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What is the sound of 21st century classical music? What does it mean to be a composer in an age that’s seemingly post-everything? Every week on Mixtapes, Q2 Music asks one of today’s active and “big A” Artists to weigh in and choose an hour of music that they find particularly compelling in today’s exciting new-music climate. 

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An Hour with Nonclassical's Gabriel Prokofiev

Gabriel Prokofiev is a London-based composer, producer, DJ and founder of the Nonclassical record label. His Mixtape explores the boundary between electronic and acoustic music.

Beyond the Limits of Language with John Supko

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Combining electronics and found sounds with more conventional orchestration, the music of John Supko often carries an otherworldly quality. Hear his Mixtape today at 3 pm.


Tristan Perich on Connections Across Structure, Genre & Style

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sound, visual and installation artist Tristan Perich is fascinated with the sound of 1-bit electronics. His Mixtape features music where "each piece is in dialogue with multiple others."

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Deerhoof's Bite-Sized, Mullet-Grabbing Mixtape

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Over the course of a 12-album career, Deerhoof has proven itself one of independent rock's most consistently inventive and eclectic ensembles. Hear their Mixtape today at 3 pm.

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Mari Kimura on Extending the Limits of Virtuosity

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Japanese violinist and composer Mari Kimura has spent her career pushing the limits of her instrument. Hear her Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.


Electronic Composer Tim Hecker on Space and Sonority

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Montreal-based electroacoustic composer Tim Hecker constructs alternately ambient and abrasive soundscapes. Listen to his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.


Okkyung Lee on Extremes of Sonority

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cellist Okkyung Lee has collaborated with John Zorn, Jim O'Rourke, Vijay Iyer, Nels Cline and Christian Marclay. Hear her Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Gabriel Kahane’s Assortment of Gnarly and Effortless New Sounds

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

In June, composer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane released his fifth album "The Ambassador" – a meditation on an unseen Los Angeles as described through the filter of ten LA addresses. His Mixtape features music of Andrew Norman, György Ligeti and John Adams. Listen today at 3 pm.


Lisa Bielawa on Voices, Memories and Former Selves

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Composer-vocalist Lisa Bielawa has written for Brooklyn Rider and Boston Modern Orchestra Project and is a co-founder of the annual MATA Festival and member of the Philip Glass Ensemble. Hear her Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm, with music by Claude Vivier, Leonard Bernstein and Frank Zappa.

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Trumpet Player Peter Evans on Improvisation as Thought

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The music of Peter Evans runs the gamut between standard bebop and the most esoteric contemporary classical music, often incorporating electronics and a range of extended techniques. Hear his Mixtape today at 3 pm.


Electronic Musician No Lands Presents Music from Other Worlds

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

No Lands is the electronic project of Brooklyn-based composer Michael Hammond. Negative Space," his debut album of electro-noir compositions is set for release July 29. Hear his Mixtape – featuring music of Paul Lansky, Brian Eno and Oneohtrix Point Never – today at 3 pm.

Ingram Marshall's Quiet Music for a New England Summer

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The composer Ingram Marshall writes otherworldly soundscapes that defy easy categorization and often incorporate elements of Indonesian Gamelan. Listen to his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Electronic Musician Oneohtrix Point Never in Dialogue with the Past

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The music of Daniel Lopatin – aka Oneohtrix Point Never – is at once futuristic and in constant conversation with the past. His Mixtape collides Renaissance master Orlando Gibbons with contemporary experimentalist Paul Lansky. Listen Wednesday at 3 pm.


An Hour with Son Lux

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Composer-performer Ryan Lott, AKA Son Lux, has collaborated with yMusic, members of Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens and the Young People's Chorus of New York City. Listen to his Mixtape on Wednesday at 3 pm.


Mario Diaz de Leon on the Primal Force of Sound

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Electroacoustic composer Mario Diaz is a frequent collaborator with International Contemporary Ensemble and has had his music performed by JACK Quartet and Eighth Blackbird. He also releases dark ambient music under the moniker Oneirogen. Hear his Mixtape today at 3 pm.


Dawn of Midi on Tightropes and Intelligible Shapes

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Blending elements of free jazz, IDM and contemporary classical with the occasional house beat, Dawn of Midi have developed a sound uniquely their own. The trio performs at this month's Bang on a Can Marathon. Hear their Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.


Composer Sam Pluta on Electronic Music Innovations

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Composer and electronic music performer Sam Pluta has written music for Mivos Quartet,  So Percussion and International Contemporary Ensemble among others. His Mixtape surveys pioneers of electronic music, from Bernard Parmegiani to Herbie Hancock. Listen today at 3 pm.

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Steve Smith on Headstrong Ideas and Sonic Gateway Drugs

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Steve Smith is the former music editor for Time Out New York and classical music reviewer for the New York Times. His Mixtape ranges from music of Laurie Anderson to John Zorn, David Hykes and Mario Diaz de León. Listen today at 3 pm.

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Paola Prestini's 'Visionary' Playlist Spans Anna Clyne to John Zorn

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Composer Paola Prestini is the founder of VisionIntoArt, an interdisciplinary arts company. Hear her Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.


Accounting in Reverse with Jayson Greene

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Jayson Greene has an omnivorous musical appetite. Managing Editor for eMusic and a writer for Pitchfork and the Village Voice, he's also a classically trained musician. His mixtape stretches from Debussy to Suzanne Ciani and Elliott Carter. Listen today at 3 pm.


Jacob Cooper on Songs, Cycles & Lieder

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The music of composer Jacob Cooper draws omnivorously from the worlds of multimedia art installations, electroacoustic music, pop and contemporary classical. His new song-cycle for electronics and soprano Mellissa Hughes was released this week on Nonesuch Records. Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.