Jacob Cooper Finds Grace in Diaphanous Slow Motion

Saturday, April 28, 2012

There's hardly a DJ alive who hasn't slowed a vocal down, or sped it up, to fit another beat, while keeping it in the same key. This landscape is the place where composer Jacob Cooper calls home.


Launching Sample Rate: A New Home for Electronic and Electroacoustic Music

Friday, April 13, 2012

Tune in this week for the inaugural episode of Q2 Music's Sample Rate - a weekly destination celebrating the rich and underserved repertoire of modern electronic, electroacoustic and ambient music.


The Witty and Reverent Musical World of Timothy Andres

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Born in 1985, Timothy Andres (occasionally billed, somewhat insouciantly, as “Timo”) works in the post-dogmatic era of contemporary American composition. This means, among other things, that Andres feels as much at home recomposing (and playing) Mozart’s “Coronation” Piano Concerto as he does taking part in a street performance of Mauricio Kagel’s Eine Brise (for 111 bicyclists).


Q2.1 Music: A New Spring Schedule

Monday, April 09, 2012

Over the next few weeks, we'll be acting on the feedback from our first-ever Q2 Music Listener Survey as well as recent festivals and recalibrating how we serve you, the musically curious. Here's how.

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Meredith Monk: Songs That Defy Time and Country

Monday, April 09, 2012

Sitting at the crossroads of installation art, extended vocal technique and non-score-based rehearsal processes is one of America’s late-20th century masters: Meredith Monk.


Q2.1 Music: New Spring Shows

Monday, April 09, 2012

Starting this week, Q2 Music is unveiling a new line-up of shows meant to offer you additional discoveries and interaction with the kaleidoscopic, emerging musical canon.

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Lowell Liebermann: Strains of Serious Melancholy

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

"Lowell Liebermann," wrote one critic, "has achieved a reputation of writing some of the most melancholy, even gloomy, music on the planet." Why was this, the writer wanted to know—had something terrible happened to him that wasn't hinted at in his biography?


Wrapping Up Ecstatic 2012

Monday, April 02, 2012

Q2 Music devotes its post-American Mavericks programming this week to a round-up of the 11 complete Ecstatic Music Festival 2012 concerts. Hear two shows every day at 10 am (repeats at 5pm) and 1 pm (repeats at 8pm).

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Morton Subotnick at Play in the World of Electronic Music

Monday, March 19, 2012

Morton Subotnick has almost as many pioneering credits to his name as he does compositional ones. A leader of the San Francisco Tape Center in the '60s – a place where Terry Riley, Pauline Oliveros and many others took some of their earliest aesthetic steps – Subotnick has consulted (or commissioned) the building of synthesizers from the ground up, and also recorded the first electronic-music album meant just for listening, instead of live-performance miming. (So radical!)


Scott Johnson: Pioneering 'Speech-Melody' and Hybridism

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Composer/guitarist Scott Johnson is an inventor of a technique of generating a piece of music based on recorded speech and approximating it with musical notes.

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Listener Poll: Your Suggestions for a Maverick Playlist

Monday, March 12, 2012

We want your help in programming the final day, March 30, 2012, of our American Maverick festival. Help our hosts know what trail-blazing, renegade composers have most impacted you an...

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Ingram Marshall: Hypnotic Clouds and Washes of Sound

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Some of Ingram Marshall's earliest recordings are of solo, semi-improvised performances, playing an Indonesian flute and singing falsetto to an accompaniment of prerecorded electronics and live tape delays. They are mesmerizing—thick, swelling, fragrant clouds of music.

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Fred Sherry: Change Your Ideas About What Music Is

Friday, March 09, 2012

It is always good to feature the music of our American composers. For me, the American Mavericks series is a chance to play music which is rarely heard on the radio, music on which I ...


Mary Rowell: The Mavericks Are Coming!

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Mary Rowell, the former violinist of the string quartet ETHEL lends her voice to Q2 Music to present an assortment of music under the rubric of American Mavericks, weekdays from 12-2 pm and 9-11 pm.


Phil Kline Hosts for American Mavericks

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

The composer Phil Kline considers the history of mavericks in classical music -- "the lone wolf, deemed-a-crackpot, do-it-yourselfer" types. He notes that the label is no longer so re...


American Mavericks Festival: Overview

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Q2 Music celebrates America’s great iconoclastic composers this March, when San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas brings his “American Mavericks” tour to New Yor...

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Awake with NOW Ensemble, Chiara and Matmos

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Join us Thursday at 7 pm to hear a performance by NOW Ensemble, Chiara Quartet and Matmos celebrating two CD releases at the Greenwich Village venue (le) Poisson Rouge.


Show Your Support: Q2 Music's Winter Pledge Drive

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Q2 Music’s a listener-supported service - we count on your membership dollars to stay streaming 24 hours a day. Please take this opportunity to show you value Q2 Music and join our ne...

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American Mavericks: Aaron Copland (Meet the Composer, 1985)

Friday, February 24, 2012

Tim Page interviews Aaron Copland on From Meet the Composer, 1985.


Tyondai Braxton: Carnavalesque and Rapturous Abandon

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

While it is true that Tyondai Braxton's father is the revered composer and improviser Anthony Braxton, their music might as well come from two different planets (neither of which is Earth). Light-years away from his father's liberated, happily baffling ensemble experiments, Braxton fils sounds more like a long-lost son of Zappa, his compositions as gaily colored, as rigidly constructed, and as outrageously, extravagantly pop as a life-size sculpture in Lego blocks.