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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Avner Dorman Meshes Mandolins and Club-Drug Euphoria

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Avner Dorman is a composer of musical spices, perfumes and toxins in a figurative sense. His music is piquant — vivid, present, spicy. Read a profile of the Israeli-born composer and hear him introduce many of his key works. 

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Preview: New Video Series Shares Composers' Creative Spaces

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Q2 Spaces is a new video series that gives you an intimate guided tour inside musicians' homes and studios. Catch a sneak preview with electronic music misfit Dan Deacon and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón.

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Premiering Off The Grid

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Join host Suzanne Farrin for the final installment of Off the Grid – a special 4-part series devoted to recordings received directly from you, the listener. Listen today at 3 pm.

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Esa-Pekka Salonen's Nordic Sounds Burn White Hot

Monday, January 14, 2013

Now that Elliott Carter has passed, we might well bestow the title of “world’s most impressive late-blooming composer” onto the shoulders of Esa-Pekka Salonen. Read a full portrait of the Finnish composer-conductor and listen to him introduce many of his key works.

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Q2 Music Listener Survey: Help Us Serve You!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Q2 Music is your home for the world’s most dynamic and inspiring new music.

We’re always asking – how can we make this better, more interesting, more fun? Would you help us and take five minutes to answer our short and streamlined online survey?

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Results of Q2 Music's Second Annual New-Music Countdown

Friday, December 28, 2012

After asking Q2 Music listeners to vote for their favorite classical music, you delivered. We counted down the favorite 100 pieces of the last 100 years during our Second Annual New-Music Countdown.

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Unpacking the Greatest Gift to 20th-Century Music

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Abstraction wrested music from the polarity of major and minor keys and Romantic-era emotions. Blogger David Patrick Stearns deconstructs the watershed years of 1910-1925.

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Reinventing Music: 1910-1925

Monday, December 17, 2012

Q2 Music has been invited to curate a dynamic, innovative sound chamber as part of The Museum of Modern Art’s multidisciplinary exhibition examining the rise of abstract art, Inventing Abstraction: 1910-1925. Stream the complete playlist on-demand. 

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Unsilent Night 2012: On foot and Online

Saturday, December 15, 2012

This year you can participate in the moving sound sculpture that is Phil Kline's Unsilent Night by simply streaming Q2 Music. The electronic caroling party begins Saturday at 7 pm.

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Q2 Music's Second Annual New-Music Countdown

Friday, December 07, 2012

It's time for Q2 Music's second annual new-music countdown! Between now and Christmas Day, vote for your favorite classical music from the last 100 years and we'll bring the year to a close with your top choices during a marathon countdown.

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Michel van der Aa Wins 2013 Grawemeyer Award

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Dutch composer Michel van der Aa has won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. He is the second consecutive Dutch composer to win the $100,000 prize.

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A Multifaceted Elliott Carter Marathon

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Composer Elliott Carter died Nov. 5 at age 103. In celebration of his legacy, Q2 Music devotes a full day of programming Tuesday to his life and music.

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Colleagues and Champions Remember Elliott Carter

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

As part of our all-day celebration of the late Elliott Carter, we asked a handful of Carter experts, colleagues and collaborators to share their memories of the man and his music.

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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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