Revisiting 'Elliott Carter at 100'

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Conceived as a tribute to Elliott Carter on the occasion of his 100th birthday, this special program from 2008 explores the compositional roots of the iconic American composer, as well as the ramifications of his complex, powerfully influential music.

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The Rewarding and Unpredictable Music of Elliott Carter

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Charles Ives wrote him a letter of recommendation to Harvard. He attended the New York premiere of The Rite of Spring. Decades later, Stravinsky himself would proclaim that he had written the first American masterpiece.

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A Mostly Crowdsourced Post-Hurricane Mixtape

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Today at 3 pm, Q2 Music turns over the airwaves to music suggested as examples of pieces that are appropriate to play in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy or that reference climatalogical disasters.

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Parade of New Voices on Q2 Music

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Q2 Music recenly put out a call soliciting demo tapes from the next generation of would-be radio hosts. The new lineup includes composer Suzanne Farrin, singer Charlotte Mundy and musician brothers, Doug and Brad Balliett.

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Take A Stand: Q2 Music's Fall Pledge Drive

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Q2 Music’s a listener-supported radio station. We rely on your pledge dollars to stay streaming 24 hours a day, every day. Chip in and make a contribution right now!

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Listening Party: An Hour with Claire Chase

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Today from 3-4 pm, Q2 Music celebrates flutist Claire Chase's 2012 MacArthur Fellowship with an hour of experimental music from Chase and her esteemed International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). The program features music by Kaija Saariaho, Edgard Varese and more.

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Behind the Perverse Pandemonium of HK Gruber

Monday, October 01, 2012

Heinz Karl Gruber (or HK Gruber, depending on your program) isn’t afraid of being called silly. One of the Austrian composer’s most notorious pieces, Frankenstein!! (yes, with two exclamation points), is formally described as a “pan-demonium,” and takes as its text some would-be Austrian children’s rhymes penned by an absurdist-minded pal of Gruber’s.

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Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music: Part 2

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

In this, the second part of Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music, host Joel Sachs presents the under-appreciated radical side of Cowell's writing following his 1936-1940 stint in prison and the composer's ongoing passion and advocacy for non-Western musics.

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Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music: Part 1

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

In this, the first part of Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music, host Joel Sachs presents a radio primer exploring the life and music of American maverick composer Henry Cowell. This show begins with a discussion of Cowell's ultramodern, experimental forays into composition for piano and how he became Charles Ives's first publisher.

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Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Q2 Music presents the radio complement to author Joel Sachs's landmark Henry Cowell biography, Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music. Hear about this pioneering American composer and advocate for non-Western music.

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Mason Bates and DJ Masonic: Two Halves of a Modern-Day Composer-Performer

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The tradition of the star performer-composer is as old as classical music itself — Beethoven on the piano, Paganini on the violin. But Mason Bates isn't a virtuoso of the organ or the lute. The role of the performer and the role of the composer have changed: Bates's instrument is the laptop.

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John Cage at 100: "City Circus"

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

On September 5, 2012, John Cage would have celebrated his 100th birthday. To commemorate the legendary composer's centennial, New Sounds's John Schaefer presents 13 archival episodes of Cage interviews, rare recordings and performances Wednesdays this fall on Q2 Music at 8 pm.

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Interview: Original Music Workshop's Founder, Kevin Dolan

Monday, September 10, 2012

In order to get a better idea of the genesis of and programmatic philosophy behind Williamsburg's upcoming, $15.6 million Original Music Workshop, we asked its founder Kevin Dolan, a soft-spoken, former international tax attorney, a few questions.

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Robert Wilson: Philip Glass (Ink on Paper with Plastic Gel)

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Director-designer Robert Wilson occupies an almost unparalleled role in the creative life and collaborative breakthroughs of Philip Glass (Einstein on the Beach, the CIVIL warS). As part of our Philip Glass festival, Music of Constant Change, Wilson presented Q2 Music with a copy of his 2011 ink-on-paper with plastic gel portrait of the composer. 

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Pianist Bruce Brubaker on Molecular Piano Playing

Sunday, September 09, 2012

"Happy 75th Birthday Philip! You've made me a better pianist, a more perceptive musician and let the world hear itself better." It's not idle praise.

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Soundcheck with John Schaefer (2002)

Sunday, September 09, 2012

In this episode of Soundcheck from 2002, the composer discusses some of the odd jobs he has held throughout his career,  the development of the new music scene in New York, and how he defined success for himself along the way.

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Lisa Bielawa on Early Days with the Philip Glass Ensemble

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Philip likes to say that I was “just a chick-let” when I first began touring with the Glass Ensemble. I was pretty much just out of college, and my couch-surfing lifestyle was evidence that I had not yet figured out how I would make a living, nor even exactly what I considered myself to be – a composer? A singer? Something else entirely? In retrospect, these uncertainties seemed to cause little anxiety for me – I was waiting for life to show me what was next.

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The Leonard Lopate Show (2002) and New Sounds with John Schaefer (1985)

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Today’s archival Glass interviews feature an appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show from 2002 about Koyaanisqatsi and an episode of New Sounds from 1985, in which the composer talks about scoring Mishima.

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Laurie Anderson on Early Glass Loft Rehearsals

Friday, September 07, 2012

I first heard Philip Glass in 1971 at one of his rehearsals in a loft on the Lower East Side in New York City. I went with a few other artists and we lay on the floor while he and his band played Farfisa organs at mind-melting volumes. These rehearsals often lasted for several hours and it was possible to drift to many different mental places. One of the regulars at the rehearsal was the sculptor Sol Lewitt, who said, “I do my best work at Phil’s rehearsals.”

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Violinist Tim Fain on Philip Glass as Mentor

Friday, September 07, 2012

My first encounter with Philip’s music was as a boy, sneaking into the TV room late one night and sitting down with my parents to watch a documentary on the making of Einstein on the Beach.

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