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On-Demand: Rapper Pharoahe Monch and PitchBlak Brass Band

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Rapper and singer Pharoahe Monch joined forces with PitchBlak Brass Band at Merkin Concert Hall on Feb. 4 as part of this year's Ecstatic Music Festival. Listen to the entire show now.
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Listen Live: Rachel Grimes and Longleash

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 pm, Q2 Music and New Sounds Live present a live stream of composer-pianist Rachel Grimes with the piano trio Longleash from Merkin Concert Hall.

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Pairing John Cage and Domenico Scarlatti's Sonatas for (Prepared) Piano

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

John Cage and Domenico Scarlatti make for an odd juxtaposition. But where some might hear contrast in the sonatas of this unlikely couple, pianist David Greilsammer hears complement.

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On-Demand: Rapper Pharoahe Monch and PitchBlak Brass Band

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Rapper and singer Pharoahe Monch joined forces with PitchBlak Brass Band at Merkin Concert Hall on Feb. 4 as part of this year's Ecstatic Music Festival. Listen to the entire show now.

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Philip Glass on David Bowie and Trekking Across Central Asia

Monday, February 08, 2016

Philip Glass returns as curator for the 26th annual Tibet House Benefit at Carnegie Hall. He stopped by the studio to talk spiritual awakenings and performing with David Bowie.

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Third Coast Percussion Offers Empathetic 'Steve Reich'

Monday, February 08, 2016

Third Coast Percussion’s ability to gently manipulate time, as heard on their new Steve Reich album, translates to a listening experience that is both buoyant and penetrating.

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On-Demand: WindSync Premieres Paul Lansky's 'The Long and Short of It'

Monday, February 08, 2016

Listen to the world premiere of Paul Lansky's quintet 'The Long and Short of It' as performed live on Oct. 24, 2015 at the Library of Congress by WindSync.

Listen Live: Bang on a Can Perform Shaw, Shouwang

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Saturday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 pm, join Q2 Music for a live stream of the Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund at Merkin Concert Hall. The program includes music of Caroline Shaw.

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Post-Minimal Jams

Thursday, February 04, 2016

A few weeks ago we looked at early Philip Glass – music that exemplified what came to be called minimalism. Today: two composers that spun off the genre in their own distinct ways.

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Gabriel Kahane Mines Loss and Modern Life in 'The Fiction Issue'

Monday, February 01, 2016

On his new chamber music release, "The Fiction Issue," Gabriel Kahane focuses on building a sense of place with the scraps of modern life rather than the locations from which they came.

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On-Demand: Boston's 'Orchestral Tribute to David Bowie'

Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday, Jan. 29 at 7 pm, Q2 Music presented MIT Music and Theater Art's "Orchestral Tribute to David Bowie" with a special live webcast from MIT's prestigious Kresge Auditorium. 

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Interview: Alva Noto on Co-Scoring 'The Revenant'

Thursday, January 28, 2016

German electronic musician Alva Noto was one of three composers to score "The Revenant" – a film up for twelve Oscars, including Best Picture. He joins us in the studio.

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Dances, Minimal and Otherwise

Thursday, January 28, 2016

To shake off the sludge and snow from their boots, this week the Brothers Balliett hit the dance floor with two major figures of American music: Philip Glass and John Adams.

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Watch: Man Forever and Tigue Launch 2016 Ecstatic Music Festival

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Q2 Music helps kick off the 2016 Ecstatic Music Festival with a videostream of percussion projects Man Forever and Tigue live from The Greene Space at WQXR. John Schaefer hosts.

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LPR Live Launches with Steve Reich's Iconic 'Different Trains'

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

LPR Live, a new podcast from Q2 Music showcasing dynamic pieces recorded live at Le Poisson Rouge, launches with Steve Reich's seminal "Different Trains" performed by ACME.

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Kati Agócs's High-Drama Setting of Love and Devotion

Monday, January 25, 2016

The latest in the Boston Modern Orchestra Project's composer portrait series focuses on Kati Agócs, a Boston-based, Canadian-born composer of Hungarian and American descent.

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Listen Live: Nadia Sirota Premieres Dennehy’s ‘Tessellatum’

Monday, January 25, 2016

On Friday, Feb. 5, Nadia Sirota's Symphony Space residency concludes with the premiere of Donnacha Dennehy's "Tessellatum" - a 40-minute work with solo viola and viol consort.

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24 Hours of 2015's Best and Brightest New-Music Tracks

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sunday, Jan. 24 and again on Tuesday, Jan. 26, celebrate your favorite new-music releases of 2015 with a special pre-Grammy Awards, ensemble-hosted 24-hour marathon.

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Three Unique Piano Utterances

Thursday, January 21, 2016

This week the Brothers Balliett take a gander at three utterly unique piano pieces, each designed to honor a specific person or set of people.

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Humor and Fiendish Difficulty in Spektral Quartet's 'Serious Business'

Monday, January 18, 2016

The works on "Serious Business," the Chicago-based Spektral Quartet's first recording for the audiophile Sono Luminus label, dare the listener to dismiss them as "cute" or "fun." 

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The Young Philip Glass

Thursday, January 14, 2016

We all know Philip Glass as the composer of countless film scores, a Beethoven-sized collection of symphonies, and a host of amazing operas. But what was his early work like?

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