Hannis Brown

Composer and Music Producer

Hannis Brown is a composer and the associate producer for Q2 Music, WQXR’s online web stream for contemporary classical (or “new”) music.   

As well as programming music for the station’s unhosted hours, he works with Q2’s hosts to craft shows and develop web content. He also works on the Q2 podcasts Meet the Composer and LPR Live, and does guest composing and sound design for podcasts around WNYC, including Note to Self, Death Sex and Money and the WNYC Newsroom.

Hannis earned his M.A. in Composition from New York University and composes regularly for films, chamber ensembles and his own strange rock ensemble. His music has premiered at the Academy of Arts and Sciences, Pop Montreal, Brooklyn Academy of Music, at WNYC’s Greene Space and at lots of weird art spaces.

Hannis Brown appears in the following:

Radiohead and Hans Zimmer to Collaborate on 'Blue Planet II' Score

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Ubiquitous film composer Hans Zimmer and celebrated rock band Radiohead are collaborating on a new track to be included in the popular documentary series Blue Planet II.


Holding Gentrification: Toshi Reagon on What it Means to Build and Unbuild Brooklyn

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Singer-songwriter Toshi Reagon's "Brooklyn Bound" offers a honest and poetic musical look at gentrification in Crown Heights. Watch the second of our "Silent Voices" documentaries.

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Watch: Eighth Blackbird's Nick Photinos Premieres Pascal Le Boeuf's Dizzying 'Alpha'

Monday, August 14, 2017

Watch the high-octane video of Pascal Le Boeuf's 'Alpha' performed by Eighth Blackbird founding-member and cellist Nick Photinos and drummer Doug Perkins.

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My Body as Me: Kamala Sankaram Shows Us How to Keep the Look Loose

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

The Brooklyn Youth Chorus recently created space for conversation about social justice through commissioning ten new works. We dive into one: Kamala Sankaram's "Keeping the Look Loose."


Oneohtrix Point Never Remixes Ryuichi Sakamoto

Monday, July 31, 2017

New York electronic musician Oneohtrix Point Never has remixed a piece by legendary Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto.

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Peter Sellars on Tyshawn Sorey's 'Josephine Baker' at Ojai Music Festival

Thursday, June 08, 2017

The final installment in our series of highlights from the 2016 Ojai Music Festival features Tyshawn Sorey's "Josephine Baker" performed by Julia Bullock, ICE and Sorey himself.


Watch: Sigur Rós Performs Live with the L.A. Philharmonic

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

In April, Icelandic art rockers Sigur Rós enlisted composers Nico Muhly, Dan Deacon, Missy Mazzoli and more for a trio of performances with the LA Philharmonic. Watch the first evening.


Peter Sellars Hosts Music of Kaija Saariaho from Ojai Music Festival

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

The third in our four-part series of highlights from the 2016 Ojai Music Festival features music of celebrated Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho performed by Calder Quartet and ICE.


Peter Sellars Shares Music of Leila Adu, Caroline Shaw and Du Yun

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

We continue our four-part series of highlights from the 2016 Ojai Music Festival with music of remembrance from Roomful of Teeth, ICE, Calder Quartet, Bridget Kibbey and Claire Chase.


Peter Sellars Hosts First in Four-Part Series from Ojai Music Festival

Monday, June 05, 2017

Listen to the first in a four-part series of music live from the 2016 Ojai Music Festival, hosted by Peter Sellars with performances from Roomful of Teeth and ICE.


Radiohead's Thom Yorke To Score Remake of Dario Argento's 'Suspiria'

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Earlier this month, it was announced that Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke would score director Luca Guadgnino's remake of the 1977 horror movie 'Suspiria.' 

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The Far-Reaching Influence of Cult Hero Arthur Russell

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The composer, songwriter and cellist Arthur Russell would have celebrated his 66th birthday this week. His influence reached everyone from Philip Glass to Allen Ginsberg to David Byrne.

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Listen: Meet the Composer Unravels Classical Music's Most Heated Brawl

Monday, May 15, 2017

It was composer pitted against composer: MTC unravels one of the most brutal fights in classical music's history.

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Watch: Bearthoven Debuts ‘From a Forest of Standing Mirrors’

Monday, May 01, 2017

Watch Brooklyn trio Bearthoven perform music of Anthony Vine in an haunting new video directed by Katy Gilmore.


Watch: Iceland's Nordic Affect Performs Valgeir Sigurðsson and Úlfur Hansson

Thursday, April 20, 2017

On the heels of their performance at the LA Phil's Reykjavík Festival, we invited Icelandic quartet Nordic Affect in for an intimate in-studio performance.


Iceland Symphony Orchestra's Ethereal Landscape Painting

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra's "Recurrence" brings together five fast-rising, particularly imaginative composers taken with misty explorations of texture and glacial movement.

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Listen: Inside the Chamber Symphonies of John Adams With Alarm Will Sound

Monday, March 20, 2017

Meet the Composer and Alarm Will Sound unravel John Adams' two insanely difficult chamber symphonies.

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Listen: American Composer Pauline Oliveros and 'Deep Listening'

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Meet the Composer continues its investigation of the odd, wrong-side-of-the-tv-set role of The Performer with a deep dive into the "Sonic Meditations" of composer Pauline Oliveros.

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Listen: Meet the Composer Returns With a New Season of Episodes

Monday, March 06, 2017

We're kicking off Season Three of Meet the Composer with a look beyond the composer to the performer, that unusual intermediary between the artist and the audience.   

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Norway's Jaga Jazzist Embraces Vintage Funk and Krautrock

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Jaga Jazzist is a Norwegian ensemble that draws inspiration from jazz, vintage funk and Krautrock. We join the members backstage at Le Poisson Rouge for an interview and performance.