Notes from the Road: Wish You Were Here

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Hey friends! I'm on a plane, tapping this out mid-boarding. We're flying from Keflavík, Iceland back to JFK. I've been in various locales for the past couple of weeks (South Carolina, Frankfurt, Reykjavík, Brooklyn) and will continue to travel for the next couple weeks.

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We Want Your Music!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Here at Q2, we strive to bring you as much of the best freshly-minted music we can possibly find, but our success depends on your help. If you have a recording of a great new piece, s...

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Re:Sound: First Installment

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

On Wednesday, October 19 at 7 pm, Q2 Music presents the first Re:Sound: a special, patchwork-quilt, virtual concert of those pieces which received the most votes over the first four d...

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Q2 Music Fall Pledge Drive

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Double your gift for Q2 Music right now! Here’s your opportunity to show how much you value Q2 Music and see your contribution go twice as far! Pledge your support for Q2 Music right ...

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Derek Bermel: Travels in Ethnomusicology

Monday, October 17, 2011

After his clarinet was stolen from a Paris phone booth, Derek Bermel explains, he gave up busking to become a goatherd in the south of the country. He has studied the music of Yemen in Jerusalem, the music of Thrace in Bulgaria, choro music in Brazil, and in Ghana the music of a xylophone-like instument called the gyil, and conducted a choir of emotionally disturbed boys at a residential center in New York City.

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Re:Sound: SONiC Redux

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Q2 Music and the American Composers Orchestra are launching a crowd-sourced presentation of new-music from the premiere-laden SONiC Festival, happening through October 22.

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Nico Muhly: At the Intersection of the Vibrant and Sacred

Monday, October 10, 2011

Nico Muhly has already managed to build not one, but around three or four careers for himself as a composer. With his work on movie scores and indie-rock albums, he has one toe inching towards pop-culture recognition, while keeping one foot firmly in the classical mainstream with a substantial body of pieces composed for the likes of the New York Philharmonic and the English National Opera. 

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Steve Reich: An Era-Defining Maximalist

Saturday, October 01, 2011

His earliest acknowledged works, so austerely composed that they resemble conceptual art as much as classical music, contain the seeds of nearly his entire oeuvre.

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Maximum Reich 2.0

Thursday, September 29, 2011

To celebrate the 75th birthday of Steve Reich (born October 3, 1936) and the second birthday of Q2 Music (born October 8, 2009), we're presenting a renewed and rejuvenated version of...

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Osvaldo Golijov: Blending the Disparate and Ecstatic

Monday, September 26, 2011

Osvaldo Golijov is an Argentinian of Eastern European Jewish descent living in Boston at the start of the 21st century, and his music is in many ways an exploration of what, exactly, ...

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Over Land and Time with Kronos Quartet

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

To say that Kronos Quartet has earned a reputation as a tireless champion of new works with diverse collaborators doesn't come close to doing the ensemble justice. With a 30+ year career, over 750 commissioned works and arrangements, over 45 recordings, countless awards, including a newly minted Polar Music Prize and Avery Fisher Prize, and cemented relationships with iconic composers such as Terry Riley, Henryck Gorecki, Steve Reich, Philip Glass and Osvaldo Golijov, Kronos has an unmatched run of razor-sharp, new-music credentials.

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Reflections on Elgar's Cello Concerto

Sunday, September 11, 2011

On the 70th anniversary of her birth, read this archival reflection on Jacqueline du Pré’s life and career, and watch a video of her performance of the Elgar Concerto.

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Stories of Loss and Recovery

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Listen As part of The Requiem Project, we searched the WNYC Archives for voices that offer perspective on loss, grief and remembrance. The goal was for these voices to augment the mu...

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Requiem Project: Part V

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Listen The fifth segment of Q2's 10-hour Requiem Project mix features suggestions from listeners, a composition from Ingram Marshall, stories from a musician, a scientist, a policema...

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Requiem Project: Part IV

Friday, September 09, 2011

Listen   The fourth segment of Q2's 10-hour Requiem Project mix features suggestions from listeners, compositions from composers including Meredith Monk and Arvo Part, stories f...

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Requiem Project: Part III

Friday, September 09, 2011

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Requiem Project: Part II

Friday, September 09, 2011

Listen The second segment of Q2's 10-hour Requiem Project mix features suggestions from listeners, compositions from contributing composers including Gavin Bryars and Toby Twining, s...

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Requiem Project: Part I

Friday, September 09, 2011

Listen The first two hours of Q2's 10-hour Requiem Project mix features suggestions from listeners, compositions from contributing composers Meredith Monk and Ingram Marshall, a work...

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Meredith Monk on New York Requiem

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Read In 1993 during the period of the AIDS crisis, my friend Tom Bogdan asked me to write a piece for him to sing. As I began working, I realized that this could be the requiem I had...

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David Del Tredici Performs Missing Towers

Thursday, September 08, 2011

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There are only a few, fleeting moments when one feels instantly thrust in to history. How does a seasoned artist react to such ephemera? In the video below, New York composer David Del Tredici shares Gotham Glory: Missing Towers, his musical mirage of the two ghosts of 9/11 that loom over Ground Zero.

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