Vote: What Does the 'New' in 'New Music' Mean to You?

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What does it mean for a piece of classical music to be considered contemporary, or new? Vote now and help change the rules of Q2 Music's 5th annual new-music countdown.

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Horn of Plenty: 24 Hours of Music of Constant, Inexorable Change

Friday, November 20, 2015

Join us all day Tuesday, Nov. 24 for a pre-Thanksgiving sonic horn of plenty with 24 hours of music of subtly ever-shifting, unstoppable change. 

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Travel Journal: Oslo's Ultima Festival of Contemporary Music

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Oslo, Norway's Ultima Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary this Fall. With two Norwegian performances happening this week, Q2 Producer Hannis Brown recalls the opening weekend.


Interview: Richard Reed Parry on the US Premiere of 'Wave Movements'

Thursday, November 05, 2015

A new work by Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) and Bryce Dessner (The National) gets its US premiere this Friday and Saturday. Parry joins us in the studio to discuss the concept.


QBoo! Q2 Music's 3rd Annual Halloween Scarathon

Saturday, October 31, 2015

This Friday and Saturday, Q2 Music celebrates Halloween with the scariest music out there, from iconic, hair-raising works by Ligeti and Penderecki to slasher-film suites.

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Generation XYZ: 24-Hour Marathon of Composers Age 40 and Under

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

All day today, join us for an encore presentation of Generation XYZ, a 24-hour marathon of music by your favorite composers from around the world, ages 40 and under. 

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9 Ceiling-Shattering Composers of the Last 100 Years... and One from a Bit Earlier

Thursday, September 17, 2015

This began as a list of female composers who had "first" or "only" in their stories, but it morphed into something a bit different.

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Her Music: Crusading Female Composers of the Present and Past

Monday, September 14, 2015

All day today, September 26, celebrate the breadth of ceiling-shattering achievements of female composers with an encore presentation of "Her Music," a 24-hour celebration.

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A World Apärt: 24-Hour Arvo Pärt Marathon

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Celebrate the 80th birthday of Arvo Pärt today with an encore stream of A World Apärt: a 24-hour survey of one of the most revolutionary voices of the 21st century.

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Sportswear Company Makes its Pitch With Glass's 'Einstein on the Beach'

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The opening music of Philip Glass and director Robert Wilson's 1976 opera "Einstein on the Beach" is at the center of a new ad campaign celebrating athletic precision and endurance. 

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Iceland's Anna Thorvaldsdottir Imagines Fantastical Landscapes

Monday, August 24, 2015

It is simply too simplistic to say that Anna Thorvaldsdottir is "inspired by nature,” as has become the shorthand in describing composers hailing from Iceland.

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Off The Grid: Open Call for New Music

Monday, August 17, 2015

Explore the peripheral world of the musically emergent with host Suzanne Farrin: Off the Grid returns for its third season today at 3 pm.

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24 Hours of Latvian New Music with 'Jaunā Mūzika: Latvija'

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Saturday August 29, Q2 Music presents an encore presentation of "Jaunā Mūzika: Latvija" (New Music: Latvia) – a 24-hour marathon of dynamic new music from the heart of the Baltics.

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Summer Roadtripping, New-Music Style

Friday, July 24, 2015

Today, July 24, join us for 24 hours of new music for the open road, selected by our staff, friends and listeners.

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Interview: James Murphy Dreams of a Subway Symphony

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The former LCD Soundsystem frontman wants to outfit the MTA’s subway turnstiles with consonant musical sounds, instead of dreary utilitarian beeps. We spoke with him about the idea.

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Top Six Recordings of Terry Riley's Rollicking, Iconic 'In C'

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

As part of our 24-hour marathon celebrating Terry Riley's 80th birthday, we pulled together some of our favorite renditions of the composer's open-form 1964 groundbreaking work "In C."


In Celebration of Terry Riley: Haikus and a 24-Hour Marathon

Monday, June 22, 2015

Saturday, June 27 celebrate the 80th birthday of American maverick and patriarch of minimalism Terry Riley with 24 hours of his music and haiku tributes from close colleagues.

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Terry Riley's Eclecticism in Four-Hand Piano Arrangements

Monday, June 22, 2015

Terry Riley celebrates his 80th birthday this week, offering the ZOFO piano duo the perfect opportunity to explore new arrangements from his rich and eclectic oeuvre.


John Luther Adams Meet-Up and Recording Posse

Monday, June 08, 2015

Tonight at 6 pm, join John Luther Adams and friends on the steps of the Met Museum to collect sounds for "Soundwalk 9:09," a new work using crowd-sourced elements.


Ann Southam: A Simple (24-Hour) Line of Inquiry

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Today, Q2 Music spends 24 hours with the quiet genius of the late Canadian composer Ann Southam, a musician just now starting to get the recognition she deserves.

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