESS played guitar on Symphony Nos.8 & 10. He is now playing in Kill Myself On Monday, which he describes as Tool meets Radiohead with a splash of early Talking Heads and Slim Whitman thrown in for good measure.
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ALGIS KIZYS played bass on Symphony No.6. He was formerly in Of Cabbages and Kings and The Hallicrafters (Shortwave radio mixmasters with Eric Hubel)
PHIL KLINE has been an ensemble member since 1988, playing guitar on Symphony No.6 and Symphony Nos. 8 & 10. He was a member of the Del-Byzanteens in the early 80s. He has a solo CD out, 'Glow in the Dark' on CRI. Every year since 1992 he has presented Unsilent Night, an outdoor ambient music piece for an infinite number of boom box tape players. Check the calendar for upcoming gigs. Phil's comment on working with Glenn: "With a life as dull as mine, the occasional opportunity for extreme surfing on 20 foot waves of molten steel is always appreciated."
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CAROLYN MASTER played guitar on Symphony No.6 and Symphony Nos.8 & 10. She was formerly in Of Cabbages and Kings.
MIRIAM MCDONOUGH played with Glenn on Symphony No.5 through Symphony No.10. She has also played with the Wharton Tiers Ensemble, Phil Kline, Ether, and Surf Report and is currently working on a new project with Paul Stevens, formerly of Bald Headed Jesus.
THURSTON MOORE played on Symphony No.1, Symphony No.2, and Symphony No.3. He currently plays in Sonic Youth
VIRGIL MOOREFIELD played drums on Symphony Nos.8 & 10, and toured with the Ensemble (1987-88, 1992-1999). His past projects include the Virgil Moorefield Ensemble (brainy yet bloodthirsty - Guitar Player Magazine), playing drums with Swans on The Burning World (1989) and collaborating with Emily XYZ on Electric Magistrate (1999).
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JOHN MYERS played guitar on Symphony No.6 and Symphony Nos.8 & 10. His other projects include Digitalis (Melodic industrial metal) and Blastula (Blissed out, all guitar chamber rock). He formerly was in Rat at Rat R
LEE RANALDO played on Symphony No.2, Symphony No.3 and The Ascension. He currently plays in Sonic Youth
DAVE REID has played bass in the ensemble since 1992 (Symphony No.8). His current band is Sea of Cortez, and his previous band was Wider (1992-1995). Dave's comments on working with Glenn: "It has been an incredible musical experience and has changed the way I look at music. Nice people to work and play with as well, I wish it was more often."
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DAVID ROSENBLOOM was an early member of the ensemble (The Ascension, Who Are You Staring At/Bad Smells, Symphony No.1). He played guitar on the first European and American tours. David's other projects include: Chinese Puzzle, Dark Day (with Robin Crutchfield), Meltdown (with Rhys Chatham, Glenn Branca and Wharton Tiers), Electric Chorus, Experimental Chorus & Orchestra, and Outlanders. David's comments on working with Glenn: "It's been a real treat, albeit a complex one."
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WHARTON TIERS is currently in The Wharton Tiers Ensemble (Mega guitar instrumentals with references to Beethoven and the Beachboys). Check the calendar for upcoming gigs.
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ELLEN WATKINS has been a member of the Ensemble since Symphony No.6 (1988) and is the webmaster of this site. Other projects include The Wharton Tiers Ensemble, Blastula, and The Virgil Moorefield Ensemble.