Few pianists have impacted contemporary music more profoundly than the Frenchman Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Hear his insights and performances of Ives, Ligeti and Messiaen all week on Hammered!
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Say hello to Hammered!, Q2 Music's hour-long, weekday program devoted the extraordinary breadth and ever-evolving repertoire of music for keyboard. From concert grand to disklavier, synthesizer to clavichord, prepared piano to toy piano, Hammered! shares musical colors from ebony to ivory and every shade in between.
Throw a dart in New York City and you'll hit an adventurous, talented, experimental, and virtuosic pianist. Q2 Music will provide a happy home for makers and admirers of kaleidoscopic keyboard music of today, including both fresh, newly minted interpretations and revolutionary departures from tradition.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Composers today inherit some pretty profound baggage. How is one able to write a single note! with all of music's most monolithic presences staring at your staff paper? One option is to ignore them, another is to talk with them.
Monday, November 18, 2013
To be a composer is to be aware of your musical family tree, and to some degree, exploit the strengths of your forefathers in order to create something novel. Stravinsky, after all, said that "good composers borrow, great composers steal!"
Monday, November 11, 2013
There are many reasons to tip the musical hat this week: Charles Wuorinen's 75th birthday; Ned Rorem's 90th!; the one year anniversary of Elliott Carter's passing; and the centennial celebration of Witold Lutoslawski. Listen weekdays at 10 am for music by this handful of extraordinary composers.
Monday, November 04, 2013
Five days of accretive piano mayhem this week on Hammered!, beginning with music for zero pianists (all "automatic" pieces for pianola and other pianistic mechanisms), and, after adding one player and one piano per day, ending the week with repertoire for piano quartet.
Monday, October 21, 2013
We do our fair share of obscure music here at Q2 Music, but sometimes you want to flip on the radio and simply hear the hits. This week on Hammered! we offer exactly that in conjunction with our Fall Fund Drive. Please consider making a contribution today.
Monday, October 14, 2013
This week, musical genetics 101. We survey keyboard-centric pieces whose forms are born from the brief but compact strands of musical DNA that begin them.
Monday, October 07, 2013
This week on Hammered!, we offer the finest golden nuggets from recent piano performances in and around New York City.
Monday, September 30, 2013
To honor the pianist and newly-minted MacArthur Fellow Jeremy Denk, we revisit the programs of his weeklong Hammered! residency from the 2012 American Mavericks Festival.
Monday, September 23, 2013
The early modernists had Claude Debussy, the post-war György Ligeti, and the twenty-first century may very well point to the French master Pascal Dusapin as the torchbearer for reinventing the technical capabilities and sonic potential of the piano.
Monday, September 16, 2013
Despite this month's phenomenal, forward-looking programs on Q2 Music's Lucerne Festival webcasts, there is a conspicuous absence of music by one of the festival's artistic gurus—and one of the most influential musicians of the last fifty years—Pierre Boulez.
Monday, September 09, 2013
Maverick force of nature and New York new music fixture John Zorn turned 60 last week and the whole city is celebrating. This week on Hammered! we explore his tremendously varied keyboard output alongside the music of other modern musical mavericks.
Monday, September 02, 2013
This week on Hammered! we queue up portions of Frederic Rzewski's epic musical novel The Road—in addition to a few driving playlists of our own. Tune in all week at 10 am.
Monday, August 26, 2013
All this week on Hammered!, pianist David Friend features keyboard music by composers under the age of 40. Listen weekdays at 10 am for music by Chris Cerrone, Judd Greenstein, Ryan Francis, Conrad Tao and more.
Monday, August 19, 2013
This week on Hammered! pianist David Friend examines music by John Cage, Frederic Rzewski and others that takes traditional piano writing as a starting point, but deviates from the basics of traditional technique. Listen weekdays at 10 am.
Monday, August 12, 2013
This week, pianist David Friend continues his Hammered! residency with music for multiple pianos, featuring performances from the British piano sextet Piano Circus, as well as Friend's own piano sextet Grand Band. Listen weekdays at 10 am for music by Steve Reich, Kevin Volans and more.
Monday, August 05, 2013
For the month of August, pianist David Friend of ensemble TRANSIT and the Bang on a Can Festival Ensemble guest hosts Hammered! Week One: Mechanical Music from John Adams, Donnacha Dennehy, Conlon Nancarrow and more.
Monday, July 29, 2013
There is a deep descriptive tradition in music, a tradition that embraces art's ability to comment, observe, and depict. Join composer-pianist Conrad Tao this week to hear piano works by Claude Debussy, Michael Harrison and others that evoke colorful, multifaceted images.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Ah, the etude – a subgenre all too familiar to pianists. This week on Hammered!, join pianist-composer Conrad Tao for etudes that not only test the technical abilities and boundaries of performers, but also test the limits and push the boundaries of form. Listen weekdays at 10 am.
Monday, July 15, 2013
Pianist-composer Conrad Tao continues his Hammered! residency with a week of keyboard music that's inspired by, or creates vast landscapes. Listen weekday mornings at 10 am for music by John Luther Adams, John Cage, Aaron Jay Kernis and more.
Monday, July 08, 2013
For the remainder of July, Q2 Music invites rising composer-pianist Conrad Tao to guest host Hammered! Listen at 10 am weekday mornings for deep-dives into the world of contemporary piano music.