Video: Phil Kline's 'Unsilent Night' Turns 20

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

We followed composer Phil Kline and hundreds of revelers for the latest installment of Unsilent Night -- a 45-minute mobile sound sculpture that weaves through New York's East Village.

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On Signatures, Broken Rhythms and Mutes

Thursday, December 15, 2011

I began to write this post only a few minutes after the first rehearsal of my work Fibers, Yarn and Wire with the New York Philharmonic, under the auspices of maestro Alan Gilbert. Th...


Gloria Cheng meets the Calder Quartet

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Each Thursday at 7 pm this winter, join us for weekly Webcasts of new-music shows as recorded live at premiere venues around New York City. This week: pianist Gloria Cheng and the Calder Quartet.


Q2 Music’s New Music Countdown

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Join Q2 Music’s inaugural new music countdown by voting for your favorite classical works composed on or after 1900.

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Meet Composer Alexandre Lunsqui

Monday, December 12, 2011

In anticipation of the world premiere of Alexandre Lunsqui's New York Philharmonic-commissioned Fibers, Yarn and Wire this Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17 at the Metropo...


Launch of the Winter Concert Series

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Beginning Thursday, December 8th at 7 pm, Q2 Music launches a weekly series of compelling new-music shows as recorded in their entirety at venues around New York City.This week: instr...

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Powerhouse Piano Concertos

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

For WQXR's Beethoven Awareness Month, Q2 Music gets back to its "500 Years of New-Music" roots and pays homage to the genre where the many strands of the composer's creative persona come into sharpest focus -- the piano concerto. Every night at 10 pm throughout November, Q2 Music streams back-to-back piano concertos, the first from the 19th century and behind the imposing shadow of Beethoven's own five masterworks and the second from today's active, international repertoire.

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Re:Sound: Second Installment

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

On Wednesday, October 26 at 7 pm, Q2 Music presents the second Re:Sound webcast: a special, patchwork-quilt, virtual concert of those pieces which received the most votes over the sec...

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Turning 137: We Heart Charles Ives

Thursday, October 20, 2011

As a special tribute to a forefather of American classical music and his ever-youthful spirit of bold, adventurous experimentalism, Q2 Music presents a special program tonight at 7 pm...

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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.


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...


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.


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.


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. 


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, ...


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.