Friday, June 08, 2012
From time in the serialist trenches of academia to a position in the front ranks of the neoromantic movement, David Del Tredici has played a surfeit of roles over the last half-century. Read Seth Colter Walls's portrait, and listen to the composer introduce his works.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Enjoy a limited-time stream of Jherek Bischoff's Composed, studio versions of his sold-out Ecstatic Music Festival show featuring guests David Byrne, Greg Saunier and more and carried live this past February on Q2 Music.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
It will be hard to keep Latvian composer Peteris Vasks's passionate, yearning, eminently accessible music secret here much longer. Read Daniel Stephen Johnson's portrait and listen to the composer introduce his own music.
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
In recent decades, American composer David Lang has been best known as a founding member of the Bang On A Can collective – something of an activist-spirited composer/performer/educator outfit based in New York.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
There's hardly a DJ alive who hasn't slowed a vocal down, or sped it up, to fit another beat, while keeping it in the same key. This landscape is the place where composer Jacob Cooper calls home.
Friday, April 13, 2012
Tune in this week for the inaugural episode of Q2 Music's Sample Rate - a weekly destination celebrating the rich and underserved repertoire of modern electronic, electroacoustic and ambient music.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Born in 1985, Timothy Andres (occasionally billed, somewhat insouciantly, as “Timo”) works in the post-dogmatic era of contemporary American composition. This means, among other things, that Andres feels as much at home recomposing (and playing) Mozart’s “Coronation” Piano Concerto as he does taking part in a street performance of Mauricio Kagel’s Eine Brise (for 111 bicyclists).
Monday, April 09, 2012
Over the next few weeks, we'll be acting on the feedback from our first-ever Q2 Music Listener Survey as well as recent festivals and recalibrating how we serve you, the musically curious. Here's how.
Monday, April 09, 2012
Sitting at the crossroads of installation art, extended vocal technique and non-score-based rehearsal processes is one of America’s late-20th century masters: Meredith Monk.
Monday, April 09, 2012
Starting this week, Q2 Music is unveiling a new line-up of shows meant to offer you additional discoveries and interaction with the kaleidoscopic, emerging musical canon.
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
"Lowell Liebermann," wrote one critic, "has achieved a reputation of writing some of the most melancholy, even gloomy, music on the planet." Why was this, the writer wanted to know—had something terrible happened to him that wasn't hinted at in his biography?
Monday, April 02, 2012
Q2 Music devotes its post-American Mavericks programming this week to a round-up of the 11 complete Ecstatic Music Festival 2012 concerts. Hear two shows every day at 10 am (repeats at 5pm) and 1 pm (repeats at 8pm).
Monday, March 19, 2012
Morton Subotnick has almost as many pioneering credits to his name as he does compositional ones. A leader of the San Francisco Tape Center in the '60s – a place where Terry Riley, Pauline Oliveros and many others took some of their earliest aesthetic steps – Subotnick has consulted (or commissioned) the building of synthesizers from the ground up, and also recorded the first electronic-music album meant just for listening, instead of live-performance miming. (So radical!)
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Composer/guitarist Scott Johnson is an inventor of a technique of generating a piece of music based on recorded speech and approximating it with musical notes.
Monday, March 12, 2012
We want your help in programming the final day, March 30, 2012, of our American Maverick festival. Help our hosts know what trail-blazing, renegade composers have most impacted you and shattered your preconceptions about what music is.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Some of Ingram Marshall's earliest recordings are of solo, semi-improvised performances, playing an Indonesian flute and singing falsetto to an accompaniment of prerecorded electronics and live tape delays. They are mesmerizing—thick, swelling, fragrant clouds of music.
Friday, March 09, 2012
It is always good to feature the music of our American composers. For me, the American Mavericks series is a chance to play music which is rarely heard on the radio, music on which I have lavished many hours of practice, music by people who were and are my teachers, colleagues and friends.
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Mary Rowell, the former violinist of the string quartet ETHEL lends her voice to Q2 Music to present an assortment of music under the rubric of American Mavericks, weekdays from 12-2 pm and 9-11 pm.
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
The composer Phil Kline considers the history of mavericks in classical music -- "the lone wolf, deemed-a-crackpot, do-it-yourselfer" types. He notes that the label is no longer so relevant: "we’re all mavericky now."
Thursday, March 01, 2012
Q2 Music celebrates America’s great iconoclastic composers this March, when San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas brings his “American Mavericks” tour to New York. Read on for details on our redesigned schedule, brand new hosts and array of live and on-demand concerts.