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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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Art Tatum to Luciano Berio with Carman Moore

Carman Moore's "MADIBA," an orchestral piece inspired by Nelson Mandela, will receive its world premiere this Friday at Carnegie Hall. Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

How to Dance on a Thin Line with Theresa Wong

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Cellist, vocalist and composer Theresa Wong explores the intersection of composition and improvisation, the inquisitive and the absurd. Hear her Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Ben Frost on Mirrors, Metals & Vacant Spaces

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Iceland-based composer Ben Frost's fourth solo album "AURORA" – a blend of modern classical and electronica – topped many "Best of 2014" lists. Hear his Mixtape.

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Split Sides with The Cellar and the Point's Joseph Branciforte

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

This week's Mixtape comes from drummer/composer Joseph Branciforte – cofounder of the NYC-based garage chamber septet The Cellar and Point. Listen Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Judd Greenstein on the Space Between Sounds

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Composer, New Amsterdam co-founder and Ecstatic Music curator Judd Greenstein is a ubiquitous presence in New York's contemporary music scene. Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Florent Ghys on Canons, Guitars and Old School Synths

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Composer-bassist Florent Ghys uses snippets of television broadcasts and poetry as source material for heady, but playful compositions. Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Max Richter on Old Loves and Lullabies

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Composer Max Richter's 2012 recomposition of "Vivaldi, The Four Seasons" was a surprise classical hit. Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Paula Matthusen on Sounds, Artists & Americans in Rome

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Composer Paula Matthusen is a 2014 Rome Prize Fellow; the New York resident is currently working at the American Academy in Rome. Hear her Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Jacob Cooper on Songs, Cycles & Lieder

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Electroacoustic composer Jacob Cooper is a featured artist at our Best of 2014 in New Music party this Tuesday in The Greene Space. Hear his Mixtape today at 3 pm.

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Spektral Quartet's Point of Entry Playlist

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2014 has been a busy one for Chicago's Spektral Quartet. Hear their Mixtape – an entry point for recently-converted new-music listeners – Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Mira Calix on British New Music and Beloved Friends

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The music of Mira Calix marries contemporary classical music with modern electronics and field recordings. Hear her Mixtape of British contemporary music (and one Fin) Wednesday at 3 pm.

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A Winged Victory for the Sullen on Bryars, Feldman and Debussy

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Ambient music duo A Winged Victory for the Sullen released their second album last month. Hear their Mixtape, ranging from Ligeti to an Ethiopian nun-pianist, Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Philip Miller on John Cage, Handel and South African Gospel Choirs

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

South African composer Philip Miller is best known for his collaborations with the experimental animator William Kentridge. Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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An Hour with Nonclassical's Gabriel Prokofiev

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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