New Music in the Kaplan Penthouse

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Join us tonight at 7 pm for an eclectic live program of works by 20th-century composers John Harbison, Alfred Schnittke, György Kurtág, and Krzysztof Penderecki as presented by the ...


Missy Mazzoli: Raising Vacillation to High Art

Monday, February 06, 2012

Perhaps only an artist with Missy Mazzoli's self-evident clarity of purpose could have raised vacillation to an art form. Her early mentor Meredith Monk toys with handfuls of pitches, making slight variations, but playfully as well as meditatively. It's the tension created by the relentless forward motion of Mazzoli's music, that ticking pulse, that gives the music the sense of a choked-up faltering between pitches.

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Richard Reed Parry, Son Lux and yMusic: Live from Merkin Concert Hall

Monday, February 06, 2012

On Wednesday, February 8 at 7:30 pm ET, Q2 Music presents a live audio Webcast of Son Lux, Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, and new-music heavyweights yMusic as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival.

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Aaron Jay Kernis: A Colorist of Dynamic Proportions

Sunday, February 05, 2012

You'd be forgiven for thinking that, despite his unassuming physical presence, Aaron Jay Kernis is some kind of extrovert. Listen to these titles: 100 Greatest Dance Hits, New Era D...

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Paola Prestini: Composition as Poetry and Choreography

Saturday, February 04, 2012

What unifies Paola Prestini's music are gifts for generating pure aural pleasure of beautifully blended watercolor sonorities and elegantly, affectingly constructed melodic lines.

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Jherek Bischoff & Wordless Music Orchestra: Live from Merkin Concert Hall

Saturday, February 04, 2012

On Saturday, February 4 at 7:30 pm, Q2 Music and New Sounds Live present a live Webcast of the Ecstatic Music Festival’s kick-off concert, featuring Jherek Bischoff in collaboration w...

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Judd Greenstein: Pulsating Complexity with Indie-Classical Populism

Friday, February 03, 2012

Few composers personify New York's young new-music scene in quite the same way as Judd Greenstein. Listen to the composer and New Amsterdam Records label founder discuss his music.


Live in the Greene Space: Hungarian Echoes

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Join us Thursday at 7 pm to hear host Nadia Sirota and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen trace the overlaps of Hungarian culture in works by Haydn, Bartók and Ligeti during last year's Magy...

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Paul Moravec: Mining Tonality for New Intricacies

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

With the attention Paul Moravec received after his Tempest Fantasy won the Pulitzer Prize for music, one might have hoped that this would have put to rest the tired dialectics sugges...

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Celebrate Philip Glass at 75 with his Symphony No. 9

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

On January 31, 2012 at 4 pm, Q2 Music celebrates the 75th birthday of iconic downtown composer Philip Glass with a premiere Webcast of his Symphony No. 9 with conductor Dennis Russell...


Interview: Musical Polymath Min Xiao-fen

Friday, January 27, 2012

Born in Nanjing, composer, singer, and pipa player Min Xiao-fen has become a fixture on the new-music, jazz and Chinese traditional musical scenes. Collaborations with such artists as...


Interview: Ambassador and Visionary Chou Wen-chung

Thursday, January 26, 2012

It would difficult to overstate the importance of Chou Wen-chung when it comes to contemporary music. Not only has he developed over the course of his almost 90 years a shimmering, po...

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Calligraffiti: from China to New York

Thursday, January 26, 2012

This Thursday, January 26 at 8:30 pm, ET, Q2 Music streams an eclectic set of chamber and vocal works from award-winning Chinese composer Huang Ruo, as recorded live on January 10 at ...


Interview: Composer Lei Liang on Cultural Identity

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tianjin-born and California-native composer Lei Liang joins us from a studio in Rome to discuss his creative process, the importance of putting the weight of one's life into every sou...


Interview: Downtown Staple Composer-Performer Du Yun

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

As an active presence on the New York new-music scene, the young Shanghai-born composer Du Yun cuts a striking figure. From prestigious work with New York City Opera and The New Juill...


Interview: Beijing-Born Composer Zhou Long

Monday, January 23, 2012

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Music, Beijing-born composer Zhou Long has been a fixture of the American contemporary music scene for almost 30 years. Composer Huang Ruo intervi...


Focus! Festival: Polish Music Since 1945

Friday, January 20, 2012

In 2011, Joel Sachs, the artistic director and veteran conductor of Focus!, collaborated with the Polish Cultural Institute in New York to produce six concerts whose programming thoro...


An Interview with Mikołaj Górecki

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The son of legendary composer Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, composer Mikołaj Górecki is plenty accomplished in his own right. Born in Katowice, Poland, Górecki studied with his father at th...

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Poland's Next Wave

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Join Polish composer and electronic musician Jakub Ciupinski on Tuesday, January 17 at 7 pm for the second of two curated sets of Polish contemporary music, here exploring Polish new-...

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The Holy Trinity of Contemporary Polish Music

Monday, January 16, 2012

For the first of two curated sets during Muzyka Nowa, Polish composer and electronic musician Jakub Ciupinski joins us to explore the holy trinity of 20th Century Polish New-Music -- ...

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