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Singer-Songwriter Solange on Her Journey, Owning Her Body and Art

Monday, December 05, 2016

The pop star singer-songwriter Solange talks with Helga Davis about finding autonomy in the music business and about being black and beautiful in contemporary America.

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Listen: Daniel Wohl on Physical Performance and Electronic Sound

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

For composer Daniel Wohl, the distinction between a physical performer and an electronic sound is inconsequential. For this episode of LPR Live, we take in excerpts from "Holographic."

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Singer-Songwriter Solange on Her Journey, Owning Her Body and Art

Monday, December 05, 2016

The pop star singer-songwriter Solange talks with Helga Davis about finding autonomy in the music business and about being black and beautiful in contemporary America.

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Vote: Q2 Music's 2016 New-Music Countdown

Friday, December 02, 2016

Cast your vote for your favorite new-music of the last 20 years. Based on your responses, we'll close out 2016 with a mammoth countdown of the 50 most-requested pieces.

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App Download: Richard Reed Parry's 'Their Passing in Time'

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Each Thursday, we offer an exclusive Q2 Music recording to save to your phone. This week: Richard Reed Parry's "Their Passing in Time," performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

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Andrew Norman's Video Game-Inspired 'Play' Wins Grawemeyer Award

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Composer Andrew Norman's orchestral "Play" is this year's recipient for the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. Join us in listening to the entire piece today at 12 pm.

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Alex Ross's Current Obsessions

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Join Q2 Music this winter for a series of new and compelling musical main dishes, catered by New Yorker music critic Alex Ross. This week: music by Polish singer-composer Agata Zubel.

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Listen: 12 All-Star Electronic Musicians Remix Michael Gordon's 'Timber'

Monday, November 28, 2016

Mantra Percussion pairs its live recording of Michael Gordon's breakthrough "Timber" at the 2014 Bang on a Can Marathon with a dozen new remixes by all-star electronic musicians.

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Violinist Jennifer Koh Discusses Determination and Empathy

Monday, November 28, 2016

Violin soloist Jennifer Koh has never cancelled a gig. Even when she had swine flu. Host Helga Davis speaks with Koh about determination and empathy in this episode of the Helga podcast.

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App Download: Ellis Ludwig-Leone's 'Envelopes from 67'

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Each Thursday, we offer an exclusive Q2 Music recording to save to your phone. This week: Ellis Ludwig-Leone's "Envelopes from 67," performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

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Listen: Singer-Songwriter Eartheater at Le Poisson Rouge

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Eartheater is the solo project of singer, songwriter and guitarist Alexandra Drewchin, a conceptually-driven artist who makes music that exists in a strange universe all its own.

Pianist Vicky Chow Cultivates Vast Arsenal of Sound in 'A O R T A'

Monday, November 21, 2016

"A O R T A," the latest solo album by Bang on a Can pianist Vicky Chow, features music by six composers with whom Chow has enjoyed longstanding collaborative relationships.

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Jazz Icon Henry Threadgill Lets His Imagination Run Wild

Monday, November 21, 2016

Recently awarded the Pulitzer Prize, jazz composer Henry Threadgill talks with Helga about giving license to your imagination and pushing yourself to go beyond excellence to greatness.

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Mind-Blowing, Mystical 24-Hour Meredith Monk Marathon

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Join us Sunday, Nov. 20 to celebrate the birthday of Meredith Monk with 24 hours of her beguiling music, insights from the composer herself, and remixes from her noted admirers.

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App Download: Nico Muhly's 'Fielding Dawson in Franz Kline's Studio'

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Each Thursday, we offer an exclusive Q2 Music recording to save to your phone. This week: Nico Muhly's "Fielding Dawson in Franz Kline's Studio," performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

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My Brightest Diamond's Shara Nova Leans into Vulnerability

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Singer, composer and My Brightest Diamond's frontwoman Shara Nova talks to Helga about choosing a new city, leaning into vulnerability, and how her new names translates to "new song."

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The Living Earth Show Pushes New Music in Flamboyant New Direction

Monday, November 14, 2016

On "Dance Music," San Francisco's hard-rocking guitar/drum duo The Living Earth Show show once again that they're not afraid to take virtuosity and irreverence to refreshing extremes.

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'Helga' Podcast Premieres with Opera Director Peter Sellars

Monday, November 14, 2016

Q2 Music's new podcast, Helga, features probing conversations with artists who have a unique voice and a stake in the matter of social change. The first guest is director Peter Sellars.

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App Download: Bryce Dessner's 'Tour Eiffel'

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Each Thursday, we offer an exclusive Q2 Music recording to save to your phone. This week: Bryce Dessner's "Tour Eiffel," performed live by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

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New Podcast 'Helga' Spotlights Diverse Voices

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Get an advance listen today to Q2 Music's newest podcast, Helga, a show featuring conversations with diverse, uncompromising and socially conscious artists across the creative spectrum.

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Man Meets Machine on Dan Trueman's 'Nostalgic Synchronic'

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Composer Dan Trueman is the inventor of a new instrument: the prepared digital piano. On this LPR Live, we hear So Percussion's Adam Sliwinski perform Trueman's 'Nostalgic Synchronic.'

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