Interview: Alva Noto on Co-Scoring 'The Revenant'

Thursday, January 28, 2016

German electronic musician Alva Noto was one of three composers to score "The Revenant" – a film up for twelve Oscars, including Best Picture. He joins us in the studio.


24 Hours of 2015's Best and Brightest New-Music Tracks

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sunday, Jan. 24 and again on Tuesday, Jan. 26, celebrate your favorite new-music releases of 2015 with a special pre-Grammy Awards, ensemble-hosted 24-hour marathon.

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Composers and Musicians Pay Tribute to David Bowie

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Contemporary music composers and performers – including Richard Reed Parry, Daniel Felsenfeld and John Lurie – share personal tributes to David Bowie.

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David Bowie Leaves Behind Modern Classical Music Influence

Monday, January 11, 2016

Rock icon David Bowie passed away on Sunday, just days after the release of his latest album. His influence bled into the worlds of modern classical and experimental music.

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Influential Composer-Conductor Pierre Boulez Has Died

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

The influential composer, conductor and new-music advocate Pierre Boulez died Tuesday at the age of 90.

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Interview: Beth Morrison on Prototype and Harnessing Creative Passion

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

The annual Prototype festival of new opera returns to New York this week. Creative producer Beth Morrison joins Helga Davis to discuss her professional path and the value of community.


Music Curation and Keeping Alive Your Full Artistic Personality

Friday, December 11, 2015

One of the best ways I have to positively impact the music community is to ask myself what I need, as an artist, and then to develop a way to address that need that also serves others.


Taylor Swift Donates $50K To Seattle Symphony

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Moved by the orchestra's recording of John Luther Adam's "Become Ocean," pop superstar Taylor Swift has donated $50,000 to the Seattle Symphony.

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Q2 Music's 2015 New-Music Countdown

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Each weekday this week at 11 am, we're counting down of the greatest 50 pieces of the last 20 years as chosen by our listeners. We'll bring in 2016 with the #1 choice.

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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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