Hannis Brown

Hannis Brown is the assistant 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.  Brown also facilitates recording for guest hosts and visiting composers and works with artists and engineers during live events.

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 a growing number of international film festivals as well as on MTV and Italy’s Sky Network cable station. He also contributes music reviews to the German experimental music site Tokafi.com.

Hannis Brown appears in the following:

Okkyung Lee on Extremes of Sonority

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cellist Okkyung Lee has collaborated with John Zorn, Jim O'Rourke, Vijay Iyer, Nels Frahm and Christian Marclay. Hear her Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.


Tallis Scholars Perform John Tavener's 'Requiem Fragments' at the BBC Proms

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Saturday at 7 pm, tune in for the world premiere of the late John Tavener's Requiem Fragments, as recorded live at London's Royal Albert Hall.


Gabriel Kahane’s Assortment of Gnarly and Effortless New Sounds

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

In June, composer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane released his fifth album "The Ambassador" – a meditation on an unseen Los Angeles as described through the filter of ten LA addresses. His Mixtape features music of Andrew Norman, György Ligeti and John Adams. Listen today at 3 pm.


Pet Shop Boys, Angelo Badalamenti and the BBC Concert Orchestra

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Saturday, August 9 at 7 pm, join us for the second installment of Q2 Music at the Proms, featuring the world premiere of A Man From the Future, a new orchestral work from electronic pop duo Pet Shop Boys.


Lisa Bielawa on Voices, Memories and Former Selves

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Composer-vocalist Lisa Bielawa has written for Brooklyn Rider and Boston Modern Orchestra Project and is a co-founder of the annual MATA Festival and member of the Philip Glass Ensemble. Hear her Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm, with music by Claude Vivier, Leonard Bernstein and Frank Zappa.

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Tavener, Bartók & Shostakovich at the BBC Proms

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Beginning Saturday, August 2 at 7 pm, join us for Season Two of Q2 Music at the Proms – a seven-part series of live recordings from the BBC Proms in London, hosted by BBC presenter Clemency Burton-Hill.


The Quiet Violence of Peter V. Swendsen’s Seasons and Weather

Monday, July 28, 2014

"Allusions to Seasons and Winter," from composer Peter V. Swendsen and the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, opens with a processed tenor recorder emulating a bird call. Live electronics buzz like distant cicadas and a buried sine wave rises and falls. Stream the entire album all this week.

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Electronic Musician No Lands Presents Music from Other Worlds

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

No Lands is the electronic project of Brooklyn-based composer Michael Hammond. Negative Space," his debut album of electro-noir compositions is set for release July 29. Hear his Mixtape – featuring music of Paul Lansky, Brian Eno and Oneohtrix Point Never – today at 3 pm.

Ingram Marshall's Quiet Music for a New England Summer

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The composer Ingram Marshall writes otherworldly soundscapes that defy easy categorization and often incorporate elements of Indonesian Gamelan. Listen to his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Electronic Musician Oneohtrix Point Never in Dialogue with the Past

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The music of Daniel Lopatin – aka Oneohtrix Point Never – is at once futuristic and in constant conversation with the past. His Mixtape collides Renaissance master Orlando Gibbons with contemporary experimentalist Paul Lansky. Listen Wednesday at 3 pm.


An Hour with Son Lux

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Composer-performer Ryan Lott, AKA Son Lux, has collaborated with yMusic, members of Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens and the Young People's Chorus of New York City. Listen to his Mixtape on Wednesday at 3 pm.


Mario Diaz de Leon on the Primal Force of Sound

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Electroacoustic composer Mario Diaz is a frequent collaborator with International Contemporary Ensemble and has had his music performed by JACK Quartet and Eighth Blackbird. He also releases dark ambient music under the moniker Oneirogen. Hear his Mixtape today at 3 pm.


Dawn of Midi on Tightropes and Intelligible Shapes

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Blending elements of free jazz, IDM and contemporary classical with the occasional house beat, Dawn of Midi have developed a sound uniquely their own. The trio performs at this month's Bang on a Can Marathon. Hear their Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.


Peter Eötvös's 'Kosmic' Take on Bartók and Zappa

Monday, June 02, 2014

On "Kosmos," a new compilation of Peter Eötvös's music for piano and percussion, the Hungarian composer draws inspiration from his heroes Béla Bartók and Frank Zappa. Stream the full album all this week.

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Composer Sam Pluta on Electronic Music Innovations

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Composer and electronic music performer Sam Pluta has written music for Mivos Quartet,  So Percussion and International Contemporary Ensemble among others. His Mixtape surveys pioneers of electronic music, from Bernard Parmegiani to Herbie Hancock. Listen today at 3 pm.

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Inside Mark Stewart's Island of Misfit Toys

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

For the latest episode of Q2 Spaces, we visited Bang on a Can co-founder Mark Stewart's home and studio in Park Slope, Brooklyn.


Paola Prestini's 'Visionary' Playlist Spans Anna Clyne to John Zorn

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Composer Paola Prestini is the founder of VisionIntoArt, an interdisciplinary arts company. Hear her Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.


Accounting in Reverse with Jayson Greene

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Jayson Greene has an omnivorous musical appetite. Managing Editor for eMusic and a writer for Pitchfork and the Village Voice, he's also a classically trained musician. His mixtape stretches from Debussy to Suzanne Ciani and Elliott Carter. Listen today at 3 pm.


Jacob Cooper on Songs, Cycles & Lieder

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The music of composer Jacob Cooper draws omnivorously from the worlds of multimedia art installations, electroacoustic music, pop and contemporary classical. His new song-cycle for electronics and soprano Mellissa Hughes was released this week on Nonesuch Records. Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.


Donnacha Dennehy's Journey through Music

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Composer Donnacha Dennehy is featured this Sunday at Carnegie Hall as part of David Lang's collected stories series. His Mixtape spans from David Bowie and Steve Reich to Morton Feldman and Osvaldo Goljiov. Listen today at 3 pm.