David Lang, Match Girl Passion and Coffee Mugs

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

I am getting very excited about the American premiere of the chorus version of my piece The Little Match Girl Passion, which takes place  in The Greene Space and live on WNYC and Q2 with John Schaefer this Sunday night.

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Saints and Aints

Friday, October 30, 2009

Celebrating or even acknowledging All Saints and All Souls Day has never been on my to-do list. That's primarily because I wasn't fully aware of these long-standing holidays until I began preparing this show.

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Onwards with Enescu

Monday, October 26, 2009

Jazz pianist and composer Lucian Ban concludes the story of his recent project ENESCU re-IMAGINED from Merkin Hall. Ban hails from Cluj, Transylvania, Romania, but lives in New York City where he is part of the next generation of performers and composers at the forefront of modern jazz. 

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Passionate

Friday, October 23, 2009

I was moved when reading the many passionate comments on my previous blog post. I'm keen to know what you have to say, so please express yourself, and keep the comments coming.

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Is She Singing or Is That a Clarinet?

Friday, October 23, 2009

Since the first panpipes, musicians have attempted to imitate the human voice in non-vocal music. 

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Backstage with Meredith Monk

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Over the past year and a half, WQXR's Nadia Sirota has been working with Meredith Monk and her ensemble on her new performance piece, Songs of Ascension. Sirota interviewed Monk as they prepared to perform as part of this week's Next Wave Festival at BAM. 

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Enescu 2.0

Monday, October 19, 2009

Lucian Ban at the Jazz StandardJazz pianist and composer Lucian Ban hails from Cluj, Transylvania, Romania, but currently lives in New York City where is part of the next generation of performers and composers at the forefront of modern jazz. He tells the story of his upcoming project ENESCU re-IMAGINED at Merkin Hall.

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The Century of Enescu

Monday, October 19, 2009

Lucian BanJazz pianist and composer Lucian Ban hails from Cluj, Transylvania, Romania, but currently lives in New York City where he is part of the next generation of performers and composers at the forefront of contemporary modern jazz. Hear his insights behind the upcoming ENESCU re-IMAGINED concert at Merkin Concert Hall, and check out exclusive photographs and mp3s from the concert's recent world premiere. 

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Sounds American to Me

Friday, October 16, 2009

Whenever I travel outside of the U.S., I'm always struck by the presence of American music, particularly our popular music.  You hear it in hotels, clubs, on cruise ships, etc. People around the world respond viscerally to our music even if they're not English speakers. So on this week's Q2, we'll delve into the roots of American music and take a closer look at the movers and shakers that created its innovative sounds.

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Finnish Magic

Thursday, October 15, 2009

So the Finns now have healthcare, dental, Rautavaara, saunas and BROADBAND. I'm having jealousy issues.

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Being on WQXR

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Long before I took my first piano lesson, I was drawn to music.  Aside from the sound, I was moved by the effect I saw it having on those around me, especially in church.  I was amazed at the gamut of emotions music evoked there, and this curiosity has led to a life-long relationship with music.  To this day, I'm just as thrilled and appreciative when I hear incredible, inspiring music, whether it was written centuries ago or earlier this morning.

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Who's Out There?

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Who needs radio? Online, you can pursue your enthusiasms to their deepest nooks and crannies, but with radio, you have no control over content. In this age of digital dissemination, when everything is available all the time, when you can use your computer to seek and find practically any recording you can think of, why would you listen to the radio?

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New York MusiCity

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Yeah, New York is pretty great. We've all heard the spiel a million times: bustle, energy,  culture, sleep deprivation.... As well-worn as this notion may be, it's also true! Eight million individuals living so close to one another spawn cultural evolution with unbeatable depth and speed. But, you know, this is all super biased. I love this city hard...

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Bloggers-in-residence

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Do You Q2?! We hope you will and welcome to the first post of the Q2 blog. Over the next few months, we're going to be welcoming commentary and insights from musicians, composers, commentators, producers, artists, everyone and anyone involved in uncovering and sharing the rhythms of our world.

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