Share Your Favorite Q2 Music Discoveries

Monday, May 06, 2013

Help program Q2 Music's upcoming pledge drive by calling in with favorite pieces/composers discovered while streaming Q2 Music. Your message and selections will then be played beginning Wednesday, May 14. 

Summing up Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

Friday, May 03, 2013

Curated by Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner of The National, last weekend's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry included performers from the new-music community alongside bona fide art-rock stars like TV on the Radio. Listen to interview clips from the festival.


Inside Tristan Perich's Home and 1-Bit Workshop

Monday, April 29, 2013

Visit the home and work space of Tristan Perich – a sound, visual and installation artist residing in New York City who mixes live sound with 1-bit computer music.


John Corigliano's Radical Pursuit of the New and Immediate

Monday, April 29, 2013

While never fully breaking from the expressive language developed by Mahler and his 20th-Century heirs, Corigliano develops it to often harrowing extremes. Read a profile of the celebrated American composer and listen to him introduce his music. 


Brooklyn Rider's White-Hot Walking Tour from Romania to Persia

Monday, April 29, 2013

"A Walking Fire," Brooklyn Rider’s new recording, expertly manages to draw on the folk music roots of Romania, Hungary and Persia in a way that feels authentic, fresh and kitsch-free.


Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Returns to BAM

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry returns to BAM this weekend with three concerts representing Brooklyn's ever-warming hotbed of new music. Sample featured music from the festival with highlights from the Q2 Music archive. 


Caroline Shaw's Pulitzer Prize Pop-Up Festival

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

On Monday, Caroline Shaw won the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Hear our special program highlighting Shaw's contributions as a violinist, composer and singer.


At Home with Composers Morton Subotnick and Joan La Barbara

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

For the second episode of our new video series Q2 Spaces, we visit the Greenwich Village home of electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick and the vocalist Joan La Barbara.

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Helga Davis Escapes from Sharks and Jumps from Cars

Friday, April 05, 2013

The Best for the Worst concludes with its final episode as host Helga Davis (Einstein on the Beach) presents the soundtrack for survival stories about . Today at 3 pm on Q2 Music.


Poul Ruders Tempers Dark Narratives with Scandinavian Cool

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Poul Ruders’s diverse body of compositions is tied together by his smooth absorption of many styles and modes. Read a full profile on the Danish composer, featured on this weekend's CONTACT! performance with The New York Philharmonic, and listen to him introduce his music.


Helga Davis and When the Worst Could Actually Happen

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Best for the Worst continues with its penultimate episode as host Helga Davis (Einstein on the Beach) presents the soundtrack for survival stories of when the worst actually happens. Today at 3 pm on Q2 Music. 


Helga Davis Finds Broken Things in 'The Best for the Worst'

Friday, March 22, 2013

Our five part series "The Best for the Worst" presents readings from The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook and insights from Einstein on the Beach principal Davis herself along with a soundtrack of illustrative, dynamic new music. Listen to episode 3: "Broken Things" today at 3 pm.


Helga Davis Gets Lost After Leaping in 'The Best for the Worst'

Friday, March 15, 2013

In episode two of the five-part series The Best for the Worst, host Helga Davis (Einstein on the Beach) talks what happens when you get lost after your leap of faith. Music by Martin Bresnick, Timothy Andres and Lois V Vierk. 


A Look Inside Dan Deacon's Repurposed Baltimore Studio

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Dan Deacon's Baltimore studio was one of our first stops for Q2 Spaces, a new video series that explores the spaces where composers, singers and instrumentalists live and create their work.


David Lang Hosts 'The Dissonant Show'

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Composer David Lang hosts a two-part series that explores how the breakthroughs of musical abstraction in the years 1910 to 1925 have found renewed voice in the music of today. Music of Julia Wolfe, Arnold Schoenberg and Glenn Branca.


David Lang Hosts 'The Consonant Show'

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang hosts a two-part series that teases apart the threads of contemporary music that took inspiration from breakthroughs of 1910-1925. Part One, "The Consonant Show," streams Mar. 6 at 7 pm on Q2 Music.


Helga Davis Talks Survival in 'The Best for the Worst'

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Vocalist and Einstein on the Beach principal Helga Davis hosts The Best for the Worst – a five-part series that offers a soundtrack to the hugely popular, absurdist Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. Fridays at 3 pm on Q2 Music. 


Martin Bresnick's Playful Sound Spans the Blues to Goya

Monday, February 25, 2013

Given his Yale teaching post and the number of composers he has mentored there, Martin Bresnick may wind up being remembered as the Nadia Boulanger of the late 20th-century American scene: a rite of compositional passage embodied in a single instructor.


Video: Bold New Vocal Music from Helga Davis and Netsayi

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Saturday, Mar. 16, Q2 Music and Williamsburg's Original Music Workshop presented an evening that bridged new vocal styles from New York and Africa. Watch on-demand video of the entire sold-out show.


Brooklyn-Based Build Premieres New Video for 'Ride'

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The newest video by New York new-music ensemble Build highlights what the band is all about: hypnotic repetitions, stripped-down chord progressions and a driving back-beat. Watch the premiere of Ride.