The music of composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir paints textured sonic pictures as hazy and mystical as the as the landscape of her native Iceland. Listen to her Mixtape.
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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.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Marvin Lin is the editor-in-chief of the webzine Tiny Mix Tapes. His Mixtape tours the history of electronic music, from Duchamp to Matmos. Listen Wednesday at 3 pm.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Composer Judd Greenstein is a ubiquitous presence in New York's contemporary music scene. He's a co-founder of New Amsterdam Records and curator of the annual Ecstatic Music Festival and is featured on Saturday's 21cLiederabend festival at BAM. Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The music of Irish composer Peter Fahey has been performed by iO Quartet, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble and Talea Ensemble. On October 25th, the American Composers Orchestra premiered his A Mirror to Kathleen's Face. Hear Fahey's Mixtape today at 3 pm.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Icelandic composer Daniel Bjarnason has collaborated with everyone from Britten Sinfonia to the Los Angeles Philharmonic to Sigur Rós. Hear his Mixtape, which includes selections by Ligeti, Kurtag, Lutoslawski and George Crumb, today at 3 pm.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
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, October 23, 2013
Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel has worked with diverse cross-section of the new-music community, including the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and eighth blackbird. Listen here to his Mixtape.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Alongside concert works like Voices of Light: The Passion of Joan of Arc, Richard Einhorn's credits include scores for Emmy and Academy Award winning films. Hear his Mixtape.
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Mivos Quartet has eclectic tastes, to say the least: their repertoire includes music by Tristan Perich, Helmut Lachenmann, members of the avant-jazz collective Zs and indie songstress Zola Jesus.
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
The music of drummer and composer John Hollenbeck omnivorously draws from jazz, post-rock and contemporary classical traditions. It makes sense: he's collaborated with an eclectic roster of musicians. His Mixtape streams Wednesday at 3 pm.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Cellist Maya Beiser has dedicated her career to pushing the limits of her instrument's repertoire, working with a diverse array of collaborators, from Tan Dun to Brian Eno, Steve Reich and Mark O'Connor.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Donnacha Dennehy, founder of the renowned new-music collective Crash Ensemble, shares his Mixtape, which spans from David Bowie and Steve Reich to Morton Feldman and Osvaldo Goljiov.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Coloring "traditional technique" with pedals, amplifiers, foot percussion and various DIY inventions, Brooklyn duo Buke and Gase has developed a unique approach that's at once jolty pop and abrasive experimental music.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Sound, visual and installation artist Tristan Perich is fascinated with the sound of 1-bit electronics – low fidelity tones generated with the least possible amount of digital information. His Mixtape features music where "each piece is in dialogue with multiple others."
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Though New York City's Dawn of Midi resembles a jazz trio, their mechanical, textured music has more in common with post-rockers Tortoise or the pensive electronica of Squarepusher than, say, Miles Davis. Hear their Mixtape today at 3 pm.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Combining electronics and found sounds with more conventional orchestration, the music of John Supko often carries an otherworldly quality. Not surprisingly, his Mixtape features music with similar qualities.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
For this week's mixtape violinist David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet offers a playlist that jumps freely across time periods and continents, from Erik Satie to Nam June Paik to traditional Scandinavian folk music.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
The music of California-based singer-songwriter Jolie Holland brings is colored with elements of hushed folk, pre-war swing and film noir soundtracks. She shares music by Morton Feldman, Harry Partch and Egyptian singer-composer Mohammed Obdel Wahab.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
The music of John Luther Adams seethes with the serenity and savage violence of his Alaskan home, particularly in works like In the White Silence and Earth and the Great Weather. Listen to his Mixtape.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Pianist for the adventurous jazz trio The Bad Plus, Ethan Iverson has performed with such legends as Fred Hersch, Lee Konitz and Charlie Haden. His Mixtape features piano music from Rzewski to Birtwistle.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Caleb Burhans has become a truly ubiquitous figure in the New York new-music scene. His Mixtape includes music by Jóhann Jóhannsson and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Listen today at 3 pm.