Pain is Pleasure with itsnotyouitsme

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

With their third studio album, itsnotyouitsme treads deeper into the realms of Gavin Bryars and John Luther Adams. Read on for more provocatively-titled songs and ambient shoegazing, ...


Rachael Elliott Falls into an Atmospheric Solo

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Rachael Elliott, a founding member of Clogs and one of the sharpest executors of new-music currently on the scene, didn't have to look far when it came to assembling her debut album P...


Steve Reich's WTC 9/11: How Good is Too Good?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Here’s the problem with Steve Reich’s newest work to hit recording WTC 9/11: While you want it to be good as a means of doing justice to the tragic events it musically marks, t’s also...

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The Discreet Charm of Jody Redhage

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

It takes about a full minute before you first hear Redhage sear into her instrument on the opening track, I Dreamed I Was Floating, which starts with an atmospheric ambient sound that...


Michael Gordon's 'Timber' Speaks Softly and Carries a Loud Stick

Sunday, August 28, 2011

How exactly do you keep a composition for six 2'x4's from sounding stiff? Find out how Michael Gordon does just that, and get a free download from his new CD this week only.

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The Grit and Grace of Tan Dun's Martial Arts Trilogy

Monday, August 22, 2011

Tan Dun is one of those mercurial composers that’s impossible to pin down—is he a film composer (see: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)? A maestro of opera (see: The First Emperor)? An ...


The Absolute Ensemble Goes Multiculti with Arabian Nights

Monday, August 15, 2011

Q2's Album of the Week relives a 2007 Town Hall concert that bridges East and West, old and new, courtesy of the Absolute Ensemble and Kristjan Järvi. Read on to get a free download.


A Stunning Menagerie from Arlene Sierra

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

At times, composer Arlene Sierra’s catalog reads more like an inventory of the Museum of Natural History with titles like Insects in Amber, Cricket-Viol, Cicada Shell and Birds and In...


Continuum: Symphony at Night

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Q2's Album of the Week features works by March Schädler, Matthias Frommelt and Jürg Hanselmann, representing the tiny European principality of Liechtenstein.

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Puzzle Muteson: En Garde

Monday, July 25, 2011

English singer and guitarist Puzzle Muteson runs the gamut from Damien Rice to Richard Wagner without ever losing his own earnest individuality. Read on for more about Q2's Album of...


NYU Steel Plays Philip Glass

Monday, July 18, 2011

Glass meets steel in the Steinhardt Percussion Program’s NYU Steel, an ensemble that is devoted entirely to steel pan music, incorporating music by composers such as So Percussion’s Jason Treuting, Edgard Varèse and Philip Glass into the usual fare of Trinidadian music in honor of their singular instrument’s provenance.

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Arnold Dreyblatt's 'Resonant Relations'

Sunday, July 10, 2011

A visual aspect dominates the works of the American-born, Berlin-based composer Arnold Dreyblatt. Notes conspire to form textures and colors that bring touches of multimedia to one specific medium over the course of deliberate and meditative repetitions. Unsurprisingly, Dreyblatt is also a visual artist.


Joseph Schwantner's Chasing Light...

Monday, July 04, 2011

Pulitzer laureate Joseph Schwantner sits in the 20th-century somewhere at the crossroads of Debussy and Steve Reich, dipping his brush equally in lush orchestral colors and non-Western forms of percussion to create eclectic soundscapes, a sample of which can be heard on his latest CD for Naxos.