Streams Wednesdays at 3 pm and Saturdays at 8 pm on Q2 Music
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.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Composer Paola Prestini is the founder of VisionIntoArt, an interdisciplinary arts company. Hear her Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.
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.
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.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Composer Donnacha Dennehy is featured this Sunday at Carnegie Hall as part of David Lang's collected stories series. His Mixtape spans from David Bowie and Steve Reich to Morton Feldman and Osvaldo Goljiov. Listen today at 3 pm.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Best known as the drummer for the celebrated avant-jazz/funk trio Medeski Martin & Wood, Billy Martin has long been an integral part of New York's downtown scene. His Mixtape features music of Messiaen, Feldman, Dubuffet and Ligeti. Listen Wednesday at 3 pm.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
This week's mixtape comes from composer and conductor Brad Lubman. The music director of the ensemble Signal, Lubman's worked with everyone from the Los Angeles Philharmonic to the Chicago Symphony to Steve Reich and Musicians.
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Man Forever is the musical project of drummer-composer John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions). Best known as the drummer for Brooklyn-based psych-rock outfit Oneida, he performed last Saturday with ambient artist William Basinsky at the Ecstatic Music Festival.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
A Brooklyn-based duo that performs on instruments of their own design, Buke & Gase create an impressive amount of sound. The band performs tonight at the Ecstatic Music Festival. Hear their Mixtape today at 3 pm.