Wednesday, December 01, 2010
The long-awaited opportunity has finally arisen! We're thrilled to spotlight Dutch composer Louis Andriessen, who has, in ways both clear and covert, played a crucial role in the sonic idenity of Q2. Over a seventy-year career, Andriessen has amassed prestigious awards, including the 2011 Grawemeyer Award, composed prolifically and idiosyncratically and come to be regarded as one of the most sought-after composition teachers in the Western world. However, beyond a few smaller works, including Workers Union and Hout, his work, if not his name, remains unjustly obscure here in the United States. Beginning Monday, December 6 on Q2, we aim to address that.
Monday, November 29, 2010
I had never heard of Gérard Grisey and knew nothing about his Four Songs for Crossing the Threshold. Yet I had heard his music a month before it was performed .
Monday, November 29, 2010
We’re liveblogging from New York’s Symphony Space tonight. Latest updates at the bottom of the page. In a minute or two, what looks like a roughly fifteen-piece ensemble of the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert will open this fall’s first concert of their new music series CONTACT that began so auspiciously last year. First piece on the bill is a world premiere by the NY Phil’s composer-in-residence, Magnus Lindberg titled Souvenir (In Memoriam Gerard Grisey). They’ll follow that with Grisey’s final work, the suite Quatre Chants Pour Franchir le Seuil, featuring soprano Barbara Hannigan.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Tonight at 7pm, join me for a special pre-concert feature in anticipation of tonight's White Light festival concert, featuring music composed by Sigur Rós members Jón Þor "Jónsi" Birgisson and Kjartan Sveinsson, performed by the Hilliard Ensemble, the Latvian National chorus, and the Wordless Music Orchestra.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
November's featured composer on Q2 is Angélica Negrón. Capturing fleeting, often over-looked moments of beauty in daily life, she channels them into a style that is wistfully idiosyncratic and contemplative.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Equipped with diverse musical interests, a keen programmatic awareness, and a vast repertoire, pianist Alexei Lubimov is not exactly a proponent of conventionality. The breadth of his musical interests are on full display as part of his two White Light Festival "Late-Night Elegies" recitals on November 11 and 13, both of which are being recorded at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse for future inclusion on WQXR and Q2.
Monday, October 25, 2010
On October 28, Lincoln Center launches a new annual fall festival, called the White Light Festival, which will focus, in the words of Lincoln Center Vice President of Programming Jane Moss, on "music's transcendent capacity to illuminate our larger interior universe." With live and delayed audio Webcasts from the festival and coverage of key musicians and ensembles, WQXR and Q2 throw back the veil of the introspective and contemplative White Light sound worlds.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
On Friday, October 15 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m, Q2 spotlights the fertile, inclusive and high-octane music-making of composer Evan Ziporyn, whose opera, A House in Bali, receives its New York premiere this week at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. For 3 continuous hours, enjoy full sonic immersion in Zipoyrn's diverse music worlds with recordings ranging from the percussion virtuosity of So Percussion to live performances by Zyporyn's Gamelan Galak Tika from the 2010 Bang on a Can Marathon.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Tonight at 6 p.m. Q2 presents the remaining twelve finalists of Project 440, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra's initiative in which young composers compete to get one of four commissions from the orchestra.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
This week, Q2 is spotlighting the technology-obsessed composer and artist Tristan Perich. Watch a video of his 1-Bit Symphony and grab a free download.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Today: Satisfy your sweet tooth while feasting on contemporary music as WQXR/Q2 host the Second Annual New Music Bake Sale live from Irondale Center in Brooklyn.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
In conjunction with Obsessive Choral with Nico Muhly, Q2 is pleased to offer a free, limited-time download of the title track from Nico Muhly's new choral album, "A Good Understanding." This track, courtesy of Decca Records, will be available through Sunday, September 19.
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Join Q2 Saturday, September 11 for a 24-hour retrospective of Arvo Pärt, the contemporary Estonian composer known for his austere and mystical works. The all-day event not only marks Pärt's 75th birthday but also provides a poignant soundtrack to the anniversary of 9/11.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Starting Monday, August 30, Q2 turns over the internet airwaves to the vibrant young composer Paola Prestini in the latest installation of our Composer Introductions series. Listen at the top of every hour Monday as Prestini introduces her own work and get a free download of Labyrinth.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Today, Q2 offers 24 straight hours of music composed by the 30 remaining Project 440 artists. With the field about to be narrowed for a second time, it's an opportunity to hear pieces -- including broadcast premieres -- from composers shaping the canon of tomorrow.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
This Sunday, August 15 at 7 p.m., join Q2 for 5 consecutive hours of mind-bending, internationally-flavored sounds from this most quintessential New York New Music happening: the Bang on a Can Marathon from the World Financial Center Winter Garden.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Starting Monday, July 26, Q2 shines its spotlight on the young Frenchman Florent Ghys, who is quickly making a mark on the New Music scene, both in New York and abroad. Join us for a special weeklong focus on his music including new, unreleased tracks and a free download of his Hommage à Jacob Ter Veldhuis, available for a limited time.
Monday, June 28, 2010
On Monday, June 28, Q2 presents the music of Gabriela Lena Frank in the next installment of our monthly Composer Introduction series. Listen in all week to get to know Gaby and her refreshingly unique compositional voice. Hear her music spotlighted on Q2, but also for this week only, grab a free download of Himno De Zamponas and Chasqui from the Chiara Quartet's recording of her celebrated work Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Tonight, Q2 streams the music of Edgard Varèse, including the New York premiere of the 8-hand piano version of the iconic Ameriques. Hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer at the Yamaha Piano Salon. Wednesday, July 7 at 7 p.m.
Monday, June 14, 2010
On Monday, June 21, Q2 needs you--the tech-savvy, community-building army of New York New Music mavens--to help report on what will surely be the surreal and intense performance of Iannis Xenakis' Persephassa on the Boating Lake in Central Park.