Streams Thursdays at 3 pm and Sundays at 8 pm on Q2 Music
Brad Balliett and Doug Balliett — identical twin composers and performers from Massachusetts — have been performing together and collaborating for nearly thirty years. As bassoonist and double bassist (respectively) they perform as a duo and with groups all around New York, including the new music ensembles Deviant Septet, Metropolis Ensemble, Argento, Signal, and Alarm Will Sound, with chamber ensembles The Declassified and Ensemble ACJW, with symphonies such as Handel & Haydn and the Hartford Symphony, and a host of other diverse ensembles.
Dedicated rappers, the brothers, along with Elliot Cole, make up The Oracle Hysterical and create pioneering hip-hoperas, rap cantatas, poperas, and so forth. Performances of these works have taken them around the world.
The Balliett brothers are fiercely competitive and work tirelessly to one-up each other. This drive creates a self-fueling passion to write the best work, listen to the best music, and learn as much as possible. They are thrilled to be joining Q2 Music's roster of personalities.
The Brothers Balliett have a ten-point Manifesto which will guide this show:
1. We are the Brothers Balliett.
2. We believe that the best music is the music that excites the best curiosity, excitement, passion and conversation.
3. We believe in music that bears repeated listening and offers something new with each visitation.
4. We believe that stretching the ear is a way to stretch the mind.
5. We believe in the continually ceaseless creativity of composers everywhere.
6. We believe that music must reflect the time in which it was written, and that all eras deserve representation.
7. We believe that great nations should strive to attract and support great artists.
8. We believe in absolute artistic freedom, unfettered by trend or dogma.
9. We believe that the power of ideas, creativity, and personality can shape a city's character.
10. We believe in the groove.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
This week, the Brothers gaze into the universe of contemporary music's rising stars. Listen at 3 pm for music by Stuart Breczinski, Carson Cooman, Jacob Gotlib and Lansing McLoskey.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Last January, the Brothers Balliett presented the Grown-Person's Guide, examining the orchestra one section at a time. By popular request, this week, they add more recent and usual instruments to their rundown. Featuring the ondes martenot, barrel organ and a music box ensemble. Listen today at 3 pm.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
This Halloween, the Brothers Balliett serve up a cauldron of bone-chilling works by living (un-dead) composers. Listen at 3 pm for hair-raising Ondes Martinot features by Etienne Rolin and Lindsay Cooper alongside uneasy music by John Harbison and Robert Moran.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
This week the Brothers Balliett celebrate Q2 Music's Fall Pledge Drive with a cross section of the hottest young New York ensembles, from Goya-inspired works to collaborations among the most prominent New York composers. Listen today at 3 pm.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
This week, the Brothers are joined in the studio by composer Ray Lustig, a composer who is in constant dialogue with the past while also drawing on concepts of modern disease and internet latency. Listen today at 3 pm.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Whether you're looking for an orchestra made entirely of samples, broken-down Bach, or full-scale hip-hopera, Gene Pritsker is your man. He's orchestrated the Cloud Atlas film and had his music premiered by the Berlin Philharmonic. The Brothers sit down to talk shop with Pritsker Thursday at 3 pm.
Thursday, October 03, 2013
Today at 3 pm, The Brothers Balliett delve into the deep end and listen to some of the most exciting music being written today for those stalwarts of the subterranean: the cello and double bass.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
There's one instrument that you love in secret, behind closed doors, and when you hear the silvery high notes at an orchestra concert, a veritable thrill of delight massages your soul. This week the Brothers Balliett explore everyone's favorite woodwind instrument: the flute.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
For some American composers, the string quartet just isn't going to cut it. This week the Brothers Balliett listen to quintets by two Americans: bassist, composer and MacArthur fellow Edgar Meyer and Pulitzer-prize winner John Harbison.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Thursday at 3 pm, The Brothers Balliett toast the return of the "season of learning" with a show that focuses on music by current composition students from around the country.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
In the last fifty-or-so years, composers have explored an exceptionally wide range of expression in music for solo voice. Today at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett feature vocal music by Milton Babbitt, Harrison Birtwistle and Philip Glass.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
What happens when pop stars go wild? Sometimes they destroy hotel rooms. Sometimes they buy islands. Sometimes they write classical music. This week's episode of The Brothers Balliett takes a look at some remarkable members of the pop world writing more "serious" music.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
What do composers Yehudi Wyner, Michel Merlet and Russian-born composer Lera Auerbach all have in common? They've all contributed new examples to the ever-expanding repertoire of music for a solo string instrument with piano—a genre called, for simplicity's sake, the "Sonata."
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Summer is quickly coming to a close. To commemorate the changing of the seasons, the Brothers serve up a final installment of their four-part Summer Symphony Series with music of Aaron Jay Kernis and Charles Wuorinen. Listen today at 3 pm.
Thursday, August 08, 2013
For the third installment of their 4-part Summer Symphony Series, the Brothers Balliett feature orchestral music of German composer Hans Werner Henze and American composer Milton Babbitt. Listen today at 3 pm.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
It's that magical time of year when musicians around the world gather in mountains and forests, at beaches and the coastline, to play music en masse. This week, the Brothers Balliett continue their Summer Symphony Series with symphonic music by Tobias Picker and David Del Tredici.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
For the Brothers Balliett, summer conjures a time when it is ok to just sit back, relax, and enjoy some great orchestral music. Today at 3 pm, hear the kick-off their four-part Summer Symphony series, beginning with the symphonic sounds of Isang Yung and Leif Segerstam.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Does your last name have to start with "K" to write awesome new music? No, but apparently it helps! This show pays homage to the eleventh letter of the alphabet and the remarkable composers who are filed under this symbol. Listen today at 3 pm.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Hot on the heels of their America the Dissonant show, the Brothers move to la France to explore the wealth of the nation's great new music. Celebrate Bastille Day a few days early with music from Tristan Murail, Pascal Dusapin and Henri Dutilleux. Today at 3 pm.
Thursday, July 04, 2013
America's the birthplace of plenty of musical styles, from jazz to hip-hop to minimalism, and today American music is as varied as its human landscape. Let's celebrate the Fourth with some home-grown American tunes. Fire up that B-B-Q.